How to Create an iCloud Account

This wikiHow teaches you how to create an iCloud account by signing up for an Apple ID on an iPhone or iPad, a Mac, or via iCloud.com. When you sign up for an Apple ID, your free iCloud account is created for you; all you need to do is sign in.

Using an iPhone or iPad

  • How to Create an iCloud Account
    Open your device's Settings.It's a gray app that contains an image of gears (⚙️) and is typically found on your home screen.
  • TapSign in to your (device).It's at the top of the menu.[1]
    • If you're running an older version of iOS, instead tapiCloudand then tapCreate a new Apple ID.
  • TapDon't have an Apple ID or forgot it?below the password field.
  • TapCreate Apple ID.It's at the top of the pop-up menu.
  • Enter your birth date.Swipe up or down on themonth,day, andyearsections to enter a valid birth date and then tapNextin the top-right corner.
  • Enter your First and Last name.Then tapNext.
  • Enter a current email address or create a new iCloud email address.This email address will become the Apple ID you'll use to sign in to iCloud.
    • Then tapNext.
  • Enter a valid password.Then tapNext.
  • Enter your phone number.Select whether you want to verify your phone number with aText Messageor aPhone Call. Then tapNext.
  • Enter the Verification Code.Then tapNext.
  • TapAgree.It's in the bottom-right of the Terms and Conditions page. Then tapAgreeon the pop-up menu.
  • Enter your device's passcode.This is the unlock code you established for your device when you set it up.
    • The screen will display the message "Signing into iCloud" as it accesses your data.
  • Merge your data.If you have data on your phone such as calendars, reminders, contacts, and notes that you'd like merged with your new iCloud account, tapMerge; if not, tapDon't Merge.
    • You will then be signed into your newly created iCloud account. You can nowset up iCloud on your iPhone or iPadwith your new iCloud account.

Using a Mac

  • Click on the Apple menu.It's the  icon in the upper-left of your screen.
  • Click onSystem Preferences.It's in the second section of the drop-down menu.
  • Click oniCloud.It's on the left side of the window.
  • Click onCreate Apple ID….It's below the "Apple ID" field in the dialog box.
  • Enter your birth date.Use the drop-down menus in the dialog box to do so.
  • Click onNext.It's in the lower-right corner of the dialog box.
  • Enter your first and last name.Do so in the fields at the top of the dialog box.
  • Enter an email address.This email address will become the Apple ID you use to sign in to iCloud.
    • If you'd like an @iCloud.com email address, click onGet a free iCloud email address...beneath the password field.
  • Enter a password and confirm it.Do so in the fields near the bottom of the dialog box.
    • Your password must have at least 8 characters (including a number and an uppercase and lowercase letter) with no spaces. It also shouldn't have three consecutive characters (222), be your Apple ID, or a previous password you've used in the last year.
  • Click onNext.It's in the lower-right corner of the dialog box.
  • Create three security questions.Use the three drop-down menus in the dialog box to select the security questions, then type the answers in the fields beneath the drop down menus.
    • Choose questions that you'll remember the answers for.
    • Answers are case-sensitive.
  • Click onNext.It's in the lower-right corner of the dialog box.
  • Check the box next to"I have read and agree…."It's in the lower-left part of the dialog box.
  • Click onAgree.It's in the lower-right corner of the dialog box.
  • Check your email.Check for a message that was sent to the email address you entered for your Apple ID.
  • Open the email message from Apple.The subject line will likely be "Verify your Apple ID."
  • Click onVerify now >.It's a link in the body of the email message.
  • Enter your password.Type the password you created for your Apple ID in the "Password" field in the browser window.
  • Click onContinue.It's near the bottom-center of the browser window.
    • You should see an "Email address verified" message on your screen.
    • Follow onscreen prompts to configure iCloud on your Mac.
  • Go to theiCloud website.Do so from any browser.
  • Enter your Apple ID and password.
  • Click on ➲.It's on the right side of the password field. You can nowuse your iCloud account.

Using iCloud.com

  • Go towww.icloud.com.Do so from any browser, including computers running Windows or Chromebooks.
  • Click onCreate yours now.. It's below the Apple ID and Password fields and to the right of "Don't have an Apple ID?"
  • Enter an email address.This email address will become the Apple ID you use to sign in to iCloud.
  • Enter a password and confirm it.Do so in the fields near the center of the dialog box.
    • Your password must have at least 8 characters (including a number and an uppercase and lowercase letter) with no spaces. It also shouldn't have three consecutive characters (222), be your Apple ID, or a previous password you've used in the last year.
  • Enter your first and last name.Do so in the fields near the middle of the dialog box.
  • Enter your birth date.Do so in the field near the middle of the dialog box.
  • Scroll down and create three security questions.Use the three drop-down menus in the dialog box to select the security questions, then type the answers in the fields beneath the drop down menus.
    • Choose questions that you'll remember the answers for.
    • Answers are case-sensitive.
  • Scroll down and select your country.Do so in the drop-down menu.
  • Scroll down and check or uncheck the Apple notifications boxes.Checking the boxes means you'll receive occasional email updates and announcements from Apple.
  • Scroll down and enter the jumbled characters.Do so in the field at the bottom of the dialog box to prove you're not a bot.
  • Click onContinue.It's in the lower-right corner of the dialog box.
  • Check your email.Check for a message that was sent to the email address you entered for your Apple ID.
  • Open the email message from Apple.The subject line will likely be "Verify your Apple ID."
  • Enter the code.Type the six-digit code in the email message into the boxes on your browser screen.
  • Click onContinue.It's in the lower-right corner of the dialog box.
  • Check the box next to"I have read and agree…."It's near the bottom of the dialog box.
  • Click onAgree.It's in the lower-right corner of the dialog box.
  • Go to theiCloud website.Do so from any browser.
  • Enter your Apple ID and password.
  • Click on ➲.It's on the right side of the password field. You can nowuse your iCloud account.
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