How to create an Apple ID without a credit card

By , Aug 5, 2014

create apple id with no credit card

Having an Apple ID is a prerequisite to do just about anything related to Apple services. If you want to buy music on iTunes, download apps in the App Store, or use iCloud, you must have an Apple ID.

A few years ago, linking a credit card to an Apple account was mandatory. But Apple has changed its stance and has been letting users create an Apple ID without a credit card for a while now.

Whatever your reason might be to do so, we are going to show you how to create an Apple ID without a credit card

Note that if you don’t link a credit card or other payment method to your Apple ID, you will obviously not be able to complete purchases, but you will however be able to download free content, such as free apps.

Creating an Apple ID without credit card or other payment method

The following steps were performed on an iPhone, but the process is the same whether you use an iPod touch, an iPad, or even iTunes from your desktop computer.

1) Make sure you are not signed in any Apple account. If you are, simply sign out.

2) Go to the App Store and look for any free application. The application doesn’t matter so just grab the first one you see.

3) Tap the “Free” button once. It will turn into an “Install” button. Tap it again to initiate the download. At this point, the App Store app will ask you to either sign into your account or create a new one. Select “Create New Apple ID.”

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4) Select your country or region, then tap Next.

New account country

5) Tap “Agree” twice to agree to the terms and conditions. Alternatively, if you have 7 hours to spare, you may first go through the terms and conditions, then agree to them.

new apple id terms

6) Enter the required information to create your new account. This includes email address, password, date of birth, and a few security questions. Tap “Next” when you’re done. Make sure you use an email address that is not currently registered or was not previously used as an Apple ID. If necessary, create a new email address.

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7) Under Billing Information, make sure to choose “None.” Then enter your billing address.

new apple ID no credit card

8) Apple will send you a confirmation email to the email address you provided. Check your emails and click the “Verify” link in the email Apple sent you, then log in using your newly created username (your email address) and password.

9) Finally, go back to the App Store application, and sign in your new account.

sign in new apple id

You should now be able to download free content from Apple. If you ever try to download paid content though, Apple will ask you to update your payment information and provide a credit card.

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  • Visage

    How do you find free apps? Tutorial please.

    • Alex Ruski

      LMFAO! I see what you’re trying to say here!

    • abdullah575

      top chart then free then any free app

  • Chris

    Works a treat but sadly they still know I live in Australia

    • https://twitter.com/aidanharris1 Aidan Harris

      One word, ‘VPN’. Get yourself a VPN and it’ll hide your location. For example I used a US VPN to create a US iTunes account and download Pandora (since it isn’t available outside of the US)…

      • Chris

        I have a VPN, I simply didn’t have it enabled on my phone at the time of downloading Wunderlist

  • Diego Milano

    How about how to re-download already redeemed (gifted) apps that belong from another country’s store without having to change the country?

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Sadly not doable. Easiest way around it would be to use AccounChanger TS from Cydia.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      No can do

  • Johnny Chingas

    they already fixed the problem here in the US, the “none” option under cc is gone :(

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      I created a US account yesterday for the purpose of this tutorial and the None option was here.

  • David Hvilivitzki

    This worked years ago too.

  • obada

    “Alternatively, if you have 7 hours to spare, you may first go through the terms and conditions, then agree to them.”
    funny but true :)

    • Mahbub

      hahaha

  • hehe13

    woooow this is very new..

  • Scott

    This feature works and doesn’t work some times. It depends on the version of iOS as I setup many from the device and often there is not choice for “none.” It’s frustrating.

  • Christian

    There is no “None” displayed in here.

  • Technocrz!

    it look likes apple disabled none option now we must have to provide credit card which may be later deleted.