Beginner's Guide to Apple ID | Manage and Use Your Apple ID

Maria updated on Aug 15, 2022 to Knowledge Center

When you use an Apple device like iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air/Pro for the first time, it will ask you to log in with your Apple ID to set up a new device. Your Apple ID is your account to access Apple services like the App Store, iCloud, Messages, FaceTime, and more. It also syncs your subscriptions, payment information, and more across all your Apple devices.

With an Apple ID, you can use Apple TV+ or Apple Music, make App Store purchases, use Find, sync photos to iCloud, and help reset forgotten Mac passwords. Next, we will describe more information about Apple ID from three aspects.

How to Create Your Apple ID

Creating an Apple ID is entirely free. When setting up a new device, you can click Create Apple ID... to create your Account. When a new dialog pops up, you need to fill in your basic information, including your first name, last name, email address (this will be your Apple ID), password, phone number, etc.

In addition to creating an Apple ID during setup, you can do this later on your device. You can choose from several ways:

On iPad/iPhone/iPod: Open Settings > tap Sign in to your iPhone/iPad at the top > tap No Apple ID or Forgot > Create Apple ID, then follow these steps.

On MacBook Air/Pro/iMac: Click the Apple icon > System Preferences > Click Sign In in the empty profile screen > Click the Create Apple ID... option and follow all the prompts.

On a Windows PC: Open iTunes and on the menu bar, select Account> Sign In > select the Create a new "Apple ID" option.

In the Apple Store:

  • Open the Apple Store > click Profile on iPhone/iPad.
  • Click Sign In > Forgot Apple ID or Password on Mac.
  • Select Create Apple ID and enter the required information.

To create an Apple ID on the web: Go to appleid.apple.com in a browser and click Create your Apple ID in the upper right corner.

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How to Keep Your Account Safe

Protecting your Apple ID is important because it stores the email address and password you use to sign in and other private information such as contact and payments. There are some effective practices you can use to maximize the security of your Account.

Strong passwords: Apple's password rules require your password to contain eight or more characters, upper and lower case letters, and at least 1 number. You can also add extra characters and punctuation to make your password stronger.

Use security questions: These security questions and your correct answers help Apple identify you and verify that you are the person requesting access to your Account. You should set puzzles that are not easy to guess. Questions such as birthday and name are not recommended.

Two-Factor Authentication: This is an improved security method. When you sign in to your Apple ID for the first time on a new device, it asks you to verify your identity using a six-digit verification code, a random code displayed on your other devices, or sent to a trusted phone number. When this feature is enabled, others can't log in to your Apple account even with a password.

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Get More About Apple ID

Besides creating an Apple ID, new iPhone/iPad/Mac users also want to know how to change their Apple ID email, log out of Apple ID when preparing their Mac for sale, and more. In this section, we've collected and answered frequently asked questions about your Apple ID. The following steps are for MacBook Air/Pro/iMac and are slightly different from other Apple devices.

How to sign in to your Apple ID:

  • Click the Apple logo > System Preferences.
  • Click the Sign in button.
  • Enter your Apple ID email and password and the password for your user account.

How to sign out of your Apple ID: Click the Apple logo > System Preferences, click Apple ID on your profile, and select Overview in the left sidebar > Click Sign Out at the bottom. Opt out to keep a copy before opting out.

How to change your Apple ID email:

  • Go to appleid.apple.com and sign in, in the Sign in & Security section.
  • Select Apple ID.
  • Enter your new email address.

How to change/reset your Apple ID password: Open the Apple menu > System Preferences > Apple ID, then select Password & Security > Change Password. Enter a password to unlock your Mac, enter and verify your new password in the pop-up window, then click Change to confirm.

How to remove your Apple ID:

  1. Navigate to privacy.apple.com on your iPad/PC/Mac, log in to your Apple account, and click Apple ID.
  2. On the Apple ID and Privacy page, select Continue.
  3. Under Delete your Account, select Get started.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen. This will permanently delete all your account information.

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