As you use macOS, there will be many times when you will be prompted to sign in with an AppleID or an iCloud account. These accounts are not required to use a Mac, but they are necessary for a lot of applications and optional features. In this video, learn what these accounts are and decide if you want to use them.
- [Instructor] Before we get into learning how to work with macOS, there's an important conversation we should have about online accounts, specifically, the Apple ID account and the iCloud account. As you use macOS, or an iPhone or an iPad, there will be many times where you may be prompted to sign into either an Apple ID or an iCloud account in order to enable certain functionality. You are not required to sign in with an Apple ID or iCloud account to use macOS. They are optional.
But you do need those accounts in order to use some applications in some optional services. So if you do not want to set up these accounts, you always have the option to skip it. So first, let's introduce the Apple ID. The Apple ID is a simple registration for one individual person. It's a way of getting you and your information into Apple's database so that you can identify yourself on your computer and online services. When you set up an Apple ID, you will have a simple email address and password which you can use to sign in to store and update information about yourself with Apple.
In addition to your name and contact information, the Apple ID account can keep a record of Apple devices that you own. And optionally, the Apple ID can store your credit card information. That's because the Apple ID is also the account that you use in any application that involves paying for something, like buying music in iTunes or apps in the App Store. The account itself does not require any payment, but if you use any of Apple's online stores, you will need to provide credit card information in your Apple ID account.
So that's the Apple ID. Then, there's the iCloud account. iCloud is an account you set up that gives you access to a collection of tools built around storing information online, or accessing certain data on multiple devices. For example, iCloud lets you keep your address book, calendars, reminders and notes synchronized on multiple devices so the information on your computer is always the same as information on your phone, for example. It also lets you synchronize data from other applications like your Photo Library.
iCloud also includes an email account, a cloud storage tool and a backup solution for an iPhone or an iPad. A basic iCloud account is also free but there are some optional services that cost money. We will see some things in this course that do require an iCloud account. You should check out my course iCloud Essential Training for much more information on iCloud in general. Now that you know about these two accounts, here's one confusing thing that I want to address before you run into it.
In some scenarios, an Apple ID account and an iCloud account can be the same account, or you might have an iCloud account that is completely separate from your Apple ID account. Apple ID and iCloud started as two very different services but over the years they've changed and become much more closely linked. Now, when you sign into iCloud, the email address and password that you use to sign in are considered to be an Apple ID. You can think of iCloud as an extra service added on top of an Apple ID login.
So, for example, I personally have an Apple ID that I use for the iTunes store which is separate from my iCloud account simply because I set up those two accounts years ago. But now for new users, I strongly recommend that you just set up one account that is used for both services. One email address and password that you will use whenever you are prompted to sign into either Apple ID or iCloud. So I hope you're starting to understand what Apple ID and iCloud accounts are what they're used for.
The usefulness of these accounts will become much more clear as we go through the rest of this course. At this point, you might want to decide whether you plan to use these accounts, or you can continue watching the course and decide later.
- 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