Welcome to Step 2 in our article series about setting up your Apple Developer account for your Branded App. At this point, you have your D-U-N-S number, and you're ready to make an Apple Developer Account.

🤔 Not sure what we're talking about? Check this out!

🤷 Don't have your D-U-N-S number yet? Follow these steps!

Why do I need an Apple Developer Account?

An Apple Developer Account is required by Apple in order to create, publish, and maintain a Branded Event App for your organization's events. If you're using our non-branded Socio Event App, you do NOT need to enroll in the Apple Developer Program. Bye! 👋

⭐️ Keep in mind, for third-party event planners, your client will need to set up the Developer Account in their organization's name. You cannot do this for them!

Enroll in the Apple Developer Program

To enroll in the Apple Developer Program, you'll need to do the following:

1. Create or use an Existing Apple ID

Choose or create an Apple ID that will be tied to your organization's Apple Developer account. It's sometimes easier to use your already existing Apple ID, but make sure you don't use an existing ID that's tied to a personal email. The email has to tie back directly to the organization that owns the Branded App content.

To create a new Apple ID, click here.

2. Log in on an Apple device, and enable 2FA

As a security measure, Apple requires that you log into your organization's Apple ID on an Apple Device (iPhone, iPad, Macbook, etc.), and enable 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) before you can enroll in the Apple Developer Program. We suggest you use a company phone number for 2FA, but it should also be one that the person managing your Apple Developer account can easily access.

If 2FA isn't enabled on your device, learn how to enable it here.

⭐ Keep in mind, 2-Factor Authentication is NOT the same thing as Two-Step Verification. For more info, check this out.

3. Enroll as an organization

Once you're logged into an Apple device with your organization's Apple ID and 2FA is enabled, it's time to enroll! Click here, read the requirements, and then click the Start Your Enrollment button to get started!

⚠️ Caution! When you enroll in the Apple Developer Program, you have to set a Team Name. If that name is too dissimilar to your Branded App's name, there's a high probability that Apple will reject the app as an IP concern. If you've already enrolled, click here to see your options.

Next Steps

Once your enrollment has been submitted, it generally takes 3-5 business days to be processed.

If you haven't already, you can start building your Branded App and creating your event or community while you're waiting for your Apple Developer account approval! Doing so will give you a head start since you'll have to configure the event with an Icon, Cover Image, Banners (if applicable), and customized feature icons before you can submit your Branded App.

Once you've been approved, you're ready to move on to Step 3 of the Branded App process! Click the button below to get started.

Contacting Apple Developer Support

If you're having trouble or have questions while registering for the Apple Developer Account, the best and fastest way to get help is through Apple support (email and phone).

Go to the Apple Contact page, select Member and Account, and select Program Enrollment. From there, you can submit an email request or request a phone call from Apple. We recommend requesting a phone call.

The hours and types of support that Apple offers vary by country. Visit this page to see Apple support hours.

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