After putting the guide on “Creating a USA or UK iTunes Account” yesterday, I was asked to consider adding a guide on how to make an Apple ID. As basic as this may be, some people may need a quick reference guide on how to make an Apple ID.
Therefore, in this guide, I will be showing you how to make an Apple ID for general use, in your country of residence. This can be done in more than one way. So I will first be showing how to make an Apple ID from iTunes on your computer.
This is a FREE apple ID, meaning it will have no credit card details.
[UPDATE]: If you know how to make an apple ID, but not able to get the “None” option when it asks for your payment method, please see step 3 and 4.
First I will be showing you how to make an Apple ID from iTunes. For this you will need the following:
- A laptop/desktop computer
- Working & connected internet connection
- An Email account that is not already registered with Apple
- A physical Address
- iTunes installed on the computer
If you don’t already have an email account, or you would like a separate email account, you can make a Gmail account, as I will do for the purpose of this tutorial. I have chosen to use a Gmail account, but you can use any email services you might have at your disposal. To make a Gmail, you can click here for the “Create An Account” page on Google.
So let’s get to this…*Please note that throughout the steps below, you can click on the image to enlarge the photo, if needed.
How to Make an Apple ID
Open your iTunes. Once you open your iTunes, you should see something like this:
Click on the “iTunes Store” option on the right hand side of the sidebar.
Once you are on the iTunes Store, you need to scroll down slightly till where you see the “Free Apps” section. Reason being, is that if you just click on any app to download and that app so happens to be an app that payment is needed for, you wont be able to skip having to put your credit card details in. If you are planning on putting your credit card details in, you don’t have to worry too much about this step. I am making a free account(An account with no payment/billing info) so I am going to use this step. The section of the app store you’re looking for looks something like this:
Once you have found the app, or any app for that matter, hold your cursor over the app and an option that says “Free” with the arrow next to it will come up… Click this “Free” button instead of the app name, as shown above.
After clicking the “Free” button to download the app, the screen to either sign into an existing Apple ID or create a new one is displayed. Click “Create New Account”
After clicking on “Create New Account,” the registration process will load. Depending on your internet connection speed, this can be reasonably quick, or you may have to wait a few seconds. You will notice the status bar on the top middle in iTunes saying something like this:
The next page is basically a nice to read section if you have the time or interested in Apple’s little “Welcome to our App Store” type of message. Not that relevant, so you can just click “Continue” here…
The Next page is the Apple terms and conditions. You are more than welcome to read through these, but you can also just click “Continue.” Make sure, though that you have check the “I Accept The Terms And Conditions” box to be able to go to the next step.
Fill in the email account details you either have or the one you made for this Apple ID as I have. You can, however, use your own date of birth and security question. Also, you will need to fill in a password, at least 8 characters in length that contains a number, capital letter and doesn’t repeat the same letter 3 times after each other.
Once you have clicked “Continue” in step 7, the next screen will be displayed. This is the billing information. Important to note here is that if you want to make a free account, you should select “None,” under the credit card info, which will be the most right option.
The screen you will have in front of you will look something like this:
If you are going to create an account with your credit card details in, select the appropriate card type and complete the details as requested. As I am making a free account for the purposes of this exercise, I have selected “None” and the screen will reload and will look like the image below, notice how the section to fill in the credit card details is no longer there. I have also completed the registration form.
As I am in South Africa, I used some details for addresses locally. You may fill in your personal physical address, but I have entered the following address (Which I made up) in:1 Apple Street Gauteng 0157 Centurion 0123456789
You may use this address if you would like to.
After completing this, click on “Create Apple ID”
At this point, the following screen will be shown:
This is just to let you know they have sent the verification email to the email account you used, to confirm that an actual person made this Apple ID. You can click on “OK” or just leave the screen as is.
Now you will have to go back to the email account you made/have. I had my email open after creating the email account, so go to the email sent by Apple , which should look like this:
Click on “Verify Now” which will open another tab or page of your internet explorer, which will look like so:
Fill in the Apple ID account details that you just made in iTunes, with “Username” being the email address and click on “Verify Now.”
Once have filled in the details and clicked on “Verify Now,” you will be displayed the following screen, notifying you that the Apple ID has been verified:
iTunes should automatically re-open with the screen shown in the next step, if so, you can skip to the final step, or read further below.
The screen shot below is not always going to come up. You may or may not see this, depending on your Windows version/Operating system and/or type of internet browser being used.
If the screen is displayed, make sure “iTunes” is selected and click “Ok.” You can tick the option to “Remember my choice for itmss links” as these file types for iTunes. Clicking it will prevent this application launch request from coming up in the future and iTunes will automatically open.
Lastly you should see the following screen. Click on “Start Shopping” and enjoy 😀
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