How to change the phone number associated with the Apple ID

Your Apple ID is associated with an email ID or phone number on your iPhone, Mac, or iPad. You’ll need to use the same email ID to sign in to other Apple services, such as send messages via iMessage.

At some point, you may need to change the phone number associated with your Apple ID. And when you want to change it, you might face errors connecting to your Apple ID. This is how you can change the phone number associated with your Apple ID.

Why change the phone number associated with the Apple ID?

You may want to change the phone number associated with your Apple ID for a number of reasons. Whether you’ve switched to a new carrier or purchased a new SIM card, you’ll need to unlink your old phone number from your Apple ID to link and use the new one. Otherwise, all of your communications, including passwords and login requests, will be sent to your old phone number.

Apple ID phone number

Apple ID phone number

So it is necessary that you make this change before activating the new number if you want to continue using Apple services on another device.

How to change the phone number linked to your Apple ID

There are two ways to change the phone number associated with your Apple ID. You can use your iPhone for that and it can be done by following these steps.

Change the phone number associated with the Apple ID through iPhone

Paso 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on your name displayed at the top.

iCloud settings

iCloud settings

Paso 2: Select ‘Name, phone numbers, email’.

Apple account phone number

Apple account phone number

Paso 3: In the section titled Contactable At, your email IDs and phone numbers linked to your Apple ID appear. Select the Edit option to change those details.

edit phone number

edit phone number

Paso 4: Tap ‘Add Email or Phone Number’ to register a new phone number with your Apple ID.

Add phone number

Add phone number

Paso 5: Select ‘Add a phone number’ from the pop-up menu.

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change phone number

change phone number

Paso 6: Choose the correct country code based on your region and enter the new phone number that you want to link with your Apple ID.

Enter the phone number

Enter the phone number

Paso 7: Once done, select Next.

change iphone number

change iphone number

Paso 8: You will now receive a verification code via a message on the phone number you entered. Enter the corresponding code to continue.

Verification code

Verification code

After that, your Apple will link your new phone number with your Apple ID.

New telephone number

New telephone number

Alternatively, if you want to remove the old number and keep only the new one, continue reading.

Paso 9: Tap the Edit button one more time next to Contactable At.

edit button

edit button

Paso 10: Select the red ‘-‘ button next to the phone number you wish to remove.

remove phone number

remove phone number

Paso 11: Tap Delete.

delete number

delete number

Paso 12: Select the Delete option on the confirmation message.

change phone number

change phone number

Change the phone number associated with the Apple ID through Mac

You can also add or replace the phone number linked to your Apple ID on a Mac. Of course, you’ll need your iPhone or other phone handy to receive and view the verification code on it.

Paso 1: Click the Apple logo in the upper left corner of your Mac screen.

apple logo

apple logo

Paso 2: Select System Preferences from the menu.

System preferences

System preferences

Paso 3: Click the Apple ID button in the top right corner.

Apple ID Settings

Apple ID Settings

Paso 4: Select ‘Name, Phone Numbers, Email’ in the left column.

name and phone number

name and phone number

Paso 5: Go to the section titled Contactable where it displays the email IDs and phone numbers linked to your Apple ID. Tap the ‘+’ button at the bottom of that box to add a new phone number.

Add phone number

Add phone number

Paso 6: Select the option next to Phone number, choose your country code, and add the new phone number.

Add a new phone number

Add a new phone number

Paso 7: After that, click Next.

Next button

Next button

Paso 8: Apple will send you a six-digit verification code in the new phone number. Enter it and click Next.

Verification code

Verification code

That will link your new phone number to your Apple ID.

New phone number added

New phone number added

At this point, you can stop if you want to keep the old number linked to your phone. If not, proceed to know how to remove it.

Paso 9: Select the old phone number from the box in the Contactable At section. Click the ‘-‘ button below to remove it.

Delete old phone number

Delete old phone number

Paso 10: Choose the Delete phone option on the prompt to confirm your decision.

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delete phone

delete phone

Apple will unlink and remove your old phone number from your Apple ID.

Add a new phone number to your Apple ID

You can replace your existing number or add a phone number to the one you already have. However, that will create two different phone numbers for all of your security prompts, so you’ll need to have both phones. Unlinking the old phone number from the Apple ID is the best option.

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