This is a problem that happens a lot with new users who buy used iPhones and iPads, or “inherit” from some relative. When you restore your device and try to create a new iCloud account, the system warns you that it is not possible because the ” free account quota ” has been reached.
In this article, we will explain what this is, why it happens and how to solve the problem.
Why create an iCloud account?
ICloud is essential for using Apple devices. It synchronizes vital information such as contacts, application settings, calendar synchronization, notes, passwords, and messages.
Unfortunately, Apple does not allow other cloud types such as Dropbox or Google Drive to be connected to the system. It has to be exclusively iCloud.
ICloud accounts can only be created on Apple devices. Who does not have any, cannot create an account on iCloud. This is different than having an Apple ID, which we will see later in this article.
Limit to create accounts on the device
For security reasons (according to Apple itself), each device can only create a maximum of 3 iCloud accounts. This happens even if you restore the entire system from scratch because the creation will be tied to the hardware, not the software.
For this reason, it is very common when someone buys a used iPhone or iPad and has never had an iCloud account if they come across the warning that it is no longer possible to create another account on that device. This is because the maximum limit has already been reached in it.
Is every Apple ID already an iCloud account?
No. You can create a new Apple ID directly on the Apple website, but this new account will only be associated with iCloud when you log in to an Apple device. It’s time to create a new iCloud account with your new Apple ID.
But if this device has already created three other iCloud accounts in the past, your new Apple ID will not be able to be associated with the apple cloud because the quota, in this case, has been exceeded. This is what happens to many who think that just creating an account on the Apple website, which is not true.
An Apple ID created only by the site is very limited and focused exclusively on the use of the iWork package on the Web (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote). It has limited free space of 1GB(different from the initial 5GB of iCloud).
How to solve the problem
If you are receiving the ” You can not sign in “notice, then you will need to arrange another Apple device to create your iCloud account. It can be another iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or even a Mac computer.
Generally, who resells an iPhone is because he bought a new one and wants to go over the old one. If you’re buying someone else’s used device, ask her to create the account for you on her new device, as she probably already has a previous iCloud account and you no longer need to create a new one.
If the person does not have it, ask some other friend or relative who has an Apple device to create the account on it. You will need to temporarily disconnect the iCloud device itself to create a new one.