Is there a better way? Multiple Iphones, 1 computer

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lokiju, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. lokiju macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2008
    My wife and I both have iPhones that we sync with 1 computer.

    As a result we have to manually manage things like music, apps and videos since of course we both don't want exactly the same of everything on our phones.

    This isn't much of an issue with the exception of doing things like firmware upgrades and when I had to exchange my iPhone this weekend for a broken top button. Then I have to go through and one by one pick and choose all the songs, apps and videos I want all over again, it's a huge PITA and takes a lot of time.

    Last week on my first iPhone (before the button broke) I upgraded the firmware to *47 and had to go through this exercise once, now that my phone has been replaced, I'd like to upgrade this one to *47 firmware also but am not looking forward to the drawn out process once again.

    Is there a better way to manage two iPhones on 1 computer?
  2. mpshay macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2008
    Unless I'm missing something...Create playlists for each of you and then just sync them to the right phone.
  3. srl7741 macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2008
    In my world
    Login to the PC or Mac using different profiles. That should work.
  4. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
    have 2 accounts on your computer.

    1 for you.
    1 for her.

  5. techlover828 macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2007
    itunes actually allows for different librarys if you hold down the option key while starting itunes, it will allow you to pick a library, or create a new one. Good luck.
  6. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    I thought if you had separate iPhones you can set separate preferences for how each syncs with the one computer. I mean I have separate sync preferences for my iPhone and my iPod. I would assume it would work the same for 2 iPhones.
  7. BOSS10L macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2008
    Upstate NY
    That is what we did. Wife inherited my 8GB OG iPhone. Works like a charm.
  8. cindykenward macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2010
    synch iphone and itouch on the same computer


    I have an itouch and am getting ready to buy an iphone. I want to be able to sync them on the same computer. I might not even mind them having the same exact content. Can someone help me? I have a PC with Windows XP on it. If anyone has the solution I would really appreciate it. Advice would also be helpful to advise me if I want slightly different music on both as well. Thanks.

    Cindy Kenward
  9. army91c macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    Ones given above will take care of you... Good luck.
  10. farmermac macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2009

    I don't understand what's so hard to understand. You decide what you sync to what device under the specific tabs for each type of content. ITunes is smart enough to figure out a different iPhone is plugged in.
  11. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    People are suggesting separate computer accounts? Talk about an overreaction.

    Lokiju, if you do that you won't be sharing media or applications with your wife any more. If you acquire something new you'll both have to import or download it every time you get something new. It's possible to make 2 accounts access the same media, but it's not supported by Apple and will require a bit of google searching and terminal work in order to fool iTunes.

    I don't consider all that work and those drawbacks to be worth the effort.

    Do what some other posters have suggested: Start making playlists in iTunes. Tell your iPhone to only sync to your playlists and her iPhone to only sync to hers. It's kind of like having 2 different libraries without all the inconveniences.

    Also, when you got a new phone you should have restored from the last iPhone backup that iTunes automatically makes. There is no reason you should have had to re-do everything. That has nothing to do with your wife's iPhone.

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