How to Create an Account on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

by Aaron Parson

Although an Apple ID isn't strictly necessary to use an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, it is necessary to use these devices to their full potential. You need an Apple ID to download apps from the App Store, sync your data with iCloud and enable many features including iMessages. If you skipped the Apple ID registration when setting up your iOS device, create a new account in the Settings app.

Create an Apple Account

To open a new account, open the Settings app to the "iTunes & App Store" section. Tap "Create New Apple ID" and choose your country. Agree to the conditions and enter your email address, which serves as your username. Create a password, enter three security questions and optionally add an alternate email address for recovering a lost account. Apple then asks for billing information to cover future iTunes and App Store purchases, and -- if you've upgraded your free iCloud storage -- for iCloud subscription fees. After you finish the registration, Apple sends a verification email to confirm your address. Open the link in the email to finish setting up your account.

Use an Existing Account

If you already created an account on another device or in iTunes on your computer, don't make a new account on your iOS device. Open the App Store app, scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap "Sign In." Choose "Use Existing Apple ID" and log in.

About the Author

Aaron Parson has been writing about electronics, software and games since 2006, contributing to several technology websites and working with NewsHour Productions. Parson holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

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