If you plan to use iCloud or an Apple ID account, there are a few ways you can approach the account setup process. This video can help you find the right starting point.
- [Instructor] If you've decided to set up an Apple ID or iCloud account, this movie will show you how to do it. Remember, it is possible to set up two separate accounts but I strongly encourage new users to set up one account that will be used for both Apple ID and iCloud. Now you could go to the Apple ID website and create your account here. There's a button up here at the top that says Create Your Apple ID. But I want to caution you. If you set up your account on the web, it's possible that you could miss out on one of the core features of the iCloud service, the feature where you get a free email account. So I think it's better to set up your new account in the settings in macOS itself. Let's see two options for how to do that. One place you may encounter this is when you set up a new computer for the first time. During one step of that process, you will see a screen that looks like this. It's prompting me to sign into my Apple ID account. If you already have an account, you can just sign in here. If you don't want to set up an account you can feel free to click Set Up Later and skip past this. But if you do want to set up a new account, you can click where it says Create New Apple ID and you can go through the setup process here. But let's pause here and go to another scenario for setting up a new account. What if you've already gone through this first-time setup of your computer and you skipped this Apple ID step at that time? In macOS, at any time you can go to System Preferences. To get to that, we'll click on the Apple logo in the top left corner, which opens this menu and you should select System Preferences. I will introduce System Preferences later in this course and really explain what it's all about, but from here, your Apple ID options are up here at the top. If you're not already signed into an account, you can click Sign In. And if you do not have an account yet which is really what we're talking about here, you can click Create Apple ID. From here, the steps are the same if you're in either of the two scenarios I just showed. I'm just going to go through the first few steps so you can see the important thing I want to talk about. So I'm just going to plug in a date here for the birth date, just to go through this step. I'll click Next. Then you'll need to put in your name so I'll put in my first name and my last name. Then, you get to the step to provide your email address, and this is that one important step I wanted to talk about. You get an option here that you do not get when you set up your Apple ID account on the web. You can provide an email address that you already have if you prefer. Then you will use that email address every time you sign into your Apple ID account. But there's another option here. You can click where it says Get a free iCloud email address. Then, you don't have to provide an existing email account. Instead, you're setting up a new email address, which is one of the free services in iCloud. And if you want an iCloud email address, you need to do this. Then you just provide the first part of the email address. The rest of it, the @iCloud.com is already set. And you'll use that iCloud email address whenever you sign into your iCloud account or your Apple ID. So chose whether you want an existing email address or if you want a new iCloud email address. Then set your password and go through the rest of this process to create your account. In the future, your Apple ID will be signed in here in System Preferences, and later when you use the App Store or the Music application or the Apple TV application, or any other place that requires you to sign into an Apple ID, which are things we will talk about in this course, then you will have that account that you can sign into.
- Launching and managing applications
- Browsing the web with Safari
- Use the Messages app with iCloud
- Use FaceTime for audio and video calls
- Using bundled applications
- Import and organize pictures
- Use the App Store to install and update applications
- Install software from the web
- Using Siri for voice commands
- Manage notifications
- Share files and data between devices