Create an Apple ID for your child

Instead of sharing an Apple ID with your child, create an Apple ID for them. Then they can use Family Sharing, Messages, the App Store, and other Apple services.

How to create an Apple ID for your child

Children under 13 can't create an Apple ID on their own. (This age varies by region.) But if you're the family organizer, you can create an Apple ID for your child.

Does your child already have a Game Center account, but not an Apple ID? You don't need to create an Apple ID for them. Just use your child's Game Center nickname when you add your child to your Family Sharing group.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap your name.
  3. Tap Family Sharing, then tap Add Member.
  4. Tap Create an Account for a Child, then tap Continue.
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions to finish setting up the account. You can use the child's email address for their Apple ID. Be sure to enter the correct birth date — you can't change it later.

On your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences. 
  2. Click Family Sharing.
  3. Click the Add button .
  4. Click Create Child Account.
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions to finish setting up the account. You can use the child's email address for their Apple ID. Be sure to enter the correct birth date — you can't change it later.

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About settings and features for kids under 13

Some Apple ID settings and features work differently for children under 13. For example, a child under 13 can't create an Apple ID without permission and consent from a parent or guardian. The minimum age for account creation may vary across countries as follows: Under 14 in Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Italy, Lithuania, and Spain. Under 15 in Czech Republic, France, and Greece. Under 16 in Brazil, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Under 13 in all other countries.

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