New to the Apple ecosystem? Your first step is to sign up for an Apple ID.

An Apple ID makes it possible for you to download content from iTunes and the App Store. It also allows you to sync reminders, calendars, and contacts through iCloud, and activates FaceTime and iMessage across multiple devices. It's not mandatory to sign up for an Apple ID if you want to use an Apple device, but it is essential to getting the most out of your iPhone and iPad. Here's how you can create a new ID.

How to create a new Apple ID on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Tap Create a new Apple ID.

    Creating a new Apple ID on iPhone

  4. Enter a birth date.
  5. Tap Next.
  6. Enter your first and last name.
  7. Tap Next.
  8. Select your current email address or get a new iCloud email address.

    Entering birthday for new Apple ID on iPhone

  9. Enter your email address.
  10. Create a password.
  11. Verify the password.
  12. Select a security question.
  13. Type in answer.
  14. Repeat two more times.

    Entering security questions for new Apple ID on iPhone

  15. Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  16. Tap Merge or Don't Merge to sync iCloud data from Safari, reminders, contacts and calendars.
  17. Tap OK to confirm Find My iPhone is turned on.

    Merging iCloud with new Apple ID on iPhone

How to sign out of iCloud on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Scroll down and tap Sign Out.

    Signing out of Apple ID on iPhone

  4. Tap Sign Out to confirm that all Photo Stream photos and iCloud Drive content will be removed from this iPhone.
  5. Tap Delete from My iPhone to confirm that all Notes stored in iCloud will be removed from this iPhone.
  6. Select delete or keep iCloud calendars, Safari, reminders, and contacts on iPhone.

    Deleting iCloud from iPhone

  7. enter password.
  8. Tap Turn off.

    Turn off iCloud on iPhone

How to sign in to iCloud with an existing Apple ID on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Enter the email address and password associated with your Apple ID.
  4. Tap Sign In. Signing in to Apple ID on iPhone
  5. Tap Merge or Don't Merge to sync iCloud data from Safari, reminders, contacts and calendars.
  6. Tap OK to confirm Find My iPhone is turned on.

    Merging content in iCloud on iPhone

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about creating a new Apple ID? Have you had any trouble signing in with a different Apple ID? Let us know in the comments and we'll help you out.