Forum Question: How Can I Create New Apple Id for My iPad and iPhone?

I recently bought an iPad2 and iPhone4 and asked to create an Apple id. Then,i sent the iPad to my son in the Philippines as Christmas gift. He changed the Apple id and password and used his own and naturally,that changes the iPhone’s also. And now,i want to have my own Apple id for my iPhone. How can i change/create a new Apple id without affecting the iPad’s?
candy congzon

Comments: 123 Responses to “How Can I Create New Apple Id for My iPad and iPhone?”

    12/15/11 @ 7:59 pm

    So it sounds like your son didn’t change the Apple ID, but kept using it, but altered some of the things about it. If he created his own Apple ID and changed the iPad’s setting to use that, then you could keep using your iPhone.
    Or, you should simply create your own Apple ID and change your iPhone to use that one.
    Either way, one of you needs to create a second ID and change your device to use that ID, instead of sharing a single ID.
    You can create a new one here:
    An Apple ID is very important. It is connected to lots of things: iCloud (mail, calendar, contacts), iTunes purchases, app store purchases, iBooks, etc. So be careful when making these changes. Make sure whoever creates a new one changes everything on their device to reflect using that new ID. Look in Settings for iCloud, Mail, Calendar, Contacts, iTunes, and the App Store app.

    candy congzon
    12/15/11 @ 9:02 pm

    Thanks a lot for your help,Gary! More power!!!!

    Paddy Zoller
    12/18/11 @ 12:54 am

    This raises a question for me. I have two apple ids that I have used in the past (I know – not a good idea – but I had no idea that we would be dealing with the iCloud in the future). My question is “with my MBP, iPhone and iPad is it going to be a problem that I have made app and music purchases with both ids.” I purchased 1Password Pro for the iPad and iPhone with my secondary iTunes id because it had money in it, but now I want to use my primary id from now on with all devices. Have I mucked things up too badly?

      12/18/11 @ 10:18 am

      Just pick one ID and use that moving forward for everything. You should still be able to use the apps you got from your other ID, though you may need to switch to that other ID to updates or such.

        Paddy Zoller
        1/4/12 @ 5:31 pm

        Thanks Gary

        12/18/12 @ 1:11 am

        my boyfriend has the iphone 4 and i just bought him an ipad 2 for xmas everytime we try to register it under his email account it says its already taken because its registered to his phone. we registered it to my email but want to change it back to his. is there a way to do that so he can use the icloud?

          12/18/12 @ 7:15 am

          Sounds like maybe you are trying to create a new account rather than just sign in to an existing one. Go through the process slowly and read everything to make sure you choose the right path. Visit the Genius Bar if you need help.

    Elvis Mehe
    1/7/12 @ 12:37 am

    I bought this new iphone last month from Mumbai, but the thing is that apple is already there in as X, everytime when password is asked I give the new password I create but couldn’t open it.

      1/7/12 @ 9:49 am

      You need to remove that Apple ID. Simply log out of it in what ever app or setting is asking. Check through all your settings and Sign Out wherever you see it.

    Hack saw
    4/28/12 @ 3:37 am

    How do I register my apple Id

      4/28/12 @ 8:07 am

      What do you mean by “register” — register with what? What, exactly, are you trying to do?

        Hack saw
        4/28/12 @ 11:49 am

        It has someone else apple id on it but they don’t kno the password and now o can download apps

          4/28/12 @ 12:09 pm

          Sign out of their account (Settings, App Store, iTunes, etc) and then sign into yours or create one.

    Hack saw
    4/28/12 @ 12:21 pm

    It says it hasn’t been used in the I tune store yet so it want let me download free apps do I have to buy a iTunes card or something

      4/28/12 @ 1:12 pm

      Call Apple or stop by and Apple store. You can get someone to assist you.

        Hack saw
        5/1/12 @ 10:26 pm

        Ok I got my apple Id going but now I can’t down load apps because the person who had the phone apple Id comes up wen I try to download Apps wat do I do???

