How To Set Up An Apple ID

If you don’t already have a working Apple ID, you need to set one up before you can download applications from the App Store, use FaceTime, buy music and movies from iTunes and use many of the iPhone’s features and services. Without an Apple ID, you won’t come close to getting the most from your Apple smartphone, so if you don’t have one, follow these steps.

Step 1 – Open the Settings application from your iPhone’s Home screen and scroll to the top of the screen. Tap the Sign in to your iPhone option right at the top of the list, then in the pop-up window, tap ‘Don’t have an Apple ID or forgot it?’.

Step 2 – Tap Create Apple ID in the next window and, when instructed, enter your name in the fields provided. In the next field, Date of Birth, set your date with the wheels, and then tap Next to move on to the next step.

Step 3 – Then, you’re asked whether you want to use your current email address (if you have one) for your Apple ID. Tap Do not have an email address? if you want to use the free iCloud address that comes with your Apple ID.

Step 4 – Your Apple ID gives you a free iCloud email address. You can use this email address on your iPhone and also on any other Internet devices you have, such as Macs, PCs or tablets, and through a browser at Best of all, you keep your iCloud address even if you change your Internet provider.

Step 5 – If you choose to use your new iCloud address, you’re asked to complete your email, which ends ‘@’. It may take a few tries before you find one that hasn’t already been taken but when you do, accept it by tapping Continue.

Step 6 – Now you must choose your password. As stated on the screen, it must be at least eight characters long and include at least one number, one upper case (capital) letter and one lower case letter. Make it something you can easily remember.

Step 7 – Apple needs your phone number so you can be contacted, via a call or text message, to confirm your identity. Use the number taken from your SIM card, or tap Use a different number, to choose another number for them to phone or message. Tap Continue.

Step 8 – After tapping Next, you should enter the six-figure verification code that’s just been sent to your device (or given to you in a call, if that was your preferred choice). When you enter the last digit, you automatically proceed to the next step.

Step 9 – Agree to the terms and conditions and your iPhone signs into iCloud with your newly created Apple ID. When it’s done, you must enter your iPhone’s passcode, the one you use to unlock it on the lock screen, to complete the sign-in process.

Step 10 – When the sign-in process is completed, you’re shown your Apple ID screen. From here, you can tap the initials at the top of the screen to add a photo, tap iTunes & App Store, to set up media and purchases, and set up services like Family Sharing and iCloud.

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Russ Ware

Russ has been testing, reviewing and writing guides for tech since the heady days of Windows 95 and the Sega Saturn. A self-confessed (and proud) geek about all things tech, if it has LED's, a screen, beeps or has source code, Russ will want to master it (and very likely take it apart to see how it works...)

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