How can I transfer the Apple ID tied to an iPhone?

Sharon Brink March 11, 2013
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I have an aunt who has a iPhone that belonged to her daughter, she had called the carriers to swap phone numbers instead of purchasing a new SIM card. Helped her make a new apple ID account and all necessary for her to use the phone. She came back and asked me to help her to update some of the games on her phone but when we opened up the app store it asked for her daughters password, which I deleted her account off that phone but still is asking for her password. How could I switch or remove her daughters yahoo address and password from her phone and switch it to the present owner?

  1. Luke Sharkey
    March 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Apps are tied to the Apple ID that purchased/downloaded them and are not transferrable. You can transfer the device, but the apps themselves are tied to the Apple ID that purchased/downloaded them. If you want to update any of these Apps, you need the password for the AppleID associated to the App.

  2. ha14
    March 11, 2013 at 11:44 am

    iTunes Store: Changing account information
    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1918
    the account is on iTunes it is not for the phone which means changes should be made on iTunes store.

    iTunes Store: Retrieving and changing passwords (Apple ID)
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1911

  3. Jan Fritsch
    March 11, 2013 at 6:40 am

    All Apps are linked to the Apple ID they were purchased/downloaded with and have to be updated using this account (credentials). In your case you'll need to remove the Apps registered via the daughters account and buy (re-download) them after logging in with your aunts App store account.

  4. Anish P
    March 11, 2013 at 1:55 am

    From what you've said in your question, I'm not sure if you had done a factory restore of the phone. Once you do that, which completely wipes out all data on the phone, once the phone restarts and finishes the factory restore, it'll prompt you to enter an Apple ID and password, which is where you'll put in your aunt's info. If you need instructions on restoring the iPhone, see this website - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1414?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US.

    Be sure to back up the phone to a computer using iTunes before doing any of this - this way you can always get back any information that is lost (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1766).