          5/2/12 @ 6:39 am

          Go into the App Store app. Go to Featured. Scroll to bottom and you’ll see a button with the Apple ID. Tap on it and Sign Out. Then Sign In again with YOUR Apple ID.

            jody robison
            8/24/12 @ 9:39 pm

            tytytty…i also bought used newer iphone 4s it has taken me almost 5 hrs to delete everything….and changing of other owners apple id had me stumped…so tysm

    5/2/12 @ 7:15 pm

    How do I get an apple id Without a credit card. And can I download off the ap store with an I tunes account on the I phone 4

    5/11/12 @ 7:54 pm

    Want to create Apple ID in IPad

      5/11/12 @ 9:40 pm

      OK. Just go to any app that needs you to sign in (like the App Store app) and it will prompt you.

    5/25/12 @ 8:31 am

    have this problem with my ipad, when i enter my password ‘apple id has been disabled’ pops out. i tried to change the password but after that nothing happened. how do i fix it? do i need to create another apple id.

    6/3/12 @ 12:17 pm

    I have changed my apple id. How can I delete my old apple id from my iphone

      6/3/12 @ 4:15 pm

      Go into each app (iTunes, App Store, Messages, etc) and sign out, then sign back in. Then in settings sign out and sign back in.

    6/9/12 @ 8:47 am

    So my wife and I share the same apple id. We have two iPhone 4 but now I have bought an ipad2 and with the new iOS 5 and cloud our contacts and the like are getting muddled together is there anyway I can get a new apple I’d and keep the apps I have purchased with the shared id? Can we do it with home sharing?

      6/9/12 @ 9:22 am

      Yes, you should have separate IDs. Yes, you can use Home sharing to share apps between your devices.

    shayne tolman
    6/10/12 @ 8:11 pm

    I also have 2 apple id’s and purchased apps on both. Problem? One of them is tied to my old .mac account. What will happen when I try to update apps purchased .mac account post June 20th, 2012?

      6/10/12 @ 9:07 pm

      You mean June 30, when MobileMe shuts down? An Apple ID is different than MobileMe. Apple IDs apply to all sorts of things: iTunes, Apple Store, iBookstore, etc. Nothing will happen to that Apple ID other than the MobileMe account features disappearing.

    Mary Ellen George
    6/10/12 @ 9:57 pm

    My applied ID has been my @msn email address. That account was deactivated when I tried to log in too many times with the wrong password. Now I can’t update my apps with that ID. What should I do? Btw, that ID has $$ in the account.

      6/10/12 @ 10:29 pm

      Why not just call Apple and have them re-activate the account?

        Mary Ellen George
        6/10/12 @ 11:09 pm

        Msn deactivated it. I just made an app purchase successfully so perhaps I’m still ok.

          6/11/12 @ 7:40 am

          So MSN deactivated your email address — the one you use as your Apple ID. You’ll want to log into your Apple ID account ASAP and change the email address to the one you currently use. Otherwise you could lose your whole account.

    6/11/12 @ 12:55 pm

    I want to change my id

    6/16/12 @ 11:53 pm

    I have an Apple ID that I use for my iPad. My class has now gotten 10 iPads for the students to use and I want to add some apps onto those iPads. The IT dept told me to use my Apple ID, but I’d like to keep my personal and school accounts separate. Can I create a second Apple ID using the same email but a different user name and password?

      6/17/12 @ 8:33 am

      Apple IDs use email addresses as the ID. So ID = email address. You’ll need to use a second email address to create another ID. Perhaps a free Gmail one, or better yet just create an account and get a free iCloud ( email address.

    Thalia Fehr
    6/29/12 @ 9:39 am

    If I sign out from my iPad (to change the apple ID) will I lose the apps? Like, will they get disabled upon signing in with a different ID?

      6/29/12 @ 1:10 pm

      Sign out from where, exactly? The App Store? No. They will still be there.

        Thalia Fehr
        6/29/12 @ 8:34 pm

        Like if I were to change to another apple ID everywhere where an apple ID is required on my iPad, would everything remain the same and be available for use once I sign in with the other ID?

          6/30/12 @ 12:03 am

          Well, no. Things would change relative to your account. For instance, your iTunes match content would change to the new account. Your Game Center account would be different. Things like that. But apps wouldn’t just remove themselves — they’d still be there. Why don’t you try it an see? But of course things work much better if you simply have one Apple ID account. I strongly recommend that you only use one so everything works smoothly.

