In this video, learn how to set up a new Apple ID or iCloud account. Depending on what you need and what you plan to use these accounts for, learn there are a few ways you can approach the account setup process. This video helps you find the right starting point.
- [Instructor] If you have 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. You can create a new account by going to the Apple ID website or the iCloud website. But I want to caution you, if you set up your account on the web, it's possible you could miss out on one of the core features of the iCloud service, specifically the free email account, so I think it's better to set up your new account within the Mac OS interface itself.
We will see two options for this, and both will set you up with one single account that you can use for both Apple ID and iCloud. One place you may encounter this is when you set up a new computer for the first time. During one step of that setup process, you will see a screen that looks like this. It's prompting me to sign in to my Apple ID account. And if you are already have an account, you can just sign in here. If you do not want to set up an account, you can just click this button that says, Set Up Later. But if you do want to create a new account, there's a button here that says, Create New Apple ID.
You can click on that and go through the setup process there. But if you've already gone through the initial setup process on your computer, you can get back to this screen another way. In Mac OS, at any time, you can go to System Preferences. Just click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner to open the System Menu, then go to System Preferences. I will introduce System Preferences later in this course and really explain what it's all about. But from here, I want to go to the button for iCloud. Now again, here, you could sign in to your account if you already have one or you can click on Create Apple ID if you want to make a new account.
From here, whether you're doing it in System Preferences or on that screen during the first-time setup of your computer, the next steps will be the same. I'm just gonna go through the first few steps so you can see the important thing I want to talk about. So I just need to set a birthdate, so I'm just gonna set something here. Then I'll click Next. Then you get to this page where you start setting up your personal information. Naturally, you should plug in your first name and your last name, but then we get to this field for the email address and this is that one important step.
You get an option here that you do not get when you set up your Apple ID account on the web. You can choose to provide an email address that you already have, if you prefer. Then, you'll use that email address every time you sign in to your Apple ID account. But there's also this option here to get a free iCloud email address. If you click on that, you do not have to provide an existing email account. Instead, you're setting up a new email account which is one of the free services included in iCloud.
And if you want an iCloud email address, you need to do it this way. From there, you just provide the first part of the email address, and then the rest, @icloud.com, is already set for you. And you'll use that iCloud email address whenever you sign in to iCloud or your Apple ID. So choose whether you want to use an existing email address or you want a new iCloud email address. Then set your password, and continue through the rest of the process. It will just be a few more standard prompts that you'll go through. And when you're finished, you will have the email address and password that you need to sign in to your Apple ID and iCloud account.
And as we go through this course, you'll have the account that you need any time we hit an application or a feature that requires an Apple ID or iCloud account.
- Setting up an Apple ID or iCloud account
- Browsing folders with Finder
- Creating, copying, moving, and renaming files and folders
- Launching and quitting applications
- Organizing a cluttered workspace
- Browsing the web with Safari
- Working with Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
- Communicating with instant messages and FaceTime calls
- Using iTunes, QuickTime, Photos, Maps, and other bundled apps
- Installing applications from the App Store
- Using essential voice commands for Siri