One of the first things you should do after getting your iPad is to create an Apple ID. You can then use the Apple ID to start downloading apps/games from the App Store or get music/video from iTunes.
While most of the stuff in the Malaysia version of App Store and iTunes require you to purchase with a credit card before downloading, there are tons more quality content that are free such as games, books, movie trailers and so on.
The question is though, how do you create an Apple ID if you do not have a credit card? The following step-by-step guide shows you how to do it straight on your iPad.
Instructions: Create an Apple ID
You will need an active Internet Connection so turn on Wi-Fi or 3G/Data and make sure your iPad is connected.
On your iPad, open “App Store” from the Home Screen.
Tap on “Top Charts”.
On the right hand side, you will see all the top Free iPad Apps. Choose a free app that you would like to have. In our example, we have chosen the app from The Star, Malaysia. Go ahead and tap on “FREE” and this will turn into a green “INSTALL APP” button which you will also need to tap on.
Tap on “Create New Apple ID”.
Make sure the store country/region is correct and tap on “Next”.
Tap on “Agree” for the Terms & Conditions. You will have to tap on “Agree” one more time after a prompt pops up.
Fill in your details. Double confirm the email address is correct as you will need to verify this later. Once done, tap on “Next”.
Tap on the “Payment Card” field to change it from Visa to “None”. If you had a credit card, this would be where you would select your card type and enter the relevant details. Now fill in the rest of your details and tap on “Next” to continue.
If you do not see “None” as an option, double check that you chose a FREE app in Step 3 and not a Paid app.
If that still doesn’t work, you’ll have to try doing this whole registration process in iTunes on a computer. We have posted up an alternative tutorial here: “Create New Apple ID Without a Credit Card [Using iTunes]“.
You’ve nearly created your Apple ID. You just have to check your email and verify your account from there. Go back to the Home Screen and open “Safari” to browse to your email service.
This is what the verification from Apple looks like. Tap on “Verify Now” and a new window will open up.
Enter your Apple ID (which is your email address) and the password you chose earlier. Tap on “Verify Address”. Once the verification is successful, tap on “Return to the Store”. This will automatically bring up the App Store.
Tap on “Done”. Congrats! You have successfully created an Apple ID without a credit card.
Let’s go a bit further from here and see what downloading+installing an app looks like.
Downloading & Installing an App
Locate the free app you wanted earlier and tap on “FREE” and “INSTALL APP”. Enter your password in the login box and tap “OK”.
You will be returned to the Home Screen and the new app icon should appear. A status bar below it will indicate the process until it is done downloading and installing. You can continue doing other things on your iPad while this is going on.
We hope you found this guide on how to create an Apple ID easy to follow along.
You will now be able to download and enjoy plenty of free content to your iPad. Just make sure to look for that FREE button next to the app/song/video in App Store and iTunes.
If at some point you find that you want to be able to purchase content with your Apple ID, you can add credit card information by going to Home Screen > Settings > Store. Tap on your Apple ID and select “View Apple ID” on the pop-up box. Proceed to tap on “Payment Information” to edit and change the Payment Card from “None” to your card type.