Multiple iCloud on Mac OS

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by TrackZ, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. TrackZ macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2010

    My wife and I each have iPhones and iPads. We have 3 Apple IDs that are used like this:

    * Family ID for store purchases, calendar, contacts, reminders
    * Individual IDs for app data, notes, etc.

    We are looking at going whole-house Apple with an iMac and Air to replace our Windows desktop and laptop. I'd like to confirm that we can use iCloud and share information on the Macs like we are on the devices.

    * Can we use multiple IDs like this in OSX?
    * Will we each need our own logins on each Mac?
    * Does the iCloud account you set in system preferences apply to the entire system or to each user account on the Mac?
    * For some iCloud elements, like Reminders, on the iDevices we can have a family entry and individual entries show up side-by-side. Is this also possible in OSX?

  2. f00f macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2009
    New Yawk
    Short answer is yes -- you can have a "joint" iCloud account set up on the Macs. On Lion you set up a Primary iCloud account (your "personal" one), and any number of secondaries. My wife and I do exactly this. We share Contacts and Calendars (which includes Reminders; on the Mac both Calendar & Reminder data are shown in iCal).


    You may also want to check this thread. This is somewhat technical stuff, but it's something you'll run into when you set up primary & secondary iCloud accounts on the Macs.

    EDIT: I'm not sure if the iCloud preferences apply system-wide or if they are per account on the Mac. My gut suggests they are per-account. System-wide would be an invasion of privacy because of the nature of the content that is being synced. My wife and I each have our own machines.
  3. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    My wife and I choose to have separate personal accounts for everything except iTunes purchases like Apps, Music, Music which we share the same account. Yes, you can have separate login ID's on each Mac and you will be able to setup separate iCloud Settings for each one.

    Regarding the Calendar. On my account I created my personal calendar, a work calendar, a Golf Calendar and a Me and my wife "joint" calendar. I gave my wife read only access to my Golf Calendar but she has full read/write access to the joint calendar. We keep our Contacts Separate. Regarding Reminders, we do not really use it but I think you can do the same as Calendar. I do think a shared contact file (like calendar "sharing") would be helpful but that is not something that is provided with the normal setup. Regarding Calendar Sharing, you have to set that up with the Mac Calendar App and NOT on

Share This Page