How to Create an Apple ID for Your Kid

Jul 9, 2019 by

We get it, your kid needs to use your iPhone to buy and download things like music, books, movies, and apps. But the thing is, when they use your Apple ID to do those things, they forever remain on your account. And while this may not seem like a big deal at first, know that these purchases can never be transferred to another Apple ID – ever.

Because of this, Apple has made it easier than ever for parents to set up Apple IDs for their kids so problems like the one mentioned above never come about. And don’t worry, you’ll still be able to monitor and control your child’s account.

So, let’s take a look at how to create an Apple ID for your kid in 4 easy steps.

Step 1: Set Up Family Sharing

Go to the Settings app in your iPhone, tap your name, and then click Set Up Family Sharing.

Click Get Started if this is the first time you’re setting up Family Sharing. On the next screen, tap the iTunes & App Store Purchases and confirm the lead account.

If you want to transfer files from your PC to your iPhone (as iTunes begins to phase out) check out this helpful tutorial here.

Step 2: Confirm Billing

After you’ve initiated Family Sharing, you’ll need to have a credit card on file if you want to continue with Family Sharing. After all, your child will need some way of paying for their purchases.

Remember, you’ll need a credit card on file, not a debit card. If you’re worried about your kid accidentally making too many purchases, make sure to turn off in-app purchases on your iPhone.

Step 3: Create a New Account

Now it’s time to create a new account for your kiddo. Return to the main account page and tap Family Sharing. Next, click on Add Family Member and then Create a Child Account.

Make sure to review the conditions of the Apple ID you’re creating, and click Next. Enter your child’s birthday and tap Next again. Remember, once you add an Apple ID to Family Sharing, you cannot remove it until your kid is over 13 years old.

Apple will ask you to confirm ownership of the credit card on file as a built-in security measure. Just add your CVV (3-digit number), found on the back of the credit card. Then, add your child’s name and create an iCloud email address for them.

Lastly, set up a password for your child to use when accessing their own account. In addition, set three security questions your child can easily answer should you or your child forget the password.

Step 4: Configure Settings

Before you sell an iPhone using a convenient service like Gadget Salvation, so you can buy your child a newer device and give them free reign to download and buy as they wish, consider the following settings:

  • Ask to Buy: enable the Ask to Buy feature so you can approve or deny every purchase your child wants to make from iTunes or the App Store.
  • Location: decide whether to leave the location tracking on or off.

And there you have it! You’ve now created an Apple ID for your child. In the end, your entire family deserves to enjoy the benefits Apple has for people of all ages, and Family Sharing makes this an easy possibility.

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