How to Create a New Apple ID the Easy Way, from iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC

Apr 27, 2019 - 8 Comments

How to create a new Apple ID

Need to create a new Apple ID? You can easily do so from anywhere using a variety of methods, which we’ll discuss below. Most people will likely have created an Apple ID at some point during the setup of an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or using iTunes, but if you haven’t done that, or if you need to create a new Apple ID for some other reason, that’s easily achieved.

An Apple ID is necessary to use just about any Apple service feature, including iCloud, iTunes, App Store, Music, and much more. It’s also what you’ll use to sync data to and from your Apple devices, and what stored iCloud data like contacts and messages are linked to. Accordingly, an Apple ID is really important if you want to participate in the Apple ecosystem, whether used on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or even Windows with iTunes.

How to Create an Apple ID from Anywhere

This is probably the simplest way to create a new Apple ID, and it can be done from any device or computer be it iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows PC, Mac, or otherwise, all you need is a web browser:

  1. Open any web browser on any device and then go to the Apple ID creation page at https://appleid.apple.com/
  2. Fill out the “Create Your Apple ID” page, this requires a name, birthday, email address, login info, and security questions
  3. Proceed with the creation of the Apple ID, when finished it is ready to be used right away

Note that you will assign an email address for use with the Apple ID, or create a new one for @icloud.com. You can always change the email address associated with an Apple ID later if needed.

How to Create a New Apple ID from iPhone or iPad

You can also create a new Apple ID from iOS Settings, though this can be more difficult than the aforementioned approach of using the web depending on if the device already has an Apple ID logged in.

  1. Open the Settings app and tap on (Your Name)
  2. Scroll down and choose ‘Sign Out’
  3. Next choose “Create a new Apple ID” and walk through the setup instructions

This is an appropriate method if you intend on not using the currently active Apple ID again or anything associated with it, since you will be changing the Apple ID on the device that you logged out of.

Thus this is not a particularly ideal approach if you want to create a new Apple ID for someone else, like a family member, because it involves logging out of an existing Apple ID so that you can create a new one. A better method these type of situations might be to simply open the Safari web browser on the same device and use the above web method to create a new Apple ID.

How to Create a New Apple ID from the App Store

Creating a new Apple ID can be done from the App Store on iOS or Mac, but first if there is an Apple ID associated with the App Store you must logout of it. After that has happened, you simply click the “Create new Apple ID” button and follow the onscreen setup instructions to create a new Apple ID.

How to Create a New Apple ID from a New iPhone or iPad

If you’re setting up a brand new iPhone or iPad, or one that has been reset to factory default settings, simply walk through the on screen setup instructions to create a new Apple ID.

You will need to enter a name, email address, birthday, and provide security questions with answers so that you can recover the account if you later lose access to it for whatever reason.

If you need to change the Apple ID used on an iPhone or iPad, or on a Mac, you will need to log out of any existing Apple ID and then login again with the new Apple ID. If you’re not sure how to do that, you can read how to delete an Apple ID from iOS or delete an Apple ID from a Mac. Note that by removing an existing Apple ID from a device you will lose access to anything synced from iCloud associated with that Apple ID, thus it’s optimal to only do this on a newly reset device, or a device that is intended for use by another person. Each person should only have one Apple ID, as all purchases, downloads, iCloud data, syncing, and otherwise are tied to each unique Apple ID. Additionally, every person should have their own unique Apple ID, and they are not intended to be shared.

You should NOT create a new Apple ID simply because you can’t remember the login information for an existing one, a much better idea would be to follow instructions to reset or recover a forgotten Apple ID or password. If all else fails, contacting official Apple Support directly can usually remedy a situation with a lost Apple ID.

Now you know several different ways to create a new Apple ID, should the need ever arise.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting

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  1. George says:

    You’re awesome, thanks

  2. Erdeslau says:

    Changing an AppleID seems to be possible – Perhaps a recent change. See the procedures described here: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202667#otheraddress

  3. Sebby says:

    Yes. It is hard to use an Apple device without an Apple ID, isn’t it? Strange, for the company that claims to be big on your privacy, to have engineered a de facto dependency on its cloud services …

    You should evaluate which services require an Apple ID. In particular, the iOS App Store is the big one, and you can use an Apple ID just for various stores or iTunes functionality such as Home Sharing, without using it for iCloud. iOS and MacOS will support you in that endeavour. On the other hand, it’s really quite hard to argue that, for instance, iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, the continuity features, or the Find My Device features aren’t valuable, and you can’t have them except by signing in to iCloud. So you might just end up with a unitary Apple ID, anyway, unless you have prior arrangements or a shared ID for purchases.

    Lastly there is the question of iCloud Mail. You ought to be aware that once you’ve enabled your icloud.com account address, you cannot dispense with it; it is permanently attached to your account and continues to receive mail until you delete it entirely (with the GDPR deactivation/deletion process). You are assigned three aliases, so you should use them, if you can, instead of your primary account address. That way you can choose to stop receiving mail. There’s also the option of forwarding mail off iCloud.

    Personally, I use a single iCloud account. If I had known what I just told you, I’d’ve made arrangements for iCloud and iTunes to be on separate accounts, and I would have used a third account just for iCloud email. But there, life is full of hard lessons.

  4. Sheri Ross says:

    I understand the need for an Apple ID if you are part of the Apple eco-system. But some of the Apple ID constraints are crazy! For many years my Apple ID contained by married last name as part of my email address. After 34 yrs of marriage, I divorced and legally changed my name to my maiden name. Can’t change the Apple ID, tho. The best I could do was create an email alias, which as the term implies, is only an alias for my Apple ID, the actual Apple ID still contains my married name. Yes, all of my email shows my maiden name but in order to sign into my Apple account, I still must use my “real” Apple ID containing my married name. If I want to use online Apple Support, I can not use the alias, I must use the Apple ID w/my married name. Some might consider that a small inconvenience, I find it absurd that I must still continue to use my married name for all things Apple. Apple: please wake up & enter the 21st century; I resent having to constantly be reminded of my married name!

  5. no way says:

    If you are thinking of creating a new ID to replace the one you have for any reason, keep in mind it is nearly impossible to transfer purchases and authorizations for apps, music, etc., from one ID to another. this is a MAJOR issue that Apple refuses to address.

  6. Patrick says:

    Hello,
    Yes, it is easy to create a new apple-id but it is not easy to use.
    For example, I have an iPad, an iPhone, bought in Europe.
    I have an Mac, I use and bought this in Thailand.
    To change things on my iPhone, I have to use my id, I made with my iPhone in Europe.
    About the Mac, I bought in Thailand, it is much more complicated and frustrating when you like to change anything.
    If I try for that to use my ID from Europe, I’ll redirected by Apple to Thailand.
    And then the problems will start because it is only in the Thai language.
    I mentioned this problem to Apple long time ago, but don’t expect them to do anuything about it.
    So, you can not read anything, and they left you with your problems.

  7. Bernard Leeds says:

    better to use and associate firstlast@icloud.com with Apple ID ! still can’t sync address books.

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