2 photostreams on 1 PC

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by protobiont, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. protobiont macrumors 6502a

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    I'm surprised Apple didn't think of this, or maybe I'm missing something...

    What if my wife and I want to have both of our photostreams download onto the same PC? The iCloud control panel only lets one person log in at a time - which turns this into a manual process.

    Obviously, we want separate iCloud accounts on each phone, because we don't want or need to merge our contacts, documents, etc.
     
  2. Schtibbie macrumors 6502

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    YES YES YES YES. This whole thing is driving my wife and I absolutely bananas, and this is APPLE we're talking about! "It Just Works"! I really think that Apple assumes we're all either single, with multiple iDevices sitting around our efficiency apartments, OR we're married but we lead separate lives and we don't have a family photo album that includes ALL our photos from our DSLR and our iphones.
     
  3. 3bs macrumors 603

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    Yeah there a few things that they haven't thought through and this is one of them. Hopefully they'll give us a solution
     
  4. protobiont thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's odd, because it seems like it would just require the iCloud program to access multiple accounts, and send the photos to different sub folders...

    It is odd that someone at Apple didn't envision this scenario...

    iOS 5.1 anyone?
     
  5. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    I agree they should just do it that way, but here's the solution:

    Setup 'iCloud 1' on both phones as the main iCloud account.

    Then set up 'iCloud 2' on your wife's phone only by going into the mail settings and adding it as a second iCloud account. So you are logged into one account and she is logged into two.

    Now turn stuff off or on based on whether or not you want to share them. So, Photostream: ON in both phones. Reminders or E-mail: ON in account 1 on your phone ON in account 2 on your wife's phone but off in the other account. And so on...

    Another advantage here is that you can make 'iCloud 1' a paid account and share that storage for photos and backups for both phones and then make 'iCloud 2' a free account since it's going to be used for far less stuff.
     
  6. protobiont thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Brilliant!
    I didn't realize that you could have multiple iCloud accounts on 1 device. It's confusing, since one is accessed through the "iCloud" menu option, and the other through "mail, contacts, and calendars". Will try this when I get both phones in front of me.

    Thanks.

    p.s. This makes sense, but it is going to confuse the hell out of a LOT of people. I can already for see difficulty trying to explain it over the phone to my mom, who has the same situation.

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    Will one iCloud account distinguish between the backups for 2 phones?
     
  7. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    The other confusing hitch: Photostream and Doc syncing and 'Backups' are only available in the 'Main' iCloud account. So the order you add them matters.

    You know, you've made me realize that I had assumed this but haven't tested it.

    So...I don't know yet.
     
  8. protobiont thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, I got this setup just as you described. The only drawback that I can see at present is that we can only backup to the same account that has the shared photostream. So no option to do a shared photostream, and back up to separate accounts, which means we'll probably have to pay for storage to backup both phones.

    It does distinguish between the phones, you can see both backups from either phon, and you can delete the other phones backup from either phone (which OS weird).
     
  9. blogger21 macrumors newbie

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