When you first set up a new Mac, one of the most important steps is to get an Apple ID. This works as your account for the Mac, as well as your identity when using Apple’s online services including iTunes and iCloud.
Much of the Mac experience is tied into these services – from buying songs on iTunes to accessing Apple online support – so having an Apple ID is essential to get the best from your new Mac.
Your Apple ID takes the form of an email address – typically firstname.lastname@example.org. Signing in with same Apple ID on all your devices means you can share any of
your personal content across all of them.
Apple Setup Assistant
Getting an Apple ID is part of the initial Mac setup – made quick and easy by Apple’s Setup Assistant.
This helpful application launches when you first switch on your Mac. It guides you through the steps of creating a user account, connecting to the internet and adjusting privacy and other settings.
As part of this process, you’ll be asked to enter your Apple ID. You may already have an Apple ID – especially if you own another Apple device such as an iPhone, or if you have made purchases from the iTunes Store or App Store before.
Create a new Apple ID
If you don’t have an Apple ID, create a new one by clicking Create a Free Apple ID. You’ll need a valid email address to use as your Apple ID username, or use the one Apple gives you.
You also have to provide your date of birth and a strong password, along with answers to three security questions as a backup should you need to verify your identity or reset your password.
You’ll have to enter your credit or debit card details. Don’t worry, though – you’ll only be charged if you make any purchases using Apple services such as iTunes.
Skip creating an ID
If you don’t want to create an Apple ID when you're first setting up your Mac, click
Skip and sign up for one later – you will need one, eventually.