Getting To Know the Basics of Your Apple ID

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Ready to create and start using an Apple ID? You may have heard of an Apple ID before, but never really understood what it is or how you should use it. If you want to learn more about these helpful IDs, start with the basics:

What is an Apple ID?

Think of this ID as a personal account that you use to log in to all of the services Apple provides to its users. Your account will include your email address, password, home address, and payment information if you plan on purchasing items with your ID.

When will I use it?

When you buy a new Apple device, whether it is an iPhone, iPad or Mac computer, you will be asked to sign into an existing Apple ID or create a new one. This will link all of your information to your device so you can start enjoying all of the Apple services.

How can devices be linked?

One of the many reasons why consumers love Apple products so much is everything can sync together between devices. For example, if you have both an iPhone and an iPad or MacBook, you can link the two together so you can access your apps, podcasts, photos, music and more without having to switch back and forth between each of the devices. How is it done? Using your Apple ID, of course! Let’s say you want to make sure you have the songs you downloaded on your iPhone are also on your MacBook. First, open iTunes and make sure you are logged in with the same Apple ID you use on your iPhone. Then, click on “account” on the menu bar, and then “purchased.” Click “not in my library” to see any items that have been purchased with this ID but are not on your device. Find the song or album that you want on your computer and then click on the download icon. In just a minute or two, you will be able to access media files on your computer that were originally purchased on your phone—all thanks to your Apple ID!

Should you share an Apple ID?

The short answer? No! Apple IDs house a lot of personal information such as your credit card numbers and home address. When you share your ID with someone else, you are at risk of having this information stolen. The person who you share your ID with could also charge money to your card on file since everything is linked together.

Many parents want to share an ID with their children to keep everything linked together. This is a great idea—but it shouldn’t be done by sharing one Apple ID. Instead, look into Family Sharing plans.

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