Sign in with your Apple ID

Your Apple ID makes all of your Apple services and devices work together seamlessly and lets you access your personal content everywhere you go.


Your Apple ID is the account you use to access all Apple services—and you only need one to sign in everywhere. If you use Apple services like the iTunes & App Stores, Apple Music, iCloud, iMessage, and FaceTime, then you already have an Apple ID and don't need to create a new one.

Sign in when you set up your new device

   

When you turn on and set up your new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, you’ll see a message to sign in with your Apple ID. After you sign in, all of the Apple services on your device will set up automatically.

If you want to change your sign-in preferences later—for example, use a different Apple ID for iCloud and iTunes—you can go to your device Settings or System Preferences.

 

 

If you already set up your device, it's easy to sign in from Settings on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, or from each seperate service on your Mac.

When you sign in to the iTunes & App Store for the first time, you might need to add a credit card or other payment information to help secure your account. You can’t sign in to the iTunes & App Stores with more than one Apple ID at the same time, or update the content you buy with a different Apple ID.

     

Sign in on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Before you begin, update your device to the latest iOS.

When you use iOS 10.3 or later, you sign in to iCloud, the iTunes & App Store, iMessage, FaceTime and your other Apple services in one place.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Sign in to your [device].
  3. Enter your Apple ID and password.

If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, follow these steps to sign in to Apple services separately.
 

iCloud
Go to Settings > iCloud. Enter your Apple ID and password.

iTunes & App Store

iTunes & App Store
Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store. Enter your Apple ID and password.

 

iMessage
Go to Settings > Messages, then turn on iMessage. To add other addresses, tap Send & Receive.

FaceTime
Go to Settings > FaceTime > Use your Apple ID for FaceTime. Enter your Apple ID and password. 

 

Sign in on your Mac

Make sure that you update to the latest macOS. Then sign in to all of your Apple services separately.
 

 

iCloud
Go to System Preferences > iCloud. Enter your Apple ID and password. Click Sign In.

 

iTunes icon

iTunes
Go to iTunes > Account > Sign In. Enter your Apple ID and password. Click Sign In.

 

iMessage
Go to Messages > Preferences > Accounts. Enter your Apple ID and password.

 

FaceTime icon

FaceTime
Open FaceTime and enter your Apple ID and password. Click Sign In.

 

Use different Apple IDs for iCloud and iTunes

We recommend that you use the same Apple ID for all Apple services on your device—including the iTunes & App Stores and iCloud. Using multiple Apple IDs might be confusing and cause issues with accessing purchased content or using some services.

But if you already have different Apple IDs that you want to use with iCloud and the iTunes & App Stores, follow these steps.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  • If you're using iOS 10.3 or later, go to Settings and tap Sign in to your [device]. Enter the Apple ID that you want to use with iCloud. Go back to Settings, scroll down, and tap iTunes & App Stores. Tap Apple ID: [your name] > Sign Out. Then sign in with the Apple ID that you want to use with iTunes.
  • If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud and sign in with the Apple ID that you want to use with iCloud. Go back to Settings > iTunes & App Stores and sign in with the Apple ID that you want to use with iTunes.

On your Mac, go to System Preferences > iCloud and sign in with the Apple ID that you want to use with iCloud. Go to iTunes > Account > Sign In. Enter the Apple ID that you want to use with iTunes.

If you use multiple Apple IDs and want to restore your device from a backup, you can learn more about iCloud or iTunes backups.

If you have multiple Apple IDs, you can’t merge them.

Learn more

If you want to share your Apple services with a family member, you can set up Family Sharing. With Family Sharing, it’s easy for up to six people to share each other’s iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases without sharing accounts.

If you need to change your Apple ID account information, we can help you update your username, password, payment information, birthdate, and more.

You can also get help if you forgot your Apple ID or your Apple ID password.

 

Published Date: 2017-03-27