    6/30/12 @ 10:07 pm

    My husband bought a new iPad, and I have one too. I set it up for him using my mac laptop and use his email and a password for his apple id. The problem is when I almost finish with the process started sync my music with his iPad, and now if he want to use his apple I’d, the one that shows is mine. What can I do to change that so he can use his own apple id but doesn’t erase mine when I use my iPad?

      7/1/12 @ 2:01 am

      So it sounds like you are using separate IDs but the same Mac account and same iTunes library. It will always be difficult if you do that. Set up a second user on your Mac for him (or have him use his own Mac or PC to sync if he has one).
      Otherwise, you can continue to do it this way. Just go into each app (Mail, iTunes, App Store, iBooks, Messages, etc) and check the account settings to see where it is set wrong. It gets complex but you can set things up any way you like them if you try hard enough.

    7/4/12 @ 10:59 pm

    without credit card we cannot access to account for free app pls advise

    7/22/12 @ 9:22 pm

    I want to purchase a game on iTunes it so happened that I forgot my security questions and I can’t remember it so instead or resetting my security questions can I just creat new apple ID would that be possible?

      7/23/12 @ 8:08 am

      You should absolutely NOT create a new Apple ID. This will create problems that will haunt you forever. (Unless you have never purchased anything or used your Apple ID for anything before, then I guess it doesn’t matter).
      Try to remember your ID, or use.

        Nina estrada
        10/23/12 @ 11:30 pm

        Ok so i deleted an old icloud account on my iphone n im tryin to ceate a new one and its not letting me what can i do?!?!

          10/24/12 @ 6:51 am

          Depends on what you mean by “not letting me” — is there an error message or something else? You can always call Apple for help.

    Veena GhalylLQRWU
    7/27/12 @ 5:13 pm

    Thank you so much for your efforts

    8/12/12 @ 10:02 am

    how to make an apple id on my phone..?? i tried many times but always failure, thanks.

      8/12/12 @ 10:11 am

      What do you mean by “failure” — be specific. Probably you’ll need to call Apple.

        10/16/12 @ 11:35 am

        I need apple I’d becus I have no credit card and I want use I tune n apps store plz help me give me a free apple I’d thanks

    8/21/12 @ 8:34 am

    I’ve made a new apple ID and now I don’t know how to do the settings! Help me pls!

      8/21/12 @ 9:43 am

      Which settings? Be very specific and maybe I can help.

    8/22/12 @ 4:22 pm

    Hey, Gary!
    I had to make a new apple ID when the old one wouldn’t let me download any apps, free apps or updates etc.etc. And I’ve made sure that I’m signed in with my new ID on iCloud, App Store app etc, but whenever I try to download a free app or an update it says my Apple ID is deactivated. I might have done something really stupid when I deactivated the old Apple ID, but when it was still active, just not signed in, the apps required me to sign in on my old one… So now I can’t download ANYTHING at ALL. And I deleted all my apps to see if it would work when I tried to download them again for the updates with my new apple ID, but it didn’t.
    I’m scared I’ve really ruined for myself and my dear iPhone at this moment. Please help me!!!

      8/22/12 @ 5:31 pm

      Call Apple support. They can see what is going on and help you sort it out.

    muhammad arshad
    8/23/12 @ 2:47 pm

    i want to make an apple id for my ipone set plz tell me the procedure

      8/23/12 @ 3:54 pm

      If you have absolutely no Apple ID in existence, you can create your first one by simply going to a service that needs it (like the App Store or iTunes), attempt to sign in, and you’ll get the option to “Create Apple ID.”

    9/6/12 @ 10:09 am

    I took iPhone which is first previously used by my cousin..
    Now I want to create apple ID..
    Plz help me

      9/6/12 @ 11:08 am

      Sign out of his Apple ID, if he is still signing in. Then you get the option to create a new one.

    9/17/12 @ 8:46 pm

    can i sign in my Apple ID on another ipad, like the one that belongs to my mum, and use it on her ipad? also, can increate another apple id for ibookstore as mine does not give me access to the USA ibookstore. my mom’s was created with USA as location and she has access to all the books. its country specific!

      9/17/12 @ 9:13 pm

      You can add multiple accounts in several apps: Mail, for instance. You can only be signed into one at a time in the App Store and iTunes apps, which makes sense. Different content is available in different countries depending on the licensing details. If the owner of a book, app or song doesn’t want it on sale in a certain country, then they can restrict its access.

