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How to create an Apple ID for your child for Family Sharing

If you have a young child who you’d like to include in your Family Sharing group, they need their own Apple ID. Maybe you’d like to share apps with them, let them use to your Apple Music subscription, or bought a new HomePod Mini for their room for intercom use.

Children under the age of 13 (age varies by country/region) cannot create their own Apple ID. But you, as the family organizer for your Family Sharing group, can create one for them.

Before you begin

Regardless of which device you plan to create the Apple ID on, you’ll need a valid payment method on file for your Apple ID. You will not be charged anything for creating the Apple ID, this is merely a verification of parental consent.

So before you walk through these steps, add a supported payment method if necessary or have your existing card information handy because you’ll be asked for the CVV or security code.

Create an Apple ID for your child on iPhone and iPad

To create an Apple ID for your child on iOS, you’ll access the Family Sharing section of your Settings. So, head to Settings > your Apple ID > Family Sharing.

1) At the top of the Family Sharing settings, select Add Member.

2) Choose Create a Child Account and tap Next.

Family Sharing Add Member on iPhone

3) Enter your child’s name and date of birth and tap Next.

4) Review the Family Privacy Disclosure and tap Agree.

5) Provide the details requested for your payment method and tap Next.

6) Enter your child’s email address or create a free iCloud email address and tap Next.

Add DOB and Confirm Email on iPhone

7) Follow the prompts for a password and security questions to complete setting up the account.

8) Optionally, turn on Ask to Buy so that you can approve purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store, and Apple Books, and Location Sharing.

9) Review the Terms and Conditions and tap Agree.

Create an Apple ID for your child on Mac

If you prefer, you can create an Apple ID for your child on your Mac. The steps are similar to those on iPhone and iPad. Start by opening System Preferences > Family Sharing.

1) Click the plus sign to add a family member.

2) Choose Create Child Account and click Next on the following screen.

Family Sharing Add Member on Mac

3) Provide the details requested for your payment method and click Continue.

4) Review the Parental Consent Terms and Conditions, check the box, and click Agree.

5) Enter your child’s name, date of birth, email address, password and click Next. You can also create a free iCloud email address here if needed.

Add DOB and Confirm Email on Mac

Follow the subsequent prompts to verify the email address, accept the Terms and Conditions, and enable additional options.

Wrapping it up

Once your child turns 13, you can remove them from your Family Sharing group if necessary. Before the age of 13, they must remain part of your family or be transferred to another family group.

Are you planning to set up an Apple ID for your child? Remember, these steps can vary by device and any updates that Apple makes to the process.

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