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(I'm equating iCloud account and Apple ID below ... I hope that makes sense)

  1. If I create an iCloud account / Apple ID with a given email address "[email protected]",
  2. And then I delete that account,
  3. Can I subsequently create a new account using the same email address?

I believe the answer is “no.” I created an iCloud account using my business email address. I believe (not 100% certain) that I subsequently deleted that account.

I recently got a new iPhone from work. They prefer I use an iCloud account tied to my business email address.

I tried using the “forgot password flow” but got the error: "This Apple ID is either not valid or not supported."

I tried creating a new account with my business email address but got the error: "This email is not available. Choose a different address."

Which leads me to believe an email address cannot be re-used for an iCloud account.

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  • Worth noting you can create an iCloud account / Apple ID using the "+" trick supported by Gmail (and others?). E.g., [email protected].
    – drumboots
    Commented May 12, 2023 at 12:38

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Which leads me to believe an email address cannot be re-used for an iCloud account

Your email address will be permanently locked out.

You are correct in that belief. And specific to your situation with a business account (assuming a custom domain name), it can never be reused even if domain ownership changes.

Per the Apple ID FAQ

Can I use the primary email address for my deleted Apple ID account to create a new Apple ID or with another existing Apple ID account?

No, once your Apple ID is deleted, you can't use the email address that you used with it to create a new Apple ID. In addition, you can't use that email address with another existing Apple ID except as a rescue email. Also, if your primary Apple ID email address is with a Custom Email Domain, it can never be reused to create an Apple ID after your Apple ID is deleted, even if the domain ownership changes.

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