9 Replies Latest reply: Jun 8, 2013 7:14 AM by Rudegar
TNZooKeeper Level 1 Level 1

I need to get this right the first time and MUCH appreciate all tested help advice. I have exhaused the support site. About everything is directed at a single user, rather than "family".


Existing Configuration:

1 Apple ID

1 iPad 3G/WiFi used by 2 users (one AppleID).

Tons of iPad APPS.

We both use the iPad extensively.

2 iPad calendars (one for each user) in the Calendar application.

On the iPad, MAIL checks our non-Apple email accounts (leaves messages on servers). We delete messages using the laptop. We don't care that we both see all our email if we want. We have numerous accounts.

Have not used CALENDAR on iPad yet. I know it can have multiple calendars.

Use same CONTACTS list.

Synching done to a Windows 7 PC Laptop. Each user has seperate login.

iTunes on PC set to shared directory so all users share same things when synched.

Numerous CDs in iTunes via download or ripping.


NEW: Am adding the following for the first time.

2-each iPhone 4S 32Gb (one for each user) on order from Verizon. We are switching from other non-Apple phone types.

I have not setup iCloud for either of us yet.



Both users switching to iPhone 4S which brings up settings and configuration questions.



(1) What is the best way to configure and keep synched the iPad, PC, and iPhones synched to keep all this working properly.

(2) Wouldn't a seperate AppleID for the 2nd user really messup the iPad?

(3) Would like to keep each users photo/movies seperate if possible.

(4) Don't really want to get notifications on both iPhones when only applies to 1 user (facebook, new emails, etc).

(5) Don't care if I have to switch to different calendars to make this easier.

(6) Other questions I can't think of.


Thanks for all the tested suggestions.

Dell, Windows XP
  • Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7

    1 - I'm thinking keep going as you are. One ID, two different sets of content

    2 - you can't have dual users on the iPad. Even try it and it'll mess up your apps.

    3 - if you give each phone a different name you can manually manage the content on each phone. I have an iPad and Touch and iPod and they each have different things on them.

    4 - There's only me so I have no idea if i can have 'jane's' faceboon on Jane's iPad and Martin's faceboon on Martin's i pad, but I don't see why you can't.

  • Leann O. Level 3 Level 3

    The reason everything is directed at a single user is because an Apple ID is designed for one person. It was never meant to be used for multiple people.

  • TNZooKeeper Level 1 Level 1

    I understand the AppleID is for a single user. I can't be the only person who has an iPad, 2 or more iPhones, and a multi-user PC of some type where the iPad is the choke point.


    If no iPad, I would have seperate AppleIDs for each phone user and then each could synch with iTunes on the PCs /cloud through their PC login and iTunes account. and keep them seperate.


    Again, how does one integrate the iPad into this? Let's here from Apple on this.

  • Leann O. Level 3 Level 3

    Nobody from Apple posts here. This is a user forum. You can probably find several articles on this topic via Google.

  • Leann O. Level 3 Level 3

    Also, the iPad is meant to be a single user device.

  • TNZooKeeper Level 1 Level 1


    I had exhausted Google and Apple support sites. I think next stop is to go the local Apple store and get the genuises help face-to-face.


    It would be interesting to get a poll to see how many users use iPads as a single-user device at home.


    BTW: I have been using Apple products since I had 3 Macs (the ORIGINAL 9" BW ones) appletalked to my apple laserwriter (at home!) . Just gave away my age bracket.

  • Gregoi Level 1 Level 1

    Has anyone found more on this subject? I really am interested in adding this feature!


    For the statement that iPad is meant to be a single user device, maybe it was designed to be that way but does not mean it can't be changed. I used to carry a BlackBerry for work in the old days and searched madly for the ability to play MP3 files to limit the devices I carried. I always ran into the guy that had to tell me that "a BlackBerry is not designed to be a MP3 player." Now we have iPhones, Windows phones and Android phones that handle multimedia.

  • apostlecl Level 1 Level 1

    My wife and both have an ipad2. I setup a cloud under my ID; how do I setup one for her?

  • Rudegar Level 7 Level 7

    I have an ipad2 and a iphone4 and a ipod touch 1g

    using 1 appleID

    (all having their own backup and their own content in terms of apps and music and movies)


    wife got an ipad touch 3g using her own appleID (she sync with her own computer though)



    it no problem at all


    if she were to sync with my computer though then It would be don by making a new account on the computer to avoid the whole mess with more then 1 appleID