How to Use a Different Apple ID for App Store & Purchases on iPhone & iPad

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Do you want to use a different Apple account for App Store purchases and subscriptions? Perhaps, you have some credits left to spend on your other account? Fortunately, this can be done without having to change the Apple ID that you’re primarily logged into on your iPhone or iPad.

When you set up your iPhone for the first time, you’re prompted to sign in with an Apple account to access the App Store, make purchases, access iCloud, and other services. However, what a lot of users don’t know is the fact that you can change the Apple ID that you use for purchases specifically without affecting the rest of the synced data like iCloud, Family Sharing, Find My, etc. This can be helpful when you’re trying to access content from a different region’s App Store, or when you want to spend all the remaining Apple ID balance in another account.

While it’s strongly recommended to use only a single Apple ID, there are some situations where using different Apple ID’s may be necessary, and thus this capability for using a different Apple ID for purchases may be useful.

How to Use a Different Apple ID for App Store & Purchases

You can make use of the following steps to change the Apple account with all modern iOS or iPadOS versions:

  1. Head over to “Settings” from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.

    iOS settings icon
  2. In the settings menu, tap on your Apple ID name located right at the top.

    How to Use a Different Apple ID for App Store & Purchases
  3. Here, select the “Media & Purchases” option below iCloud settings as shown in the screenshot below.

    How to Use a Different Apple ID for App Store & Purchases
  4. Additional options will now pop up from the bottom of your screen. Tap on “Sign Out” to log out of your primary Apple account.

    How to Use a Different Apple ID for App Store & Purchases
  5. You’ll be clearly informed that you’ll only be signed out of App Store, Books, Music, and Podcasts. Choose “Sign Out” to confirm your actions.

    How to Use a Different Apple ID for App Store & Purchases
  6. Next, tap on “Media & Purchases” again to sign in with a new account.

    How to Use a Different Apple ID for App Store & Purchases
  7. You’ll get a pop-up asking you whether you want to use the primary account that you’re signed into with iCloud. Choose the “Not (Apple account name)?” option as indicated in the screenshot here.

    How to Use a Different Apple ID for App Store & Purchases
  8. Now, enter the details of the Apple ID that you want to use and tap on “Next” to log in.

    How to Use a Different Apple ID for App Store & Purchases

You’re pretty much done at this point. You can now open the App Store to confirm that you’re logged in with a different Apple account.

If you ever change your mind and wish to return to your main account for App Store purchases and other subscriptions, you can always repeat the steps above to get it done

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