iPad Multiple accounts shared device

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bhigh8, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. bhigh8 macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2012
    How do you handle multiple accounts on one ipad. We share an ipad air. How do you handle the fact that you may have two iTunes accounts and one device.

    I have so many issues with this.
  2. ugcop macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    Traveling @ Warp Speed ...... USA
    You don't say who is "we". Double accounts produces more problems than it is worth. If "we" is you and a spouse just decide on one or the other and stick to it. If it is a child or room mate I'm not sure I would want them to have my password.
  3. bhigh8 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2012
    It's my wife and I. Don't we need different accounts for iMessage and other things. Apple td us to set it up this way for some reason. Maybe it had something to do with backups.

    Also when I take photos with my iphone it photo shares with ipad. How do I get my wife's to do that automatically also? Or can it only go from one phone?


    And doesn't she need her own iTunes account for some stuff?
  4. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    There are lots of reasons that multiple accounts would be convenient. Unfortunately Apple is still treating these devices as wholly individual. I would love a guest mode, a kids mode, and multiple accounts.

    For now my suggestion is that for a family, you share one iTunes Store account, which allows you to share app, movie, music purchases, etc. and then have separate iCloud accounts which gives you separate iMessage, photostream, data syncing, etc.

    Right now you can only have access to one photostream per device. Your wife can create a separate shared photostream and anything she puts in there will automatically show up on the ipad as well, but she'll have to do that sharing manually.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Sadly Apple has not set iOS up to be multiuser, and while there may be apps (I don't know of any), if the OS is not set up for it, there's really no seamless or integrated way to allow this.
  6. Fan.grl macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
    My husband and me share 1 iTunes account for apps and music, and we each have a separate account for iMessages, iCloud, and FaceTime.

    I don't know how you would have more than one account (iTunes) on the same device though.

    Good luck!
  7. bhigh8 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2012
    So right now about 90% of the apps are under my account and I would like to keep that one. So if I created a new one how could I get all the apps under that account? Would I have to delete the apps and reinstall under new acct.
  8. bigdog5142 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    Not possible. You would still have the apps on your devices, but would no longer receive updates. The apps that are purchased are forever linked to your account.

    I solve this issue in two ways. I have a personal account (that my entire family uses for ease of use) and a professional account for my work (books and some music purchases).

    1. I use iTunes Match on my personal account. No matter which account I purchase music with, it gets loaded to the cloud as soon as I log into my personal account on my computer. However, this means that I ONLY purchase music on my computer if I'm purchasing from my professional account...
    2. My whole family uses the same account. Only my wife & I have purchasing authority, however. My kids are 9 & 4 right now so this isn't a problem. That will probably change in the future when they are teens....but for now...it works. This way all apps, movies and music are available to all of us. (My 9 year old has an iPod Touch that is locked down...she has to see us to download anything, messaging to family only, no safari, etc)

    It gets interesting with iBooks. I've accidentally locked a device to an account by downloading a book from an account many times. Then I gotta call Apple to release it. They've done it so far...but say it's not the norm. I solve this by buying Kindle books now. Their loss.

    Anyway...I don't know if that helped...but I thought I'd chime in.
  9. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
  10. bhigh8 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2012
    My wife has money on her account. Can I transfer that money to a different account so we only purchase from the one account?
  11. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Your wife can use the money to "gift" purchases to the other account.
  12. bhigh8 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2012
    Oh yeah. That might work. What happens if we lose the item. It would always stay with the person who received gift i assume.
  13. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Apps, music and iBooks can always be redownloaded, as long as they remain available in the store. Not sure about videos, since I never buy any. And yes, when you gift a purchase, it stays with the person who received it. But sometimes things do get withdrawn from the store, so I'm always careful to keep a local copy of anything I don't want to lose.

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