All iPads Using two iTunes accounts?

Big Stevie

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Is it possible to use two iTunes account on an iPad Air?

Ive bought one for the wife for Xmas and she will be using it with her iTines account. But I will also be using it, mainly for magazine/newspaper subscriptions and wondered if I could do this under my iTunes account?
 

boobie12

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Is it possible to use two iTunes account on an iPad Air?

Ive bought one for the wife for Xmas and she will be using it with her iTines account. But I will also be using it, mainly for magazine/newspaper subscriptions and wondered if I could do this under my iTunes account?
think you can but I think you'll have to sign in and out when you want to use it
 

doboy

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I haven't done this, but I believe you can change acct every 90 days or so.
 

Big Stevie

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It would be perfect if either the wife or myself could pick up the iPad, log into our personal account, then log off after use. How would this be set up please?
 

EDH667

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It would be perfect if either the wife or myself could pick up the iPad, log into our personal account, then log off after use. How would this be set up please?
IOS Devices do not allow for multiple accounts. If you wish to have separate email accounts you can log into and out of web based email services such as gmail etc. At some point in the future Apple may allow for multiple user accounts on IOS Devices but not at this point.
 

kandavu

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When I acquired 32G Rmini last month, I decided to set it up with a new ID because its iOS 7. I also have a 16G iPad 3 with a different ID running on iOS 6.0. All of my purchased apps are with the iPad 3 ID and there is about 3.5G of space reserved for photos, documents & upgrades. I want to keep the ipad 3 on iOS 6 and to possibly jailbreak it. Once that's done, then I'll want to access the ID with the purchased apps with the 32G rmini running iOS 7, and keeping the new ID with no purchased apps as a backup reserve.

Does anyone see a problem with this approach?
 

SenorDD

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If it's only for your magazine subscriptions, basically, you'd pay for your subscription under your own account, and every time a new issue is available, you'd login to iTunes, download the new issue, and then logout again when the download is complete, or you could just pay for the subscription under the one account and not have to worry about switching every time a new issue is available.

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When I acquired 32G Rmini last month, I decided to set it up with a new ID because its iOS 7. I also have a 16G iPad 3 with a different ID running on iOS 6.0. All of my purchased apps are with the iPad 3 ID and there is about 3.5G of space reserved for photos, documents & upgrades. I want to keep the ipad 3 on iOS 6 and to possibly jailbreak it. Once that's done, then I'll want to access the ID with the purchased apps with the 32G rmini running iOS 7, and keeping the new ID with no purchased apps as a backup reserve.

Does anyone see a problem with this approach?
You realize you can use both the new id and old id on both iPads right? I see no reason why you'd want to start fresh with a new id on the new one.
 

kandavu

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You realize you can use both the new id and old id on both iPads right? I see no reason why you'd want to start fresh with a new id on the new one.

I wanted to keep all things iOS 6 & iOS 7 separate. It just seemed the thing to do. Glad to hear ID's are interchangeable.
 

DeSnousa

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I have been looking into this as well over the last few days. To save yourself and your wife a lot of pain (not to mention complaints from the other half) look at using one AppleID to share. It will be an initial pain but this seems to be the way to go.

Also when you do this make sure that the AppleID is not associated to a iCloud account so that way both yourself and your wife can each have iCloud and the a "third" account being the AppleID for shared purchases.
 

KhunJay

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I have not two but three itunes accounts (i know, dont ask).

Two have no payment mode atached to them and are only to download apps that aren't available in my store.

My main one (the one I use to set up the ipad when new) has a cc attached to it.

Works like a charm....but i always log out of any account when I am done downloading an app.

PS. I have not tested this extensively on ipad as I returned my air after 2 days but this works well on my iphone 5s running ios7.0.4
 

rmhop81

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Is it possible to use two iTunes account on an iPad Air?

Ive bought one for the wife for Xmas and she will be using it with her iTines account. But I will also be using it, mainly for magazine/newspaper subscriptions and wondered if I could do this under my iTunes account?
yes, but you'll have to sign in and out. Are you opposed to you and your wife sharing the same store/purchase account? My wife and i have been doing this for years. We both have iPads and iPhones and under itunes store settings we both have the same itunes email address.

