12 Replies Latest reply: Oct 11, 2012 6:18 AM by bmloftis
hocker03 Level 1 (0 points)

We have Windows 7 and only use one user account.  I am not opposed to creating a new one if need be.  She has itunes & her own account for her iPhone.  We have always used that account for music & sharing it on my iPod.  I now have an iPhone also.  Do I need a new account of my own or am I better served just using the same account?  Any other suggestions?


iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1.1
  • thomas_r. Level 7 (30,727 points)

    If you share an Apple ID, you will be able to share all the apps, music, etc purchased on that account. That will also allow you to share iCloud resources, like a calendar, contacts, etc. However, you will also have a problem with things like seeing each other's texts if you both set up the same Apple ID in Messages. So you have to decide how much sharing you want to do.

  • TRSmudge Level 1 (30 points)

    You setup the phone with your own Apple ID, but use the shared Apple ID for just iTunes and App Stone in settings.  It works great, you have your own ID for the phone, but share your iTunes stuff.

  • igmackenzie Level 4 (2,285 points)

    Just to add to what Thomas said, you can have different Apple IDs for contacts, mail, reminders, etc. and for music and apps.

    So, if it is music and apps you are most concerned about, then share the iTunes Store ID and create a separate one for your messages, mail, contacts, etc.

  • bmloftis Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having the same issue also.  But I was wondering if you share the same apple id for app store and itunes wouldn't every app that he purchased also show up on his wife's phone.  I like to keep my phone neat but my husband downloads every app he sees.  Can you prevent this from happening and still share the apple id just for certain apps that you share and don't want to purchase twice.

  • igmackenzie Level 4 (2,285 points)

    bmloftis wrote:

     

    But I was wondering if you share the same apple id for app store and itunes wouldn't every app that he purchased also show up on his wife's phone.

    No, you can just delete the ones you don't want on each iPhone.  The apps will still be retained within iTunes, but each device can store different apps. You choose.

  • bmloftis Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh, so if I delete an app on my phone it won't be deleted from my husbands or do I have to delete apps in itunes?

  • igmackenzie Level 4 (2,285 points)

    Correct, if you delete it from your phone, it will not delete from your husbands.

  • TRSmudge Level 1 (30 points)

    More importantly under settings for the iTunes and App Store there are 3 settings for automatic downloads for Music, Apps, Books.  You can set each one of these to off so anything your spouse downloads will not go on your phone.

  • bmloftis Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the info.  It is really helpful.

  • bmloftis Level 1 (0 points)

    This is probably a long shot....... but I like to buy itunes gift cards to put on my phone and I know the way he likes to buy apps he would use the money up quickly (I only buy apps that I really need).  Is there any way to set a limit on his phone so he wouldn't use all the money up buying apps he doesn't need so that we could say "split the money" and once his portion is gone he would no longer be able to buy apps or music.

  • TRSmudge Level 1 (30 points)

    Lol....Sounds like he's like a kid in a candy store with Apps huh?

    Once you apply a gift card as far as i know it will always use that before going on your credit card on any purchase

  • bmloftis Level 1 (0 points)

    Lol, not necessarily apps but it is the chips in zynga poker I am worried about.