iPhone Life magazine

How do I get started with iTunes?

iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

Sooner or later you’re going to have to get familiar with iTunes. Your iOS device depends heavily on it for backing up media, downloading apps and music, organizing folders, and more. To work with iTunes, your Mac should be running OX 10.5.8 or later, and your PC should be running Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Vista, or Windows 7. Your computer must also carry a USB 2.0 port. Here’s how to get started.

  1. Download the latest version of iTunes (itunes.com/download), and follow the on-screen prompts for installation.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Connect your iOS device to your computer through the USB port with the sync cable that comes with your device. iTunes will recognize the device and ask you to name it. From then on, the device name will pop up under the Devices panel on the left-hand side of the iTunes screen. If you’re setting-up cellular or data service for an iPhone or iPad for the first time, you will be prompted to do so before you can name it.


For existing AT&T or Verizon iPhone customers:

iTunes will give you the option of adding a new phone line or transferring your current service to your iPhone (and deactivate your old phone in the process). Submit your current mobile number, zip code, and last four digits of your Social Security number to confirm your account and follow the on-screen prompts to finish setting up.

For new customers:

iTunes will ask you to choose calling plans and data service. You can switch to a new carrier in this step, but just be aware of early contract termination fees from your current carrier (which can be quite high).

Setting up an iTunes account:

iTunes will then ask you for your Apple ID and password. If you don’t have one, you can set one up in this step. You will need to provide a valid e-mail and a US-based credit card number (it won’t be charged in the set-up process). Agree to your carrier’s service agreement and Apple’s terms and conditions to go to the final confirmation screen. You will see a summary of all your information; just confirm to continue. Your device will do the rest from there and activate itself.


Once activated, you’ll be able to purchase songs and movies through iTunes, and sync new apps, media files, and contacts to your new device. We’ll show you how in the rest of this issue.