Create an Apple ID Without A Credit Card

Posted by: on Jul 16, 2013 | 12 Comments

When registering for an Apple ID you normally have to enter payment information. In education, however, there are numerous reasons why you may not want to associate a credit card to an Apple ID. This is how you create an account without a credit card.

On a PC or Mac

  1. Open iTunes and navigate to the iPad App Store.
  2. Find a free app (it can be anything) and download it to your computer.
  3. A window will pop up asking you to login with your Apple ID. Instead click the Create Apple ID button.
  4. The “Welcome to the iTunes Store” screen will appear. Click Continue.
  5. Agree to the terms of service and enter your personal information and security details as normal.
  6. At this point you will be asked for payment information. You will notice, however, that there is now a “None” option where you would normally select your card type. Choose this option.apple-itunes-card-details
  7. Once you’ve completed the registration process a confirmation email will be sent to the address you registered above. You will now be able to use Apple services and install free apps with your new account.

On an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Find a free app (it can be anything) and install it.
  3. A window will pop up asking whether you want to “Use an Existing Apple ID” or “Create New Apple ID”. Choose “Create New Apple ID.”
  4. Choose your country, agree to the terms of service, and enter your personal information and security details as normal.
  5. At this point you will be asked for payment information. You will notice, however, that there is now a “None” option where you would normally select your card type. Choose this option.
  6. ipad-apple-idOnce you’ve completed the registration process a confirmation email will be sent to the address you registered above. You will now be able to use Apple services and install free apps with your new account.

Karl is a school Network Manager and IT Lead Professional based near London, England. He has been working in education for more than ten years and founded ClassThink in early 2013 to share technology best practice with other schools.

In 2014 he won the Naace Impact Award for School Support Services.

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12 Comments

  1. Praveen
    21 October, 2013

    I have tried so many times but None option was not appeared

    Reply
    • Karl Rivers
      21 October, 2013

      Hi Praveen,

      You have to follow the instructions to the letter otherwise you can get to the point where you are only offered the option to enter card details. If you’re setting up a new Apple ID it’s worth starting from scratch, possibly with a new email address.

      Karl

      Reply
  2. Scott
    24 October, 2013

    I’ve tried everything you said but there is no “none” option.

    Reply
    • Karl Rivers
      10 November, 2013

      Hi Scott,

      This definitely works and is the procedure recommended by Apple. You have to follow the instructions exactly.

      This only works with a NEW Apple ID. If you’re already registered you can’t use this option.

      Hope this helps.

      Karl

      Reply
  3. Klaus
    5 December, 2013

    Works. Thank You!

    Reply
  4. Crystal
    20 December, 2013

    They are telling me I don’t meet the minimum age requirement.

    Reply
  5. LEGEND
    28 December, 2013

    thanzx it working :)

    Reply
  6. Lucy Gold
    30 December, 2013

    it won’t let me create an account without putting in payment details. i’ve created an account (my first) and it still won’t let me… help?

    Reply
  7. joy
    9 January, 2014

    need help . i had hard time creating apple Id ..i already have Apple Id but how come I cant use it . any tips ..

    Reply
  8. Achile slim
    3 February, 2014

    its worked for me thanks alot

    Reply

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