How to manage your Apple ID, iCloud, iPhone backups & more in iOS 10.3

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in iPhone edited March 2017
One of the smaller but still significant changes in Monday's iOS 10.3 update is easier, centralized access to all the info related to an Apple ID account, directly from the top of the Settings menu. Here's how to take advantage of it.




Previously scattered through several submenus, the info is now gathered under a single link with your name and profile photo. At the top of the Settings menu, it's the first thing many users will see when they open the app.

Under Name, Phone Numbers, Email, for example, users can edit their name and contact info, as well as what kind of email marketing you're willing to receive from Apple if any.

The Password & Security menu lets users change their password and assign a trusted phone number for verfication purposes. A verification code can also be provided for signing into other devices, but crucially, two-step verification cannot be turned on from an iOS device -- that requires going to appleid.apple.com.

From Payment & Shipping, users can assign a card to pay for purchases from iTunes, iCloud, the App Store, and Apple's main online store, as well as a shipping address for physical goods.




The iCloud section provides a quick glance at how much iCloud space an account using and for what content, and lets users choose which apps can sync. Toggles are also available for iCloud Drive, Find My iPhone, iCloud Keychain, and enabling online backups. There are also controls for who has access to location through Messages and Find My Friends.

iTunes & App Stores only really lets users control automatic downloads of music, books, apps, and app updates, and whether or not cellular data can be used.




Other options include the ability to sign out, set up Family Sharing, or manage individual devices associated with an Apple ID. This, actually, is another way of toggling Find My iPhone or iCloud backups, but is mainly useful for seeing device details and removing products users no longer want associated with their account.




The iOS 10.3 update ushered in a number of other changes to iOS, including the Apple File System, Find My AirPods, and a new reviews system. It also fixed a Safari bug associated with a ransomware campaign.

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  • Reply 1 of 9
    wigginwiggin Posts: 2,265member
    What if you have multiple Apple IDs (because there is no good way to combine them)? On the iTunes screen shot it appears you might be able the change the Apple ID for that and have it separate from the iCloud Apple ID...but then the payment info screen seems to only be associated to the iCloud Apple ID.

    I haven't installed the update yet...gonna let the rest of ya'll be the guinae pigs for the new file system for awhile first.  ;)  But I'll be curious how it all shakes out.
    mike1baconstang
  • Reply 2 of 9
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,482member
    Apple needs to rename the "Download and Install" button to instead be "Download Only" because that is all it does. After clicking "Download and Install" button before I went to bed, expecting a new OS on my phone when I woke up, instead I woke up with an "Install Now" button (a process that took another 20 minutes). I already gave the iPhone permission to install when I went to bed so why didn't it do it?
    Oshturjony0lolliverroundaboutnow
  • Reply 3 of 9
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,789member
    wiggin said:
    What if you have multiple Apple IDs (because there is no good way to combine them)? On the iTunes screen shot it appears you might be able the change the Apple ID for that and have it separate from the iCloud Apple ID...but then the payment info screen seems to only be associated to the iCloud Apple ID.

    I haven't installed the update yet...gonna let the rest of ya'll be the guinae pigs for the new file system for awhile first.  ;)  But I'll be curious how it all shakes out.
    Same question. My wife and I share an ID for iTunes that is distinct from our own iCloud accounts. I'll probably download later in the week if I don't hear about any issues.
  • Reply 4 of 9
    iScottiScott Posts: 1member
    I have two Apple IDs (one for iTunes / App Store and a separate one for iCloud. After the update both are properly reflected. The iCloud ID appears to be the primary account in new Settings screen.
    mike1 said:
    wiggin said:
    What if you have multiple Apple IDs (because there is no good way to combine them)? On the iTunes screen shot it appears you might be able the change the Apple ID for that and have it separate from the iCloud Apple ID...but then the payment info screen seems to only be associated to the iCloud Apple ID.

    I haven't installed the update yet...gonna let the rest of ya'll be the guinae pigs for the new file system for awhile first.  ;)  But I'll be curious how it all shakes out.
    Same question. My wife and I share an ID for iTunes that is distinct from our own iCloud accounts. I'll probably download later in the week if I don't hear about any issues.
    I have two Apple IDs (one for iTunes / App Store and a separate one for iCloud. After the update both are properly reflected. The iCloud ID appears to be the primary account in new Settings screen.probably as most of the functionality relates to the iCloud account. Update was smooth and is working well. Slight speed bump for the better seen.
    edited March 2017 mike1steveau
  • Reply 5 of 9
    command_fcommand_f Posts: 279member
    jd_in_sb said:
    Apple needs to rename the "Download and Install" button to instead be "Download Only" because that is all it does. After clicking "Download and Install" button before I went to bed, expecting a new OS on my phone when I woke up, instead I woke up with an "Install Now" button (a process that took another 20 minutes). I already gave the iPhone permission to install when I went to bed so why didn't it do it?
    I've been caught out by that too. It used to be Microsoft that designed lengthy operations to require your presence just to press Return when half way through. macOS generally still gets it right so let's hope this is not the start of a trend.
  • Reply 6 of 9
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,789member
    iScott said:
    I have two Apple IDs (one for iTunes / App Store and a separate one for iCloud. After the update both are properly reflected. The iCloud ID appears to be the primary account in new Settings screen.
    mike1 said:
    wiggin said:
    What if you have multiple Apple IDs (because there is no good way to combine them)? On the iTunes screen shot it appears you might be able the change the Apple ID for that and have it separate from the iCloud Apple ID...but then the payment info screen seems to only be associated to the iCloud Apple ID.

    I haven't installed the update yet...gonna let the rest of ya'll be the guinae pigs for the new file system for awhile first.  ;)  But I'll be curious how it all shakes out.
    Same question. My wife and I share an ID for iTunes that is distinct from our own iCloud accounts. I'll probably download later in the week if I don't hear about any issues.
    I have two Apple IDs (one for iTunes / App Store and a separate one for iCloud. After the update both are properly reflected. The iCloud ID appears to be the primary account in new Settings screen.probably as most of the functionality relates to the iCloud account. Update was smooth and is working well. Slight speed bump for the better seen.
    Cool. Thanks for the info.
  • Reply 7 of 9
    Many bugs !!
    even some of 64 bit apps don't open or not work at all with this update, I have 6 plus 128 Gb. 
    Hope apple do something about this !!!....
  • Reply 8 of 9
    aldolini said:
    Many bugs !!
    even some of 64 bit apps don't open or not work at all with this update, I have 6 plus 128 Gb. 
    Hope apple do something about this !!!....
    What kind of bugs?
    Which apps don't work?
    Did you do the update over the air or tethered to a computer via iTunes?

    My wife and I both have the same model as you so I'm interested in your experience.
  • Reply 9 of 9
    Yup……download and install really means just download. Install has to be activated after the download, so yes - misleading!
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