How Do I Make an Apple ID Without Credit Card Information?

By Andrew Tennyson

Apple prompts you to enter a payment method when you first sign in to the iTunes Store, iBooks Store or App Store. Although you can’t download paid content without associating a payment method with your account, you can still create an Apple ID. Until you add a payment method, you can only download free content.

Step 1

Download and install iTunes from Apple’s website on your computer, if you don’t have it already (link in Resources). Skip this step if you’re using an iOS device such as an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Step 2

Launch iTunes 11 on your computer and click the “iTunes Store” button located in the top-right corner. If you’re using an iOS 8 device, open the App Store, iTunes Store or iBooks Store, all of which came installed on your iOS device.

Step 3

Scroll to the bottom of the iTunes Store and verify that the flag displayed at the bottom is that of your home country. If it isn’t your country’s flag, click the current flag and select the country in which you live. Skip this step if you’re using an iOS device.

Step 4

Locate a free song, TV show, app or book. The type of content you download doesn't matter, provided it is free.

Step 5

Click or tap the “Free” icon associated with the song, TV show, app or book you want to download. Free items have a “Free” button located beneath their primary icons if you’re on a computer and next to the right of the primary icons on iOS devices.

Step 6

Click “Create Apple ID” when prompted to sign in to your account and follow the prompts to enter your personal information, including your email address. Make sure you enter your email address correctly as Apple sends you a confirmation email containing a link you must click before your account is activated.

Step 7

Select “None” as the payment type when prompted to associate a payment method with your new Apple ID. The None icon is located at the far right end of the Payment Type list on your computer and at the bottom of the list on your iOS device.

Step 8

Open your email when the sign-up process completes and click the confirmation link contained within the email to verify your new Apple ID.

Tips & Warnings

  • Selecting your country dictates the language in which menu items and content are displayed in iTunes on your computer. [ref 2]
  • During the sign-up process you are prompted to enter three security-verification questions and answers. You need these answers to regain access to your account should you forget your Apple ID password.
  • Although you can create an Apple ID without a credit card, you still need to enter a valid billing address during the sign-up process.