    9/24/12 @ 11:56 pm

    Ok my problem is that befor I tried to buy anything on the App Store I put 75$ iTunes gift cards on my account well I can’t use that account because I don’t know my email address password/security questions so I have to make another is there any way to bring my funds to the new I’d?

      9/25/12 @ 6:39 am

      So you used a $75 certificate and you can’t remember anything about the account — ID, password, anything? Not sure there is any way to deal with that. Call Apple and see what you can work out, but I wouldn’t hope for anything.

    9/25/12 @ 12:59 pm

    I want to delete old apple ID & create new one

      9/25/12 @ 1:45 pm

      Why? I can’t think of any way that this would be a good idea. It will cause trouble if you have ever used your old Apple ID for anything before.

    10/2/12 @ 10:49 am

    I am trying to create a seperate apple ID for my child. When I sign out and hit the option to create new id I get cannot connect to I tunes. Similarly when I access it through settings it just re loads the sign in screen. Do I have to create it from a device other than the one I used to create my initial two accounts?

      10/2/12 @ 11:10 am

      Is there an error message?

        10/2/12 @ 12:09 pm

        It just says cannot connect to iTunes no error message but I can access iTunes otherwise just fine

    10/2/12 @ 11:57 am

    Just says cannot connect to iTunes Store but I can connect to the store to access content. No error message.

      10/2/12 @ 2:13 pm

      Try again later, maybe? Try quitting iTunes and starting it again — experiment, play around, etc.

    10/8/12 @ 5:47 pm

    If I delete my husbands icloud account on his iPad to add my iCloud account so that I can download my apps on his iPad will all his data be deleted? If so , how can we get it back.
    I want to have my apps and he have his on the same iPad. Thanks

      10/8/12 @ 7:05 pm

      Much of it, yes. You don’t need to mess with iCloud for that. Just sign out in the App Store and sign in again in the App Store.

    10/12/12 @ 6:35 pm

    okay i have recently bought a iphone 4 but have previously owned a ipod touch 4th generation. i can log into my apple ID on the phone but cant purchase anything because i have forgotten my security questions. would i be able to get a new apple ID for the phone and ipod but keep my music and stuff???

      10/12/12 @ 6:58 pm

      No. You do not want to start a new account. You’ll need to get access to your existing account. Call Apple.

    10/15/12 @ 12:25 pm

    The e-mail account that I had used for my Apple ID was deactivated today. I can no longer access the app store I need to create a new Apple ID, but will I be able to transfer the $’s that I still had left on my account? How do I do that?

      10/15/12 @ 1:47 pm

      No, you can’t transfer items. You’ll need to call Apple ASAP and ask them for options.

    adeel mirza
    10/17/12 @ 11:40 am

    very good

    rafael campos
    10/18/12 @ 9:45 am

    if don’t want to use your credit card when creating an ID, then use a Gmail account instead of an Yahoo account, and you should do this while purchasing a FREE app, so you can select NONE in the PAYMENT METHOD, but if you want spend your money, then go knock yourself out

    Galyuoni Dorcas
    10/20/12 @ 2:11 pm

    How do l create a new account for my iPhone

    11/11/12 @ 6:22 am

    i wanna delete old apple id and creat new for my ipad so how can i do abt that

      11/11/12 @ 10:49 am

      Is the current Apple ID yours? If so, then stick with it. Switching to a new one will cause all sorts of issues with your purchased content and iCloud services.
      Otherwise, simply log out. Then go to log in again, but instead select the option to create a new one.

    11/12/12 @ 1:40 pm

    i have bought an iphone 4 second hand and tryed setting up apple id but when i get past the date birth ect and click next it says i dont meet minium age requirments but im 22 how do i sort that problem

      11/12/12 @ 3:01 pm

      Probably need to call Apple and have them reset something for you.

    11/21/12 @ 8:33 am

    My family and I use my appleid to make purchase. i want to restrict everyones access to my contacts and emails. how do i accomplish this? Will creating a different icloud account work?

