Your Apple ID is the user name you use to log into Apple's App Store, iMessage and FaceTime services, and its online store and support forums; it's also important for Genius Bar appointments and product registration. In this article we explain not only how to set up an Apple ID, but also how to find out what your Apple ID is, how to find (or change) your Apple password, and how to get the most from your Apple ID account.
You'll need an Apple ID for everything from booking an appointment at the local Apple Store’s Genius Bar, to making a FaceTime call, to setting-up Apple Pay, to buying music, movies and apps. More than this, however, is the fact that the Apple ID links your Apple devices or computers to each other, and to you.
It's possible to use a Mac or iOS device without an Apple ID but it’d be a significantly diminished experience. You can sign up for an Apple ID by visiting Apple's ID section of its website here and clicking Create An Apple ID.
Further down the application form you're required to enter a second, different email address for rescue purposes, such as resetting your password. To create an Apple ID you’ll need to provide your date of birth, fill in some security questions, and give your mailing address. In particular, ensure you enter the correct country details because Apple runs separate Music, Movie and App Stores for different territories.
App Store: Click the Sign In entry under the Quick Links listing at the right of the window. Children under the age of 13 are unable to create Apple IDs themselves, although a parent or guardian can create one for them as part of the Family Sharing system, detailed below. Once you’ve setup your Apple ID the first thing to do is secure it, and this is done by setting-up two-step verification (sometimes called two-factor authentication, or TFA). Doing this means that you won’t be able to use your Apple ID for purchases on a new device or Mac, or for iCloud login, or make changes to your account details, without entering a one-time code that Apple sends you. You can choose for the code to be texted to your mobile phone (and not necessarily an iPhone), or sent to one of your iOS devices. To setup two-step verification, again visit the Apple ID website here but this time click Manage Your Apple ID, and login when prompted.
After a handful of caveats explaining how two-step works, you come to the first setup step, which is to add trusted device. To do so, again open the Passwords and Security section of the Apple ID website and click the link.
Notably, app-specific passwords can be deactivated at any time, which essentially will deny that app further access.
If you don’t want to add a card then simply click or tap the None entry in the list of possible payment types. Once upon a time some people created an Apple ID in and then allowed other family members or friends to use it to log into their own device. Mums and dads also shared their Apple ID with their children, who were too young to have a payment card on their account in order to make in-app purchases.
If you forget your Apple ID password then visit Apple's iForgot website and enter your Apple ID username.
When choosing the email reset option, note that you only have three hours to respond before the reset request is cancelled. If you have two-step verification activated then you’ll be prompted to enter the recovery key created during activation of two-step verification. If you’ve forgotten what your Apple ID username is in addition to your password then visit the iForgot page and click the Forgot Your Apple ID? If two-factor verification is setup, you will again be prompted to enter the recovery key, as in the steps above describing forgetting your password. Again, if you have two-factor verification enabled then you’ll need to provide it in addition to a code sent or texted to one of your devices. In light of ongoing privacy concerns, many people are starting to rethink having so many different accounts. If you have Family Sharing set up, tap Family and tap Remove in each member of your family. The answer seems to be that you currently can’t get Apple to delete your accounts (or at least there is no permanent and automated way to do this (please let us know in the comments if you know otherwise). What you can do, however, is edit your personal information to make it a little less personal.
You should now have removed your Apple ID from all your devices, and changed all of your permanent information.
If you are running an older version of iOS or Mac OS X, on the second page of this feature we have some information for those running older operating systems. For example, using an Apple ID without a credit card associated with it for a kids device, or if you ever switch hardware or give an iOS device to someone else, you’ll probably want to change the Apple ID on that device so that it is no longer related to yours too. Keep in mind that changing an Apple ID on a device that is using it can possibly cause unexpected issues with iOS and conflicts with some apps. I have ended up with two Apple IDs: one for iTunes and App Store purchases, and one for iCloud use. If you’re frustrated as a tech, imagine a mom in her 40s who is not tech savy at all. This is about changing an Apple ID in iOS, you can change an Apple ID on the iPhone that way. I have in my iphone 4 my ID account, but when i have to update the applicacion, ask me for one account that is not mine, but from my bf, something that i dont want in my phone. So, how can I circumvent this and replace the info with my own and begin using this phone??? My new iPhone 6 decides when it wants to receive texts and when it does not want to receive texts. I have an iPod touch 4th gen, which I want to restore to factory original in order to give it to one of my children.
After a lot of hassle, I eventually managed to get their Apple ID details to sign them out in order to create my own ID. Yes if you reset the iPhone as new it will be like a new phone with nothing on it, you can put your icloud account on it then. Most of all, BEFORE, you could not update the apps of let’s say account 2 (you are logged out of), if you are logged in to your account 1. But now, when logged in to account 1 and some apps need updating from account 2, iOS simply will ask you the password of account 2 to update them !
