Need to find your Apple ID email address because you have no idea what your Apple ID is? Or are you trying to figure out what your old Apple ID was? You can learn what your Apple ID is on your signed Apple device. If you are not signed into a device, you may be able to locate your Apple ID online by checking your emails or using Apple’s Apple ID lookup tool to retrieve it. I will explain these ways in detail in this article.
What is an Apple ID?
An Apple ID is usually an email like [email protected]. If you are in mainland China or India, you can have your mobile number as your Apple ID too. Your Apple ID is your username for Apple services. An Apple ID is required to use various Apple services such as iCloud, the App Store, FaceTime and more. You just need one Apple ID, and you can use the same one on multiple devices. If you use the same Apple ID on multiple devices, your devices will sync, and you can use features like Handoff, Universal Control, Continuity, Sidecar and more. Your Apple ID is important. It can be tied to a lot of important or sensitive details about you. Of course, you also have an Apple ID password that allows you to log in to the account.
You may want to recover your Apple ID for various reasons, like:
- You are a new Apple user and do not know exactly how things work yet.
- You have not used your Apple ID for a long time, and you forgot it.
Locating Apple ID on iPhone, iPad, or Mac if you are signed in
- iPhone or iPad: Go to Settings > [Your Name], and your Apple ID is under your name.
- Mac: Click System Settings (or System Preferences if you are running macOS Monterey or earlier) > [Your Name], and you will see the Apple ID there under your name.
Locating Apple ID if you are not signed in
If you are not signed into a device, you can still locate your Apple ID. There are a few ways:
- On a device that is connected to the Internet: Open a browser and visit the Apple ID lookup page (link: https://iforgot.apple.com/appleid), enter the details (first name, last name and email address) and click Continue. You can try this multiple times until you find your Apple ID.
- Check your email inboxes: Search your email accounts and check if there is any confirmation email from Apple. Apple sent confirmation emails when your Apple ID was created. Use the search function of the email inbox to locate it. Apple sent iCloud welcome emails saying Your Apple ID is [email protected]. Or you may have received Apple ID related emails. Apple frequently sends emails when you use a browser to log in to iCloud. These emails contain your Apple ID. Use the keyword Apple ID and search.
After locating your Apple ID, you may need to figure out your password as well. You should know that you can change your Apple ID password if you prefer. You can also change the phone number associated with the Apple ID.