iCloud with multiple phones on the same account

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Dajackman, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Any know how iCloud will work with 2 phones on the same account. My wife and I are on the some one. Will our contacts merge or will they be separate somehow?

    Thanks foray input.

  2. macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    They will merge if you turn that part on.

    You will need to make your own account to use iCloud properly.

    I take it you share an Apple ID so you can buy apps once and each download them? You can log in with a different Apple ID in iCloud and a different Apple ID in Store and continue to do this.

    For instance. Lets say sharedaccount@email.com is your current ID. On both your phones, in the settings app, under store, you would log in with sharedaccount@email.com. Then you can both go into the icloud section of the settings and create your own @me.com accounts to use with iCloud separate from the sharedaccount@email.com. That or one of you can use sharedaccount@email.com and the other can use another Apple ID for iCloud.

    Alternatively you can add more iCloud accounts in the same place you add mail accounts so you can both login with sharedaccount@email.com to icloud and the app store / itunes (store part) and just not turn on contacts / mail / cal sync and then add a new icloud account from the mail part of settings (where you add email accounts) and create your own there to sync mail / contacts / cals. This setup has a couple of bonuses in that you can share a single photo stream and selectively share other things like reminders / bookmarks / notes but it has the draw back that you will have a single 5gb for backups.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Great, thanks for the explanation. 55 more minutes for it to download!
  4. macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2012
    I understand Using one iTunes ID for purhcases and the Apple @me accounts for the cloud. My mother is getting and iPhone and we are a one Laptop home. I don't want anything of her phone getting on mine or anything on mine getting on hers. Is this possible using the iCloud, if we each have our own @me accouts?

    The iCloud just seems too open. I don't want any app or message or contact cossover. Can someone please tell me if this is possible?
  5. macrumors 65816


    Nov 8, 2010
    South Carolina
    iCloud separates all your stuff from someone else's. This should be an individualized Apple ID (separate from any other family members). When setting up a new iOS device, you'll have the option to create an @me.com address. This will serve as your individual Apple ID.

    This individual Apple ID (iCloud account) includes: Contacts, Calendars, email, reminders, bookmarks, photo stream, documents & data, and Find my iPhone.

    On all apple devices, you have an iCloud setting. Turning this on will allow you to associate your iCloud account (your new @me.com address) so all your iCloud devices (iPad, Macs, etc.) will sync across all your other Apple devices associated with that same iCloud account. In other words, if I update a contact...all my Apple products with iCloud enabled & associated with my personal Apple ID iCloud address will update immediately.

    IN ADDITION, under Settings > Store, you can associate a completely different Apple ID to purchase content. Everyone you want to share your purchased content (music, apps, movies, books, etc.) will use this same Apple ID under Settings > Store.

    Again, you can tell you iPhone in Settings > Store to use one Apple ID, while in Settings > iCloud you're telling it to use a completely different Apple ID.

    Now to throw more fuel on the fire, you also can associate an Apple ID to Settings > FaceTime and Settings > iMessage.

    In my family of 4, we all use the same Apple ID for purchased content. However, we all use our personal Apple ID (@me.com) for iCloud, FaceTime, and iMessage.

    Using this method, all purchased stuff can be shared in the family; however, all personal stuff (contacts, calendars, etc.) remain private.

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