Apple, today, has made a small yet notable change to the process of changing the email address associated with Apple ID. Starting today, Apple allows you to change your Apple ID from a third-party email service to an Apple domain.
Previously, the company only allowed its users to change their Apple ID email from one third-party provider to another. But now it has changed and you can switch to an @iCloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com account.
On the support page, Apple explains what you must do in order to make the switch. The company notes that you must sign out of “every Apple service and device that uses your Apple ID,” but stay signed in to the device which you are going to use to change your Apple ID.
From there, follow these steps:
Use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
→ Go to Settings > [your name] > Name, Phone Numbers, Email.
→ Next to Reachable At, tap Edit, then delete your current Apple ID.
→ Tap Continue and enter the Apple ID that you want to use.
→ Tap Next.
Use your Apple ID account page
→ Go to appleid.apple.com and sign in.
→ In the Account section, click Edit.
→ Under your Apple ID, click Change Apple ID.
→ Enter the Apple ID that you want to use.
→ Click Continue.
Apple also makes it perfectly clear that once you change your Apple ID to an Apple domain, you can’t change back to a third-party email account.