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Old Jan 13, 2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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Question One account, Six iOS devices possible?

Just curious, my entire family has 4 iPhones, and I have an iPad for myself, and they are all under my Apple account. I remember somewhere that an app can only install on up to 5 devices, so if I plan to buy another iPad mini, will I still be allowed to install my previously purchased apps? Or am I simply remember incorrectly?
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 06:56 PM   #2
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So you want to buy an app once, and have you and your whole family be able to use it?

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Old Jan 13, 2013, 06:59 PM   #3
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I believe the limit is 10 devices, 5 of which can be computers.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 03:28 AM   #4
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I believe the limit is 10 devices, 5 of which can be computers.
Didn't know that, thanks.

I installed a new SSD into my MBP last week. Before doing it, I forgot to deauthorise the old disk. To save me from swapping out the SSD again, is it possible to remove that computer manually from iTunes? One can manager devices in iTunes, but for computers it seems you can only remove all.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 07:48 PM   #5
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I installed a new SSD into my MBP last week. Before doing it, I forgot to deauthorise the old disk. To save me from swapping out the SSD again, is it possible to remove that computer manually from iTunes? One can manager devices in iTunes, but for computers it seems you can only remove all.
You have 2 options (since it seems no one actually answered this question, I will). You can pop the old HDD back in a deauthorize it, provided you haven't erased it yet. Or you can remove everything and start reauthorizing. That's really all you have.

As to the whole debate, I think the idea is the spirit of the law. My wife and I share my ID because it's easier and more convenient, but I don't share my ID with any of the rest of my family. If you had 5 kids, all grown and out of the house, and they're all using it, I'd say that's far more suspect than if a husband and wife use it, or if a family living under one roof all use it.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 03:38 AM   #6
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 03:51 AM   #7
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Your Apple ID can have up to 10 devices and computers (combined) associated with it.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 07:32 AM   #8
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I prefixed my response with "I believe" because I didn't have a source. I should have made that clearer. It was just something I remember reading somewhere but I wasn't really sure though. Stooby Mcdoobie provided a source but it looks like I was a bit wrong. The 5 computer limit is untrue but the 10 device limit was correct.

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Old Jan 13, 2013, 07:03 PM   #9
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So you want to buy an app once, and have you and your whole family be able to use it?

Yes, I actually plan to pass them to my son, and have my son passes them to their sons, so on and so forth

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I believe the limit is 10 devices, 5 of which can be computers.
Thanks. In that case, I will buy my mini soon.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 02:26 PM   #10
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Just curious, my entire family has 4 iPhones, and I have an iPad for myself, and they are all under my Apple account. I remember somewhere that an app can only install on up to 5 devices, so if I plan to buy another iPad mini, will I still be allowed to install my previously purchased apps? Or am I simply remember incorrectly?
One account multiple users quickly gets out of had with kids.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 02:51 PM   #11
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I'd like more clarification on this. I share my iTunes account with my three kids and husband. My husband also has his own account which he uses predominantly, but the kids don't own their own credit cards and all use my account. Between the four of us, we have four iPhones, three iPads, three iPod touches, plus our three Mac computers (one son has a pc ). We've also had devices replaced through the years via AppleCare replacements so that my apps have been installed on even more devices.

I have never seen an error message telling me I couldn't install on a device, and I don't intend to be breaking any EULA's either. But we all have automatic downloads turned on (me, so I can see what my kids are downloading, and them because they like similar things).

We also have iTunes Match to share music between all our devices as well. Is there a device limit there, too?

Am I breaking laws here? That surely was not my intent.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 03:50 PM   #12
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One apple Id. Over ten ios devices.

I have one apple I'd and I have ten ios devices. I am going to get an ipad mini. What do I need to do to add the 11 ios device(ipad mini). If I deauthorize a device how long before I can add it back. How and where do I go to do this?
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 03:52 PM   #13
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I have one apple I'd and I have ten ios devices. I am going to get an ipad mini. What do I need to do to add the 11 ios device(ipad mini). If I deauthorize a device how long before I can add it back. How and where do I go to do this?
The 10 device limit only applies to iTunes Match and Automatic downloads. You can sync your iTunes apps and media with unlimited iOS devices.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 05:47 PM   #14
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Are you sure. I thought there was a limit on iOS devices
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 05:52 PM   #15
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Are you sure. I thought there was a limit on iOS devices
I can confirm this. Between our own iPhones, iPads and iPods, our boss's iPhone and iPad, and our sister's iPad and iPod, we have synced well over 10 devices to our computer.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 06:20 PM   #16
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Was all of them using the same apple Id???
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Was all of them using the same apple Id???
Using the same Apple ID for what? There's so many different things an iOS device can use Apple ID for, and each of them can be set to a different ID. On my iPad, I have one Apple ID for the App Store, another for iCloud syncing, and if I wanted, I could use yet another ID for FaceTime.

The point is, for instance, for the App Store, there isn't a way to authorize / deauthorize individual devices. You simply sign in with an Apple ID. You can sign in and out as often as you want, and so far, I haven't run into a limit. Same with any of the other functions associated with Apple IDs. Only exception is iTunes Match and automatic downloads. If you do run into the limits with those functions, you can disassociate devices by following instructions here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4627

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For those that jumped on me. I went and setup a VPP account.
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