Create an Apple ID on Mac (2024)

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Create an Apple ID on Mac (1)

An Apple ID gives you access to all Apple services, including the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime, and more. It consists of an email address (for example, and a password. Apple recommends you use the same Apple ID for all Apple services. For more information about Apple ID, see the Apple ID Support website.

You can create an Apple ID on a Mac, an iOS or iPadOS device, or at the AppleID account page.

Important: If you’ve forgotten or need to reset your Apple ID or password, see the Apple Support articles If you forgot your Apple ID or If you forgot your Apple ID password.

You can create an Apple ID on your Mac using your current email address, or have an iCloud email address generated for you.

In some countries and regions, you can use a phone number instead of an email address as your Apple ID. See the Apple Support article Use your mobile phone number as your Apple ID.

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu Create an Apple ID on Mac (2)> System Settings, then click “Sign in with your Apple ID” at the top of the sidebar.

    Open Apple ID settings for me

  2. Click Don’t Have an Account? then follow the onscreen instructions.

    Create an Apple ID on Mac (3)

    After you create an Apple ID and sign in, you can manage your Apple ID settings on your Mac. See Manage your Apple ID settings.

To keep your purchases and access to Apple services secure, don’t share your Apple ID and password with others. To share your purchases with family members, you can set up a Family Sharing group with up to five other family members. See What is Family Sharing?

For information about changing Apple ID account settings using your iPhone or iPad, see Sign in to your iPhone with Apple ID or Sign in to your iPad with Apple ID.

See alsoApple Support article: Sign in with your Apple IDApple Support article: Manage and use your Apple ID


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