Advice needed: Running an ipad & iphone on the same apple ID

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Sir Ruben, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Sir Ruben macrumors 65816

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    Hi All,

    I have just ordered the new iPad as a family device and I am trying to weigh up the pros and cons of using my existing apple ID on the iPad as well.

    Using the same apple ID sounds like the best way to go at first (photostream, buying apps once for all devices etc), however there are little things that I am a bit wary of. For example:

    1) The iPad will be for the whole family. So if Im texting my mates on the iPhone via iMessage will my texts also show up on the iPad?, i dont really want this to happen as my friends may use language that I wouldnt want my 8yr old daughter reading.

    2) Facetime, if someone calls me via facetime how will it know whether to come through to the iPad or the iPhone?

    3) When the iPad does an iCloud backup does that eat into my existing cloud storage space or will the iPad have its own allocated amount?

    4) Will app notifications pop up on the iPad as well as the iPhone?

    Aside from the above is there anything else I should consider that I havent thought of?

    Thanks in advance for any advice you may have :)
  2. motohooligan macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2009
    You can use the same apple ID for the store purchases, but then make a different iCloud account for each device.
  3. appleextremist macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2012
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    1) you can turn off iMessage on the iPad and only get messages on your phone.
    2) FaceTime time calls go to both but again you can turn it off
    3)storage would be shared between both devices
    4)you can turn it off on individual devices.

    Personally I would use the same apple ID as it will save you having to purchase universal apps twice.
  4. mad-jamie16 macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2010
    And if he doesn't want to turn off iMessage he can always delete the texts he doesn't want his daughter to see after he has read them.
  5. Sir Ruben thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    Nice clear advice thanks guys! Seems like using the same account is the way to go. I guess I could just enable iMessage on the iPad as and when I need it.

    Appreciate the help :)
  6. SHirsch999 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2011
    I am in a bit of a different situation than you in that I am the only one who uses my iPad, but I like the fact that iMessages come through on both the iPad and iPhone. If my iPad is nearby I usually use that to write due to the larger keyboard. Also, if I start a conversation on one, it also goes to the other device, so if I begin on the iPad and then need to go somewhere I can carry on the same conversation on my iPhone. Pretty neat if you as me, but then again I am new to the texting thing.
  7. marc55 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    We just got an ipad2, and we have an iphone on the same acct. However, just noticed that the apps we donloaded on the ipad2, also downloaded to the iphone.

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