When you use any of your Apple computers, smartphones, or tablets, an Apple ID is not only critical to setting up your device, it's also about making the most of it. If you pay a premium to use an ecosystem that "just works," the experience will not be affected by an Apple ID.
Note : For this guide, we assume that you already have an iPhone or iPad running and you need to create an additional Apple ID. These steps are the same even when you set up a new device. Tap "Forgot password or do not have Apple ID", tap "Create a free Apple ID" and follow the process.
The whole process starts like so many others do in the app settings. If you're currently signed in to an Apple ID, tap the button at the top of the screen, then tap Sign Out at the bottom.
After signing out (or if you're not signed in yet), tap "Sign in to your iPhone" at the top of the screen.
Tap the "Do not have or forget Apple ID" link, and then tap Create Apple ID. Option as soon as the new window appears.
Now you need to go through the process and give Apple the information it needs to create the account. This includes entering your date of birth and your full name. Once you have done this, tap the "Next" button to continue.
At this point, you will see two options. You can either create an account with a new, free iCloud email address or assign an existing email address to the new Apple ID. If you do not need or need an additional e-mail address, entering your existing e-mail address may be the way to go. And you can use any address you want – Gmail, Outlook.com, your own domain, etc.
Next, you'll need to create and confirm a password. Make sure you create a strong, unique password here because anyone who accesses your Apple ID actually owns the keys to the kingdom. Could we suggest you use a password manager here?
As the last level of security, Apple requires that you select or enter an identity verification telephone number. You will receive an SMS or call to this number during Apple ID Creation.
Next comes the part that everyone looks forward to and agrees with Apple's terms and conditions. If you do not agree, you can not create an Apple ID. You will also be asked to enter the passcode of your device if it is configured.
Next you need to confirm your email address by entering a code that you will receive. Then you need to decide if you want to merge your iCloud data with data from Safari, reminders, contacts, and calendars. Select either Merge or Disaggregate as desired.
And you're done! Now you can set up any address and payment information as needed. You can also configure family sharing if this is something on your radar.