Need to complete an Apple UDID registration? You have come to the right place! Today we check out what a UDID is, where to find it on your Apple device, why you would need to register your UDID and then how to do it in easy-to-follow steps. So without further ado, let’s get started, shall we?
Apple UDID Registration: What is a UDID?
UDID stands for Unique Device Identifier. Each and every Apple device, including iPhones, iPads, iPad Minis and Pros, and iPods, has its own UDID and no two are the same. So, similarly to how a serial number identifies a particular product, a UDID identifies your particular device.
Each UDID is a 40 character combination of numbers and letters like the following: ca977g07qaa252nfso624pw925sdvs2147m4n21n
Where can I find my UDID?
If you’d like to find your UDID, it can be accessed by iTunes. Here’s how to find your UDID with iTunes:
- Open your computer and start up iTunes.
- Connect your device to your computer with your data cable.
- Select your device from the menu at the top left of the screen.
- Click on Summary in the left side bar.
- Click on the Serial Number in the top panel of the Summary screen.
- Your UDID will be displayed.
You can now write down your UDID for safekeeping if you so wish – this will be handy if you choose to continue with Apple UDID registration later.
Why do I need UDID registration?
For most people, you do not need to perform UDID registration at all. Anyone that tells you otherwise would be lying. Here are the reasons that you may need to complete registration:
- To access beta versions of all Apple operating systems including macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. This is extremely handy if you are an app developer looking to build apps for the next generation of software, or you’re just really into Apple products.
- To access app betas (this functionality is deprecated).
Previously, you had the ability to access other apps beta versions by registering your UDID and providing the app developer with the UDID. Now, the TestFlight feature from Apple allows you to access app betas by using their TestFlight app instead. The app developer can then distribute their app to you without knowing your UDID.
How do I register my UDID?
If you would like to continue with Apple UDID registration, then there are a couple of avenues that you can go down.
The first way that you can register your UDID is by registering for Apple’s Developer Program. This is the legitimate way to register your UDID through the Apple channels. It also allows you to create apps and do cool stuff with your Apple devices that you wouldn’t be able to otherwise. This includes Developer Account Tools, beta OS releases and advanced app capabilities. You will be able to register for the program as an individual or as an organization. The cost of registering for Apple’s Developer Program is currently $99 per year, which can be auto-renewed. Once you have signed up for the Apple Developer Program, here are the steps how to register your UDID on your developer account:
- Sign in to your account at the Apple site.
- Look under Devices and choose All.
- Click on the plus (+) button at the top right of the page.
- Choose Register Device.
- Type in a name for your device and the UDID number that you found in your iTunes account.
- Your device is now registered.
If you would like to register your UDID without signing up to the Apple Developer Program, then there are numerous third party registration sites that you can go through to do so. Simply search for “register UDID” and you will be provided with a large number of options. Most, if not all, are paid, however, fees are low.
Whether or not you will need a UDID to register for any beta testing is something that you will have to determine. A Google search will generally uncover any Apple operating system beta profiles that you can use without registering your UDID. For beta testing of apps, you will usually be able to access them via the TestFlight app and an invitation.