Set Up an iTunes Account to Find Free Apps

1
Find the list of "Free Apps"

Starting an iTunes Account Without a Credit or Gift Card - Step 1
The iTunes Store. Screenshot of Apple iTunes application

Though iTunes is mostly a store for purchasing music, TV shows, and movies, there are many free resources available that may be fun for your child to download and view, from educational programs on iTunes University to Sesame Street podcasts to weekly song picks. With a free, no-money-attached account, you can download these to your computer or your child's and enjoy them without having to pay for a gift card or share credit-card information.

Alternatively, you can use this free account method to set up an account for your child without allowing unlimited credit card access, and let your child earn money to spend there through gift cards and allowances. Your child will not be able to buy anything with this account until there is money deposited or a credit card attached. If you want money available from the start, go to the step-by-steps on setting up an account with a gift card or allowance.

To start with your free, no-money account, go to the iTunes store, making sure you are logged out of all existing accounts. (If you don't have iTunes on the computer you're using, download it from the Apple site.) Find your way to the App Store, and look for the listing of free apps -- there may be a listing in the lower right-hand corner of the storefront, or click on "Great Free Apps" in the App Store Quick Links. (Don't worry if you don't have any device that can use the apps -- the set-up will still work.)

Note: iTunes frequently changes its layouts, and the pages you visit as you go through this tutorial may not look exactly like the pictures and set-ups here. However, the basic steps should still work.

2
Click on "Get App"

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The app's order page. Screenshot of Apple iTunes application

From the page for the app you've chosen, find the button that says "Get App" and click on it.

3
Click on "Create New Account"

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Log-in screen. Screenshot of Apple iTunes application

Because you are not logged into an iTunes account, you will get a screen that asks you to log in. Instead, click on the button that says "Create New Account."

4
Continue on from the Welcome window.

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Welcome to the iTunes Store. Screenshot of Apple iTunes application

When you arrive at the "Welcome to the iTunes Store" window, click on "Continue."

5
Agree to the iTunes terms of service.

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iTunes Terms of Service. Screenshot of Apple iTunes application

Next, you'll be asked to review the Terms of Service for the iTunes account. Review these terms and, if appropriate, have your child review them as well. Then click in the box that says "I have read and agree to iTunes Terms and Conditions" and click on the button that says "Continue."

6
Provide an ID and a password

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Account set-up page. Screenshot of Apple iTunes application

You'll need to enter an e-mail address for the Apple ID. If you're setting this up for your child, and your child doesn't have an e-mail account already, follow my step-by-step for creating an e-mail account you can monitor, allowing you to keep track of your child's downloads and account correspondence. Select a password and security question, enter your or your child's birthday, and choose whether or not you want to receive iTunes mailings. Then click "Continue."

7
Give your name and address.

Starting an iTunes Account Without a Credit or Gift Card - Step 7
Starting an iTunes Account Without a Credit or Gift Card - Step 7. Screenshot of Apple iTunes application

Where you see a line-up of credit cards at the top of the screen, there should also be a circle for "None." Click on that circle. Then enter your (or your child's) name and address in the billing address spaces, and click on "Continue."

8
Receive notification of verification e-mail

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Notification of e-mail verification. Screenshot of Apple iTunes application

If all has been entered correctly, you should reach this screen explaining that a verification has been sent to your e-mail account. Click on "Done" and go check your e-mail.

9
Click on the verification link in the e-mail you receive

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Verification e-mail. Screenshot of Apple iTunes e-mail

You should find an e-mail in your inbox with a link to complete your account set-up. Click on the link. You may be directed back to iTunes through your Web browser, or prompted to open iTunes.

10
You have successfully created your account!

Screenshot of iTunes
Congratulations!. Screenshot of Apple iTunes application

When you reach this screen, your account has successfully been created. You can take one of the offered tutorials, or click on "Done" to go to the iTunes storefront. To access free children's programming, go to the menu in the upper left corner and click on "iTunes U" and then "K-12," or "Podcasts" and then "Kids & Family." When you find something you like, click on the "Get Tracks" or "Subscribe" button to download the selection to your computer. You and your child can now watch or listen to the material on the computer through the iTunes software, or on a video iPod or iPhone.

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