How to Create a New Apple ID on iPhone

You can't effectively use an iPhone without an Apple ID. It used to be, in the pre-family sharing days, that family members sometimes shared an Apple ID; this created all kinds of complications. If you want to buy apps in the App Store, sign up for Apple Music or an iTunes account, or use iCloud, iMessage, or FaceTime, you'll need your own Apple ID first. Once you've created your Apple ID, you can use it for all of the purchases, services, and accounts I mentioned before; it's really nice not to have multiple login names and passwords to remember. Signing up for an Apple ID is free and easy to do; let's get started learning how to sign up for a new Apple ID on your iPhone. 

Related: How to Reset Your Forgotten Apple ID & iCloud Password 

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How to Create a New Apple ID on iPhone

Before you create an Apple ID, be sure that you don't already have one that you've forgotten the password for. It's much better to find your old login information than to start from scratch; follow this tip to reset your forgotten Apple ID. Similarly, if you want to change the email address associated with your Apple ID, you don't need to start an entirely new Apple ID. Just follow this tip to change the email address associated with your Apple ID. Finally, if you already have an Apple ID and want to change the password, follow this tip to accomplish that. 

Now, if you've really never set up an Apple ID before, let's get started creating one! 

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap on Sign in to your iPhone at the top of the screen.

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  • Tap Don't have an Apple ID or forgot it.
  • Now tap Create Apple ID.

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  • Enter your birthday, then tap next at the upper right of the display.
  • Now enter your name and tap next again.

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  • Choose your current email address, or get a free iCloud email address. 
  • Enter your email address, then click Next.

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  • Now create an eight-character password and click Next.
  • You'll receive a text or call to confirm your identity, tap Continue.

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  • Agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Enter your iPhone's Passcode, if it has one.

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  • Choose whether you want your confirmation email sent to the email address you entered or a different one.
  • Enter the verification code from your email into your iPhone.

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  • Tap Merge.

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That's it! From here you can adjust Payment and Shipping information, set up the iTunes and App Store, set up Family Sharing, and more.

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.