Cleaning up Apple IDs

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Chuchichan, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. Chuchichan macrumors 6502

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    For a long time my wife and I have been sharing an Apple ID just for the App Store so we can share some purchased apps. I would like to clean that up and just have each of us use our Apple IDs for everything and separately.

    Will we still be able to share the apps we've been sharing? Would I lose the apps I purchased with the current/shared ID or is there a way to transfer them over?

    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. 960design macrumors 68020

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    Yes.
    If you create a new ID and let your wife keep the old one, her ID will be the primary holder of the licenses. You can turn on family sharing and get access to those licenses and she can likewise get access to any new licenses you purchase using your ID.

    Apple has not created or allowed a migration process in the sense that you want.
     
  3. E3BK macrumors 68020

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    You can do Family Sharing but not all apps are sharable. You can also have separate Apple ID for all of your stuff EXCEPT for the App Store. You can log into that with a different Apple ID than your main Apple ID if you want. This is what I've found to be the easiest way.
     
  4. Chuchichan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your reply. I have been doing what you suggested actually, but I thought that perhaps separating everything would be better.
     
  5. 960design macrumors 68020

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    It's called layering accounts and not a recommended practice due to the complexity in updating apps, data syncing, ect.
     
  6. highlystrange macrumors member

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    This is helpful for me...but how do I access my Apple IDs? An old one keeps popping up.
     
  7. 960design macrumors 68020

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    You can recover old AppleID's here:
    https://appleid.apple.com/
     
  8. E3BK macrumors 68020

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    I've been doing this for as long as t's been possible and have not had any problems.
     
  9. 960design macrumors 68020

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    I really don't want to go into a white paper over all that will go wrong with layered accounts. It really is fantastic that you do not have any issues, but fairly naive to recommend a course of action to someone that could cause a significant loss of money or data in the future.
     
  10. E3BK macrumors 68020

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    Wow. Really? OK. I'm sorry that you've lost data or money but that's a bit dramatic. Anyway, I guess I'm a lucky one. Not one single problem here. I'm sorry for your losses.
     

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