What do you do if you need to apply for an Apple Developer Account but don’t have an iOS device? We have some tips to help you get through the Apple Developer license enrollment process, without an Apple device.
If your organization does not have an iOS device that can be used to login in with and setup two-factor authentication for your organization, there is the possibility that Apple may let you bypass this requirement. We have heard from some of our partners that they have been able to chat with Apple support and have been allowed to bypass two-factor authentication and use two step verification instead. Our partners have relayed to Apple Support that their organization does not have the funds to buy an Apple device for the enrollment process, and Apple allowed them to continue to use two step verification.
What is Two-Factor Authentication?
Two-factor authentication is an added layer of security for your Apple ID to make sure that you are the only person who can access your church's Apple Developer account, even if someone knows your password. Two-Factor is required by Apple, but they may let you use two-step verification. You can learn more about two-factor authentication here!
What is Two-Step Verification?
Two-step verification is a slightly older security feature for Apple. With two-step verification, you can verify your identity using one of your devices and another approved method before you can sign into your Apple ID account page using a 4-digit verification code either through SMS or Find My Phone. You can learn more about two- step verification here!
Using a Personal Apple Device for Enrollment:
You do have the option to use your personal Apple device to complete the enrollment process by logging out of your own Apple ID and logging in with your organization’s Apple ID to complete your enrollment.
*If you are using a personal iOS device for your organization’s developer account make sure your personal apple account is backed up on your personal device to your iCloud account before logging out and logging in with your organization's Apple ID to enable two-factor authentication.
***Pro Tip from our DevOps team: Make sure when setting up your organization's Apple account to keep your login information somewhere safe but also easily accessible to those who may need access to it down the road. For example: The original individual who set up your organization’s developer account moves on to another job opportunity. The new individual who will be managing your organization's app will need your Apple ID and password.
Using iTunes on a Windows PC to Set up Two-Factor Authentication:
You are also able to setup two-factor authentication with iTunes version 12.3.3 or newer on your Windows PC. If you need to download iTunes for your PC, you can do so here. If you already have iTunes on your PC and need to update to the newest version, you can update your iTunes version here.
When completing your Apple Developer Enrollment process and setting up two-factor authentication on your PC, you will need to have your Apple ID and password ready. Once you have logged into iTunes with your organization's Apple ID and password you will be able to complete two-factor authentication. You can learn more about getting started with iTunes on PCs here.
If you have any questions throughout this process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.