Now for iCloud and email we each have our own which we only use on our own devices. But for purchases it's all under the same account on all devices.

Sometimes people associate itunes store account with iCloud accounts and that they have to be the same. You can sign in with an iCloud account that is different from your itunes one.
 

Big Stevie

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yes, but you'll have to sign in and out. Are you opposed to you and your wife sharing the same store/purchase account? My wife and i have been doing this for years. We both have iPads and iPhones and under itunes store settings we both have the same itunes email address.

Now for iCloud and email we each have our own which we only use on our own devices. But for purchases it's all under the same account on all devices.

Sometimes people associate itunes store account with iCloud accounts and that they have to be the same. You can sign in with an iCloud account that is different from your itunes one.
Thanks. So are you saying you have a shared iTunes account purely for purchases, but still have seperate accounts for everything else?
 
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rmhop81

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Thanks. So are you saying you have a shared iTunes account purely for purchases, but still have desperate accounts for everything else?
yeah as an example for you:

my ipad and iphone
itunes store=hisandhers@gmail.com
icloud=his@icloud.com

my wifes ipad and iphone
itunes store=hisandhers@gmail.com
icloud=hers@icloud.com

so we both have the same itunes store account to share purchases etc. but for email/calendar/contacts/icloud we each have our own. This helps as we don't have to buy apps or songs multiple times. Also, don't have to share email/calendar/contacts with her and she can have her own.
 
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CharlieBrandt09

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yeah as an example for you:

my ipad and iphone
itunes store=hisandhers@gmail.com
icloud=his@icloud.com

my wifes ipad and iphone
itunes store=hisandhers@gmail.com
icloud=hers@icloud.com

so we both have the same itunes store account to share purchases etc. but for email/calendar/contacts/icloud we each have our own. This helps as we don't have to buy apps or songs multiple times. Also, don't have to share email/calendar/contacts with her and she can have her own.
Yup - that's exactly what I have as well. Now I need to add my son too!
 

m3coolpix

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yeah as an example for you:

my ipad and iphone
itunes store=hisandhers@gmail.com
icloud=his@icloud.com

my wifes ipad and iphone
itunes store=hisandhers@gmail.com
icloud=hers@icloud.com

so we both have the same itunes store account to share purchases etc. but for email/calendar/contacts/icloud we each have our own. This helps as we don't have to buy apps or songs multiple times. Also, don't have to share email/calendar/contacts with her and she can have her own.
We do this across our family with 3 iPhones, an iPod touch, and 3 iPads (one school issued). Yes, all under one roof. Have way too much invested in iTunes music/apps to use separate iTunes accounts and have to repurchase. Easy way to take advantage of the T&C of Apple's leeway in this regard.

Works great. One iTunes account, five iCloud accounts.
 

rmhop81

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We do this across our family with 3 iPhones, an iPod touch, and 3 iPads (one school issued). Yes, all under one roof. Have way too much invested in iTunes music/apps to use separate iTunes accounts and have to repurchase. Easy way to take advantage of the T&C of Apple's leeway in this regard.

Works great. One iTunes account, five iCloud accounts.
yeah we've been doing this for many years. Once we really started to purchase music on itunes we just did one account. works perfect.

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Yup - that's exactly what I have as well. Now I need to add my son too!
yeah it's pretty nice!
 

awair

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yeah as an example for you:

my ipad and iphone
itunes store=hisandhers@gmail.com
icloud=his@icloud.com

my wifes ipad and iphone
itunes store=hisandhers@gmail.com
icloud=hers@icloud.com

so we both have the same itunes store account to share purchases etc. but for email/calendar/contacts/icloud we each have our own. This helps as we don't have to buy apps or songs multiple times. Also, don't have to share email/calendar/contacts with her and she can have her own.
This approach works well, but note that there have been some changes between iOS 6 & 7, that affect how this is best used.

Certain services only work with the primary ID. On 7, this includes Find my Phone.