This is just great, and if this works as simply as it does seem to work, I can finally use my two accounts without having to worry about unusable apps and updates and payment means to renew and stuff like that.

I have bought an iPhone 5s from a person and I would like to change the account but I do not contact with that person I have bought from.
I have given my friend my old iPhone 4s and helped her set it up, however my current iPhones (5s) Apple ID login and password no longer works on my phone. So enter your existing Apple ID on the iphone, if you need to make a new one make one on the web rather than making one on the iPhone.
Hi, I have keyed in the wrong email for my apple ID into my iPhone 4 and now I cannot log out to sign in correctly. My boss has an old iphone 5 that does not currently have service and it does not have a sim card.
I currently have two phones associated with one Apple ID… Question is if I create a new Apple ID to separate the two phones, can I make sure to retain or recover the current apps on both phones without having to use an actual computer and plug phone in to access iTunes account?
Nice article but when I go to iTunes under settings, the iPad will not let me select the Apple ID to change it. In my old iPhone 4S I have the proper apple ID under the setting and even when I enter the Apple store or Itune store (also shown at the bottom of the screen), however when I ask to download the updates for my Apps I got as request the password for the Apple ID of my son, who has used the phone once. I have an apple iPhone 5 that has reverted back to original settings for my apple id and password with all other information. Hiii i have iphone 4 i change my new apple id & when i put new id in it shows u already login with number of apple id so now you cant login with apple id so please help me how can i login with apple id.
I recently sold my old iPhone four to a friend and he later came back to me saying that he needed my old Apple ID and password in order to access the phone. So, she needs to go into the iTunes & App store section in Settings, then logout, then create new apple id. Make sure the iOS Device is connected to the wireless network that you want the Apple TV to connect to. After entering in your Apple ID and password, the next prompt asks if you want the device to remember them, so when you purchase any music, TV shows or movies from the Apple TV you will not have to re-enter in the password each time. While you fill out the information needed on your iOS device, your television displays a picture of the Apple TV with a message that it is finishing the set up.
The Apple TV then connects to the wireless network, activates, connects to the iTunes store and welcomes  you to the main page. You may also Look at New upcoming Apple products like iPhone Wrap around Screen Mobiles and  Apple New Mac Pro. Step #7: When you click on download, you’ll be asked to enter your Apple ID and password or Create a new ID.
You can’t access the iTunes store & app store if you don’t have an Apple ID, where one could find and download various Apps.
Make a New Apple ID and download Apps, sync content & iTunes Match available App store.
An Apple ID is also used to access your iCloud data and services, which includes tools like iMessage, email, Reminders, Notes, Calendars, Photos storage, and so on. By logging in to Apple hardware with your Apple ID, you’re telling Apple that it belongs to you, and that your shared data, apps and services can be made accessible on it.
If not then read on, although you might like to read on in any case to learn more about what an Apple ID can do for you. This address will be used very rarely and this time around the address can be one already used for an Apple ID.
Don’t be tempted to enter false details here either because Apple will be using all the details later to confirm you are who you say you are. If you live in Birmingham but pretend to be living in Antigua then it will become tricky when you come to enter credit card details in order to make purchases. To sign in to purchase books, open the iBooks Store (click the Store button at the top left if viewing your library), then click the Sign In entry under the Quick Links listing at the right of the program window.
If you opt not to, you’ll be prompted to sign in should you attempt to make a purchase in the store or view your existing purchases. This can be wise because sometimes your main Apple ID used for purchasing can be locked because of fraud. This also allows a parent or guardian to put a credit card against the account for the child to use to make purchases - supervised, of course.
Then click the Password and Security link at the left, and answer the security questions to proceed. At the very least you'll need to register one mobile number that can receive texts (that is, SMS) - and that's pretty much every mobile since the mid-90s. These devices don’t necessarily need to be able to receive texts because Apple sends the two-factor codes magically, via a feature built into iOS. The app-specific password is entered within the app instead of your usual Apple ID password. Enter a name for the app (this is for your reference only), and then you’ll be provided with the password.
For example, if you used an app-specific password to access iCloud email via Microsoft Outlook on a Windows laptop, and that laptop got stolen, you could revoke the password and thereby stop the thief accessing or sending emails. For most everyday tasks there isn’t a mandatory requirement to have a payment card associated with your Apple ID. Unwanted data synced across the shared devices, such as iMessages, but in any case it’s become somewhat redundant since Apple introduced Family Sharing.
For example, it creates a shared family calendar, reminder list and photo stream that you can’t unsubscribe from.
Typically this is done by tapping and holding purchases within iTunes (or right-clicking on a Mac). Once you do, a verification code will subsequently be sent to one of your trusted devices, or texted to your phone.
