One computer, two accounts, one Apple ID

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  1. Jardins de Vin macrumors 6502a

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    Could it lead to problems if I created two accounts on my computer, with the same Apple ID?
     
  2. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

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    No. I do a similar thing with my computers. And I have been using type of scheme for several years now without any issue.
     
  3. Jardins de Vin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Alright, but the two accounts on the Mac will act as two computers in iCloud etc. - right? For example, if I wanted to locate my devices, the Mac will show up twice on the map?

    What about stuff like tabs in Safari. Will my iPad show me the open tabs on account 1 of my Mac and account 2?
     
  4. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

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    Anything saved to iCloud will be sync'd to all user accounts that use the same Apple ID.
     
  5. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    I have no issues on my two Macs with multiple accounts that use the same iCloud accounts - a rMBP and Mini Server.

    I have 4 accounts on my rMBP, in fact - an Admin account, a work account, a "play" account that I'm using now, and an accounting/finance account. There's 2 accounts on my Server - an Admin and one work account.

    Outside the scope of your questions, I also use 1Password and utilize the Shared folder with Default Folder X for moving documents from one account to another.

    I turn on Find My Mac in the Admin account only, and sync other iCloud items across accounts as I see fit - for instance, I don't turn on Mail, Contacts, Photos, and Keychain in my "play" account as they're not needed in that account for what I use it for.

    The only time I have issues is when Apple's iCloud services go down, but other than that I'm happy with the results.
     
  6. Jardins de Vin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hello again!


    I have a question about system updates and such, when having different accounts. How exactly dies that work?

    Example: User 1 decided to install a security update via. App Store (and therefore with their Apple ID). Will User 2 automatically have this update installed as well? What about apps – if one decides to update iTunes, will the other have the new version too? And finally – what about OS X? If one decides to install Yosemite through the App Store, what will happen with the other user?
     
  8. Taz Mangus, Apr 11, 2015
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    Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

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    There are only one set of applications in OS X that are shared by all users. Only an admin can install and update OS X applications and the OS X operating system. Each user account will have its own user data reflecting the current data for the applications they run.
     
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