How to Create a New Apple ID for Kids under 13 (Updated for iOS 14)

Here's how to make a new Apple ID for a kid under age 13. Once you create an Apple ID for your child, they can use Apple services like iCloud and iMessage and participate in Apple Family Sharing.

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 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, iPadOS and later). When you create an Apple ID for your child, you can also enable Ask to Buy, a parental control that requires your approval before kids can make purchases from Apple Music, Apple Books, Apple TV, 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, it's easy to make a new Apple ID for a child. If you’re trying to set up an iPad or iPhone for kids, consider also enabling iPad or iPhone parental controls, which will give you control over what they can access and download on their device. Here’s how to set up a new Apple ID for your child.

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How to Create a New Apple ID for Kids

We've already covered how to send and accept Apple Family Sharing invitations on your iPhone, how to use Apple Family Sharing to share apps and music, and how to set up Apple Cash Family on your iPhone. For more great iPhone tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now, 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. 

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. 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 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 Payment & Shipping. This screen will show you your Payment Methods; tap the credit cards listed 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.

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  3. Tap Family Sharing.
  4. Tap Add Member.

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  5. Tap Create an Account for a Child, then tap Continue.
  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. read and agree to the Parent 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.
  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.
  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.
  14. You'll be brought back to the Family Sharing screen, where you'll see the new Apple ID you just created.

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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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