How to Create a New Apple ID for Kids under 13 (Updated for 2020)

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Did you know that parents can create an Apple ID for their kids under the age of 13? This allows the child to be a part of the Apple Family Sharing plan on their iPhone or iPad, which includes access to FaceTime, Game Center, iMessages, iCloud, and iTunes (replaced by Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV for MacOS Catalina, iOS 13, and iPadOS). 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 or its replacements, Apple Books, or the App Store. You can add kids to the family account on various devices, including the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. The minimum age for an Apple ID outside of Family Sharing is 13, 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 Sharing group. Luckily, setting up an Apple ID for kids is easy to do. If you’re trying to set up an iPhone or iPad for kids, consider also enabling iPad and iPhone parental controls, which will give you control over what they can access and download on their device. Here’s how to set up an Apple ID for your child.

Related: Restricted! iPhone & iPad Parental Control

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Apple ID for Kids: What It Includes

The Apple ID you create for your child will also be their iTunes (or Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV) account and 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. If you're concerned about hiding certain purchases from Family Sharing, our article on how to hide content will help you out. 

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 as soon as 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 iTunes & App Store. Tap Apple ID at the top of the screen (your email/username) and select View Apple ID. This screen will show you your Account Settings, select Payment Information to view your credit card information.

How to Create an Apple ID for Kids

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap the banner at the top with your name in it.
  3. Tap Family Sharing.
  4. Tap Add Family Member.
  5. Tap Create a Child Account


     
  6. You’ll be prompted to acknowledge a statement from Apple about children’s accounts, tap Next.
  7. Enter your child’s birthday, then read and agree to the Parent Privacy Disclosure.


     
  8. Enter the security code for the credit card assigned to your Apple ID and tap Next.
  9. Enter your child’s name and create an Apple ID for them by creating an iCloud email address.
  10. Choose a password and security questions (make sure to keep all of this information in a safe place).


     
  11. Decide whether or not you’d like your child to Ask to Buy things in the App Store, iTunes, and Apple Books.
  12. Next, you’ll have the option to share your child’s location with the rest of the family. You can change this setting later.
  13. Agree to the Terms & Conditions.


     
  14. Now, set up Screen Time restrictions as desired. 
  15. You'll receive a notification on your device that your child's Apple ID has been set up. 

    parental control settingsapple id for kids notification

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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