I am attempting to create a new Apple ID for use with an Organization Apple Developer Account.

I want this new Apple ID to have a new [email protected] email address.

I do not want to use any existing email address for this account. The Apple ID should be entirely new, with no links to any 3rd party email address.

When I go to Create Apple ID via the Mac App Store, it prompts me to provide an email address that will "become your Apple ID".

It seems to want an existing email address; it's not creating a new email address for me.

Create Apple ID

Email - This email address will become your Apple ID.

This email address will become your Apple ID

If I attempt to type a new @icloud.com email address into this field, I'm given the error:

You cannot create a new Apple ID using an existing iCloud email address. If you have an iCloud account you can cancel and Sign In using your iCloud account information.

Is there a way to create a new Apple ID with a new @icloud.com email address, without signing up with an existing 3rd party email address?

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It does not seem possible to create an iCloud-only Apple ID after the fact.

However, you can create such an Apple ID during the initial setup process of an iOS device or macOS user account.

Create an Apple ID when you set up your device

  1. Tap Use your current email address, or tap Get a free iCloud email address.


I've confirmed that this works from both iOS and macOS. Wipe an iOS device or create a new macOS user account and you will be allowed to create a new @icloud.com address rather than provide a 3rd party email address.

Each Apple device additionally seems to have a strict limit for the total number of iCloud Apple IDs it can create: Why won't my secondhand iPad let me activate an Apple ID?

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    You can also do it in macOS in System Preferences -> iCloud preference pane, and I think in iOS in Settings -> Sign in to your iThing. Note that you can only create 3 iCloud accounts per device (you can use as many as you want, but creation is limited). It is not possible to create an iCloud account (or set up iCloud on a non-iCloud Apple ID) via the web. Commented Nov 12, 2019 at 3:59

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