Possible to use Canadian and US iTunes account at the same time?

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  1. lsquare macrumors 6502

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    My iTunes account is a US based account, but since I also travel to Canada a lot, I've created a Canadian based iTunes account as well. Is it possible to use both accounts in the same device simultaneously? It's even more important that I ask because I have money in both the US and Canadian base accounts. For example, maybe I'll be using Apple Music through my Canadian iTunes account while using apps that I have bought with my US iTunes based account?

    Thanks!
     
  2. G.McGilli macrumors regular

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    I have Canadian and American accounts on my phone and iPad.

    I have purchased apps from both stores - and they are all on each device - and I can use all of them - doesn't matter which account I'm signed into on the App store on that device.

    But.. with subscription music I'm not positive as I don't pay for any of those... I do use Free Spotify and doesn't matter what account I'm signed into on my phone...
     
  3. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    Yes, by switching back and forth. Whenever you want to make a purchase, choose the account that you want. After downloading, the apps will continue to work.

    If you do uninstall an app, and want to reinstall again without repaying, you need to make sure you log on to the account you previously used to make the initial purchase.
     
  4. lsquare thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the response guys.

    What if I paid for Apple Music and iCloud storage with my Canadian account while all of my apps are paid for with my US account?

    Anyone else here in a similar situation as me?
     
  5. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Except paying for AM or whatever subscription service Apple may or may not have, my situation is similar to you.

    I have two accounts in two regions. For me, there are music and apps only available in one region but not in the other. Therefore I need to pay for each of them accordingly. Seems that in iOS 10, user can log into two or even more accounts at the same time, as long as they are used for updating app only. Your current login account still determines which region you are in.

    iCloud storage disregards account region and will charge from your currently logged in account the time Apple charges you storage fee.
     
  6. newellj macrumors 601

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    Interesting. I've got a UK and US account but have always logged in separately. Updating both at once would be a nice convenience.
     
  7. lsquare thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's not a situation that I want to be in, but I've had the US account first.

    So what happens if I am paying for Apple Music and iCloud storage with my Canadian account? I'm not quite sure I understand what the implications are. Again, all of my apps are on my US iTunes account. So I'm guessing I should log in to my Canadian account during set up and then log in to my US account to access my apps?
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    Are you paying for any of Apple's subscription services?
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    I also forgot how this will affect my ability to use Apple Pay. I have never used Apple Pay before, but now I'm thinking of using it. I have both US and Canadian credit cards. I'm assuming I can't add Canadian credit cards to my US account right?
     
  8. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    You should use the account you think it is your main account to set up your device. In your case, it is your US account.
    Since you use Canadian account to purchase Apple Music and iCloud storage, you should use your Canadian account to log into iTunes and App Store. But before that, you should download all apps you want onto your device so that later on you do not need to switch to US account just to update your apps.
    You can add your Canadian credit card to your US account. This is not related to the region your account is.
     
  9. lsquare thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the response Shirasaki!

    I just want to be sure that you're right because I do have a Canadian iTunes gift card that I want to use. So once I downloaded all of the apps from my US iTunes account, I can just log in with my Canadian account and I can use Apple Music and my paid iCloud storage? So my apps will automatically update without me switching back to my US base account? I thought you said you don't subscribe to any of Apple's services? How can you say for sure that what you have described will work?

    Thanks again for the help!
     
  10. newellj macrumors 601

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    @ Isquare: no, not using any paid services in either US or UK store.
     
  11. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Yes. I don't use any sub services from Apple. I just buy stuff. But once you download needed app from US account, you do not need to switch between accounts just to update apps other than entering password of your US account once.

    I cannot guarantee my words are 100% correct but I am actively using two accounts and parts related to app update works for me. You probably should try out Apple Music one yourself cause it might not work.
     
  12. lsquare thread starter macrumors 6502

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