Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the Apple ID and iCloud accounts, part of Up and Running with Apple TV.
- Before we get into learning how to work with the Apple TV, there's an important conversation we should have about online accounts, specifically the Apple ID and iCloud account. When you work with Apple computers and devices, there will be many times where you may be prompted to log into either an Apple ID or an iCloud account in order to enable certain functionality. If you're already familiar with these accounts, you might want to skip this movie. Strictly speaking, these accounts are optional, but you do need them in order to use some pretty essential services on the Apple TV.
Let's start by talking about the Apple ID account. Like I said, an Apple ID is not strictly necessary, but an Apple ID account is required to buy or rent movies in the iTunes Store on the Apple TV. It's required to buy TV shows. It's required to access your Apple Music, which means any music that you've purchased with your Apple ID in iTunes, or if you use the Apple Music Service, you'll need an Apple ID account for that. And the Apple ID is required to buy apps on the Apple TV.
The Apple ID is a simple registration for one individual person. It's a way of getting you and your information into Apple's database so that you can identify yourself on your computer or your iOS device or your Apple TV. An Apple ID is information about one person in Apple's system. When you set up an Apple ID, you'll have a simple e-mail address and password which you can use to log in to store and update information about yourself with Apple. The information stored in your Apple ID account includes your name, contact information, any computers or devices you've registered with Apple, and most importantly, your payment information, meaning you have to link a credit card with your Apple ID in order to make online purchases.
That's because the Apple ID is the account that you use whenever you make an online purchase with Apple. On an Apple TV, the Apple ID account is your login to buy anything, but it also helps with a few other things, like Home Sharing, which is a feature that I'll introduce in this course. It's free to set up an Apple ID account, but, of course, you will need to add your credit card information to that account if you plan to make any online purchases. That's the Apple ID account. Then, there's the iCloud account.
iCloud is an account that you set up that gives you access to a collection of tools built around synchronizing and accessing your data on multiple devices. There are lots of ways this comes in handy on a computer or an iOS device for things like synchronizing your address book and calendars, storing files online, and so on. Of course there are a few features in iCloud that come in handy on the Apple TV as well. For example, iCloud gives you some photo syncing tools which will keep your photo collections synchronized on multiple computers, iPhones, and iPads.
If you use some of these photo tools on your computer or iOS device, then you can access your photo library on your Apple TV as well. An iCloud account is also free, but there are optional services that cost money. If you want to learn more about the iCloud service in general, you should check out my course, iCloud Essential Training, for more information on iCloud. Here's the potentially confusing thing that I want to address before you run into it. In some scenarios, an Apple ID account and an iCloud account can be the same account.
You might have an iCloud account that is completely separate from your Apple ID account, or they might be the same account. Apple ID and iCloud started as very different services, but over the years they've changed and become more and more closely linked. Now, when you log into iCloud, the e-mail address and password are considered to be an Apple ID. You can think of iCloud as an extra service added on top of the Apple ID login. Because they're so tightly linked, and they can be considered the same account, if you do not have either account and you plan to set one up, I highly recommend that you set up one account that's used for both services, one e-mail address and password that you'll use whenever you're prompted to log into either Apple ID or iCloud.
I hope you're starting to understand what the Apple ID and iCloud accounts are and what they're used for. I'll show you how you can set up one or both of these accounts in the next movie in this chapter.
- Setting up an Apple ID or iCloud account on an Apple TV
- Setting up Home Sharing
- Using the remote and searching with Siri
- Buying and downloading apps, movies, and music
- Managing storage space on an Apple TV
- Setting up parental controls
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 04/14/2016. What changed?
A: we updated four tutorials to cover changes to bluetooth keyboards and devices, Siri, photo viewing, and new interface features in the Apple TV OS (v9.2). Nick also recorded one new video, "Using voice dictation to input text," which shows how to use Siri remote to make it easier to type and search.