How to Use Sign in With Apple ID


As part of its rollout of iOS 13 in late 2019, Apple rolled out Sign in with Apple, which lets users easily set up accounts in apps using their Apple ID. The service lets you use an alternate name and choose whether or not you want to hide your email address. Signing into apps on your iPhone or iPad using Sign in with Apple is incredibly easy, and you can sign into these apps outside of the Apple ecosystem using your Apple ID account as well, although that process is a bit more cumbersome. In this article I’ll walk through how to set up and use a Sign in with Apple account, and I’ll show you how to sign in to those apps using your Apple ID account in a web browser. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below.

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Steps to Set Up Sign in With Apple in App

  1. Launch the app you want to create a Sign in with Apple account on.
  2. Tap “Log in,” “Sign in” or the equivalent. In this example using the Pocket app, I’ll tap “Log in.” The Log In screen appears. For apps that support Sign in with Apple, you’ll see Continue with Apple in the list of options.
  3. Tap “Continue with Apple.” A Sign in with Apple ID menu flies up from the bottom of the screen.
  4. Tap the “Name” field to bring up a screen where you can change your first and last name that’s used to set up your account for this app. In the Email section, if you want to share one of the real email addresses associated with your Apple ID with the application, tap to select “Share My Email.” The Share My Email section expands, and you can choose with email address associated with your Apple ID you want to share with this app. Alternatively, if you don’t want to share a real email address with the app that will be associated with your account, you can choose Hide My Email. When you choose Hide My Email, Apple will set up a placeholder email account for you that will forward all information sent to your account from this app to the primary email address associated with your Apple ID.
  5. Tap “Continue” after entering all of the required information. You’re Sign in With Apple account will be created in this app, and you’ll be taken to the app, where you can start using it. Now, the next time you open the app and are prompted to log in to this app on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll need to select “Continue with Apple.” An Apple ID menu will fly up from the bottom of the screen asking if you want to sign into this app with your Apple ID. Tap “Continue.” You’ll need to supply the required authentication, and then you’ll be logged into the app.

Steps to Access Apps on Websites with Sign in With Apple Account

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to the website for the service where you set up a Sign in with Apple account, and then click “Log In.”
  2. Click “Continue with Apple” in the list of login options. A screen appears prompting you to enter your Apple ID.
  3. Enter your Apple ID, and then click the right-pointing arrow. Enter the password associated with your Apple ID on the next screen and tap the right-pointing arrow again. A Two-factor Authentication screen appears, prompting you to enter the six-digit Apple ID verification code sent to your Apple device.
  4. Enter the verification code you received. The next screen asks if you want Sign in with Apple to trust this browser going forward. Choosing to trust a browser means you won’t be asked for a verification code the next time you use Sign with Apple on this web browser. The next screen will ask if you want to continue to your app with your Apple ID. Click “Continue.” You’ll be logged into your application using your Apple ID.

5 Reasons to Use Sign In With Apple ID

1. Enhanced Security

Using Sign in with Apple ID enhances user security through the implementation of two-factor authentication. This security feature requires a second form of verification in addition to the password. It effectively shields users from unauthorized access. Apple also utilizes unique, randomly generated emails for each application where you use the service. This means your real email address is never shared, reducing the risk of spam and phishing attacks. Additionally, all sensitive information is encrypted, ensuring data safety even if intercepted. The reliance on Apple’s robust security infrastructure gives users peace of mind. They can trust their personal information is well-protected while using various applications.

2. Simplicity and Speed

Signing in with Apple ID streamlines the login process across multiple apps and websites. Instead of creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords, users can utilize their Apple ID for quick access. This uniformity allows for a smoother, faster sign-in process, saving time and reducing the hassle of managing different credentials. Furthermore, for Apple device users, authentication can be completed with a simple touch or glance, using Touch ID or Face ID. This integration of biometric security makes accessing services not only faster but also more convenient and user-friendly. The simplicity of this single sign-on solution appeals to those seeking a hassle-free digital experience.

3. Privacy Protection

Apple prioritizes user privacy with their Sign in with Apple ID feature. When you use this service, Apple does not track or profile your app activity. This commitment to privacy is crucial in an era where data is often commoditized. Users can control the information they share with apps, choosing to hide their email address and share only necessary information. This level of control empowers users, allowing them to engage digitally without sacrificing their privacy. Additionally, Apple’s transparent privacy policies help users understand how their data is used, ensuring they remain informed and in control at all times.

4. Cross-Platform Compatibility

Sign in with Apple ID is designed to work across all platforms, not just iOS devices. This flexibility allows users to access their accounts on a variety of devices including Android phones, Windows PCs, and Macs. Such compatibility ensures that users have a seamless experience, regardless of the operating system. This is particularly advantageous for those who use multiple devices or who are part of ecosystems outside Apple’s hardware. The ability to maintain consistent access across different platforms enhances usability and ensures users can connect to their favorite apps and services from any device.

5. Ecosystem Integration

For users entrenched in Apple’s ecosystem, using Sign in with Apple ID offers integrated experiences across all Apple services and devices. This means settings, preferences, and credentials are synchronized across devices, from iPhones to iPads to MacBooks. This integration simplifies managing settings and subscriptions, enhancing the overall user experience. Furthermore, it allows for better personalization and coordination of services like Apple Music, iCloud, and the App Store. For dedicated Apple users, this integration means a smoother, more cohesive interaction with all their Apple products and services, fostering a more connected and efficient digital life.

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