      11/21/12 @ 8:38 am

      Since you are using one Apple ID for everything, then you’ve got trouble there. If you create a second Apple ID then you’ll always be switching between them and that will be a pain. Really, everyone should have their own Apple ID. But if you want to stick to your current plan, maybe change your password and log out everywhere. Set up everyone else’s iCloud account to not use your Apple iD, or at least not use Contacts and Emails. Then you’ll need to be the person to enter in the password every time anyone needs to purchase an app or music or a book. It will be a pain any way you set it up. Sharing an Apple account is a pain — that’s why everyone over 12 should have their own.

    11/21/12 @ 2:08 pm

    I have an i-pod shuffle and my kids have i-pod touches. We all use the same Apple ID and we all share content and sync on a home computer. We are getting two i-paads and have set up the kids with their own sub-account e-mail addresses. Will we continue to be able to share apps and music if we set up the kids with their own Apple IDs?

      11/21/12 @ 4:49 pm

      There are many many ways to set it up. If your kids are under 13 they can have their own accounts anyway. You’ll need to set the iPads up as yours and manage things together.

    Tom G
    11/29/12 @ 4:37 pm

    My company just supplied me with a new IPhone. It’s asking for an Apple ID which I currently have for my personal use. I’m not sure what the company can or can’t see on the new phone. Would it be wise to set up a new ID or am I being paranoid?

      11/29/12 @ 5:50 pm

      Hard to say. Would depend on your company, your situation, and lots of other factors.

    12/6/12 @ 5:29 am

    hi gary,

    this is cherry from philippines. i bought my daughter an ipad at the mall. after three months of buying it, i tried to update the games etc.. but to my surprise, the apple id isnt familiar to me. the saleslady in the store where i bought it maybe put that apple id. now, i cant update or even buy new games for my daughter.. i tried to create a new apple id but still whenever i tried to update the games, the old apple id appears. ive read ur one advice that i should try going to app store and tap featured but it says that the item i requested isnt available in the philippine store.. what should i do so i can change the apple id (which i dont know) in this ipad? i want to create my own apple id. pls help. thanks.

      12/6/12 @ 7:07 am

      I would go into every section of the Settings app and check for that bad Apple ID. It will be in many places. Sign out of it wherever you find it. If that doesn’t work you may need to take it to an expert to have it checked out.

    12/10/12 @ 12:13 am

    i wont open my new apple id

    12/10/12 @ 6:30 am

    I got an iPhone from work which I can also use for personal purposes, but cannot download apps using my work appleID. Is it possible to use the same device with 2 appleIDs, so that I could use download other apps using my personal appleID?

      12/10/12 @ 7:24 am

      You can sign out and sign back in again. It is a pain, but it should work.

    12/11/12 @ 8:42 pm

    I have an Apple ID (my personal email address)on an old iTunes account I used for an old iPod. I bought my hubby his first iPhone(not activated yet)and want to order a family iPad for Christmas. I hope to update my phone to an iPhone in a few months. How should I manage setting up ID’s on the new devices? Should each device have it’s own Apple ID? Will they be able to access purchases on my iTunes account if they have different ID’s. Can all this be managed in iCloud? How does this work?

      12/11/12 @ 9:32 pm

      One person = one Apple ID. So not device, but person. If you have a family device, just decide who the primary user will be and use that Apple ID. Use Mac/PC Home Sharing to transfer apps to other devices for free, though often it is easier to just buy a 99 cent app a second time.

        12/13/12 @ 1:30 pm

        Okay, thanks for the help. Will use my Apple ID for new iPad and will create new Apple ID for hubby’s phone.

    12/27/12 @ 2:49 am

    Hi, Just purchased an iphone 4. My husband already owns one. Do I use his Apple ID and password? OR will this get messy? We already have an itunes account but would want to keep playlists and apps on each phone separate. Do I need to set up a new email address if I create a new apple id account? Whats our best option?

      12/27/12 @ 8:33 am

      No. Get your own Apple ID. Use your own email address to create your own Apple ID and iTunes Account. Apple ID = iTunes Account.

    12/31/12 @ 6:57 pm

    My daughter’s iPod was set up by her mother using her mothers credit card. This means I cannot buy her any apps or download any books etc (my wife and I are separated so getting her mothers password is out of the question). How can I buy my daughter apps, books, whatever, etc for her iPod? Should I create a second apple ID?

