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!