Did you know that your iCloud username and password, your iTunes Store username and password and your AppleID username and password are all the same? Please re-read that last sentence and give it time to sink in. I commonly hear from frustrated computers users who don’t understand this important fact. All too often, when I look at people’s lists of passwords, I see separate passwords listed for iTunes, iCloud and/or AppleID. I think this leads people to be confused as to why a password does not work. They think it’s a valid password, when, in fact, it is not valid.
An Apple ID is an account you use to access many services from Apple. This includes but is not necessarily limited to the App Store, the iTunes Store, iCloud, iMessage, the Apple Online Web Store and FaceTime. An AppleID is comprised of an email address and password you use to sign in, as well as all the contact, payment, and security details that you will use across Apple services.
Typically, I do not recommend that you share your AppleID with your spouse or children. Historically, many people used to share their AppleID. This made sense many years ago, when an AppleID was only used to purchase music and other items from the iTunes Store. Now, it’s time to move away from this model. These days, I typically recommend that each family member get his or her own Apple ID. Then, as needed, the individual AppleIDs can be tied together using Apple’s iCloud Family Sharing, which will be the focus of a future Tech Tip. One can use this page to create a new AppleID account.