Daily Tip: How to set up a free iCloud account with iOS 5

New to iPhone, iPad touch, or iPad and curious how to set up one of Apple's new, free iCloud accounts? Not only is iCloud great for email, calendar, and contacts, it also lets you backup your important settings and information. Luckily, creating a new iCloud account is a very simple process.

  • Open Settings from your home screen
  • Click on Mail, Contacts, Calendars

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  • Click on Add Account...
  • Select iCloud at the top of the list
  • Click on Get a Free Apple ID

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  • Enter your location
  • Enter your date of birth

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  • A new window will now open asking you to use an existing email address or get a free @me.com address

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  • Select get a free @me.com email address

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  • Fill in all your details and select next
  • Accept the iCloud terms and conditions

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  • That's it done, you now have a new iCloud account all set up and ready to go on your iOS 5 device!

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  • Yes beginner for sure.
  • Yes beginner for sure.
  • Shouldn't it be an iPod Touch instead of iPad Touch? Lol.
  • Don't you have to use your iTunes account email to do this?
  • Exactly, the last thing I need is another email account. Can't we just use our current itunes email/ apple ID?
  • Don't you have to use your iTunes account email to do this?
  • Addendum to the tip:
    This doesn't work if you want to register a second account (cuts you off at DoB screen)
  • How do u get a free one if I all created 4 Apple Id s and won't let me make any more free accounts!!
  • So does annyoe know annyoe high up in the relevant department of Telecom to address this contacts issue? Feedback seems to suggest its a carrier thing (as opposed to Apple) so just curious if someone at Telecom (and 2 degrees, assuming affected as well) has been made aware of this. I know in an early iOS release (like 3 or 4 days) the voicemail stopped working for Telecom and they were able to get it fixed so really REALLY hope they can solve this one too. Not blaming Telecom as they aren't a supported carrier but preying they can work something out as I cant keep guessing who text me or is calling(camtab has made 462 comments)
  • after having to change my apple ID from what it has been since 2006 to an email account - I hooked up to the iCloud
    I am having dups in my contacts already so I do NOT trust it with my contacts, calendar or email
    I wanted location based reminders to work
    all that effort and calling apple get me a $29 bill to try to fix it
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