by Maverick Wil · 117 comments
Some of our readers experienced problems with our original “Create New Apple ID Without a Credit Card ” tutorial which was for registering straight on the iPad itself. We have managed to recreate the problem where “None” does not appear as an option under Billing Information. As far as we can tell, the issue is sporadic. Some are affected, some are not.
The following tutorial is for you to create a new Apple ID without a credit card using iTunes on the computer instead and is an alternative for those of you who cannot manage to do it on the iPad:
Instructions: Create an Apple ID (Using iTunes)
Open iTunes on your computer and click on “iTunes Store”.
Once the iTunes Store has loaded, scroll down until you can see the “Free Apps” chart on the right hand side column.
Mouse over any of the apps there and you should see a “FREE” button appear. Click on the button once.
A small window should pop up, prompting you to log in. As you do not have an Apple ID yet, go ahead and click on “Create New Account”.
Confirm that you are creating an Apple ID for the use in the Malaysia iTunes Store by looking at the line above the Terms of Service. If correct, it should read: “If your billing address is not in Malaysia, click here”. If another country name is stated, click to change it.
Fill in your details. Double confirm the email address is correct as you will need to verify this later. Once done, click on “Continue”.
Change the “Payment Method” from Visa to “None”. If you had a credit card, this would be where you would select your card type and enter the relevant details. Now fill in the rest of your details and click on “Continue”.
If you do not see “None” as an option, double check that you chose a FREE app in Step 3 and not a Paid app. If that still doesn’t work and creating an Apple ID straight on the iPad also results in failure, we suggest you call up Apple Support (Malaysia: 1-800 803-638) or visit an Apple Authorised Reseller for assistance.
You’ve nearly created your Apple ID. You just have to check your email and verify your account from there.
This is what the verification from Apple looks like. Click on “Verify Now” and a new window will open up.
Enter your Apple ID (which is your email address) and the password you chose earlier. Click on “Verify Address”. Once the verification is successful, click on “Return to the Store”. This will automatically bring up the iTunes Store in iTunes on your computer.
Click on “Done”. Congrats! You have successfully created an Apple ID without a credit card.
Before using the Apple ID on your iPad, we recommend doing the next step first to avoid any possible errors such as This Apple ID has not yet been used with the iTunes Store…
Downloading & Installing an App (Using iTunes)
Repeat Steps 1-2. This time, log in by entering your Apple ID (which is your email address) and password then click on “Get”. iTunes should now start downloading the FREE app you chose.
Once download is complete, you can test the Apple ID on your iPad. Open the “App Store” on your iPad and navigate to “Top Charts” where you can try downloading a FREE app. Tap on “FREE” and “INSTALL APP”. Enter your password in the login box and tap “OK”. The app should start downloading indicating your new Apple ID works without needing a credit card.
We hope you found this guide on how to create an Apple ID easy to follow along. We also hope this alternative way of creating the Apple ID solves the issue for those who are unable to do it straight on the iPad.
You will now be able to download and enjoy plenty of free content to your iPad. Just make sure to look for that FREE button next to the app/song/video in App Store and iTunes.
If at some point you find that you want to be able to purchase content with your Apple ID, you can add credit card information on the iPad by going to Home Screen > Settings > Store. Tap on your Apple ID and select “View Apple ID” on the pop-up box. Proceed to tap on “Payment Information” to edit and change the Payment Card from “None” to your card type.