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The Apple ID is a central account that you can secure yourself free of charge at Apple and that you also have to secure if you want to use an iOS device such as the iPad or iPhone. This gives you access to many Apple services (Apple Music, Mac App Store, iOS App Store, iCloud, Messages, [FaceTime-> facetime] and iBooks) and at the same time the possibility of paying for content in [AppleTV-> appletv] or in the [iTunes Store-> itunes-store] or in the Appstore.
Creating an Apple ID is free and very easy. The only thing you need is an email address that you use with another provider or one of the .me.com Mail addresses as I use them. You can then use this address to log into your Apple account in the future. If you use the me addresses, you can also freely choose the user name - if it has not yet been assigned.
But here are the instructions on how to get to your Apple ID in individual, easy-to-understand steps:
Important: Your Apple ID consists of a login that shows your email address and the password that you entered in the form above!
In practice, the Apple ID is used in very many places. For example with iCloud, in the App Store, in iTunes (for Apple Music) and of course in the mail program Apple Mail. You will also be asked for your Apple ID when you contact Apple for support.
If you want to use Apple's paid offers, you have to store a valid credit card in your Apple ID or top up iTunes credit, which you can buy in discount stores, for example. Access to the Apple account is protected with a password that is assigned when setting up the ID. If you have forgotten this, you can assign a new password if you can answer one or the other security question. These are stored in the account beforehand.
It is very important that you do not choose a simple password here, because the Apple ID also creates iCloud backups of iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone, for example, which can be used to restore the devices. As a result, a lot of private data is naturally associated with the creation of the Apple ID, which one does not necessarily want to protect with a bad password.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.