How to Make an Apple ID on iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad


As promised When I made the guide on How to Make an Apple ID in iTunes, here is a guide on How To Make An Apple on Your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

This is a FREE apple ID, meaning it will have no credit card details.

[UPDATE]: If you know how to make an apple ID, but not able to get the “None” option when it asks for your payment method, please see step 3 and 4.

For this you will need the following:

  • An iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad
  • Internet connection or WiFi connection
  • An Email account that is not already registered with Apple
  • A physical Address

If you don’t already have an email account, or you would like a separate email account, you can make a Gmail account, as I will do for the purpose of this tutorial. I have chosen to use a Gmail account, but you can use any email services you might have at your disposal. To make a Gmail, you can click here for the “Create An Account” page on Google.

*Please note that throughout the steps below, you can click on the image to enlarge the photo, if needed.

Step 1

If you have an Apple ID already and you are making a new one, please make sure you have signed out of the account. To do this, please see step 1 – 4, under the “iPhone & iPod Touch Steps” section in “How To Switch Between Apple ID’s“, then return to your Home Screen.

From your Home Screen, tap on “App Store”

Open App Store

Open App Store

Step 2

If you want to make a “Free” account, make sure to select a free app once in the app store. If you can’t find a free app, the easiest way is to Tap on “Top 25.”

Choose Any Free App or App, or Select Top 25

Choose Any Free App or App, or Select Top 25

Step 3

Next tap on “Top Free”

Tap Top Free

Tap Top Free

Step 4

Choose any app under this free section or find something that catches your eye, then tap on it to start the download and thereby the create a new account process.

Choose any Free App

Choose any Free App

I decided to download the DSTV Mobile Guide iPhone App. Once you in the app, tap on “Free”

Tap on Free

Tap on Free

The “Free” button will turn green and become “Install.” tap on “Install”

Tap On Install

Tap On Install

Step 5

Next, the screen to either sign into an existing Apple ID or create a new one is displayed. Tap on “Create New Apple ID”:

Tap Create New Apple ID

Tap Create New Apple ID

Step 6

Next make sure that your country is displayed and tap on “Next”

Ensure Your Country is Displayed, Then Tap Next

Ensure Your Country is Displayed, Then Tap Next

Step 7

On the Next page is the Apple terms and conditions. You are more than welcome to read through these, but you can also just tap on “Agree.”

Tap Agree

Tap Agree

Tap on “Agree” again to accept the terms and conditions:

Tap Agree

Tap Agree

Step 8

Here is where you will fill in the account detail basics. Fill in the email account details you either have or the one you made for this Apple ID as I have. You can, however, use your own date of birth and security question. Also, you will need to fill in a password, at least 8 characters in length that contains a number, capital letter and doesn’t repeat the same letter 3 times after each other:

Fill in Account Details

Fill in Account Details

Once Details Are Completed, Tap Next

Once Details Are Completed, Tap Next

Once you’re done, tap on “Next”

Step 9

Once you have tapped“Next” in step 8, the next screen will be displayed. This is the billing information. Important to note here is that if you want to make a free account, you should select “None,” under the credit card info, which will be the very last option in the list.

The screen you will have in front of you will look something like this:

Choose Billing Method

Choose Billing Method

If you are going to create an account with your credit card details in, select the appropriate card type and complete the details as requested. As I am making a free account for the purposes of this exercise, I have selected “None” and the screen will change slightly and will look like the image below, notice how the section to fill in the credit card details is no longer there.

Tap None for Free Account

Tap None for Free Account

Step 10

Once you have also completed the registration form, the completed page should look something like:

Complete Personal Details

Complete Personal Details

Once Completed Tap Next

Once Completed Tap Next

As I am in South Africa, I used some details for addresses locally. You may fill in your personal physical address, but I have entered the following address (Which I made up) in:

1 Apple Street
 
Gauteng
0156            Centurion
0123456789
 

You may use this address if you would like to.

After completing this, tap on “Next.”

Step 11

At this point, the following screen will be shown:

Verification Email Sent

Verification Email Sent

This is just to let you know they have sent the verification email to the email account you used, to confirm that an actual person made this Apple ID. Tap on “Done”. Tapping on “Done” will result in the screen closing and the App Store automatically opening again on the app that you initially selected to download.

If you want to ensure that Apple keeps your account, go to your email and verify your account. This can be done from the device or from your email. If you are not sure on how to do this, please see Step 10 & 11, under the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Steps section in the “How To Make An Apple ID in iTunes” guide.

