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I recently created an @icloud.com address and now I would like to make that my default or primary address for my Apple ID instead of my current @gmail.com address.

I tried to change it through the Manage Apple ID page but it said 'Not use a domain used by Apple'.

Is it advisable to change my Apple ID from @gmail.com to @icloud.com?

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Your question is unclear. Did you have a pre-existing Apple ID before you registered for iCloud? Have you made purchases with that ID that you want to use and update moving forward? What do you mean by primary? What exactly do you want to accomplish? Please help us to help you. –  jaberg Feb 2 '13 at 16:04

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There isn't anything you can do with an iCloud.com Apple ID that you can't so with a gmail-based ID, if that's what you're asking. The reason you can't attach your new iCloud address to your existing gmail-based Apple ID account is that, as the previous poster indicated, every iCloud.com address automatically becomes its own independent Apple ID. And Apple, despite tons of interest from users, still won't let you merge two different Apple IDs.

You can, if you're interested, add your new iCloud based account and use it for email, Find Friends, iMessage, FaceTime, etc., while keeping your previous account tied to iTunes and the App Store. I've done it that way for years.

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In short, you don't need to worry about it. What is interesting is that your [xxx]@icloud.com is automatically a "primary" Apple ID. When you logged into appleid.apple.com, there should have been an "Alternate" Apple ID. This "Alternate" Apple ID has the same login capabilities, and password as your @gmail.com account has.

The important thing to note is that these email addresses are basically synonymous. You can log in anywhere (including appleid.apple.com) with your @icloud.com address that you can with your @gmail.com account. The password is the same.

I'm not sure why they do it this way, but it does allow another layer of protection against getting locked out of your account.

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I'm not sure this is an accurate assessment of the situation. I suspect Jaimmin has two unique Apple IDs—just as I do. The question is confusing. –  jaberg Feb 2 '13 at 16:01
@jaberg, that is very possible, and if so, my answer is completely irrelevant. I will edit/delete when I see what the OP comes back with. Thanks for mentioning that. –  bassplayer7 Feb 3 '13 at 2:24

After messing with the accounts page for a month, I gave up.

I contacted Apple support to address this issue, but I don't think they know what I mean.

It looks like it's impossible to do so just with the account page, I suggest you contact Apple and have them do it for you. (If they could.)

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