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Best way to sync 2 iPhones with 1 itunes account

1927 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 9, 2013 5:52 AM by Lawrence Finch RSS
Cumby Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 16, 2012 12:05 PM

I have an iphone and my wife and i share an itunes account. I getting her an iphone and just a little puzzled as to the best way to set up syncing for her. We share itunes music, but she will have separate contacts and calendar. I think I would like to keep things that way, but what's the best way to set her up to sync her iphone? We also have an ipad that we share. Any recommendations?

iPhone 4S, iOS 6
  • cheonweb Level 4 Level 4 (3,440 points)
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    Dec 16, 2012 12:30 PM (in response to Cumby)

    Make a new Apple ID for her.

    Use it to sign in iCloud, iMessage and FaceTime on her iPhone. In "iTunes & App Stores" settings use your ID.


    Now for the iPad you have to sign in "iTunes & App Stores" with your ID.

    For iCloud its up to you. You can sync one of your IDs or a third one only for iPad.

    For iMessage and FaceTime add both your email addresses Settings>messages and Settings>FaceTime. 

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)
  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 5:26 AM (in response to Cumby)

    You should be able to share the external HD with no problem.

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 5:52 AM (in response to Cumby)

    You're getting into very advanced iTunes here! I haven't tried it, but I think what you want is to have the iTunes library database (not the music, just the index) under your login ID, but the music itself on the shared drive. And likewise for your wife; her index should be under her ID. The library file needs to be in ~/music/iTunes, where "~" is your login directory (Macintosh HD/Users/<username>. The index filename is iTunes Library.itl. There is a companion file iTunes Music Library.xml that should be in the same place.


    It will take some experimentation on how to make this happen.


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