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Answered: Can I Use iPhone without Apple ID?

Axel Nash

Written By Axel Nash |

“I am new to Apple service, and I want to know is it possible for me to use an iPhone without Apple ID?”

A user recently posts this in an Apple online forum. When setting up your new iPhone, you will be asked to create an Apple ID before gaining access. And it requires you to provide your confidential personal information. Most times, users are reluctant to share it online for security reasons.

Do you belong to this category of users? If yes, you would be happy to know that you can use your iPhone without Apple ID. Here in this article, you will learn how to use iPhone without Apple ID. So continue reading!

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Part 1. How to Use an iPhone without an Apple ID?

Turn on the iPhone, and you will be asked to complete some basic setup. The setup includes selecting a language, adding a contact address, and creating or importing an Apple ID.

Step 1: So when you turn on your iPhone, the first page will show ‘Hello’. After a while, a new one requesting you to select your preferred language would pop up. 

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Step 2: Choose a language and you will be directed to another page. On this page, you will be asked whether you want to set up your device automatically or manually. Select Set Up Manually.

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Step 3: Next, connect your iPhone to a hotspot using WiFi. Set up Face ID or create a passcode to add security to your device. Once that's set, Apple will request whether you want to import data from your previous device to the iPhone or not. Since this iPhone is a new device, select Set Up as New iPhone.

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Step 4: Now, you will be directed to the Apple ID setup page where you have an empty field where you enter your User ID. Underneath the field, you have the Forgot Password or Don't Have an Apple ID option, tap on it.

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Step 5: Select the Set Up Later in Settings on the next screen. Next, a dialogue box asking you to confirm that you don’t want to use Apple ID will pop up. Select Don’t Use and in no time you can easily access your iPhone without an Apple ID. 

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Part 2. What Happens to Use an iPhone without an Apple ID?

Using an iPhone without linking an Apple ID is fine since you are scared of security theft. However, you have to bear in mind that the absence of Apple ID on an iPhone does have its downsides.

For instance, you can’t access Apple Store if you do not link or add Apple ID to your iPhone, and you know what that means? You can’t download any third-party application on the device. Also, the absence of Apple ID restricts you from enjoying certain amazing features like Find My Phone.

Furthermore, you are restricted from using iCloud Backup. Hence, you cannot store or back up your data over the cloud.

Part 3. Best Alternative to Use iPhone without iCloud

Linking or adding Apple ID to your iPhone exposes your information. Not linking Apple ID to your device restricts you from enjoying some features. So what should you do?

Well, as phone experts, we advise that you link your Apple ID to your iPhone but ensure that you deactivate the sync data to iCloud feature. This way you can access all the amazing features of the iPhone without sharing your data online.

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Stepwise Guide to Use iPhone without iCloud

  1. Go to the Settings App on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on your profile and choose iCloud to proceed.
  3. Toggle off all the Apps that are using iCloud.

That’s it, all your data will not sync to iCloud, but there is also a problem that your iPhone storage is also limited. So we do recommend you to back up your iPhone to the computer instead, through which your data would be saved and no one else can access it.

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch the MobileTrans app.

  • Navigate to the ‘Backup & Restore’ feature from the home interface, then choose “Phone Backup & Restore” next.

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Step 2:  Select the data category you want to backup to your computer by ticking the checkbox next to it, then click on Start to proceed. 

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Step 3: The backup process will start. It'll take only a few minutes to get finalized, and when it's completed, disconnect your iPhone from the computer.

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Ultimately, using an iPhone without Apple ID is easy with the step-by-step guide provided in the article. But with the downsides pointed out, linking Apple ID and disabling the sync to iCloud feature would be a better option to use. We’ve introduced the tutorial guide on how to do that in part 3. Kindly employ it.

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Axel Nash

Axel Nash

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