Recover AppleID

Recover AppleID you forgot

Recover AppleID you forgot

Recover AppleID

Instructions for resetting a password are usually prominent on any given sign in page.  It’s quite common for a user to forget their password at some time or another, so the remedy is easily accessible.  Forgetting your user name or your ID is less common, however.  So finding out how to recover your ID can be a bit more challenging.  This information addresses how to recover your AppleID if you have forgotten it.

How to recover your AppleID.

There are several ways to recover your AppleID if you don’t remember it.  The most straightforward is to use the “Forgot AppleID wizard”.  It’s also the least likely to help, but it’s worth a try.

Recover AppleID Option #1

In most cases, your Apple ID is your email address. First, try signing in with all prior email addresses that you might have used as an Apple ID.  Even if you had an email address that you no longer use for email, or that you cannot even access, it still might be your AppleID.  Think back to the email you used when you first created your AppleID. Remember – it doesn’t necessarily end in an Apple domain.  It can be any email address.

  1. Try a different email address
  2. That’s it.  Just try a different email address.  You may have signed up with an email address different from the one you are trying.

Recover AppleID Option #2

Use the online AppleID Recovery Process

Go to the following page: AppleID Login Page

  1. Click on the “Forgot ID or Password” link on the bottom center of the page.
  2. On the next page, enter your email address.  On this page, either your AppleID OR a backup email address will allow you to recover your ID.  You do need access to the email account to receive the reset link.


Recover AppleID Option #3

Get it from your mobile device

If you are signed into your Apple account on one of your mobile devices, you can find out what your AppleID is on that device.

For iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, etc), do the following.

iOS 10.2 or older:

  1. tap Settings > iTunes & App Store
  2. tap Settings > iCloud
  3. Tap Settings > Messages > Send & Receive
  4. Tap Settings > FaceTime
  5. Tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars

For iOS newer than 10.2:

  1. Tap Settings > [your name] > iTunes & App Store
  2. Tap Settings > [your name]
  3. Tap Settings > Messages > Send & Receive
  4. Tap Settings > FaceTime
  5. Tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars


You can also do this from the iCloud settings on your Mac if you don’t have an iOS device.

Recover AppleID Option #4

Get it from iTunes

Check iTunes for previous purchases
If you previously bought something in the iTunes Store, you can check which account was used to purchase it.  Of course, this will only work if the AppleID hasn’t been changed.

To find your AppleID through iTunes, do the following:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Go to your Library
  3. Click one of your purchases.
  4. Select Edit > Get Info.
  5. Click the File tab.
  6. Look at the “purchased by.” field for the AppleID that was used for the transaction.

That’s 4 options to recover your AppleID.  If none of those options work, I think your best option is to create a new one. You really don’t need more than one AppleID, but if you really don’t know what your AppleID is, or cannot find it through one of these recovery procedures, you are not likely to find it, so it might be time to move on.