Sign in with your Apple ID on a new device

Make the most of your Apple device. Sign in with your Apple ID to use iCloud, the iTunes & App Store, and more.


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, including iCloud, Find My iPhone, the iTunes & App Stores, iMessage, FaceTime, and Game Center.

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, you can use these steps to sign in to your Apple ID from iCloud, the iTunes & App Stores, iMessage, FaceTime, or from Game Center.

      

Sign in to the iTunes & App Stores

When you sign in to the iTunes & App Stores, you can enjoy music, movies, TV shows, and on-demand music stations with Apple Music. Find something good to read with iBooks, or discover your new favorite podcast. With your Apple ID, you can savor all the entertainment the iTunes Store and App Store has to offer on all of your devices.

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store. Enter your Apple ID and password.
  • On your Mac, go to iTunes >   Sign In. Enter your Apple ID and password.

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 to iCloud

When you sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID, you always have what’s most important to you on all of your devices. iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Drive keep all your photos, videos, and documents stored securely and updated. Family Sharing lets you easily share music, movies, photos, and more with everyone in your family. Find My iPhone even helps you find your device if you lose it.

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > iCloud. Enter your Apple ID and password.
  • On your Mac, go to System Preferences > iCloud. Enter your Apple ID and password.

After you sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID, you can save and automatically back up important information like your contacts, calendars, notes, photos, and more.

Sign in to iMessage, FaceTime, and Game Center

When you sign in to iMessage, FaceTime, and Game Center you can communicate and share with your friends and family. And many of us have more than one email address that people use to reach us. Make staying in touch even easier by adding other email addresses that you commonly use.

iMessage

Send messages back and forth with anyone on Apple devices. To sign in, go to Settings > Messages, then slide to turn on iMessage. You can add other email addresses when you tap Send & Receive.

FaceTime

Make video calls from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. To sign in, go to Settings > FaceTime > Use your Apple ID for FaceTime. Enter your Apple ID and password. 
 

Game Center

Play games and make friends from all of your Apple devices with Game Center. To sign in, go to Settings > Game Center > Sign In. Enter your Apple ID and password.
 

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

But if you already have different Apple IDs that you want to use with iCloud and the iTunes & App Stores, you can still get all the benefits your Apple ID has to offer.

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, 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 >   Sign In and sign in with 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.

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.

 

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