New Mac Machine is asking apple id on start up of machine is it really required or mandatory to have an apple id to start with this? if so can i create an apple id without providing any credit card info?. Please guide this newbe...

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    Why not call their customer support? You bought their product, they should fix it for you. – tdammers Jul 2 '13 at 11:56
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    You cannot create an apple ID without putting in your card details. However I believe you shouldn't need to put one in, in order to log in. – geminiCoder Jul 2 '13 at 11:58
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    @geminiCoder You can create an Apple ID without entering any credit card information, see support.apple.com/kb/ht2534. – jaume Jul 2 '13 at 13:26
  • To avoid people telling you to press the skip button, please edit in some more details on what exactly you don't get about this one form on setting up OS X. (You will also find that reading the guide on How to Ask and sticking to one question per question works best on the Stack Exchange sites.) – bmike Jul 2 '13 at 14:00
  • The article on how to create an Apple ID without supplying a credit card is common to iOS and Mac OS X, so I'll point you there and you can feel free to edit this to reopen it if you find the answers here aren't what you sought. – bmike Jul 2 '13 at 14:06

The AppleID is used for a number of services such as iCloud storage and purchasing apps from the Mac app store. An AppleID isn't required to create an account, however, so you should be able to skip the 'create an AppleID step'.


As Apple puts it:

An Apple ID is the login you use for just about everything you do with Apple, including using iCloud to store your content, downloading apps from the App Store, and buying songs, movies, and TV shows from the iTunes Store.

Bear in mind that an Apple ID goes beyond iCloud and the different Apple Stores. Apple requires it if you want to interact with many of its services like (partial listing from http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5616):

  • Apple Online Support (apple.com/support)

  • Concierge (for appointments at Genius Bar [at an Apple Retail Store])

  • FaceTime [Apple's own video-chatting and VoIP technology, similar to Skype]

  • Find My iPhone

It's clear that Apple wants you to create an Apple ID, preferably with credit card information.

That said, an Apple ID is not required for logging in on your Mac - and if you create one, you can do so without entering any credit card information, see http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2534.

I'd recommend that you skip the step now and create it later when you notice that you need one (and you will :-).

(Take a look at Frequently asked questions about Apple ID for more information.)


You can absolutely skip the Sign in / Create AppleID step, simply click the "Skip" button in the lower right corner of the window:

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You can always sign in and/or create an AppleID after the fact. After skipping the step in the initial setup you WILL be prompted to create an account, however this is a local user account that will be used to administer your Mac, this is in no way attached to AppleID aside from enabling the option to "allow AppleID to reset this password".

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    +many points for the proper use of a black stick to focus attention on the skip button. – bmike Jul 2 '13 at 14:07
  • Is there a way to bypass it in command line? – Quanlong Dec 3 '15 at 7:24