In this video, learn how to set up a new AppleID 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 helps you find the right starting point.
- [Instructor] 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 set up these accounts and where you use them. There are many places where you'll be prompted to sign into 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 app store, 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 app store later in this course.
If I go to buy an app here in the app store, by just finding an 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 app store, it will prompt me, at this point, to sign into my Apple ID. And 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 app store. 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 in 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's 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 set up with a separate Apple ID for iCloud services. So, if you have an Apple ID and a separate iCloud account and you want to 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 want to show you my recommendations for the best ways to get that set up. 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 through the first few steps in this process. First, I'm just going to plug in a birthdate 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 want to talk about here for a moment. If you simply want the Apple ID for only 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 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 want to use this account for iCloud services as well, then you might want to take advantage of the free iCloud email address that comes with an iCloud account. And, in that case, you would 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.com.
Now, you can certainly go either way on this. You could provide an existing email address if you don't want to set up an new email account. Or, if you want to use all of the services with iCloud, you can set up a new iCloud email address. From here, just plugin 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 were not setting up a computer for the first time, if your computer's 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 into iCloud settings and set this up.
So, for that I'm going to go to the Apple menu, the system menu up in 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 birthdate. I'll hit next. And, again, you can plug in the first name, last name and then you're email address.
And again, if you are planning to use this for both Apple ID and all of the iCloud services, you might want to hit this button to get a free iCloud email address. And then you'll plug in just the prefix and it'll put @iCloud.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 could go through the rest of this 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 want to set up an Apple ID in order to use the app store 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 going to go into the app store. And this is going to be a little bit different for each of these apps. But, generally, you'll be hunting through 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 going to 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 in those other options. You certianly will have the option to use the Apple ID that you create here as a login for iCloud later, if you decide to. But the major difference here is that when you set up an Apple ID, just for Apple ID services alone, it does not give you the option to set up 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 a moment now and decide if you you want to set up these accounts so you'll be ready when the time comes. You might even want to get these accounts set up before diving into 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 through the process of setting up an account.
I'll proceed with the assumption that you already have the account set up if you plan to use those services.
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- Creating, copying, moving, and renaming files and folders
- Using tabs to organize the Finder window
- Using Mission Control and Split View to organize a workspace
- Organizing applications in the Dock
- Customizing the Dock
- Multitasking between multiple applications
- Searching for files using Spotlight
- Tagging files for quick searchability
- Privacy and security in Safari
- Working with Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
- Using an AppleID for iMessage and FaceTime
- Working with notifications
- Using the App Store to install and update applications