questions on multiple devices on one iTunes account

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by seanrichard, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. seanrichard macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2012
    I will soon have a second iPad for my family and had 3 questions. When I add apps to a second iPad do apps like games etc start from square one on each iPad? Do in app buys install on each machine or does each user have to buy there own? and if I'm using one mac computer but have 2 difference apple id's in my family can I add apps from both id's to each iPad or does each apple id have to buy there own copies of the apps? Thanks in advance for any help I can get with this.
  2. vbmike73 macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2008
    As far as your game question, from what I've seen, each device stores it's own data. No way to share data like that between devices. It's a privacy issue I guess. So each game would start fresh on each device. I was trying to find a way to share data stored in an app between my devices, and was told it was impossible.

    As for the Apple IDs, I won't say for certain, but I believe if you have 2 Apple IDs, all purchases are kept separate. I think you can only be signed into one Apple ID at a time on a computer. So you would only see apps purchased with one ID at a time. No way to share apps that I know of. Multiple Apple IDs make things very tricky. Even when iCloud came out, I had 2 IDs. And even though all my purchases were on one, and my other was just from MobileMe, it was Hell trying to figure out how to merge them. Had my apps on one, and my contacts and calendars on the other. Apple said it couldn't be done. Then I figured out a way to do it. Single Apple IDs make life a lot easier, but that means you'd have to rebuy all your apps over again on one of the IDs.
  3. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Use 1 Apple ID for iTunes and all devices under that ID can download the purchased apps, music, video.

    Use separate iCloud ID for thing like mail, contacts, calendars.
  4. seanrichard thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2012
    So if I download a app that has in add punchases these purchases will not carry over to each device I put the app on?
  5. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    No you can. My wife and I use the same itunes store on our iphones and ipad. In app purchase on one phone and then restore purchase on the other. Also, some games share data across icloud accounts such as Batman and Infinity Blade II.
  6. seanrichard thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2012

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