Apple IDs: What’s it all about?

Update: This article has been updated to reflect a change in the address for managed Apple IDs. The previous address was The updated address is

From MacBooks to iPads and beyond, educators in Wood County Schools have accepted the challenge of integrating these tools to create instruction that is more engaging, creative, and relevant to their students’ lives.

Being able to take advantage of these tools requires the use of an Apple ID. This post aims to clarify the difference between a managed Apple ID and a professional Apple ID.

So, what is a managed or a professional Apple ID? Which is best for me?

Mangaged Apple ID

A managed Apple ID gives educators 200 gigabytes of storage space in Apple’s iCloud. It does not give access to the App Store or iTunes. Your managed Apple ID is similar to your k12 email address: Notice the addition of the word ‘wood.’ Any Technology Systems Specialists (TSS) can reset this password for you, as can any Technology Integration Specialist.

Professional Apple ID

A professional Apple ID gives educators access to the App Store and iTunes and only 5 gigabytes of storage space.

Why would I use both?

Using both IDs on an iPad, for example, gives you 200 gigabytes of storage and access to the App Store and iTunes.

Where do I sign-in with each ID?

Mangaged Apple ID

  • To use your managed Apple ID for added storage on an iPad, go to “settings,” and choose your name.
  • Sign-in in the right-hand column. If you are already signed in with another ID, you may need to first sign-out.

Professional Apple ID

  • To use your professional Apple ID for App Store and iTunes purchases, also go to “settings.”
  • Scroll down the left-hand column and choose “iTunes & App Store.”
  • Sign-in in the right-hand column.

Creating a Professional Apple ID

(To obtain a managed Apple ID, see your school tech contact.)

  1. Visit
  2. Choose “Create Your Apple ID” from the top.
  3. Fill out the form.  For the e-mail address (Apple ID) use your k12 e-mail address (E.g.
  4. Create a secure password. It must have eight or more characters, upper and lowercase letters, and at least one number.
  5. Choose and answer security questions.
  6. Type characters in image prior to clicking “continue” at the bottom of the page.

To finish this process, check your k12 e-mail for a verification e-mail from Apple.

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About Eric Murphy

The Technology Integration Specialist develops and offers district wide instructional technology education for teachers and administrative staff and assists in the development and implementation of curriculum and technology integration projects.

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