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Faculty/Staff Macbook Pro: Apple ID FAQs

  1. What is an Apple ID?
  2. If Goucher IT manages my Mac, why do I need an Apple ID?
  3. What if I have more questions about my Apple ID?
  4. What if I forget my Apple ID or Password?


What is an Apple ID?

An Apple ID is your account for everything that comes directly from Apple. This could include:

  • iTunes Music, Movies, and TV Shows
  • Podcasts
  • iBooks
  • iPhone and iPad Apps
  • Mac App Store Apps

Think of an Apple ID as an ownership list. Whenever you purchase, or download a free App, song, movie, etc, it is added to a list of content that you own in your Apple ID. This content can then be used on any compatible Apple device, without having to buy it again! (Note: While they’re both called Apps, Mac App Store Apps, and iPhone and iPad Apps are not the same thing, and can’t be shared across devices.)

Apple IDs, like most other website accounts, tend to be your email address used when you created it. Because the signup process also stores your address and other information to prove your identity, they’re also useful if shopping on the Apple Online Store, or to make reservations at the Apple Retail Store.


If Goucher IT manages my Mac, why do I need an Apple ID?

In addition to allowing you access to the iTunes store, and downloading apps onto an iPhone or iPad, an Apple ID allows you to expand the list of Apps that your Mac came with in the Mac App Store. In fact, Apple gives you a few just for being a new Mac owner!

apple appsBy opening up the Mac App Store (click on the blue icon with an ‘A’ on it on your dock), and then clicking “Purchases” at the top of the screen, your Mac will tell you that you have some apps to accept.

Once you sign in on this page, a number of great apps will be automatically added to your account, and begin downloading. Because the apps are now on your account, you’ll be able to update them yourself when necessary!

The apps you’ll get include:

  • Pages: an Apple version of Word
  • Numbers: an Apple version of Excel
  • Keynote: an Apple version of Powerpoint
  • iPhoto: a fantastic photo organizing, editing, and sharing application
  • iMovie: an easy-to-use video editing and sharing application
  • Garageband: an introduction to digital audio recording and music making


What if I have more questions about my Apple ID?

Apple’s Knowledge Base has a great set of Frequently Asked Questions about Apple IDs. You can find it at:


What if I forget my Apple ID or Password?

Visit Apple’s reset page at, and you’ll be walked through the process of resetting your Apple ID.

As soon as you reset your Apple ID, every Apple device you own that uses it will ask you to re-enter your new password. Just put your new password in and hit “OK,” and it will save the password for future use!

Guide to Online Goucher Services for Faculty


Goucher Portal
  • Provides you with links to all campus systems, access to information, and campus services.
  • Use for official course roster and for grades
  • More support: MyGoucher FAQs
  • Use as a course website; enrollment is automatic
  • Share materials with your students
  • More support: Canvas Support Page
Canvas Studio
  • Actively collaborate with students through video and audio media
  • Share comments on a media timeline
  • Create video-format quizzes
  • More support: Canvas Studio Resources
Canvas Conference
  • Use for online meetings with students
  • Available in every Canvas course site
Portfolium Link inside every Canvas course

Can also setup direct login at

  • Have students upload and reflect on showcase learning experiences
  • Used in some courses to assess Goucher Commons requirements
  • More support: Portfolium FAQs
e2 Campus Notifications
  • Receive information about weather-related delays or emergencies
Password change
  • Update your Goucher password

Resetting Your Default Keychain Password

Mac Users should update their keychain passwords any time they update their Goucher password.  This step is necessary for Mac users if they want to avoid losing any other saved non-Goucher passwords that are stored in their keychain.

To Reset your default keychain password on Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.5, and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later:

1.       Open Keychain Access, which is in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder.

2.       From the Keychain Access menu, choose Preferences.

3.       Click General, then click Reset My Default Keychain.

4.       Authenticate with your new Goucher login password.

5.       Quit Keychain Access.

6.       Restart your computer.

Password Management: One-Stop Solution for Password Change

Information Technology’s Password Management site has a new look and great new features. The site now offers the following:

  • Set up your own alternative ways to confirm identity
  • Multiple options to retrieve/reset current password
  • Ability to unlock account

In order to use Password Management successfully, you will need to do the following:

  1. Go to or use the link from the Quick links page.
  2. If you’ve never registered on this new site before, you will need to do so now before you can reset/change your password. Click the Enrollment Recovery link on the page.
  3. You will be prompted to enter your current Goucher username and password.
  4. Once logged in, follow the prompts to enter your alternative identity verification options. Please note, you do not need to enter an alternative phone number and email address but you must provide answers to security questions.
  5. Once complete, you can then return to the Password Management page and then click the Recovery Center link to follow the prompts to change your password.

Need further assistance? First check out the Password Management FAQs page.