Creating an iOS Developer Account

Please note that with Apple’s recent change to its App Review Guidelines, it is key that apps are submitted directly by the provider of the app’s content using their own Apple Developer Account. If the app and the developer account do not match, Apple will potentially reject the app. This means we are not able to directly publish a client’s app under our own account.

According to Apple, what you need before you enroll is:

  • Enrolling as an Individual
    If you are an individual or sole proprietor/single person business, sign in with your Apple ID to get started. You’ll need to provide basic personal information, including your legal name and address.
  • Enrolling as an Organization
    If you’re enrolling your organization, you’ll need an Apple ID as well as the following to get started:

    • A D-U-N-S® Number
      Your organization must have a D-U-N-S Number so that we can verify your organization’s identity and legal entity status. These unique nine-digit numbers are assigned by Dun & Bradstreet and are widely used as standard business identifiers. You can check to see if your organization already has a D-U-N-S Number and request one if necessary. They are free in most jurisdictions. Learn mor
    • Legal Entity Status
      Your organization must be a legal entity so that it can enter into contracts with Apple. We do not accept DBAs, fictitious businesses, trade names, or branches
    • Legal Binding Authority
      As the person enrolling your organization in the Apple Developer Program, you must have the legal authority to bind your organization to legal agreements. You must be the organization’s owner/founder, executive team member, senior project lead, or have legal authority granted to you by a senior employee.

NB! Please note that you should ideally enroll as an Organization so that you are able to provide our team access to create apps under your account. This can’t be done with an Individual account.

Creating an iOS Developer account

1. First go to: https://developer.apple.com/enroll and click “Start your Enrollment’. Sign in using your Apple ID (or create an Apple ID if you do not have one yet).

 

2. Go over the Apple Developer Agreement, check the box confirming that you have read it and click on ‘Submit’.

 

3. Confirm that all your information is correct (email, name, location), then choose an entity. Please read Apple’s explanation of entities below before you make a choice.

Explanation from Apple:
The Developer name listed on the App Store is based on the type of account selected from the options below. Apps published to Individual Developer Accounts will display the name listed on the iOS Developer Account. Apps published to Company/Organization Developer Accounts will display the Company Name entered within the iOS Developer Account.

Entities:

    • Individual/Sole Proprietor/Single Person Business: Individuals or companies without an officially recognized business (company without a Dun and Bradstreet number). This account only allows for a single primary login to be created to the iOS Developer Account
    • Company/Organization: Legally recognized Companies with a Dun and Bradstreet number can select this option. This will allow multiple user logins to be created and managed with varying permissions capabilities for each login. See here to check if your company is a legal recognized company with a Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) number.

 

4. Fill in all the contact details for your Developer Account.

5. Read the Apple Developer Program License Agreement, check the box confirming you have read the agreement and click ‘Continue’.

6. Confirm that all the previously entered information is correct en click continue.

7. Click ‘Purchase’ to enroll and pay for your yearly iOS Developer Account. Don’t forget to check the Automatic Renewal box if you want you membership to be automatically renewed.

 

8. Sign in with your Apple ID and fill in your billing information. Then click continue to complete the setup of your iOS Developer Account.

 

9. Fill in any remaining information on the following pages. Within 24 hours you will receive a confirmation email from Apple letting you know the setup of your iOS Developer Account was successful.

About Stephen Fourie

I've been a professional software developer since 2004, and running GEM since 2010. I've developed software for many different industries including automotive, logistics, finance and entertainment. I'm the GM at GEM Custom Apps where we build custom web and mobile apps for businesses.I love my wife, my dog, cars and gadgets. And coffee! I'm an Ironman 70.3 finisher, beginner skateboarder, xbox gamer and digital nomad :)