You need an Apple ID account to download apps, listen to Apple Music, back up to iCloud, and more. Here's how to create one.
Although an Apple ID is not required for iPhone, iPad, or Mac users, without an ID you won't have access to all of your device's features. This includes Apple Music, iMessage, App Store, Find My, and more.
This article shows you how to set up and create an Apple ID with various Apple devices. Regardless of whether you use an iPhone, Mac or Windows PC, you can get an Apple ID and take full advantage of Apple's services.
Why do you need an Apple ID?
An Apple ID is the key to all functions of the Apple ecosystem. It offers a variety of benefits that allow you to install applications from the App Store, download music to your device, make video calls through FaceTime, buy AppleCare, and more.
Without an Apple ID, you can't even use iCloud – a cloud storage service for storing photos, documents, music, and other files.
The list of services available with an Apple ID is long. And nothing prevents you from creating one – it's free and doesn't take much time. This is also safe as any personal information you provide is protected by two-factor authentication.
Do you need a different Apple ID for each device?
No you do not. It's much better to use the same Apple ID for all of your devices. For example, with a single Apple ID you can sync your contacts with iCloud and access them from any of your Apple devices.
Creating multiple Apple ID accounts also runs the risk of your purchases being split across all of your accounts. This means that you cannot all access the same device at the same time.
1. How to create an Apple ID on your iPhone
Here's what you need to do to set up an Apple ID on your iPhone:
Open that the settings App on your iPhone.
Tap at the top of the screen Sign in to your iPhone.
Choose Don't have an Apple ID or have you forgotten it? and tap Create Apple ID.
Enter your first and last name and your date of birth. After entering the required information, tap Next in the upper right corner of the screen.
Now you need to enter your email address. Make sure your email account is active as you will receive an email to verify your Apple ID. This email address will also be used as the new Apple ID. If you don't have an email address, you can create an account with iCloud. To do this, tap Don't have an email address? and select Get an iCloud email address.
The next step is to create a password for your Apple ID. Think of a strong one and enter it.
Then you need to confirm your phone number and tap Continue.
Read and accept the Terms and Conditions by choosing Agree.
The final step is to verify your email address. To do this, simply open the email account you used when you registered Check your Apple ID Email and tap Check it now.
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If you're new to the Apple ecosystem and have just bought an iPhone, you can create an Apple ID the first time you turn on your phone. You will be asked to choose whether to sign in to an existing account, set up a new account, or skip this step and enter these details later.
To create an account now, tap Create a free Apple ID and follow the instructions. Your iPhone will ask for your personal information such as your full name, birthday, and email address.
After you've created your Apple ID, you can add more information to complete your account.
For example, if you want to make in-app purchases, you should enter your payment details. To do this, go to the settings App and open your Apple ID Account at the top of the page. Tap on payment to add a payment method. Here you can also set up Family sharing, Find mine, iCloud, and more.
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2. How to create an Apple ID on your Mac
To create a new Apple ID from your Mac:
Start System settings of the Apple Menu in the upper left corner.
At the top right of the screen you will see a register Possibility; Click it.
Choose Create Apple ID to start the registration process.
You'll be asked to enter your date of birth, first and last name, and email address, and to create a password for your Apple ID account. When you have finished filling in this information, tap Next.
You will then need to enter your phone number and choose whether to verify your identity with a text message or a phone call.
After you finish the verification, you will need to download the Terms and ConditionsPut a check mark under the text and click on Agree.
Then click on Confirm email address. Open the Mail app on your Mac or any preferred browser to sign in to the email account you provided when you created your Apple ID. Find the latest email from Apple and enter the code provided in that message in the newly opened window.
3. How to create an Apple ID on the web
For this method, you can use any device with a web browser: an iMac, Windows PC, iPad, Linux laptop, and so on. Here's what you should do:
Go to appleid.apple.com/account to open the Apple ID account page.
Enter all the requested personal information – first and last name, country of residence, date of birth, email address. Also, create a password for your Apple ID account and enter your phone number to verify your identity.
Double-check everything to make sure you provided accurate information. When you're done, click Continue.
The final step is to verify the email account and phone number you used when you signed up. Check your inbox for a confirmation email from Apple.
How to get the most out of the Apple ecosystem
Imagine one day luck wasn't on your side and you lost your iPhone. If you have an Apple ID set up on this device, you can track it with the Find My app or turn it off with Activation Lock so that anyone who has stolen it cannot use it.
The functions and services available to you after creating an Apple ID also go far beyond that. Don't put off creating an Apple ID for later because you are seriously missing out on the security, social, and entertainment features that will take your Apple device to the next level.
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Romana is a freelance writer with a keen interest in anything technology related. She specializes in creating instructions, tips and detailed explanations for all iOS topics. Her main focus is on the iPhone, but she also knows a thing or two about the MacBook, Apple Watch, and AirPods.
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