      12/31/12 @ 8:03 pm

      Creating a second Apple ID would lead to more problems. Perhaps just buy her an iTunes gift card? But if the problem is that you don’t have the password for her Apple ID/iTunes account, then that won’t matter.I don’t have a solution for you. Perhaps create a new Apple ID/iTunes account for her (not a second account, but her ONLY account) that is yours, and then work it out between her mother for joint control, perhaps feeding it with funds from iTunes gift cards.

    1/11/13 @ 1:09 pm

    Hi..I bought my son an iPad and set it up with my apple ID. I will be buying an iPad for myself and would like to FaceTime with my son when I’m traveling for work. How do I do that? Set up an apple ID for him? Will he lose all the apps on the iPad? Thank you

    ayowande lawal
    1/20/13 @ 8:15 am

    i misplace my iphone and just found it and now i cant remember my password have been tryin to create new account but it keep loading and later it will stop

      1/20/13 @ 8:24 am

      If you forgot your Apple ID password, you need to go to here:
      If you forgot your iPhone lock password, then that is a different story. You will probably need to wipe the phone and restore it from your last backup.

    Amy Fernandez
    1/22/13 @ 4:50 pm

    I want to change my Apple ID and Password, previously my husband set it up using his info. If I do this will I lose the information in my contacts?

      1/22/13 @ 5:08 pm

      You don’t want to change your Apple ID — that’s the wrong terminology. You want to keep your Apple ID and change the primary email address you use to log on to it. See

    1/22/13 @ 9:48 pm

    i created a new apple id on iphone 4 but its having verification problem even its already verified. can’t use app store because of this problem.why is it that it frequently asks to verify my apppli id if its already verified?????

      1/22/13 @ 10:06 pm

      Sounds like the verification process did not complete. Call Apple.

    Dave Augster
    1/23/13 @ 3:43 pm

    Hi Gary, you have a wonderful board here and help so many people!
    Currently my wife has an iphone and ipad and a few months ago we bought our kids (10 & 12) iphones. Currently, they are all set up with the same apple id. If I were to create new id’s for the kids, what will they lose? What are the con’s of leaving them on the same account? For instance, find my iphone allows us to view all phones. Thanks for the help!

      1/23/13 @ 4:28 pm

      You have to be 13 to qualify for an Apple ID.
      If they have made any apps purchases and then switch Apple IDs, then they will need that old ID to update those apps. Other things like that. Other than that it is just a matter of managing settings for iCloud, iTunes, GameCenter and other apps that use an Apple ID. They switch and they are now using a different account and those apps will reflect the changes.

    1/27/13 @ 2:10 am

    How creat apple id for iphone4s

    2/1/13 @ 6:53 pm

    Here’s my dilemma. I used to share an AppleID with my ex. We split yada yada we stayed on the same one for a while but she changed the password. If I create a new AppleID on my phone, will all my songs (about 420) and apps (dont really have alot) be transferred to a laptop once I buy one? Or will I lose everything?

      2/1/13 @ 6:58 pm

      You will lose everything. But songs are not copy-protected, so if you have copies of the physical files you will still be able to play them. Apps too, though you won’t be able to update them. But your new ID won’t show them as “purchased” of course.
      Makes sense if you think about it. You bought ONE copy of these things. If you both you and your ex get them, then there are really TWO copies, which you didn’t buy.
      Yet another reason why every needs to remember: One person = One Apple ID.

    2/2/13 @ 8:55 am

    If they have made any apps purchases and then switch Apple IDs, then they will need that old ID to update those apps. Other things like that. Other than that it is just a matter of managing settings for iCloud, iTunes, GameCenter and other apps that use an Apple ID. They switch and they are now using a different account and those apps will reflect the changes.

    2/4/13 @ 1:25 am

    I can’t download any apps on my iPhone 4 because I forgot my Apple id password and my security question answers and my password to the other address that they send your password to if you forget it. Is my only option to create a new Apple id using completely new email addresses? c

    Leona Williams
    2/22/13 @ 6:34 pm

    How to set up an new apple I d

      2/22/13 @ 9:16 pm

      New? If you don’t have an Apple ID, then set one up the first time you need to. If you already have one, then use that one. Don’t try to create a second one.

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