Apple ID on iPhone

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.

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

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Sign in to your iPhone at the top of the screen.

    Launch Settings, then tap Sign in

  3. Tap Don't have an Apple ID or forgot it?
  4. Tap Create Apple ID when the window pops up.

    Tap Dont have Apple ID, then tap create Apple ID

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

    Entering birthday for new Apple ID on iPhone

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

    Entering security questions for new Apple ID on iPhone

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

    Merging iCloud with new Apple ID on iPhone

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

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Sign in to your iPhone at the top of the screen.
  3. Enter the email address and password associated with your Apple ID.
  4. Tap Sign In.

    Launch settings, then tap Sign in, then enter Apple ID and password

  5. Enter your iPhone passcode if you have one set up.
  6. Make sure your iCloud Photos are set the way you want them.
  7. Toggle Apps using iCloud on or off, depending on your preferences.

    Enter your iPhone passcode, set up iCloud Photos, and set up all other apps that use iCloud

Note: In iOS 11 and later, you can use the Keychain password feature in the keyboard suggestion bar to add your Apple ID and password.

Tap the key icon in the keyboard suggestion section, then select your Apple ID

How to sign out of iCloud on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Sign Out.

    Launch Settings, then tap your Apple ID, then tap sign out

  4. Enter the password associated with your Apple ID.
  5. Tap Turn Off.
  6. Select which data you want to keep a copy of on your iPhone and toggle the switch on.
  7. Tap Sign Out in the upper right corner.
  8. Tap Sign Out when prompted to confirm you want to sign out of iCloud on your iPhone or iPad.

    enter your password, then tap Turn Off, then Sign Out, then Sign Out again

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.

A little something extra for your new iPhone or iPad

MoKo Smart Shell Case for iPad Air 3 (From $9 at Amazon)

Like Apple's Smart Folio, but much cheaper. It covers the front and back of your iPad Air 3 (or 10.5-inch iPad Pro) and doubles as a stand using a tri-fold design.

Humixx Ultra-thin clear case for iPhone XS ($11 at Amazon)

So thin it's barely there, but protects from scuffs and scratches just the same. Plus: No ugly yellowing after time goes by.

ZAGG InvisibleShield screen protectors (From $11 at Amazon)

Whether it's your iPad, iPhone, or Apple Watch, you'll want to protect your screen and ZAGG offers a lifetime replacement warranty on its line of screen protectors.

Updated April 2019: Added additional information.

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