Offering an Apple device as a present should give you great joy as you see the happiness in the eyes of the lucky recipient. At least that’s what I thought it would be like, but it didn’t quite work out that way when I gave my iPod touch 4 to my mother-in-law. As I already have an iPhone and an iPad, I’d kind of forgotten about my iPod and so decided to give it to her so that she’d be able to communicate easier with my wife via Skype, Facetime or Viber – something that is pretty important as they’re very close and yet separated by a great number of miles. My mother-in-law had never had a smart device before, had never wanted one, and so (in hindsight) it was always going to be a bit of a culture shock. When I gave it to her, it was all going well – I was showing her the magic of various apps – until I mentioned that she needs an Apple ID. At this point she stopped dead, looked at me and told me that this is the reason she doesn’t like smart devices. Too many things need to be set up in order to be able to start using it. I told her about our blog and promised that I would write a short piece to help her out, trying to make it as straightforward as possible for her as an Apple newby. So, dear mother in law, here is your guide on How to create an Apple ID. What is an Apple ID and why do I need one? If you’re going to get the proper Apple iOS experience, an Apple ID is a key requirement. An Apple ID is the email address you use as a login for just about everything you do with Apple, including using iCloud to store your content, buying songs from the iTunes Store, and downloading apps from the App Store. If you’ve owned any Apple device in the past and used iTunes to purchase music or other content, you already have an Apple ID and can use this ID to set up your iPad or iPhone.You can also use one Apple ID for iCloud services and another Apple ID for store purchases (including iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match). You will get all the benefits of iCloud whether you use the same Apple ID for iCloud and store purchases, or different IDs for each. Creating a free Apple ID, if this is your first Apple device, just takes a few minutes: you’ll mostly be entering personal information; choosing a password and security questions; and entering a payment method. Creating an Apple ID on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch 1. From the Home Screen, tap Settings, and then tap iTunes & App Stores. 2. If an Apple ID is already logged in, tap the Apple ID name, and then tap Sign Out. 3. Tap Create New Apple ID. 4. Choose the appropriate store by tapping Store, and select the country in which you are located. Tap Done to confirm your selection, and then tap Next to proceed to the next screen. 5. This screen will display the iTunes Store Terms and Conditions. You can opt to have the Terms and Conditions emailed to you for easier reading by tapping Send by Email. To do this, enter your valid email address, and then tap Send. 6. To agree to the terms and conditions, tap the Agree button which is located on the bottom-right of the page. Tap Agree again when the confirmation appears. 7. You'll now need to enter an email address, password, and choose three security questions and answers. 8. The email address you provide will be your new Apple ID (which is what you will use to log in to the iTunes Store). Enter your email address, and then tap Next. Tip: If you are trying to create an account using an existing Apple ID, like your iCloud email address, you will receive a prompt telling you that your email address is already an Apple ID. Simply tap Continue, and then tap Use Existing Account on the following screen. 9. You can also enter an optional rescue email address. Providing a rescue email address is recommended. Learn more about the rescue email address. 10. Next, you'll be required to enter your billing information. To choose a different credit card type, tap one of the available options, and then tap Done. You will not be charged until you make a purchase. 11. Once you've filled out all of the fields for your billing information, tap Next. 12. You'll then see a screen that says Verify Your Account. 13. Tap Done, and check your email for a verification email from Apple. If you need to set up email on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, see our post Setting up multiple email accounts on your iPhone. 14. Open the email, and tap the Verify Now link to activate your account. 15. You'll be taken to a secure page to enter your Apple ID and password to complete your account verification. 16. Once you've entered your email address and password, tap Verify Address. You now have an Apple ID. To modify or change your account information, such as payment information or billing address, tap your account name located at the bottom of the page once you are signed in to the iTunes Store. When prompted, tap View Account. I hope this short guide helps you, my lovely mother-in-law – I’m sure you’ll be an Apple convert within days!