11 Replies Latest reply: Mar 8, 2013 7:37 PM by gerks101
teehsu Level 1 Level 1

As many households do, we share the same AppleID so that we can share apps and information easily.  With iOS5, now we iMessage each other for free, BUT all other iMessages that we send to other iOS5 users are also blasted out to all other iOS5 devices.  My husband doesn't want to see all my texts to other people, but now there is NO WAY to send a normal text to other iOS5 users...it will only go out as an iMessage.  Is the only solution to get a separate AppleID for my husband and then buy all of our apps again for him?  That would be a huge pain, essentially requiring him to erase his iPhone and iPad and start over.  Or do I disable iMessages for him?  Is there any way to distinguish between different users within the same AppleID?


iPhone 4, iOS 5
Solved by TwistedNexus on Oct 14, 2011 8:23 AM Solved

You make a separate Apple ID and just use that for iMessage (and probably iCloud, but not the iTunes Store).  You can enter it at Settings > Messages > Receive At > Apple ID.  You are not required to use the same Apple ID for every service on your device.

  • TwistedNexus Level 1 Level 1

    You make a separate Apple ID and just use that for iMessage (and probably iCloud, but not the iTunes Store).  You can enter it at Settings > Messages > Receive At > Apple ID.  You are not required to use the same Apple ID for every service on your device.

  • teehsu Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you!  I set up a different AppleID just for my husband to use for iMessages, and it works perfectly...no more shared texts, and we can still send iMessages to each other for free.  And we still have shared apps...

  • David Jensen1 Level 1 Level 1

    Ok, so I desired this same result with iMessages, however I still want photo stream to work among my 2 devices and my wife's iPhone. It doesn't look like you can have 2 iCloud accounts on the same device. I can have multiple email, contact, and calendars being synced, but only one iMessage/Photo Stream account. Any help here?

  • Eklab Level 1 Level 1

    Everyone can still use the same Apple ID. What you need to do is go into - "Settings" , "Messages", "Receive At", and add a different Email for each user for where they can be reached for messages at. Once you have added a new Email to each device delete the original Email that was there which should have been the same as your Apple ID. Then when you send a new message, send the message to the Email for that person that was just added to their iPhone. There is no need for each family member to create their own Apple ID just to use iMessage. Each family member would only need to create their own Apple ID if everyone wanted to use iCloud and not have all family members data, contacts, calendars, etc sync together. If you are also using FaceTime between iPhones do the the same thing in the FaceTime settings.

  • jonfromkanata Level 1 Level 1

    Eklab has the correct answer.  You don't need to create additional Apple IDs. Just add the new email address as he describes and remove the original.

  • AllKyle Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks Eklab this is a much easier solution, than the one featured.

  • Eklab Level 1 Level 1

    AllKyle, you are welcome. Glad that I could help.

  • warrenandsylvia Level 1 Level 1

    Hi :) maybe you could help me too,, I added a new email to my iPad for iMessages but am unable to remove the email that is my apple ID...

  • warrenandsylvia Level 1 Level 1

    Ha ha I got it!!!!

  • alexpfromsc Level 1 Level 1

    Just figured this one out.. When I would iMessage someone from my MacBook or iPad I would get texts back on all three devices (iPhone too). I simply turned off iMessage for my apple id in settings>messages>receive at. Now I will only get replies from iMessage convos I start from my MacBook or iPad on those devices and no longer my phone as well. Made things much easier.

  • gerks101 Level 1 Level 1

    what if i go into my messaging on my iphone and where it says send and recieve at i delete it all except for my phone number will it still go to ipad cause i took the email right out that should work or am i wrong?