How to create an APPLE ID

Knowing how to create an Apple ID is an essential part of owning an Apple device and is used to access iCloud, App Store, iTunes, Apple Music, and more.  It is also necessary to sync content across devices, make purchases, back up your device, and more.

Creating a free and easy Apple ID is the first step to setting up your Apple device if you are new to the Apple ecosystem.  This is how the Apple ID is generated on a Windows PC.

It allows you to download content from the iTunes and App Store.  It also allows you to sync reminders, calendars, and contacts through iCloud, and activate FaceTime and iMessage across multiple devices.  It is not mandatory to sign up for an Apple ID if you want to use an Apple device, but it is necessary to get the most out of your iPhone and iPad.

This is perhaps the simplest way to create a new Apple ID, and it can be done from any device or computer whether it’s an iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows PC, Mac, etc., all you need is a web browser:

  • Open any web browser on any device and then go to the Apple ID creation page
  • Fill out the ‘Create your Apple ID’ page, which requires name, date of birth, email address, login information, and security questions
  • Continue creating your Apple ID, when finished it is ready to use immediately

Note that you will either assign an email address for use with the Apple ID or create a new one for  You can always change the email address associated with your Apple ID later, if necessary.

How to create an Apple ID from the iPhone or iPad

You can also achieve this from iOS settings, although this can be more difficult than the above method for using the web, depending on whether the device already has an Apple ID signed in.

  • Open the Settings app and press (your name)
  • Scroll down and select “Sign out.”
  • Next, choose “Create a New Apple ID” and view setup instructions

This is a convenient method if you intend not to use the currently active Apple ID again or anything associated with it, as you will change the Apple ID on the device that you logged off from.

Thus, this is not a particularly ideal approach if you want to create a new Apple ID for another person, such as a family member, because it involves logging out of an existing Apple ID so you can create a new one.  A better way out of this type of situation 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.

From the App Store 

It can be created from the App Store on iOS or Mac, but first, if there is an Apple ID associated with the App Store, you must log out of it.  After this happens, just click the “Create a New Apple ID” button and follow the on-screen setup instructions to create a new Apple ID.

NOTE:  If you are setting up a brand new iPhone or iPad, or a device that has been reset to factory default, just follow the on-screen setup instructions to create a new Apple ID.

You will need to enter a name, email address, and birth date, and provide security questions with answers to recover the account if you lose access to it later for any reason.

If you need to change the Apple ID used on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you will need to sign out of any existing Apple ID and then sign in again with the new Apple ID.  If you’re not sure how to do this, you can read how to delete an Apple ID from iOS or delete an Apple ID from a Mac.

Note that removing an existing Apple ID from a device will lose access to anything synced from iCloud associated with this Apple ID, so it is best to only do this on a newly reset device, or a device intended for use by someone else.  Each person must have only one Apple ID, all purchases, downloads, iCloud data, sync, etc. are associated with each unique Apple ID.  In addition, everyone must have their unique Apple ID, not intended to be shared.

You do not have to create a new Apple ID just because you cannot remember the login information for an existing ID; it would be better to follow the instructions to reset or retrieve the Apple ID or the forgotten password.  If everything else fails, contacting official Apple support directly can correct the situation with the Apple ID lost.  Now you know several different ways to create a new Apple ID, if the need arises.

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