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How to create an Apple ID without a credit card

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How to create an Apple ID without a credit card

Several days ago, we were tinkering with our iPhone, trying to create a new Apple account, also known as Apple ID, so that we could download some apps on it. Yet we couldn't. The iPhone was actively refusing to create a new Apple ID for us unless we provided it with some credit card information. As any intelligent individual would do in such a case, we brought up Google in hopes to find a solution to the issue. Eventually, we managed to avoid the said requirement, but it took us quite a bit of searching before we came across a solution that actually worked. That's why we thought we'd put together this how-to guide, meant help souls who happen to end up in our situation.

What you'll need:

  • A computer with internet access iTunes installed on it
  • A valid email address

Step 1: Register a new Apple ID


Open the Apple ID page on Apple's site and choose "Create new Apple ID". Register for a new account with a valid email address. This is important because you'll need to confirm this address later. Once you're ready with providing Apple the information it requires, hit "Create Apple ID" at the bottom of the page. Unless you've forgotten to fill out any of the required fields, you should be taken to a page that lets you know that it is time to verify your email address. Open up your email inbox and find the email that you just got from Apple. Note that there might be a couple of them, and one contains a "Verify Now >" link that you need to click. After clicking on the said link, you'll be taken to a confirmation page, acknowledging the verification of your email address.

Step 2: Log-in from iTunes using the "Redeem" option


Launch iTunes and if you're already signed in using a different account, make sure you sign out of it. Then while on the home screen, scroll down to the very bottom of the page. On the right side there should be a list of links under a "Manage" tab. Choose "Redeem". Then a pop-up window will ask for your Apple ID and password. Log in using the Apple ID you just created in step 1. You should get a notification saying that your account is not ready to be used yet and that your info has to be reviewed. On the next page you'll be asked to provide some more information, including the details for your credit card. Select the "None" option. NOTE: This "None" option may not appear unless you follow the procedure as we're describing it in this how-to guide. Hit "Continue" and you should be all set.

Step 3: Enjoy your new Apple ID account


Your newly-created Apple ID should be now ready to be used on an iPhone or an iPad. Log in from your device and enjoy Apple's rich library of iOS software. Questions or comments? The section below is all yours!

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posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:43 1

1. androidTaker (unregistered)


By using a DEBIT card...

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 11:01 1

2. hassoups (Posts: 275; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


it just works right out the box. Lol.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 11:05

3. icyrock1 (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


You don't need to do all of that... All you need is an iTunes card (which you can redeem on the set up process) to make one.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 16:24 2

10. DAMONORIBELLO (Posts: 84; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Yes because everyone who doesn't have a credit/debit card carries around an iTunes card with them.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 11:07 1

4. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 562; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Or just install iTunes, select a free app for download, create an AppleID and select none

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 12:04

5. Dante216 (Posts: 25; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Or just factory reset your phone and the option for no credit card is available when creating a new apple ID in the setup process

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 13:10 1

6. jcj5884 (Posts: 11; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


Or just create an icloud account

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 14:20

7. sap_sudip1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


You don't have to go that way as well. I have next process.
First be sure that you have not entered any apple id in the setting of your iphone.
1. Open app store in your iphone or ipad
2. Choose any apps to download
3. Before download process runs you will be asked to enter apple id that is either already created or create apple id
4. Choose 'create new apple id 'option
5. Then fill up the form. Enter all necessary data then go to next
6. Now in next page you will be asked to integrate your apple id with itunes
7. There now in payment method you will see none option along with visa , master card...
8 .choose none and then fill other data

Hurray you will get new apple id.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 14:56

8. wolverinexmen9 (Posts: 76; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


Old news...

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 15:07

9. Ikechukwu (Posts: 134; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


Did this nearly 4 years ago on my ipod touch(DEAD!) forgot how I even did it but it didn't need a debit or gift card

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 17:07

11. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3286; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


What adult would have an iPhone but not a cc or dc lil?

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 18:52

12. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 562; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


In a lot of countries, credit/debitcards are not as common to have as in America. That's one large complaint in the Netherlands about appstore and playstore, the need for such a card.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 19:39

13. Diezparda (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Me, i don't need that. Since i have a lot lil cousin whose like to borrow my iPad. My friend have a kids and his kid accidentally purchased so many in app downloadable content (about $400 or so..), i didn't know how it's happen since i never provided cc or dc information. Shouldn't iTunes ask your apple id and password?

I prefer using iTunes gift card which still pretty hard to get in Indonesia.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 20:36 1

14. N-fanboy (Posts: 536; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


I make money off this lol. I have an apple id and people pay me to download apps for them.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 23:37 1

15. almostdone (Posts: 109; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


There is an easier way... Just stop using Apple products.

Worked for me. :)

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