Create or use an Apple ID without a payment method

You can create or use an Apple ID without entering a payment method.

Apple recommends using only one Apple ID to access iTunes, iCloud, and other Apple services. If you don't remember if you have an Apple ID, we can help you find it.

If you don't have an Apple ID, you can create an Apple ID without a payment method. You can't create a new Apple ID if you're signed in to the App Store, iTunes Store, Apple Books, or iCloud with an existing Apple ID.

You can also remove a payment method that you previously added to your Apple ID. Learn what to do if you can't remove a payment method from your Apple ID.

If you're the organizer for a Family Sharing group and want to share purchases with your family, you're required to have a payment method on file. A payment method is also required to set up accounts for children. Learn more about Family Sharing and Apple IDs for kids.


If you already have an Apple ID

You can remove the payment method for your existing Apple ID after you have signed in to the App Store, iTunes Store, or Apple Books. You won't be asked for a payment method again until you make a purchase.


If you don't have an Apple ID

You can create an Apple ID without adding a payment method in the App Store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, or on a Mac or PC.

If you're signed in to the App Store, iTunes Store, Apple Books, or iCloud with an existing Apple ID, you won't see the option to create a new Apple ID.

On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the App Store app and find a free app.
  2. Tap the Get button.
    An iPhone X showing the Shortcuts app information page in the App Store app.
  3. When you're asked to sign in with an Apple ID, tap Create New Apple ID.
    An iPhone X showing the Shortcuts app information page in the App Store app in the background and a Sign In menu in the foreground. The Create New Apple ID button is highlighted.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions. When you're asked for payment information, choose None. See what to do if None isn't showing or you can't select it.
    An iPhone X showing the Create Apple ID page. None is selected as the payment method.
  5. After you enter your information, you'll be asked to verify a trusted phone number if you're eligible to use two-factor authentication. Otherwise, you'll be asked to verify your Apple ID by email. You must verify your Apple ID before you can begin using it.

On a Mac

  1. Open the App Store and find a free app.
  2. Click the Get button, then click Install.
    A window of the App Store on Mac showing the Keynote app information page.
  3. When you're asked to sign in with an Apple ID, click Create Apple ID.
    A window of the App Store on Mac showing the Keynote app information page in the background and a "Sign in to download from the App Store" pop-up in the foreground.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions. When you're asked for payment information, choose None as the payment type. See what to do if None isn't showing or you can't select it.
    A window of the App Store on Mac showing the Keynote app information page in the background and a Create Apple ID pop-up in the foreground. None is selected as the payment method.
  5. After you enter your information, you'll be asked to verify a trusted phone number if you're eligible to use two-factor authentication. Otherwise, you'll be asked to verify your Apple ID by email. You must verify your Apple ID before you can begin using it.

On a PC

If you have a PC, find a free item in the iTunes Store, try to download it, then follow the prompts to create a new Apple ID.

If you can't find a free item, use an iOS device to create a new Apple ID.

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