Create or use your Apple ID without a payment method

Learn how you can create or use your Apple ID in the iTunes Store without a credit card or other payment method.

When you use your Apple ID to sign in to the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store for the first time, you're asked to enter a payment method so that you can purchase items from the store. Follow these steps if you don't want to associate a payment method with your account.

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’ll help you find it.

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 Apple IDs for kids.

If you already have an Apple ID

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

If you don't have an Apple ID

Follow the steps below to create an Apple ID without adding a payment method.

On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the App Store app and find a free app.
  2. Tap the Get button next to the item.
    iPhone showing App Store page for Angry Birds app
  3. When you're asked to sign in with an Apple ID, tap Create New Apple ID.
    iPhone showing Sign In options with Create New Apple ID 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.
    iPhone showing Create Apple ID flow
  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 on your Mac.
  2. Under Quick Links on the right side of the window, click Great Free Apps & Games.
    Main window of App Store on the Mac
  3. Click the Get button under an app, then click the Install App button.
    Free Apps and Games section of the App Store on Mac
  4. When you're asked to sign in with an Apple ID, click Create Apple ID.
    Sign in window in App Store on Mac with Create Apple ID button highlighted
  5. 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.
    Create Apple ID screen in App Store on Mac
  6. 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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