When creating an Apple ID, if you make the unfortunate mistake of entering your birth year wrong or actually being under the age of 13 (and not fibbing about it), then be prepared to see this error message:
“You Cannot Create An Apple ID Because You Do Not Meet The Minimum Age Requirement.”
You try again and again, and then go as far as changing your birth year to 1920, and apparently (or so it seems) the ripe old age of 93 is too young to download and get one’s candy crush saga fix on. What gives?!
How to fix or get around this issue in the following scenarios:
If you turned 13 today
Make yourself 1 day older, and tomorrow you can change it back to your real day. Apple doesn’t seem to like 13th birthdays…probably the result of some repressed adolescent trauma of sorts.
If you are under 13 (and planning on lying about it thus landing yourself on Santa’s naughty list this year) or if you actually are over 13 and just messed up on entering your birth year due to your monstrous thumbs hitting the wrong key
- You can wait 24 hours and try again.
- Go to settings, then safari, then clear history, cookies, and cache. Then re-register for your new itunes/apple user account.
- Try creating the account from a different device (for example a friend’s phone or another computer). Remember you don’t have to create it in the actual app store application under “create new account.” You can also open a browser tab and search for “apple id” and then choose to create a new account this way as well. It doesn’t have to be from an iDevice.
So, now that I have just showed children under the age of 13 how to trick the system, I’m gonna try and lay my head down on my pillow tonight and sleep soundly. Tomorrow I better help an old lady or two cross the street to balance the scale. Sweet Dreams.
- Apple’s two-step ID now rolling out to a worldwide release (apple4ladies.com)