Apple ID Setup

What is an Apple ID?

An Apple ID is your user name for everything you do with Apple: Shop the iTunes Store, enable iCloud on all your devices, buy from the Apple Online Store, make a reservation at an Apple Retail Store, access the Apple Support website, and more.  Learn more about Apple ID.

Recommendations

It is recommended that each student should have their own Apple ID and not share an Apple ID with anyone else.  Problems can occur when sharing Apple ID (might be referred to an iTunes account in your household) as credit card information can be utilised by everyone.  On top of this, files saved within Apps such as school work, notes and personal photos are synced to all connected Apple ID devices (via iCloud).  See below on how parents can manage purchases on their children’s Apple ID accounts.

It is recommended that the email linked to the Apple ID account should be easily accessible by the student (Tip, the student can use their school email address unless they’re under 13 years of age in which case Apple requires that you use an iCloud email address created during Family Sharing setup – see below).  This helps us provide quicker support to the student in case they forget their Apple ID password.

It is recommended to set the recovery email address of a students Apple ID to their parents email address.

Setting up an Apple ID

Please choose the appropriate scenario below:

I am setting up a brand new iPad for a student 13 years of age or older

If you are setting up a new iPad for the first time, follow the onscreen instructions on your iPad which will allow you to create a new Apple ID.  For more assistance, check out this How to get started guide by Apple.

I am setting up a brand new iPad for a student under 13 years of age

There are multiple options available to setup an Apple ID.  The first allows a parent to setup a new account (with the parents details) on behalf of the child. The second setting up a monthly maximum allowance to use on the iTunes/App store (this method allows you to create a ‘child’ account).  Lastly, (the preferred option) is through family sharing.

Option 1: Parent based account

If you are setting up a new iPad for the first time, follow the onscreen instructions on your iPad which will allow you to create a new Apple ID.  For more assistance, check out this How to get started guide by Apple.

Option 2: iTunes Store Allowance

See below for ‘What is iTunes Store Allowance’ under ‘Managing your child’s Apple ID account’.  In step 5, you will need to select ‘Create an Apple ID for recipient’ and enter in the students school email address (or another email address the student has access too).  Once you have completed this, continue with Option 1 above to finish setting up your iPad.

Option 3: Family Sharing (recommended)

Apple released Family Sharing with iOS 8. Parents are now able to create and manage a child account which allows them to have full control of purchases made by the student.  To find out more about Family Sharing, check out the Family Sharing web page by Apple. To jump straight to setting up Family Sharing, check out this guide.

I am setting up a new Apple ID for an existing iPad

The following instructions have been split up to three sections, removing an existing Apple ID from your iPad, creating a new Apple ID and adding an Apple ID to your iPad.  Ideally, if you are passing on a used iPad to a child, ‘Erasing All Content and Settings’ is the simplest and most ideal option, as this will clear all your personal content from the iPad.  You can find out more here (then use ‘I am setting up a brand new iPad…’ option above to continue setting up your Apple ID).  However, if you don’t want reset your iPad, follow these intructions:

Removing an Existing Apple ID
  1. On the home screen, Tap on Settings
  2. Scroll down to iCloud
  3. Scroll down and Tap on Sign Out (You may receive a message letting you know all iCloud content associated with the current Apple ID will be removed).
  4. Next, go back to Settings and Tap on ‘iTunes & App Store’ and make sure you are signed out from your Apple ID (you may need to tap on your email address if you are still signed in).
  5. Repeat Step for Phone, Messages and FaceTime options in Settings.
Creating a new Apple ID (without requiring a credit card)
  1. On the home screen, Tap on App Store
  2. Tap on the Top Charts Tab
  3. Tap on Free
  4. Pick any free App and try to install it (tap once on word free next to the app name, then tap install)
  5. A prompt will appear, select ‘Create a new Apple ID’
  6. Follow the onscreen instructions

Adding an Apple ID to your iPad

  1. On the home screen, Tap on Settings
  2. Scroll down to iCloud
  3. Sign into iCloud using your Apple ID
  4. Repeat this process for Phone, Messages and FaceTime options in Settings.

My student already has an Apple ID

Perfect! No need to do anything more!

Check out the tips below on managing your child’s Apple ID account.

Managing your child’s Apple ID account

Family Sharing

It is recommended (where possible), that parents utilize family sharing for their children.

What is family sharing?

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Family Sharing is a new way to bring harmony to your family’s digital life. Up to six people in your family can share purchases from iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store without sharing accounts. Pay for family purchases with the same credit card and approve kids’ spending right from a parent’s device. Easily share photos, a family calendar, and more to help keep everyone connected.  Find out more.

iTunes Allowance

It is recommended (where possible), that parents utilise Family Sharing to manage the purchases that their student makes through the iTunes store. If however, you do not wish to use Family Sharing, an iTunes Store Allowance is an alternative to controlling purchases made through the iTunes store.

What is iTunes Store Allowance?

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 3.00.47 pmWith iTunes Allowance, you can send a monthly iTunes Store credit to anyone with an iTunes Store account.  It’s a great way for parents to manage their children’s spending on the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store.  Find out more.