How to Create an Apple ID for Development

Developing iOS apps requires Xcode, a free Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Before you can download Xcode from the App Store, you’ll need an Apple ID, which you can also create for free.


Should You Use a Separate Apple ID for Development?

While it’s perfectly fine to use your regular Apple ID to download Xcode – I do it myself – I recommend using a different Apple ID for enrolling in the Apple Developer Program. Here are a couple of reasons:

  • It helps to sidestep iCloud issues with beta operating systems.
  • Using an English name and address can minimize registration and account hassles.

Steps to Create an Apple ID

Creating an Apple ID is straightforward. Just follow these steps:

  1. Head to the Apple ID website at
  2. Click “Create Your Apple ID.”
  3. Fill out the form and follow the on-screen prompts.

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