Students over the age of 13 can create a personal Apple ID.
What is an Apple ID?
An Apple ID is the login you use for many things you do with your student iPad, for example:
- Download apps recommended by the school;
- Sync data between multiple devices, such as a school-owned iPad and a personal device;
- Backup data to iCloud;
- Enable Find My iPad.
How do I sign up for an Apple ID that is not linked to a credit card?
You or your student who is 13 or over can create an Apple ID account without a credit card by following the these directions from Apple.
May my student use their existing Apple ID?
Yes. If a student has an existing Apple ID, they may use that account rather than create a second account. Having a single personal Apple ID account that your student can use for both school and home allows easy access to all school content, notes, and documents, even after the student leaves school.
May my student use an Apple ID that is used by our family?
Yes, though this may require you and your family to consider how to best deal with items that will be synced in an account shared by two users such as notes, contacts, calendar events and more. The Family Share option from Apple also provides options for sharing accounts within a family.
How do I create an Apple ID for a student who is under the age of 13?
The Apple Terms of service state:
You must be age 13 (or equivalent minimum age in your Home Country, as set forth in the registration process) to create an Apple ID and use our Services. Apple IDs for persons under this age can be created by a parent or legal guardian using Family Sharing or by an approved educational institution.
This means that for students under age 13, a parent or guardian must set up the Apple ID account using Family Sharing. For more information from Apple about setting up Family Sharing, click here.