Currently Being Moderated03-Nov-2011 13:45 (in response to quicksilver8)
It doesn't work because I need an email address before I can set up a new Apple ID and get a new @me.com address.
It's for my son who has previously used my apple id & e-mail but I now want to set up new ones for him.
Therefore I need to set up a new e-mail account (in his name, rather than mine) before setting up a new Apple ID and then iCloud, but I can't work out how to set up a new e-mail address?
Currently Being Moderated04-Nov-2011 23:41 (in response to Jerry Dammers)
Currently Being Moderated12-Nov-2011 00:56 (in response to Jerry Dammers)
Yeah I just posted a similar question - how do you create an Apple ID / iCloud account without having a pre existing email account. You can't. It appears you need to first create an email address at something like GMail, then use that as your Apple ID, then set up iCloud, then use your @me account for everything from then on in.. including as your Apple ID.
Seems silly having to sign up to a competitor's free service to then access Apple's free service, no?
Currently Being Moderated12-Nov-2011 01:04 (in response to ScottRichardson)
I agree this is strange as my preference was to stay in the Apple ecosystem to avoid having to sync with third party content such as gmail, but I had to set up a gmail account to get a new apple ID.
I'm still confused by the Apple ID/iCloudfirstname.lastname@example.org system - it should be straight forward (like logging on and off from a computer) but it's not.
Currently Being Moderated26-Nov-2011 09:31 (in response to ScottRichardson)
I was searching endlessly for an answer on this, trying to setup an iPod Touch. If you try to get an Apple ID using the website or the App Store, you need a pre-existing email address as noted, but if you access the iCloud settings on your new device, it allows you setup a new me.com email address, which then becomes your Apple ID, all in one step, no pre-existing email address required.
Currently Being Moderated25-Dec-2012 02:06 (in response to Jerry Dammers)
I just bought another MacBook for my boys. I thought it was great to give them their own ID. When setting up the Mac it offers a @icloud.com account. I filled all in (and noted down all details). Once completed the Mac gives a message that there can be no more icloud addresses on this mac in the set-up menu (starting first time)?
I set up the Apple ID with this address, all smooth....just until I want to start using it....the Apple ID does not recognize the icloud.com address, I can not trace password or use the personal questions to reset...NOTHING WORKS!!
Do I need to authorise the icloud.com account? I can not enter Icloud to authorise as it has been authorised! Indefinite loop! No mail to the second e-mail address specified?!
Ok, so like Jerry I try to try to set up an icloud address.
Can anyone please help with a simple instruction. I can set up an hotmail address in a split second but since when should it be so difficult in the Apple Ecosystem?
Greatful for support - simple and straightforward ....and please not to the " set up and Apple ID Q&A" like above
Currently Being Moderated25-Dec-2012 03:02 (in response to Le Mont)
Ok, please disregard the above query - I used outlook and I was done in 10 min with all. I am sure that it can not be the thing that one should create Microsoft accounts to use Apple products
Currently Being Moderated09-Jan-2013 15:16 (in response to Jerry Dammers)
I deleted my iCloud account (all associated data as well) from my iPhone and then under Settings > iCloud I was given an opportunity to Setup a New iCloud Address. Follow the steps for your sons/daughters desired iCloud.
Once I verified it worked at iCloud.com I deleted it from my iPhone and logged back in with my credentials.
Currently Being Moderated14-Sep-2013 06:16 (in response to Jerry Dammers)
I am trying to set up an iCloud account that my family can share, as I have paid for annual storage on my account but it far exceeds what I need personally. In other programs it is simple to set up sub-accounts that share a master email address. It is exceedingly frustrating that I must apparently set up a gmail account for my daughter and then somehow link these to a new iCloud account. Even doing that I see no opportunity to link her account to my existing iCloud storage.
Apple can surely do better than this.
Currently Being Moderated22-Mar-2014 23:16 (in response to Jerry Dammers)
I was having this problem too and was completely flummoxed and I REALLY didn't want a gmail account...
I finally figured out what to do: I created a new admin user on my laptop. Then when you sign in, the first thing it does is ask you if you want to set up a new icloud account. So I set it it up, got the new account name etc, and then deleted that user account on my laptop because I don't actually need it. The new icloud account remains. It does seem a bit of an arcane way to get around all this, but it works!