However, note that Apple sometimes locks accounts for 24 hours if too many unsuccessful password attempts are made, and the only option is to wait.
Apple is much more careful about who it shares information with that other services, as this open letter from Tim Cook makes clear.
And of course, many international users may want to switch between multiple Apple ID’s set to different countries so that they can access different features and App Store content. Subscribe to the OSXDaily newsletter to get more of our great Apple tips, tricks, and important news delivered to your inbox! You’d probably want to pick one and just stick to that exclusively from now on if you can. Thanks again for the help though so we could at least properly sign his device out of the Apple ID.

One reason to change a password is to prevent unauthorized devices from continuing to use your account. You should read the article and follow the written instructions about how to change the iCloud and Apple ID. Unfortunately, the Apple ID pop up window shown and discussed in the above instructions does not appear on my iPhone, thus making it impossible to move the process forward. I have made all the necessary things to change, log out, restart, refresh and remake the industrial settings, but absolutely nothing.
You’re saying what the message says and then asking what it means, well what does it say?
Now I am trying to erase the phone back to default and unable to turn off locator because it required apple id from 2 yrs ago when I first set up my account, since than I have changed my password multiple time and no longer remember my password as It will not accept my current id and password. Just initiate the password reset process for the old Apple ID using the email address used to sign up for it, no problem! The maxium fee accounts that creared to my iphone is over… The how can i ender in to the icloud accout?? If there are children who might have access to the Apple TV without adult supervision I would decline this option.
This will send anonymous data to Apple on occasion to ensure that they can track down any bugs or other issues. You could provide the email address of your spouse, for example, although again there’s a requirement to confirm by clicking a link in an email sent to the address.
Additionally, some people just don’t like having a credit card linked to their iCloud account. Apple says this is in place to conform with online child protection laws in that it provides verifiable proof of your home address. Again, don’t enter false details here because Apple will test it immediately by sending you a text with a number you must type to continue setup. To do so, click the History link under the Generate an App-Specific Password heading, and click Revoke alongside the app name. This lets up to six separate Apple IDs share apps and iTunes purchases with no strings attached. Any member of the family can track the location of another member via Find my Friends and within iMessage – although each person must first opt to be tracked like this. Follow the instructions and be sure to provide the Apple ID of each family member when requested. In future to add somebody, again open iCloud within System Preferences and click the Manage Family button.
But if you've decided that you don't want to leave an account in Apple’s hands then this guide will help. So  if you've decided that enough is enough, and you want to get rid of all your Apple ID completely, then follow this guide. Remember that you won't be able to access or use any purchases or apps connected to that Apple ID without authorizing it on your devices again. For the best experience with iOS devices, you’ll want to be sure each of your own hardware is using the same Apple ID. There are really plenty of scenarios where changing the Apple ID associated with an iPhone or iPad is necessary or otherwise makes sense, so let’s learn exactly how to do that. Thus, you’ll generally only want to do this on a device that has been freshly reset to factory default settings or that is otherwise a clean slate without any critical App Store and related downloads tied to it. Pushing a new password to everything that knew the old password would defeat the purpose of having a password at all.
It has become a mess to share the Apple ID and hoping this is something that can be fixed without too much issue. Is there anyway to stop this from happening because once kids know the pass and buy something I’m in for it! I have signed out of icloud account, when i try to create apple ID from itunes stores and app stores there is already an icloud id popping up in apple ID. However, the phone keeps asking me to enter the password associated with that Apple ID in order to use the iCloud function.
And all the data were synchronized with his data now i want to create my own apple id and the features are not letting me through so please what can I do to make my phone filled with my own data and my gmail and my account.
You can also setup your Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, and other accounts to start watching your favorite shows from each of those services. Click the plus button at the bottom left, then select Create An Apple ID For A Child Who Doesn't Have An Account. Don't skip writing down the key because in the very next step Apple will ask you to type it in! Annoyingly this card has to be a credit card - a particular frustration to people that don't have one.
With that said, there are times when you may want to change an Apple ID associated with a specific iOS device. When I try to make one for me it lets me choose language, create password etc but right at the end wwhen I think I have completed it ,it says can no longer crate a free apple id on this device? Once you’ve done that, however, and confirmed the subsequent second set of caveats, two-step verification will be enabled.
You won't be able to use apps downloaded from the App Store, or install new apps on an iOS device. So if you have a used phone you cant make a 4th ID and the phone is unable to create one or sign into one. I recently changed my password, and I had to change the password on two Macs, two iPhones, and two iPads. Why can they not make it so that the change gets pushed out to the other devices automatically? The last time I called (for issues related to IOS 8) I was literally on the phone for 2 hours and 38 minutes.
They were great but I do not have time to do that again nor do I feel I should have to pay them in order to do something that should be a no-brainer…Reset to factory original. My lock passcode has only changed twice since I got this a few years ago and I have tried both.

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