In this video, we'll see 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, there are a few ways you can approach the account setup process. This video will help you find the right starting point.
- [Instructor] In the previous movie, I explained what the Apple ID and iCloud accounts are and what you can use them for. In this movie, I wanna talk about how you setup these accounts and where you use them. There are many places where you will be prompted to sign in 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, if I go into the AppStore which I can find here at the dock. I can click on the icon and launch that, and of course we'll talk more about the AppStore later on this course.
If I go to buy an app here on the AppStore, by just finding the app that I'm interested in, clicking on the little price button, and clicking on buy app. If I'm not signed in to the AppStore, it will prompt me at this point to sign in to my Apple ID. There's also a button here where I can create a new Apple ID if I don't already have one. Let me just cancel this and quit the AppStore. Now, another place we could look is if you go to your iCloud settings. So if I go into system preferences by clicking on this little Apple menu up on the top left, then go to system preferences, then to iCloud.
If you're not already signed in, you'll be prompted to sign in with your iCloud account here. And again, if you don't have an Apple ID, there's a button right here to create an Apple ID, which of course you can use to sign in to iCloud. Or one more example, if you're setting up a brand new Mac computer or an iPhone or an iPad, during the setup, you'll come to a screen like this, which is prompting you to sign in with your Apple ID. And of course, there is a button here to create a new Apple ID if you do not already have that account.
Now there's also this option down here which can be a little bit easy to miss. This gives you the opportunity to sign in or setup with a separate Apple ID for iCloud services. So if you have an Apple ID and a separate iCloud account, and you wanna keep them separate, then you can sign in to each of those separately. So if you do not already have an Apple ID or iCloud account, I wanna show you my recommendations for the best ways to get that setup. If you are setting up a new computer or IOS device, and you come to this screen, then this is a great opportunity to create your account.
So what I'll do is I'll hit this button that says create new Apple ID and I'll just go to the first few steps in this process. First, I'm just gonna plug in a birth date here just to have something in there. I'll hit continue, then of course you'll need to plug in your name, your first name and your last name and then your email address. And it's the email address that I really wanna talk about here for a moment. If you simply want the Apple ID for only Apple ID services, like if your going to use it in the iTunes store or the AppStore, but you're not going to use it for iCloud, then you can feel free to use an email address that you already have.
Just type in your existing email address here. And that will be the email address that you use to sign in to your account. But if you do wanna use this account for iCloud services as well, then you might wanna take advantage of the free iCloud email address that comes with an iCloud account. And in that case, you'd hit this button that says "Get a free iCloud email address", then this field will change and all you need to do is plug in the prefix, the beginning part of what you want your email address to be, and of course the rest will be at iCloud dot com.
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 wanna use all of the services with iCloud, you can setup a new iCloud email address. From here, just plug in the rest of 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 set up 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 in the iCloud settings and set this up.
So for that, I'm gonna go to the Apple menu, the system menu up on the top left. I'll go to system preferences, then to iCloud. Of course if you already have an iCloud account, you can plug in your email address and password here. But what we're looking for is creating a new account, so I'll click on this button, again I'll go through the first few steps here. I'll plug in a birth date, I'll hit next and again you can plug in the first name, last name and then your email address.
And again, if you are planning to use this for both Apple ID and all of the iCloud services, you might wanna hit this button to get a free iCloud email address and then you plug in just the prefix and it will put at iCloud dot com after that. But you can use an existing email address if you want, if you want to plug in an existing email address, then you just won't have the ability to use the free email address that comes with iCloud. And of course from here, you can go through the rest of the setup process. But again I'm just going to cancel this for now and I'm going to quit system preferences.
Now finally if you know that you do not want to use iCloud at all and you only wanna setup an Apple ID, in order to use the AppStore or iTunes or FaceTime or something like that. Then you can go into any one of those individual applications. So for example, I'm just gonna go into the AppStore. And this is going to be a little bit different for each of these apps but generally you'll be hunting though the menus to find either an option to sign in or to create an account. So if I go into the store menu here, there's an option to sign in and there's an option to create an account.
So I'm gonna click on that and again, I'll just go through the first few steps here, I'll hit continue, I'll agree to the Terms and Conditions. And then we get to this screen. So there's really not a lot of difference here compared to what we saw and there's other options. You certainly will have the option to use the Apple ID that you create here as a log in for iCloud later if you decide to. But 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 setup a free iCloud email address.
In this case you will need to provide an existing email address for your login. Okay, so that's the story with the Apple ID and the iCloud accounts. I recommend you take the moment now and decide if you wanna setup these accounts so you'll be ready when the time comes. You might even wanna get these accounts setup before diving in to the rest of this course. There will be applications and services that we'll talk about in this course that will require these accounts. When we get to them, I'll point that out. But I won't go to the process of setting up an account, I'll proceed with the assumption that you already have the account setup if you plan to use their services.
Stay tuned! We will release more videos this week.
- Setting up an Apple ID or iCloud account
- Browsing folders with Finder
- Creating, copying, moving, and renaming files and folders
- Organizing your desktop
- Using Siri on the desktop
- Launching and quitting applications from the Dock
- Saving and searching
- Browsing the web with Safari
- Working with Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
- Communicating with iMessage, Messages, and FaceTime
- Using iTunes, QuickTime, Photos, Maps, and other bundled apps
- Installing applications from the App Store
- Sharing over a network
- Backing up and restoring files