How to Create Apple ID for Kids under 13 (Updated for iOS 15)

An Apple ID for kids can be a useful way to manage your family's Apple devices and screen use. Here's how to create an Apple ID for a child.

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Did you know that parents can create an Apple ID for kids under the age of 13? This allows the child to be a part of the Apple Family Sharing plan. It's easy to make a new Apple ID for a child, though the process is somewhat lengthy, and you'll need to make sure your child has their own email address. Here’s how to set up a new Apple ID for your child.

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How Create Apple ID for Child

Let's go over what it means to create a new Apple ID for a child, including what services they'll be able to access, and how you can use parental controls to make sure your kids only see age-appropriate content. Next, we'll go over how to make a new Apple ID for your child, step by step. For more great iPhone tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day.

Apple ID for Kids: What Does It Include?

The Apple ID you create for your child will be their account for all their Apple content, including Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, Apple Books, and Apple TV, as well as their iCloud account. In the past, Apple suggested users share their Apple ID with kids under 18. As iPhones and iPads for kids became more common, 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. There's the added bonus of Family Sharing apps, a feature that allows family groups to share some apps, music, and books with children while hiding others. For example, say you purchase a game app for your iPhone from the App Store. With Family Sharing, your child can, too, without paying for the game a seconed time. If you're concerned about hiding certain purchases from Family Sharing, our article on how to hide content will help you out. If your concern is more about sharing the payment method in general, there are ways to allow users to add funds to their own accounts as well.

Important Note: To create an Apple ID for a child under 13, the Family Organizer (adult) will be prompted to use the CVV code from a credit card. 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 once the new Apple ID account is created. To make sure you have your credit card set up for payment before creating an Apple ID for your child, open the Settings app on your device. Tap the banner at the top with your name in it, then tap Payment & Shipping. This screen will show you your Payment Methods; tap the credit cards listed to view your credit card information.

How to Create New Apple ID Child

A child Apple ID is a handy thing. Here is how to create one for a child under the age of thirteen.

  1. Open the Settings app.

    iphone settings app
  2. Tap the banner at the top with your name in it.

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  3. Tap Family Sharing.

    tap family sharing
  4. Tap Add Member.

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  5. Tap Create an Account for a Child, then tap Continue.

    create an account for a child
  6. Enter the CVV of the card that is associated with your Apple ID, then tap Done.

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  7. You’ll be prompted to acknowledge a statement from Apple about children’s accounts; tap Agree.

    agree to apple id family privacy disclosure
  8. Enter your child’s name and birthday, then tap Next.

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  9. Create an Apple ID for your child by creating an iCloud email address, then tap Create Email Address.

    create apple id email address
  10. Choose a password and verify it, and tap Next (make sure to keep all of this information in a safe place).

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  11. Enter a phone number where a verification code will be sent when your child attempts to sign in on a new device.

    choose phone number to associate with apple id
  12. Agree to the Terms & Conditions.

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  13. Tap Turn On Ask to Buy so your child will require approval for purchases from the App Store, iTunes, and Apple Books, and Location Sharing, so you'll know where your child's device is located.

    turn on location services and ask to buy
  14. You'll be brought back to the Family Sharing screen, where you'll see the new Apple ID you just created.

    Apple Family Sharing list

Congratulations! You’ve set up an Apple ID for a child. 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 until they're 13. They can, however, be transferred to a different Family Sharing group. Otherwise, the child will have to be older than 13 to leave the Family Sharing account.

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