How to Set Up an iTunes Account for My iPhone

By Diana V. Faustmann

To download apps, music, books or videos from Apple for your new iPhone, you need to have an iTunes Store account or Apple ID. If you already have an Apple ID from past purchases at the iTunes Store, App Store or Apple Store, you can use the same account to cover your iPhone needs. Otherwise, create a new account, free of charge. Simply provide basic information about yourself, indicate a payment method for future purchases and verify your email address to obtain an iTunes Store account you can use for your iPhone.

Step 1

Launch iTunes on your computer. The source pane is located on the left and the main pane on the right.

Step 2

Click "iTunes Store" on the source pane, under "Store." This connects you to the Internet and takes you to the iTunes Store welcome page on the main pane.

Step 3

Click "Sign In" on the extreme right of the main pane's tab bar. Then select "Create New Account" on the pop-up window. This brings you to a welcome message. Select "Continue."

Step 4

Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions. Click the "I have read and agree to these terms and conditions" checkbox and then select "Continue."

Step 5

Provide Apple ID details in the next window. Type your email address, input your password twice and provide a security question and answer, your birth date and preferences for receiving releases, news and offers. Then click "Continue."

Step 6

Provide payment method, including information on a credit card against which your future purchases will be charged. Also, provide your billing address. Then click "Continue."

Step 7

Verify your email address. Click the "Verify Link" in the message that Apple sends to your email address. This will take you to a "My Apple ID" page.

Step 8

Enter your email address and password to create your Apple ID. Then click "Verify Address." Your iTunes Store account is now in effect for any purchases and downloads related to your iPhone or other Apple devices.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may also create an iTunes Store account directly from your iPhone. Tap "Settings," "Store" and then "Create New Account." iPhone will take you through a series of screens requesting all the same information as above.
  • Once your account is activated, you can sign in and out, review your purchase history and change your account information as needed.