Step 12

Next you can download the app you initially wanted to before the process of making an Apple ID. As the App store would have already opened, tap on “Free” on the top right corner of the screen, yet again:

Automatically Taken Back To App Store, Tap App You Wanted To Download. Tap Free

Automatically Taken Back To App Store, Tap App You Wanted To Download. Tap Free

The “Free” button will change to a green “Install” button. Tap on it:

Tap Install

Tap Install

Step 13

Once you have tapped on “Install” in the previous step, the following screen will come up:

Sign in With Apple ID Details Just Created

Sign in With Apple ID Details Just Created

Sign in with the Apple ID account details you just made. After you have filled in the details, tap on “OK”:

Once Filled in Tap Ok

Once Filled in Tap Ok

Step 14

The App Store will now close and the app you are now downloading will be placed on the first open space on any of your screens as shown below:

App Will Start Downloading

App Will Start Downloading

Carry on using the device, or wait for the app to finish downloading:-)

Enjoy and happy shopping!

I hope you have found this useful!

If you need anything further, please leave a comment on this post or see my contact page and I will do my best to help you.

Always remember, give a jackass an education and you’ll have a smartass!

Signing out.

G™

    • sandy
    • February 7th, 2013

    what if you dont have top25

    • Hi Sandy,

      Find any FREE app… The suggestion for the Top 25 was because it was the quickest way to show everyone that they need to find a free app to do the process correctly.

      G™

    • vithal
    • February 14th, 2013

    Hey Glynn,

    I did follow your advice on step 9. Sadly, when it comes to the billing method, there is no none button/option for me :

    does this has something to do with where im staying or the gadget itself? im using iphone 3g. I did some research in youtube and it baffled me how those people with iphone can have the none button.

    please help me. thx!

    • Hi Vithal,

      You have to make sure you attempt to download a FREE app in the beginning of the process.

      This method is not impacted by the device you are using. If you have not come right, try following the steps in my article on how to make a Free Apple ID from the PC. Then all you need to do is log into the Apple ID from your iPhone.

      G™

    • Abdul Halim
    • February 25th, 2013

    At the very last it asks me enter code I tried country code and system replied not correct. What does it need?
    Raja :

    GlynnRyan :

    Hi,
    Have you verified the Apple ID in the verification email they send once completing the registration?
    G™

    Why in my IPOD TOUCH don’t have none??in billing…??

    • Did you follow ALL the steps, including attempting to download an app right in the beginning of the process?

      G™

    • carla
    • March 5th, 2013

    its says a verification email has been sent but i try accessing the account but i cant logged into it at all the verify the account :(

    • Go here https://appleid.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MyAppleId.woa/, click on “Manage your Apple ID”. Sign into your newly made Apple ID and request a new verification email. Also, try checking your email’s spam/junk folder.

      G™

    • alex
    • March 9th, 2013

    what did mean this app requires a gyroscope

    • Hi Alex,

      Which iPhone do you have?

      iPhone 4 and toward have a built in gyroscope. This is like the accelerometer in the phone which picks up if you rotate the screen or not, but works slightly differently. The gyroscope picks up if you physically turn around in circles or oscillating motion.

      My thinking says that your iPhone is possibly an iPhone 3GS and that model unfortunately doesn’t have a gyroscope built in.

      G™

    • rotishma
    • March 21st, 2013

    when i press free and green box appears and says install app after doing it ,it says this app requires ios5.what to do please

    • Hi Rotishma,

      You need to update your device’s iOS version. Check which iOS version you have on your device by going to Settings, General, About. Then scroll down till you find “Version”. If this is not version 5 or higher, you will need to connect your device to your computer with iTunes open and update the iOS.

      G™

    • Kaka
    • March 27th, 2013

    How to create an Apple ID without a iTunes Card?

    • Hi,

      When you say “iTunes Card”, are you referring to an iTunes gift card or a credit card?

      G™

    • J. Bam
    • April 12th, 2013

    This is a wonderful way to download apple free app who don’t have credit cart.

    • Haris
    • April 23rd, 2013

    Has apple taken the none option off?

    • HI,

      Not that I know of. I used this method a week ago to make an Apple ID for a friend.

      G™

  1. Best

    • Annoyed
    • July 13th, 2013

    Hello,
    when I put in my date of birth, it says I;mm too young, then I made on up and the year was in the early 1970’s, and still says I’m too young! Please help as Im unable to do anything with it right now!!;(

    • Hi,

      You will have to start the process by creating a completely new email address.

      G

    • thea
    • October 4th, 2013

    i have apple id but i can not install anything

    • Does your device have any restrictions on it which do not allow app installations?

      Check in settings > general > restrictions

  1. December 5th, 2011

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