How to Set Up & Create an Apple ID for a Child Under 13

Parents can create an Apple ID for their kids under the age of thirteen. This allows the child to be a part of the Family Sharing plan on iPhone, which includes access to FaceTime, Game Center, iMessage, iCloud, and iTunes. By creating an Apple ID for your child, you can also enable Ask to Buy, which requires your approval before they can make purchases from iTunes, iBooks, or the App Store. You can add children to the family account on various devices including iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. The minimum age for an Apple ID is thirteen, which means if you want your child to have their own iCloud account within Family Sharing, they’ll need to be part of your Family. Luckily, setting up an Apple ID for kids is easy to do. If you’re trying to set up an iPad or iPhone for a child, consider also enabling Restrictions, which will give you control over what they can access and download on their device. Here’s how to create an Apple ID for your child.

Related: How to Set Up Family Sharing

The Apple ID you create for your child will also be their iTunes account and iCloud account. In the past, Apple suggested users share their Apple ID with kids under 18. But as it's become more common for children have their own iPads or iPhones, Apple introduced Family Sharing to make it easy for parents to control the Apple family account after setting up an Apple ID for their kids. Family Sharing has the added bonus of allowing you to share apps, music, and books with your children. For example, say you purchase a game app for your iPhone from the App Store. With Family Sharing, your child can download that app without paying for it too. If you're concerned about hiding certain purchases from Family Sharing, our article on how do that will help you out. 

Important Note: To create an Apple ID for a child under thirteen, the Family Organizer (adult) will be prompted to use the CVV code from a credit card, debit card, or Union Pay. Entering your CVV code is considered parental consent for the child’s Apple ID. Though you must enter your card info to register your child with an Apple ID, you may change your payment method as soon as the new Apple ID account is created. To make sure you have your credit card, debit card, or Union Pay set up for payment before creating an Apple ID for your child, go to Settings. Choose iTunes & App Store. Tap Apple ID: [email/username] and select Payment Information.

How to Create an Apple ID for Kids

  • Open Settings and choose iCloud.

  • Select Family.

  • Tap Add Family Member...

  • Tap Create an Apple ID for a Child.

  • You’ll be prompted to acknowledge a statement from Apple about children’s accounts, tap Next.

  • Then it will ask for your child’s birthday. After selecting their birthday, you’ll be prompted to read and agree to the Parent Privacy Disclosure.

  • Enter your credit card, debit card, or Union Pay (depending on which is assigned to your Apple ID) CVV security code. Tap Next.

  • Then you’ll be asked to enter your child’s name and create an Apple ID for them via an iCloud email address.

  • Choose a password. Choose and answer your child’s security questions (make sure to keep all of this information in a safe place!).

  • Decide whether or not you’d like your child to Ask to Buy things in the App Store, iTunes, and iBooks.

  • Next, you’ll have the option to share your child’s location with the rest of the family. You can always answer and then come back later to change it.

  • Agree to the Terms & Conditions.

Congratulations! You’ve set up an Apple ID for a child and are one step closer to Family Sharing. Please note that when you create an Apple ID for a child, they will automatically be added to your Family Group for sharing purposes.

It’s good to know that once you’ve created an Apple ID for your child, they cannot be removed from the family account. They can, however, be transferred. Otherwise, the child will have to grow up beyond 13 in order to leave the Family Sharing account.

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