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At some point it's likely that you'll want to either purchase additional applications for your iPhone or iPod touch or you'll want to purchase music or videos from the iTunes store. We'll be taking detailed looks at how to make these purchases from your device in upcoming chapters, but in order to do any of these things, you'll need to register for a free Apple ID. Now if you've ever purchased music through iTunes on your computer, you already have an account. Additionally, if you subscribe to Apple's iCloud service or if you have an Apple ID, which you created if you ever purchased anything from Apple online, you can use that account information.
So if you already have an Apple ID, you can skip this movie. But if you're completely new to the Apple ecosystem, you'll need an account. So in this movie, I'll show you how to do so from your iPhone or iPod touch. Start by locating the Settings icon and tapping it, then find and tap iTunes and App Stores. Here, if you already have an account, is where you can Sign in so your phone or iPod remembers your account or user name. Or tap Create New Apple ID to go through the process of creating a new account. First, confirm the Country or Region you live in. This needs to match to the location of your credit card's billing address. Then tap Next.
Then you can read through the Terms and Conditions of Service for using the iTunes store. You can scroll down. In this case, there are 55 pages of legal jargon to read. I'll leave it entirely up to your own judgment whether or not you want to read through all these. Let's just assume we did and tap Agree and then tap Agree again. Next, enter the email address you want to use for this account. Your email address will become your username. Then create a Password.
Then type it again to make sure you didn't make any typos. Next, you'll need to choose three security Questions that only you know the Answer to. This is to verify your identify if you ever forget your Password and need to recover it. You do need to fill in all the sets of Questions and Answers. Now, if you want to, you can add an optional alternate Email here in the Email field. This is in case you forget any of the Questions and Answers you just set up, in which case, Apple will be able to email you at this alternate email address to help you re-access your account.
I'll just skip that for now. Next, enter your Birth Date. This is just another identity verification step. Lastly, on the screen, decide whether you'd like to receive Emails from Apple concerning new releases or changes to the store or information about other products and services from Apple. I'll choose the term both of these options Off. I'll tap Done and then Next.
Here's where you enter your credit card billing information. This is again to verify that you are a real person and to confirm your identity. You won't be charged for anything until you actually make a purchase though. So just fill in all your credit card and billing information and tap Next. You should then receive an email at the address you used for your Apple ID. So check your email and click the Verify Now link that will appear. Once all of your information has been confirmed, you'll have successfully setup your Apple ID account. You'll then be ready to browse and purchase music and apps from the iTunes store, which again we'll be looking at in an upcoming chapter.
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