Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up an Apple ID or iCloud account, part of Mac OS X El Capitan Essential Training.
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- In a previous movie, I explained what the Apple ID and iCloud accounts are and what you can use them for. In this movie, I want to talk about how you setup these accounts and where you use them. There are many places in OS X where you'll be prompted to login to an account and if you don't already have the account, you'll be given the opportunity to create one at that time. For example, I'm going to go into the App Store and I'm just going to click on one of these categories and I'm going to find an application that I might want to buy.
Now, we're going to be talking about the App Store much more in depth later in this course. But you'll see if I find something I want to buy, I can click on this price button, I can click to buy that application. You'll see if I try to buy something and I'm not already logged in, it'll prompt me to login with my Apple ID. If I don't have an Apple ID, there's a button right here that I can click on to create a new Apple ID. I could click that button and I could follow through the prompts that it gives me to setup my account.
I would give it my birthdate and then I would have to give it a name and a password and all that stuff. For now, I'm going to cancel this and I'm going to quit. Another example is if you go into the iCloud settings in System Preferences. So if I go to the Apple menu in the top left, I go to System Preferences and I go to iCloud settings, again, it's asking me to sign in with my Apple ID and there's also a button here that will give me the opportunity to create an Apple ID, if I don't already have one.
Or, here's one more example. If you're setting up a brand new Mac computer or iPhone or iPad, during the setup process, you'll come to a screen like this which is prompting you to sign in with your Apple ID. Of course, there's a button here that you can click to create a new Apple ID, if you don't already have one. There's also an option down here, kind of easy to miss, this gives you the opportunity to sign in or setup a separate Apple ID for iCloud services. If you've had an Apple ID in a separate iCloud account for years and you want to keep them separate, you can login to each of them separately.
If you do not already have an Apple ID or iCloud account, I want to show you my recommendation for the best way to get setup. If you are setting up a new computer or iOS device and you come to this screen, this is a great opportunity to create your account. What I'll do is I'll hit this button that says "Create new Apple ID." Of course, if I already had an Apple ID, I would just type that in up here but we want to talk about creating a new account. So I'll click on Create new Apple ID and I'll have to plug-in my birthdate here, that's no problem.
Click continue and then you'll plug-in this information, you'll plug-in your first name, your last name, you'll plug-in your email address and password. Now, a quick note on this thing about the email address. If you simply want the Apple ID for Apple ID services, like if you're going to use it in the iTunes Store or the App Store, but you're not going to use it for iCloud, then you should use an email address that you already have. But if you do plan to use this account for iCloud as well, you might want to use the iCloud email services.
In that case, you might click on this button that says "Get a free iCloud email address." Then you'll create a brand new email address at icloud.com that you can use to send and receive email. Now, you can certainly go either way on this. You could provide an existing email address if you don't want to setup a new email account, or if you want to use all of the services with iCloud, you can setup a new iCloud email address. From here, just plug-in this information, hit Continue, and keep going through the rest of the setup process until your account is all setup.
Now, alternatively, if you are not setting up a computer for the first time, if your computer is already setup and running, here's what I would do. If you plan to use both iCloud and Apple ID as one single account, which I think is the best way to go for new users, then you should go into iCloud settings in System Preferences and setup there. We saw this a moment ago, we go into the Apple menu, we go to System Preferences, we go to iCloud. And of course, you can login if you already have an Apple ID or we can create a new Apple ID.
So I'm going to click on that and I'll just jump through the first few steps here. I'll plug-in my birthday, I'll hit Continue, and here just like we saw a moment ago, you can plug-in your first and last name, your email address and your password. You can plug-in either an existing email address or if you want to take full advantage of all of the services in iCloud, you can setup a new iCloud email address by clicking on this button that says "Get a free iCloud email address." Your choice, either way, whichever you choose, will be the email address that you'll use to login to your Apple ID.
From there, you can go through the rest of the setup, just follow the prompts and setup your account. For now, I'm going to cancel this and quit this. Now, alternatively, if you know that you do not want to use iCloud at all and you only want to setup an Apple ID in order to use the App Store or the iTunes Store or FaceTime or something like that, then you could go into any one of those applications and setup your account there. For example, I could go into the App Store and I can go into the menus up here at the top.
It's going to be a little bit different for each of these apps but, generally, you'll be hunting through the menus and you'll find either an option to sign in to your account or create an account. From here, again, you're just following the prompts to create your account. I'll hit Continue here, I'll agree to the terms and conditions and then I can setup my email address and password and all that stuff and just follow through these prompts again. So there's not a lot of difference here. You certainly will have the option to use the Apple ID that you create here as a login for iCloud later if you change your mind.
The major difference here is that when you setup an Apple ID just for Apple ID services alone, it does not give you the option to create a new iCloud email address. You will need to provide an existing email address for your login if you do it this way. That's the story with the Apple ID account and the iCloud account. I recommend you take a moment now and decide if you want to setup these accounts so that you'll be ready when the time comes. You might even want to get these accounts setup before diving into the rest of this course.
There will be applications and services that we will talk about in this course that will require these accounts. When we get to them, I'll point that out but I will not go through the process of setting up the account. I'll proceed with the assumption that you have the account setup if you plan to use those services.
- Setting mouse and trackpad options and gesture controls
- Connecting to the Internet
- Organizing your Mac OS X desktop
- Browsing files and folders with the Finder
- Launching and quitting applications
- Using Split View and multitasking
- Searching for files with Spotlight
- Browsing the web with Safari
- Setting up Mail, Calendar, and Contacts
- Connecting to others with Messages and FaceTime
- Working with notifications
- Installing apps
- Sharing over a wireless network
- Backing up your Mac