How to Register an iPhone With iTunes

By Mario Calhoun

After purchasing an iPhone from a local cellular provider or from the Apple Store, you need to register the device with iTunes, which sends the registration information to Apple and enables the iPhone for use. Whereas the iPhone's activation process is completed at a local cellular provider or Apple Store, the registration process is an at-home process that creates an Apple ID used to link your personal information to your mobile device. Once the phone is registered, media stored in the iTunes program on your computer is transferable to the iPhone through automatic or manual synchronization.

Things You'll Need

  • ITunes 8.0 or later
  • IPhone USB docking cable

Step 1

Download iTunes and install the software onto your Macintosh or PC.

Step 2

Click the "iTunes" icon on the Macintosh's dock or click "Start" on the PC's desktop. Click "All Programs" and "iTunes."

Step 3

Attach the iPhone docking end of the USB cable into the bottom of the iPhone. Insert the other end into the computer's available USB port.

Step 4

Click "iPhone" in the iTunes window to access the iPhone Setup Assistant. Click the circle next to whether you wish to set up the iPhone as a new or existing user. Click "Continue."

Step 5

Click the check box next to the license agreement and click "Continue." Create an Apple ID, which will be your email address linked to the account. Create a password, and click "Continue."

Step 6

Enter your first and last name, address, email address and phone number. Click "Submit" to finalize the registration process.