Need to create a new Apple ID? You can easily do so from anywhere using a variety of methods, which we’ll discuss below. Most people will likely have created an Apple ID at some point during the setup of an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or using iTunes, but if you haven’t done that, or if you need to create a new Apple ID for some other reason, that’s easily achieved.
An Apple ID is necessary to use just about any Apple service feature, including iCloud, iTunes, App Store, Music, and much more. It’s also what you’ll use to sync data to and from your Apple devices, and what stored iCloud data like contacts and messages are linked to. Accordingly, an Apple ID is really important if you want to participate in the Apple ecosystem, whether used on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or even Windows with iTunes.
How to Create an Apple ID from Anywhere
This is probably the simplest way to create a new Apple ID, and it can be done from any device or computer be it iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows PC, Mac, or otherwise, all you need is a web browser:
- Open any web browser on any device and then go to the Apple ID creation page at https://appleid.apple.com/
- Fill out the “Create Your Apple ID” page, this requires a name, birthday, email address, login info, and security questions
- Proceed with the creation of the Apple ID, when finished it is ready to be used right away
Note that you will assign an email address for use with the Apple ID, or create a new one for @icloud.com. You can always change the email address associated with an Apple ID later if needed.
How to Create a New Apple ID from iPhone or iPad
You can also create a new Apple ID from iOS Settings, though this can be more difficult than the aforementioned approach of using the web depending on if the device already has an Apple ID logged in.
- Open the Settings app and tap on (Your Name)
- Scroll down and choose ‘Sign Out’
- Next choose “Create a new Apple ID” and walk through the setup instructions
This is an appropriate method if you intend on not using the currently active Apple ID again or anything associated with it, since you will be changing the Apple ID on the device that you logged out of.
Thus this is not a particularly ideal approach if you want to create a new Apple ID for someone else, like a family member, because it involves logging out of an existing Apple ID so that you can create a new one. A better method these type of situations might be to simply open the Safari web browser on the same device and use the above web method to create a new Apple ID.
How to Create a New Apple ID from the App Store
Creating a new Apple ID can be done from the App Store on iOS or Mac, but first if there is an Apple ID associated with the App Store you must logout of it. After that has happened, you simply click the “Create new Apple ID” button and follow the onscreen setup instructions to create a new Apple ID.
How to Create a New Apple ID from a New iPhone or iPad
If you’re setting up a brand new iPhone or iPad, or one that has been reset to factory default settings, simply walk through the on screen setup instructions to create a new Apple ID.
You will need to enter a name, email address, birthday, and provide security questions with answers so that you can recover the account if you later lose access to it for whatever reason.
If you need to change the Apple ID used on an iPhone or iPad, or on a Mac, you will need to log out of any existing Apple ID and then login again with the new Apple ID. If you’re not sure how to do that, you can read how to delete an Apple ID from iOS or delete an Apple ID from a Mac. Note that by removing an existing Apple ID from a device you will lose access to anything synced from iCloud associated with that Apple ID, thus it’s optimal to only do this on a newly reset device, or a device that is intended for use by another person. Each person should only have one Apple ID, as all purchases, downloads, iCloud data, syncing, and otherwise are tied to each unique Apple ID. Additionally, every person should have their own unique Apple ID, and they are not intended to be shared.
You should NOT create a new Apple ID simply because you can’t remember the login information for an existing one, a much better idea would be to follow instructions to reset or recover a forgotten Apple ID or password. If all else fails, contacting official Apple Support directly can usually remedy a situation with a lost Apple ID.
Now you know several different ways to create a new Apple ID, should the need ever arise.