5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 22, 2012 5:35 AM by RazorV
cbwconn Level 1 (0 points)

I am an apple noob and need help setting up all our devices.  My husband currently has an iphone 4s, but he has not bought much iTunes content yet, while we wait to try and see the best way to set all our devices up for synching, etc.  I just bought him an Apple TV 3.  I plan to buy an iphone 4s and the new ipad in the next couple weeks.  I want to set them up where we can share music and apps on all our devices but not contacts, messages, etc.  Our laptop is not apple.  My questions is what is the best way to do this, since we are just now making the switch to everything apple. 


Could we have separte Apple IDs and separate iCloud IDs for everything we want to keep separate, then setup a shared Apple ID for itunes purchases that we want to mingle?  Can you use your Apple TV with different Apple IDs?  Which one Apple ID/iTunes would the Apple TV automatically load when you start using it?


I assume on the ipad we would just use the shared Apple ID.  How should we then setup Home Sharing? 


Ok, that is a lot of questions.  But I want to try to wrap my head around the best way to share items before we set anything up. 

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 (95,539 points)

    Welcome to the Apple community.


    Yes you can each use a separate ID for iCloud (which deals with mail, contacts, calendars etc) and both use the same ID for iTunes, (which handles music, movies, apps, books etc) indeed this is what I would recommend in a family situation.


    When it comes to the Apple TV, it doesn't actually matter whether you both use the same ID for iTunes or use different IDs, Apple TV will be able to connect to both libraries and use them both. You will however only be able to use one ID for purchases from the Apple TV itself. You will also only be able to use the Apple TV to connect to one of your photo streams, if you each have your own ID for iCloud.

  • cbwconn Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you!


    Bummer about the photostream though!  We would like to be able to see photos of our kids on the Apple TV from each of our phones.  Could we just use mirroring to view photos from the other device, rather than photostream?

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 (95,539 points)

    Yes, you can both stream photos from your phones to the Apple TV via airplay. In fact anybody who visits your who logs onto your network that has an iPhone, can stream their photos to your Apple TV too.

  • RazorV Level 1 (10 points)

    Okay this is good news.  Now how do I setup my wife's iPhone to Apple TV so we can see pics she took in NYC?  My iPhone is already linked to Apple TV.


    Thanks so much for any info/help you can provide.



  • RazorV Level 1 (10 points)

    I figured it out.  But thanks!