Apple is the most loved mobile company all over the world. Apple Inc. is an American multinational technology company that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services. The company’s hardware products include the iPhone smartphone, the iPad tablet computer, the Mac personal computer and many more. Apple introduced the first generation of iPhones in 2007, selling almost 1.4 million units worldwide in the first year the smartphone was on the market. Over the past few years, sales of the Apple iPhone have seen a strong increase reaching 231 million units by 2015. However, with the iPhones and iPads in the hands of millions, people are still confused about the ways to create Apple ID and iCloud ID. Also, despite the fact that there are millions of Apple users nowadays, it seems that the difference between the Apple ID and iCloud ID accounts and passwords is still unclear. So, we thought we’d briefly explain what each of these is and then look to see how they differ and how they can be similar in various circumstances.
Apple ID / Apple Account
Apple ID is the account that is used to do everything associated with Apple’s products from the iPhone to the iPad to the Mac to Apple TV.. With the Apple ID one can purchase apps and install it. Apple ID can be used to log on to iTunes where you can buy music and listen to it. In a nutshell, the Apple ID can be used to log into various Apple products, such as iMessage, iCloud, the iTunes Store and the Apple Store. It allows Apple users to shop products such as games, music and application form the Apple Store.
iCloud ID / iCloud Account
iCloud is an account that gives you access to synchronize and store your data on multiple devices. It is the cloud service provided by Apple which means that all your data i.e. photo library, contacts, reminders, notes, voice clips everything on your devices (iphones, ipads, macs) would be stored in cloud which is safe and can be accessed any time and anywhere online.
Therefore, the Apple ID and the iCloud ID are two different accounts, but the confusion comes that they can be accessed with the same email ID. The iCloud email ID can be used as an Apple ID. We can sign in to Apple after you have created the iCloud email ID or the process can be vice-versa which means the Apple ID can be used for signing into the iCloud -when you log into the iCloud, the email address and password are your Apple ID. The iCloud can be thought of as an extra service added on top of the Apple ID login. And as they are so tightly linked, they can often be considered the same account.
But, your Apple ID can also be a third party email addresses other than @icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com email such as @gmail.com, @outlook.com, @hotmail.com etc. While it may seem confusing to sign into both your Apple ID and iCloud on your iPad, it’s actually a pretty cool feature. It allows you to share an iCloud account with your spouse so both can access iCloud Photo Library and other cloud features while keeping the Apple ID separate.
How to Create Apple ID for Free? | Apple ID Sign Up
When we go on creating an Apple ID by going to Apple website , along with your other details, you have to enter your billing information as well i.e. credit card and debit card details otherwise your account cannot be created. But many of you may want to create an Apple ID without giving billing i.e. credit card and debit card details. There is surely a way out for this problem. Let us explain each steps that we need to take to create an Apple ID freely. The below tutorial is for iPhone 6 and above.
Step 1: Open settings on your iPhone. Note: I have used iPhone 6 to show the examples.
Step 2: Click on Sign in to your iPhone option as shown in picture below:
Step 3: Now you have to click on “Don’t have an Apple ID or forgot it ” option as shown below and then click on Next.
Step 4: Enter your date of birth. Your birth-date will help the device set up the right services for you. Tap on Next afterwards.
Step 5: Enter your name and tap on Next.
Step 6: Now you will be asked whether you want to use your current email address which already exist or you want to get a free iCloud email address. You should click on the second option as follows:
Step 7: Then give the email address as you wish and click on next.
Step 8: Click on Continue as given below:
Step 9: Now give password and verify it. Then click on Next.
Step 10: Enter your phone number. Tap on continue to continue.
Step 11: Agree to the terms and conditions of Apple and click on Next.
Step 12: Then your iPhone will start signing in to the iCloud as shown below:
Step 13: Now you have to enter iPhone pass-code to access your Apple ID if you have set any pass-code on your iPhone . If you haven’t set then you won’t be asked to enter the pass-code.
Step 14: Then you have to choose whether you want to merge your calender data , Safari data, reminders and contacts on your iphone with iCloud. You can choose to merge or not according to your wish.
Step 15: Now go back to settings and tap on ” iTunes& App Store”.
Step 16: Now sign in to the iTunes & App Stores as shown in picture below:
Step 17: Enter your iCloud ID and the password and then click on Sign In:
Step 18: You will receive the message box as shown below . You need to click on review.
Step 19: Now, agree to the terms ans condition and click on Next.
Step 20: Now you have to fill out the billing information. Click on None in payment method as you don’t want to give credit/debit card details or you don’t have it and fill out the billing address. For Nepal, you can enter 000977 as postcode and phone number should be 9 or less than 9. So you can use landline number or nine 0’s in phone text-box.
Step 21: Now click on Continue . Your Apple ID is created now.
As your apple ID is created,you can now use it to install apps from the App Store and use it to sign in to iTunes. Enjoy the free apps on your iPhone. For the applications requiring money, you need to give credit/debit card details. This tutorial is for the iPhone 6 and above. If you have iPhone version less than 6 and is having problem creating free Apple ID, do let me know so that I can help you with that in my up-coming posts.