OS X Mountain Lion: What is an Apple ID?
An Apple ID uniquely identifies you when you use the iTunes Store, App Store, Apple Online store, iCloud, FaceTime, and other Apple services. If you use any of these services, then you already have an Apple ID.
The Apple ID consists of an email address (for example, firstname.lastname@example.org) and a password, which you provide when you create an Apple ID.
You can have more than one Apple ID. For example, you might have one Apple ID that you use with the iTunes Store, App Store, and Apple Online store, and another Apple ID for iCloud and FaceTime.
Create an Apple ID
- You can create an Apple ID that becomes an iCloud account at the same time by opening the iCloud preferences and clicking “Create an Apple ID.”
- You can create an Apple ID using the Apple ID website:
- You can create an Apple ID in apps that use an Apple ID. Refer to the apps’ help for specific instructions.
Use an Apple ID
- You can use your Apple ID to reset your login password, use screen sharing, or use file sharing. First you must associate your Apple ID with your user account.
- In apps that use an Apple ID, provide your Apple ID when asked for it. For example, in App Store, you enter your Apple ID when you purchase an app.
- When logging in to the iCloud website (www.icloud.com), you use your Apple ID.