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Same apple id for multiple devices

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JayDee24 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 6, 2012 8:06 PM

I have been using the same apple id for multiple devices (both are iPhones running iOS 6 - one is a 4, the other a 4S.) I'd like to sync separate content for each device using the same instance of iTunes (iTunes V 10.7 installed on MacBook running OS X 10.6.8.) Can I assign the second device a separate apple id in odrer to differentiate the content? Thanks for your assistance!

iPhone 4 (8GB), iOS 6
  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (52,985 points)
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    Oct 6, 2012 8:13 PM (in response to JayDee24)

    Assigning a different Apple ID won't separate them.  This article gives you options for doing this: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1495.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,680 points)
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    Oct 6, 2012 8:30 PM (in response to JayDee24)

    There is absolutely no reason to use another Apple ID in order to sync unique content to each device.

     

    Launch iTunes and go to Preferences>Devices>Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from automatically syncing. Click OK. Quit iTunes.

     

    Connect one of the Phones to the Mac and launch iTunes. Click on the phone name on the left side under the devices heading. Click on each tab in the iTunes window on the right, apps, music, photos, etc, and select only the content that you want to sync to that phone. After you have made all of your selections, click on Apply in the lower right corner of iTunes.

     

    Repeat the process with the other phone. If you want to turn auto sync on again when you are done - go ahead and do so, I have never used auto sync. Frankly I fail to see the real value in it other than it saves a few seconds - but it also confuses iDevices users like yourself - or you probably wouldn't be asking this question to begin with - and I mean no offense by that remark at all.

     

    IMO - and I get an argument on this point from many others - auto sync does a disservice to iDevice users. Many new users just go ahead and sync a new device and end up with 6000 photos or some such thing on an iDevlce when they auto sync and then have no clue how to get the photos off of the device. IMO - Apple designed this backwards. Users should be instructed as to how to set sync preferences first and then be given the choice to auto sync after they have a clue as to what they are doing.

     

    It doesn't always "just work" no matter what the marketing ploy states .... Again - IMO.

     

    This user's question illustrates my point.

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/19923183#19923183

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (52,985 points)
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    Oct 6, 2012 8:31 PM (in response to JayDee24)

    You're welcome.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,680 points)
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    Oct 6, 2012 8:41 PM (in response to JayDee24)

    And you are quite welcome!

  • JoeS Calculating status...
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    Nov 20, 2012 1:59 PM (in response to Demo)

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    Re: Same apple id for multiple devices

    Oct 6, 2012 8:30 PM (in response to JayDee24) 

     

    There is absolutely no reason to use another Apple ID in order to sync unique content to each device.  Launch iTunes and go to Preferences>Devices>Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from automatically syncing. Click OK. Quit iTunes.  Connect one of the Phones to the Mac and launch iTunes. Click on the phone name on the left side under the devices heading. Click on each tab in the iTunes window on the right, apps, music, photos, etc, and select only the content that you want to sync to that phone. After you have made all of your selections, click on Apply in the lower right corner of iTunes.  Repeat the process with the other phone.  

     

    ------------- But there are two follow ups to this -------------

     

    1) When using the device and in the App Store checking, both devices will have the same Apple ID and be looking at the same "bucket" or roster of apps - stored by Apple somewhere in cyberspace - associated with the ID.  Notwithstanding the separate manual syncs, wouldn't the App Store pull down all the apps associated with the account and overwrite the separate manual syncs? 

     

    2) How do you set up iMessage so that each device has it's own iMessage account/ID for iMessage chat purposes? 

     

     

     

    I heartily agree that autosync has potential for disaster.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,680 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 6:20 AM (in response to JoeS)

    Response to item #1.

     

    When you connect your device to your computer to sync, iTunes reads the serial number on the device and knows which device is which. So even if you were to auto sync, iTunes remembers the configuration fro the device from the previous sync. Besides, the idea behind not auto syncing is so that you can go into each and every tab in iTunes and makes sure that you are syncing the content that you want - to that particular device.

     

    When you look in the App Store purchased tab, you will in fact see all apps associated with that Apple ID, but you will see the apps separated in two categories "On this iPad" and Not on this iPad". Once again, iTunes/App Store knows what content is on your particular device.

     

    This has nothing to do with the apps being overwritten on one device or the other device. You make the selections when you sync and iTunes remembers those selections the next time that you sync. This just shows which apps are associated with your Apple ID.

     

    Response to item #2

     

    You add another email address in the settings for Messages. Settings>Messages>Send & Receive at>you can be reached for iMessage at>add another email address. After you add the address and the email address is verified by Apple (you have to go to the inbox of the email account and read Apple's email verification and follow their instructions)  - you remove the main Apple ID email address for that device.

     

    I have 4 devices using my one Apple ID and I can Message with all 4 since I set up different email addresses for 3 of the 4 and I use the Apple ID email address on one device.

  • JoeS Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 10:31 AM (in response to Demo)

    You're clearly an expert on this!  Thanks!

     

    I guess I wasn't clear in discussing item #1.  I think I recall the process you're describing in the discussion of item #1.  What I was referring to was when you go to the App Store "App" on the ipad itself and check for updates, it lists all the updates available for your device and you can download them.  I thought that, in doing so, I'd not only update the apps, but also "pull down" all the other apps there were not on my device.  Reading your description above, I see that this is probably not the case.

     

    This was actually a fairly important iPhone hangup of mine (currently on Blackberries) and was holding me back a bit as I have one Mac to manage two iPads (which are basically mirrors of each other, exact same apps, screen layouts, etc) and was thinking that - since I definitely would want the two iphones to be "distinct" in their various apps, layouts, etc - I had now hit a snag.  But, based in part on your reply, I'm on my way to port over my two t-mo #s to AT&T iphone 5s.  As one might say with an aging pet, "it's time."

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