Get help creating an iCloud account

Learn more about signing up for and using iCloud.

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How do I sign up for iCloud?

If you have an iOS device or a Mac, you can sign up for an iCloud account with 5 GB of free storage. On an iOS device you need iOS 5 or later. On a Mac, you need OS X Lion v10.7.4 or later. 

Some iCloud features have minimum system requirements. iCloud may not be available in all areas, and certain iCloud features may vary by area. Learn more about iCloud features.

If you skipped signing up for iCloud during the setup process, follow these steps. 

Sign up for iCloud on an iOS device

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

Sign up for iCloud on a Mac

Choose the Apple Menu > System Preferences > iCloud, then enter your Apple ID and password.

If you don’t have an Apple ID, you can create one while setting up your device. Your Apple ID must be a full email address (e.g. to sign up for iCloud. If your existing Apple ID isn't in the format of an email address, you can change it to an email address at My Apple ID. You might need to verify the email address that you use for your Apple ID. 

See Frequently asked questions about Apple ID for more information.

Can I sign up for iCloud if I don't have an iOS device?

If you don’t have an iOS device or a Mac, you can get iCloud web-only access to use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iCloud beta from your Mac or Windows web browser.

Go to, then sign in using your Apple ID. If you don’t have an Apple ID, click Create one now, then follow the onscreen instructions.

Can my child sign up for iCloud?

With Family Sharing, you can create Apple IDs for kids. As a parent or legal guardian, the family organizer can provide verified parental consent for a child to have their own Apple ID, then create it on the child’s behalf. 

Learn more about Family Sharing and Apple IDs for kids.

Which Apple ID should I use when signing up for iCloud?

Using one Apple ID for both iCloud and purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store is recommended. But if you want to use a separate Apple ID, you can set up the account you'd like to use in store settings.

See Using your Apple ID for Apple services for more information.

How do I manage my iCloud account, such as my password or security questions?

To update your information, passwords, and security questions, go to your Apple ID account page.

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