Transitioning to iCloud: Which AppleID to use for GameCenter when using multiple IDs?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by newagemac, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    Ok so I'm about to transition from mobileme and iOS4 to iCloud and iOS5.

    Like many people, I have a Apple ID I have been using for purchases since forever and I have a Apple ID that was created when Mobileme came out.

    I have already figured out that I need to set up iCloud using the ID and then associate the gmail ID to the iTunes Store purchases section in Settings.

    What I don't understand is which one I should use for Game Center. My Game Center is currently associated with the gmail account but I really don't want to tie anything to the gmail account unless it is definitely necessary.

    So basically I have two questions:

    1. Is Game Center directly tied to your game purchases and thus forcing me to need to use the gmail based Apple ID anyway?

    2. Can I switch the Game Center to my mobileme address (that no purchases are associated with) before moving to iCloud and keep all achievements and etc.?
  2. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    You will not keep achievements if you switch game-center accounts.

    What I do and recommend.
    Docs in cloud

    Google apps domain account:
    Itunes store
    All else
  3. GraphicsGeek macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2008
    You can change your apple ID used for purchases to your .me address. That way everything will bender one ID. Go here: then scroll down to "Update your Apple ID email address and password" and change your ID to your .me address. This should work.
  4. newagemac thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    I don't think that will work because I don't believe you can change one Apple ID to an email address used for another Apple ID. Remember, the is an Apple ID.

    I'm thinking about doing what Menel suggested.
  5. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I tried changing mine to my .me and it won't for this reason. It annoys me that I can't. I hope they fix this issue soon.
  6. GraphicsGeek macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2008
    Call Apple and see of they'll merge the 2 under your .me ID. I've read some cases of this being successful.
  7. aham23 macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2011
    you can not merge two Apple IDs.

    i only use my iTunes Apple ID for purchases. the ID i created for iCloud and all other annoying Apple ID log in needs. i feel better keeping the purchasing ID seperate and less used. ymmv.
  8. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I'll have to try this, thanks!

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