Possible to tranfer app store purchases to another account?

boynigel

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i recently set up my son with his own apple ID/account. back when he was still on my account more than a few games were purchased and now i'm wondering if they're transferable to his new account, that way he doesn't have to be logged on to my apple id in order to have access. is this do-able?

i just want to have our two accounts completely independent of each other so i'm hoping this is possible.
 

tromboneaholic

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i recently set up my son with his own apple ID/account. back when he was still on my account more than a few games were purchased and now i'm wondering if they're transferable to his new account, that way he doesn't have to be logged on to my apple id in order to have access. is this do-able?

i just want to have our two accounts completely independent of each other so i'm hoping this is possible.
If you set up his Apple ID in your "Family Sharing" in iCloud, he can download apps that support Family Sharing.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203046

Usually apps can be shared, but not in-app purchases. So you can share an app you paid for to download, but not an app that you unlocked with an in-app purchase.
 
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boynigel

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If you set up his Apple ID in your "Family Sharing" in iCloud, he can download apps that support Family Sharing.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203046

Usually apps can be shared, but not in-app purchases. So you can share an app you paid for to download, but not an app that you unlocked with an in-app purchase.
My only concern with this is i don't want him to wind up seeing texts between my wife and i, hence my desire for totally independent accounts. my wife has been known to send me naughty selfies. last thing i want him to see, and he'd likely feel the same way LOL

can i keep our texts/emails out of his reach? if so would there be any way he could inadvertently change a setting that would put him back in our loop from his device?
 

tromboneaholic

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My only concern with this is i don't want him to wind up seeing texts between my wife and i, hence my desire for totally independent accounts. my wife has been known to send me naughty selfies. last thing i want him to see, and he'd likely feel the same way LOL

can i keep our texts/emails out of his reach? if so would there be any way he could inadvertently change a setting that would put him back in our loop from his device?
With his own Apple ID, he won't get message unless they are sent to his phone number or Apple ID. He would have to log in with your Apple ID and password into messages to get your messages.

Family sharing only shares Purchases, not email, messages, photos, etc...
 

tobefirst

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My only concern with this is i don't want him to wind up seeing texts between my wife and i, hence my desire for totally independent accounts. my wife has been known to send me naughty selfies. last thing i want him to see, and he'd likely feel the same way LOL

can i keep our texts/emails out of his reach? if so would there be any way he could inadvertently change a setting that would put him back in our loop from his device?
Interesting use of “has been known to” here. (;