Becoming an Apple Developer

To become an Apple Developer you'll need an Apple ID. If you already have an Apple ID then you can skip ahead to the "Enroll as an Apple Developer" step below. If you don't have an Apple ID - no worries! Getting an Apple ID is easy. Create your Apple ID here.

At this time you'll need to fill in a little information. They'll ask you for an email, password, and you'll need to fill in some security questions like "What's the name of your first pet?"

It's very important that you give them an email that you frequently use, because Apple always sends out updates of your app that you've submitted.

Congratulations - you now have an Apple ID. Good Job! We still have some work to do.

Enroll as an Apple Developer

Now we need to enroll into the Apple Developer Program which will alow you to subit your apps to the App Store.  Note: this next part of the process will require payment of $99 fee for a one year membership.

Creating an Apple ID automatically gives you access to the Apple Developer website. Log in to the site here. There is a TON of information that you can access without even being registerd in the developer program. Check out the Documentation tab that's available on your profile page.

After getting familiar with the developer site, click on the "Join the Apple Developer Program" link located at the bottom of the screen.

On the next page that loads, click on the "Enroll" button in the upper right corner.

The following page will let you know the difference in choosing to work as an Individual or as a Company.

Click on "Start Your Enrollment"

Choose your Entity type, for this tutorial we'll be developing as an Individual.

Alright, you know the drill. You'll need to enter your information.

Now you'll need to agree to the terms. Make sure you check this out. Check the box, then click Continue.

Make sure your info is correct, then hit Continue.

Automatic Renewal: Ok, make sure you read this. You don't need to have the Automatic Renewal feature in order to continue. If you just want to try out your first year, then just hit Purchase without checking the box. If you change your mind, you can update this setting on the membership tab. Once you're on that screen, look at the bottom. You should be able choose if you want that feature or not.

Ok, after clicking "Purchase" you'll need to sign in one last time ... I promise.

This is where you'll pay for your membership.

Answer some billing inquiries...

Once you've finished all that, you're done! You should receive a confirmation email notifying you of your yearly membership. Congrats! Now you are able to submit your apps onto the Apple App Store!

Technical Support

Once your registered in the Developer Program, you can receive help from Apple Support Engineers. If something is going wrong with your code, they'll gladly give you a helping hand. But keep in mind that you are allowed 2 incidents per membership. So use these resources wisely!

This guide was first published on Aug 16, 2016. It was last updated on Nov 21, 2018. This page (Becoming an Apple Developer) was last updated on Aug 02, 2016.