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Create an iTunes account/Apple ID without a credit card

In order to download, install and update FREE apps on an iPad, you will need to setup a free iTunes account/Apple ID. It is strongly recommended that you do NOT use an existing personal iTunes account and that you setup a separate iTunes account using your BSD email account.

Apple has created instructions on how to setup a free iTunes account without requiring the use of a credit card. You can accomplish this right on the iPad (look at the second section of the page).

I have also created step by step instructions with screenshots. Take a look below:

1. Open the "Settings" app
Settings app

2. Select "Store" on the left and, if you see an email address already in the "Apple ID" section, tap it. If not, skip to step 4
Store settings

3. Tap "Sign Out"
Tap sign out

4. Open the "App Store" app
App Store app

5. Find a free app and tap the "Free" button
Find free app

6. Tap the "Install app" button
Install free app

7. Tap "Create New Apple ID"
Create AppleID

8. Tap "Next"
Tap Next

9. Scroll down to the bottom of the agreement and tap "Agree"

10. Tap "Agree" again
Agree again

11. Enter your BSD email address and choose a password. Note Apple's requirements for your password

12. Scroll down and choose three security questions and answers

13. Scroll down and enter a "Date of Birth" and then tap "Next"
Date of Birth

14. Tap "None"

15. Even though you are creating the account without choosing a credit card, Apple still requires you to enter your name, address and phone number. You can always enter the address and phone number of your school. Scroll down and enter your name, address and phone number, then tap "Next"
Contact info

16. An email will be sent to the email address you entered earlier in the process. Tap "Done"

17. Using a computer (it's easier), go to your BSD email and look for the verification email from Apple. Follow the directions to verify your new Apple ID/iTunes account.

18. Once you've successfully verified your Apple ID/iTunes account, open the "Settings" app
Open Settings app

19. Select "Store" on the left and tap "Sign In"
Store settings

20. Tap "Use Existing Apple ID"
Use existing AppleID

21. Enter your new Apple ID and password
Enter Apple ID

Now, you are all set to use your new iTunes account/Apple ID to find and install free apps from the App Store on the iPad.