Create, manage, and use an Apple ID

Your Apple ID is the account you use to access Apple services like the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime, and more. And you can sign in to all Apple services with a single Apple ID and password.

Mac showing Apple ID account page

Do you already have an Apple ID?

You only need one Apple ID to access all Apple services. Before you create a new Apple ID, consider whether it might be better to continue using one you already have. Remember that you might not be able to move data or purchases from an old Apple ID to a new one.

If you aren't sure if you already have an Apple ID, we can help you find it. Even if the email addressthat you use to sign in to Apple ID has changed, you can keep the same Apple ID.

Create your Apple ID

You can create your Apple ID when you set up a new device or sign in to iTunes or iCloud for the first time. You can also go to the Apple ID site and select Create Your Apple ID. 

Here's what you need:

If you use two-factor authentication, you're all set. You're now the only person who can access your account, even if someone knows your password. If you don't use two-factor authentication, you also need to provide a rescue email address.

Sign in with your Apple ID

Use the same Apple ID and password every time you're asked to sign in to an Apple device or service. With your Apple ID, you can:

See a complete list of features and services that use your Apple ID.

Manage your Apple ID

Because your Apple ID is used across all your devices and services, it's important to keep your account information up to date. Simply sign in to your Apple ID account page at any time to manage your account:

Help us protect your account

The security and privacy of your Apple ID is very important to us. Here are some things you can do to make sure your account remains private and secure:

  • Review the best practices in Security and your Apple ID.
  • Reset your security questions to make sure they're easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess.
  • Add a rescue email address. If you forget your password or the answers to your security questions, your rescue email address will help you regain access to your account.
  • If you haven't already, set up two-factor authentication to add an extra layer of security to your account. Depending on when you created your Apple ID, it might already be protected by two-factor authentication. Some Apple IDs created in iCloud on iOS 10.3 or macOS 10.12.4 and later automatically turn on this feature.
  • Read more about Apple’s commitment to privacy and security.
  1. In China mainland and India, you can use your phone number as your Apple ID.
  2. In China mainland, you might be required to provide a +86 phone number for your Apple ID. You can change the number later, or change your country/region to a location that doesn't require it. This number is only used for verification purposes.
  3. FaceTime isn't available in all countries or regions.
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