Is it possible to have 2 iPhones on 1 iTunes acct?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by STC, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. STC macrumors 6502a

    May 14, 2008
    I didnt think this was possible, but my coworker says it is. He and his wife both have 3G iPhones and use 1 iTunes acct. He says he bought Texas Hold'em and installed it on both phones.

    When I asked him how he set up 2 phones w/ 1 acct, he said he just plugged in his 1st, set up the acct. Then he plugged in his wife's and a prompt popped up asking if this is a new phone. He clicked yes, then he has 2 phones on 1 acct. He said they have their own individual settings, podcasts, music, etc on the 1 acct.

    Is this possible?

    I tried doing this last yr when I got my iPod and tried to set it up w/ my wife's iTunes acct and it tried to overwrite all my stuff w/ hers.
  2. chicagdan macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    Yes. My wife and I share an iTunes account and have two iPhones linked to it ... we use our apps on both phones without trouble.
  3. steve31 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    I have installed all of my apps on both my iPhone and iPod touch and my wifes iPod touch. You only have to buy them once.
  4. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    I'm not figuring out how you can do that. just plug the 2nd phone and synch apps to the one account? Hmm... Wouldn't it know it's another phone registered to another person?
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    It seems to treat the iPhone like an iPod. i.e. one iTunes account can be used on up to 5 computers at the same time and multiple iPods.
  6. ldkaplan macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2002
    N. Georgia
    Sure it works. My wife and I do it as well.

    We setup groups for contacts and sync to our own groups.
  7. mrtune macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    Absolutely it works. My sister has her own iPhone attached to her own computer with iTunes. I setup her iTunes with my account. We share apps as well as music that is purchased through my account. Apple's drm allows 5 registered computers so it was easy to get her on my account.

    Not sure how many iPods/iPhones you are limited to though. I know it's at the least 4 as I have my 16gb iphone and a 30gb iPod and my sister has a 8gb nano and 8gb iPhone. All of them sync just fine.
  8. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
  9. STC thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 14, 2008
    Can someone give me a detailed stsp by step on how to set up iTunes for 2 iPhones?

    I'm assuming I have to manaually sync music, apps, contacts, pics, etc.
  10. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    iTunes remembers whatever sync settings you setup for each device.

    The only manual work you may want to do is setup different groups of contacts in Address Book, a second calendar in iCal, and different playlists in iTunes.

    When you plug in the first iPhone, you can tell iTunes to only sync one of the groups in the Address Book, whichever calendar, and whatever playlists for that phone.

    You can set the second iPhone up to sync the other group in the Address Book, the other Calendar, and whichever playlists for that.

    iTunes will still automatically sync, but only what you've told it sync for that phone.

    IMO, it's easier to figure out by playing around than to explain. :)
  11. txr0ckabilly macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2008
    Southwest Louisiana

    not sure either as i have 3 iphones and 7 ipods all on the same account (wife and kids and old ipods).

    kind of on the same subject-

    i misspelled my wife's last name (i know how to spell my last name, it was just a wrong keystroke) when i registered her iphone on itunes so all her email comes with her named spelled wrong. is there anyway of me changing her name on her phone without re-registering/restoring it?
  12. STC thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 14, 2008
    I just tried this. I plugged in my iPhone into my wife's iTunes. It recognized my iPhone. All the sync boxes were unchecked (as I have none of my data, music, etc) on this computer.

    When I clicked tried to sync my iPhone it said something like all data on phone will be erased and replaced w/ whats on this computer. I got scared and clicked cancel.

    Any ideas?
  13. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    While you can sync multiple devices into one iTunes library, for the most part, you can't have one device that syncs with multiple libraries.

    If you try to sync a device that's been setup with a different iTunes library (i.e. yours) on another iTunes library (i.e. your wives), you get the prompt that you got.

    What in her library were you trying to sync? Some iPhone apps?
  14. STC thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 14, 2008
    I was trying to see if I can set up my iPhone on her acct, but I'm not trying to sync yet as I havent updated to 2.0 yet (i'm still 1.1.4 jailbroken).

    I do eventually want to use 1 itunes acct when I do upgrade to 2.0 though because of the apps that we bought already (dont want to buy the same app 2x).
  15. burgerhunt macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2008
    I have a wrinkle to this situation... I have my Itunes account on my Mac at home and all my exchange information (contacts, calendar, etc) on my PC laptop I use for work. Is it possible to sync just my exchange info from my laptop while using all the songs and videos on my Mac? I want to keep these two things seperate if possible because I do not want to big down my laptop with all my songs. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
  16. redsoxunixgeek macrumors regular


    Dec 1, 2006
    Salt Lake City YOOTah
    My girlfriend and I both have iPhones (mine just hasnt shown up0 yet) but all of our iPods and iPod Touch are cross linked - and i am sure we will do the same - we just keep ours in disk mode and drag and drop stuff though
  17. dranakin macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2005
    Yeah, I have the same problem. I changed the log-on for my iTunes account, but my phone is still configured for the old log-on. Does anyone know how to change it?
  18. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    It is entirely possible. My teenage daughter and I each have an iPhone and only 1 iTunes account.
  19. snook911 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2007
    Yorba Linda, CA
    I have 2 iPhone's ( 1 1st gen, one 3g), one iPod nano 3G (kids) , 1 iPod shuffel (wives) and all sync to one itunes account. Here's how I do it. I have 3 seperate libraries. One named iphone one named nano and one named shuffle. I drag and drop music from the main music file On top down to the liabaries on the bottom. When you plug in the device it automaticly knows what is plugged in and syncs that device to the correct liabrary. Works great for me hop that this helps someone out.
  20. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    Anyone know of any specific instructions on how to do this? Authorizing the computers doesn't show the apps on any of them. I don't even see the apps i my 'purchase history'.
  21. shash12 macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2010
    2 iPhones on same acc

    My wife and I have a 3GS each and are both synced to the same iTunes account with no problems. I plan to buy copilot for my phone, do you think it will work on both phones?
  22. outphase macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    Yes, it will. Just make sure you use the same account on both phones.
  23. Hawke macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2007
    Dublin, Ireland
    Basically it is the same as having an iPhone and iPod touch which are synced differently.. My iPhone doesn't have the same capacity as my touch, so i sync only few information to my iPhone as opposed to the Touch which gets all my songs, music, TV shows, movies, but no contacts
  24. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816


    Jul 28, 2008
    Yes, this pretty easy to do.

    It remembers settings and what is synced by the phone.

    I currently have 2 3G phones and another 2 3GS phones (Total 4) synced with one single iTunes account.

    No problems what so ever, other than four people fighting over the iTunes dollars. LOL..
  25. pcorrado macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    My wife and I also share 1 iTunes account with two iPhones. I have it set up a bit different though.

    Instead of using one account on our mac - we each have our own account (so contacts, calendars, bookmarks are separate). I have our iTunes library with music and apps in the shared directory (you have to make sure you set permisions for all users) and have iTunes set up on both user accounts to use the library in the shared directory. (option click to select).

    When I get home later I can type a more detailed post if someone is interested - I am post from my iPhone.

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