I was using hisandhers for purchases and ALL family tracking under 6. We each had separate accounts for data and backup. Now on 7, I am locked out of the other family accounts, as hers (& kids) have to be the primary ID.

While I can use Find Friends as an alternative, this is not as convenient as finding each device of every family member.
 

rmhop81

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This approach works well, but note that there have been some changes between iOS 6 & 7, that affect how this is best used.

Certain services only work with the primary ID. On 7, this includes Find my Phone.

I was using hisandhers for purchases and ALL family tracking under 6. We each had separate accounts for data and backup. Now on 7, I am locked out of the other family accounts, as hers (& kids) have to be the primary ID.

While I can use Find Friends as an alternative, this is not as convenient as finding each device of every family member.
the primary ID for icloud, yes, but not itunes store purchases. icloud and itunes can be completely separate. Unless you choose to use the same ID for both...which causes issues with multiple users. you must not have it setup correctly.

if you are wanting find my iphone under the same ID and on multiple devices...then that's an icloud ID and not an itunes store ID.

my wife has her own icloud with find my iphone etc and it's her primary, but under the itunes store it's our joint gmail ID used for purchases only. It has no association with find my iphone in any way.
 
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Night Spring

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This approach works well, but note that there have been some changes between iOS 6 & 7, that affect how this is best used.

Certain services only work with the primary ID. On 7, this includes Find my Phone.

I was using hisandhers for purchases and ALL family tracking under 6. We each had separate accounts for data and backup. Now on 7, I am locked out of the other family accounts, as hers (& kids) have to be the primary ID.

While I can use Find Friends as an alternative, this is not as convenient as finding each device of every family member.
You are saying Find My iPhone works differently between iOS 6&7? That's news to me. As far as I'm aware, Find My iPhone always only worked with the primary iCloud account.

In any case, when I need to find my family's devices, I just log out of my account and sign in to their account in the Find My iPhone app. In fact, on my iPad, I'm semi-permanently logged into my partner's account in Find My iPhone, as he misplaces his devices much more frequently than I do. :rolleyes:
 

rmhop81

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You are saying Find My iPhone works differently between iOS 6&7? That's news to me. As far as I'm aware, Find My iPhone always only worked with the primary iCloud account.

In any case, when I need to find my family's devices, I just log out of my account and sign in to their account in the Find My iPhone app. In fact, on my iPad, I'm semi-permanently logged into my partner's account in Find My iPhone, as he misplaces his devices much more frequently than I do. :rolleyes:
it's bc he's not understanding it completely. itunes/icloud can be 2 completely separate accounts, which how i listed mine above. He doesn't have it setup correctly.
 

Night Spring

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it's bc he's not understanding it completely. itunes/icloud can be 2 completely separate accounts, which how i listed mine above. He doesn't have it setup correctly.
Granted, Apple doesn't make it easy to understand the distinction! I find it easier to understand because I had an iTunes account from way before any iOS devices existed. Then when iOS devices started using iCloud account for syncing, backups and find my device, it was easy to just create a new iCloud account for each family member. But somebody new to the Apple ecosystem whose first experience with it is an iDevice would probably never think that iTunes account can be independent of an iCloud account.
 

jondunford

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this is how it works

you can switch account as often as you want

you can only have one account allowed to download past purchases every 90 days but you can switch account as often as you like and freely download current purchases on either account - you don't need to be on the correct account to use the content once its on the device

so just make sure you download all past purchases you'll want from your current account (put them on an external hd or a computer) before switching to another account on the same device and you will be fine
 

rmhop81

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Granted, Apple doesn't make it easy to understand the distinction! I find it easier to understand because I had an iTunes account from way before any iOS devices existed. Then when iOS devices started using iCloud account for syncing, backups and find my device, it was easy to just create a new iCloud account for each family member. But somebody new to the Apple ecosystem whose first experience with it is an iDevice would probably never think that iTunes account can be independent of an iCloud account.
i understand that, but that's why people come to Macrumors to learn etc. you and i both understand it, but a lot of others do not.
 
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