1. Setup a G-mail account (if one doesn’t already exist) for the school specifically for use with Apple iTunes.  A suggestion for the format of the G-mail address is to use the school’s abbreviation as in the following example:  School Name:  Hall County School  Example G-mail address: hcsapple@gmail.com;  Click here to create a school G-mail account.
  2. Create a school iTunes account by using the following procedures:
  • Open iTunes and ensure iTunes is up-to-date by clicking Help on the top navigation menu, Check for Updates.  Please run any needed iTunes updates prior to proceeding.
  • Navigate to the App Store by clicking on App Store from the top navigation bar.

  • Important:  Before proceeding to the next step, you must download and install a free app.  To find a free app, navigate to the the Top Charts column on the right side of the App Store window.  Scroll down until you see the list of Free Apps.  Select any app by clicking on it.  Then click Free App underneath the app icon.
  • In the pop-up window, click Create Apple ID.
  •  You are directed to the “Welcome to the iTunes Store” screen. click Continue.

  • You’ll need to read and agree to the iTunes Store Terms & Conditions.  Make sure you check the box next to “I have read and agree to these terms and conditions.”
  • Click Continue
  • Enter the school G-mail address (the one created in Step 1 or an existing one), create your password (something you won’t mind sharing with a few others if needed), continue to create and answer your security questions, and then enter your birthday (1/1/1980 can be entered for schools).
  • Once you are satisfied with the information entered, click Continue.
  • Select None as the payment type.
  • Continue to fill out the required name and address fields (use your school’s information to complete).
  • You’ll then see a “Verify your Account” screen.  Click Done, and then check your school G-mail account for a verification email from iTunes Store.
  • Open the email, and click the link enclosed in the email to activate the school iTunes account.
  • Once you click on the link, the Apple ID website should ask you to sign in with your account name and password.
  • After signing in, you should see that the school G-mail address is associated with your Apple ID.  A button labeled “Return to the Store” should appear.
  • Once you sign in, you’ll then see the below “Congratulations” screen.  Click Start Shopping to be taken to the App Store home page.
  • More information about how to create an iTunes account without a credit card can be found here.


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