10 Replies Latest reply: Nov 22, 2009 2:29 AM by Allan Sampson
dbug209 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi, I am getting my iphone in a couple of days, my husband already has one. I am curious as to how it works with only one itunes account. I dont want all of his songs and apps on my phone and I am sure my husband doesn't want all of my stuff. Thanks for any help and info.
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (18,050 points)
    You can't sync more than one iPhone with one iTunes account. You have to set up a separate iTunes account which also requires a separate user account on your computer.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    As with an iPod, each iPhone can have its own sync preferences with iTunes on the same computer - with the same iTunes library and iTunes account.

    You can create an iTunes playlist or multiple playlists for the playlists and songs you want on your iPhone. Under the Music tab for your iPhone sync preferences, choose selected playlists followed by selecting the iTunes playlists in the window below that you want transferred to your iPhone followed by a sync.

    Under the Applications tab for your iPhone sync preferences, select the applications that you want installed on your iPhone followed by a sync.

    The same applies to video, podcasts, and photos transferred from your computer to your iPhone.

    Your husband can continue syncing his selected content under the various tabs for his iPhone sync preferences with iTunes.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    Not true. I sync my first generation iPhone and my iPhone 3G with the same iTunes library and iTunes account on my computer.
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (18,050 points)
    Are you using you original iPhone as an active phone or as an iPod touch?
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    As an iPod Touch, which doesn't make any difference.
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (18,050 points)
    Were you able to activate both phones on the same account?
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,690 points)
    modular747 wrote:
    You can't sync more than one iPhone with one iTunes account. You have to set up a separate iTunes account which also requires a separate user account on your computer.


    Sorry, but this is totally false (a radical departure from your usually spot-on advice).

    I have one iTunes Store account and I currently sync two iPhone 3G's (mine and my wife's) and an iPod Touch to the same Mac, same user account on the Mac, same iTunes Store account, etc. The three devices have different but overlapping sets of apps, music, calendars and contacts groups, etc. Both phones were activated using the same account, both have been updated multiple times, etc. iTunes keeps them all separate, just fine.

    So, dbug209, you'll be fine!
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (18,050 points)
    Good to know. The one time I tried this - when I upgraded my 3G to a 3GS - the 3G had to be added again as an iPod Touch, with new device settings.
  • ElectroLund Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This is good to hear that my wife and I can continue using a single user account on our iMac but have (soon!) two iPhones. However, I think maybe there’s a syncing conflict already happening.

    My wife just got her iPhone and I have an older Motorola PEBL. I sync my PEBL with the Contacts. She uses Google. iTunes asked her if she wanted to sync her iPhone with Google. Apparently, this syncing happens via Contacts, which is my domain. Hence, there was major cross-contamination.

    Is there a way to sync an iPhone phonebook with Google without affecting the OS X Contacts?
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    You can now access a Gmail account as an Exchange account. On the iPhone this provides Push access for recieved messages, and over the air syncing for Gmail contacts and calendar events. Your wife can access her Gmail account as an Exchange account on her iPhone and not need to sync contacts direct with the address book on the shared computer and deselect sync Google contacts with the address book on the shared computer.