Having an email address is the easiest way to have someone contact you without giving more personal information like an address or phone number. Not only that, but having an email address will also allow you to open up social media accounts, subscribe to your favorite websites, and allow access to online job listings.
If you own an Apple mobile device (also known as an iOS device) like an iPad or an iPod Touch or use a Mac, having an iCloud account will be a necessity. You will need an Apple ID – iCloud account in order to download new apps, Email or use Apple Music. There are three ways to create iCloud account: using your PC’s browser, on your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), and on a Mac computer. These steps will help you create an Apple id that you can access using any of them.
Create Apple ID step-by-step
Step 1: If you’re using a PC, open your browser and type appleid.apple.com or www.icloud.com in the address bar. You can see: “Don’t have an Apple ID? Create yours now.”
If you’re using an ioS device like an iPad, iPhone, or an iPod touch, open the Settings app. If you’re using a Mac computer, click on the Apple icon on the top left corner and select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.
Step 2: On the Apple ID website, click on “Create Your Apple ID” in the top right hand corner.
If you’re using an iOS device, touch the iCloud icon in your Settings menu. Then tap “Get a Free Apple ID.” On the Mac computer, click on the iCloud icon. Then click on “Create new Apple ID.”
Step 3: If you don’t have an existing email address or you need an iCloud email account, click “Get a free iCloud email address” on your iOS device or on your Mac computer.
Step 4: This applies to all three options: Create your email address and password. For the username, I recommend using “@icloud.com.” You will have to confirm your password in order to establish to the website that you are not a robot. For tips on creating a good username and password, see the tips below.
Step 5: On the Apple ID website or the iOS device, enter your birthday and your first and last name. The name has to match the billing information on your Apple account.
Step 6: This applies to all three options: Choose and answer three security questions. The questions will be used in case you forget your password. For help with security questions, see the helpful tips below.
Step 7: If you’re using the Apple ID website, enter the letters you see in the Captcha. Captcha is usually not case sensitive, so keep your Caps Lock key off. If you mess up, click “New Code” or click “Vision Impaired” for an audio Captcha
Step 8: If you’re using an ioS device, tap “Agree” to accept the terms and conditions. If you’re using the Apple ID website, there will be three marked checkboxes that will allow Apple to send emails regarding announcements, app recommendations, and news updates. If you don’t want to receive any of those emails. click all of those boxes to remove the checkmarks.
Step 9: Verify your account. An email will be sent to your inbox. Enter the code you are sent to make the account official.
Tips for Account Creation and Security
Creating a Username: If you’re using this account for work or for job sites, use your first and last name. Example: firstname.lastname@example.org. If the email address is taken, use your birthday or an underscore. Example: email@example.com
Creating a Password: When creating a password, use words and numbers that are easy to remember. Try the name of your favorite sports team and the jersey number of your favorite player. Example: WattTexans99. Write your username and password down on a sticky note and keep the sticky note in a safe place.
Security questions: You don’t have to answer security questions honestly. I like to use names and places associated with comic books. Example: “What is the first name of your best friend from high school?” “Laurel Lance.” “What was your childhood nickname?” “Black Canary.” “What is the name of the first beach you visited?” “Star City.” If you’re not into comic books, use characters and places associated with your favorite book, movie, or TV series. Write down the security questions and the answers you created for them on a sticky note and keep the sticky note in a safe place.
Other tips: Never use your social security number, your whole birthdate, or street address number. It will make you open to identity theft. If you have a secondary email address, the iOS has a Rescue Email option. If you don’t have a secondary email address, ask a trusted friend if you can use theirs. Safety is your number one priority online.