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Multiple Devices, One Apple ID, iMessage Chaos

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Trasmc Calculating status...
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Sep 28, 2012 3:30 PM

Hi all,

 

Wanted to bring up a new "feature" of iOS 6 - probably already has been discussed here a few times, but this is a real pain and something that I think Apple has backwards.

 

My wife, daughter and I each have an iPhone 4, and son has an iPod Touch.  All of us have upgraded to iOS 6, and we all share one Apple ID.

 

Everyone is able to turn iMessage on without any issue, but - every OTHER device is given the option of accepting messages sent to the newly activated device.  They can either accept or deny the ability to do so, but then going into the iMessage settings they can reactivate this "feature." 

 

Shouldn't the setup be that when activating iMessage from a device, it gives THAT device and only that device the option of whether the other devices have the ability to send / receive messages?

 

We were all wondering why on earth we were all receiving iMessages from friends of my wife, friends of my daughter, people I work with, etc.  It's a huge hassle - so much so that we have all turned iMessage off. 

 

Big disappointment in this implementation - the option to share should be owned by the device that is turned on, not the other devices that are already on the account. 

 

Thanks,

 

Scott

iOS 6
  • razmee209 Level 7 Level 7 (21,270 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 3:32 PM (in response to Trasmc)

    Your family should'nt be using the same apple id for imessage, to correct this you can either create a new id for each user or in settings - message - receive&send, - check that the phone number is the default for imessage.

  • ShadyMac Level 4 Level 4 (1,250 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 3:45 PM (in response to Trasmc)

    The issue is that you should not all be using the same Apple ID...

     

    That's not the intent behind iMessage and thus why you're having these issues...

     

    If you continue to share the ID please be sure to have each person go into their iMessage settings and alter the Send/Receive from numbers....since you're sharing the ID each phone can and will get ANY iMessage sent to anyone unless you each uncheck the other peoples numbers under the send/receive from selection

  • ShadyMac Level 4 Level 4 (1,250 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 3:51 PM (in response to Trasmc)

    I can't picture the setting you'd be seeing but I know someone else who was getting iMessages from the wrong people inside the family due to sharing the ID and they were able to change the numbers and email that they send and receive to and from...

     

    Again iTunes does play nice when mult devices share an ID... iMessage was never meant to be used that way and thus why you see these issues

  • razmee209 Level 7 Level 7 (21,270 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 4:04 PM (in response to Trasmc)

    your welcome.

  • cwebber1 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Oct 17, 2012 8:23 PM (in response to ShadyMac)

    ShadyMac wrote:

     

    I can't picture the setting you'd be seeing but I know someone else who was getting iMessages from the wrong people inside the family due to sharing the ID and they were able to change the numbers and email that they send and receive to and from...

     

    Again iTunes does play nice when mult devices share an ID... iMessage was never meant to be used that way and thus why you see these issues

    I think I'm missing a key concept here.

     

    • You're saying to use one common AppleID per family to share iTunes Music on say, 4 devices.
    • You're saying use four separate AppleIDs for the four people in that family.

     

    I don't get it.  If each of us has a phone, how to we use a common AppleID for iTunes Music, but separate AppleID's for iMessage.

     

    When you register a new device, should you always create a new AppleID?

     

    Is there some place that concept is described?

  • Leann O. Level 3 Level 3 (635 points)
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    Oct 17, 2012 8:29 PM (in response to cwebber1)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)
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    Oct 17, 2012 8:35 PM (in response to cwebber1)

    cwebber1 wrote

     

     

    I don't get it.  If each of us has a phone, how to we use a common AppleID for iTunes Music, but separate AppleID's for iMessage.

     

    When you register a new device, should you always create a new AppleID?

    No. Each of you should have your own AppleID and then register your own devices to your own AppleID.

    You don't need to add a credit card to your kids accounts. They can use gift cards if they want to purchase..

  • Jeremy Bohn Calculating status...
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    Oct 17, 2012 9:35 PM (in response to Chris CA)

    Chris is right, you should each be using your own individual Apple ID for each device. However, what the OP is asking can be done. You can use a separate ID just for iMessage.

  • Ocean20 Level 6 Level 6 (12,265 points)
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    Oct 17, 2012 9:41 PM (in response to Trasmc)
  • cwebber1 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Oct 17, 2012 10:24 PM (in response to Jeremy Bohn)

    OK, I think I'm getting it.

     

    Example:  dad, mom, son.   (we need 4 AppleID accounts)

     

     

    Dad's iPhone:

    iTunes AppleID = family@ me.com

    iMessage AppleID = dad@ me.com

     

    Dad's iPad

    iTunes AppleID = family@ me.com

    iMessage AppleID = dad@ me.com

     

    Mom's iPhone

    iTunes AppleID = family@ me.com

    iMessage AppleID = mom@ me.com

     

    Son's iPod

    iTunes AppleID = family@ me.com

    iMessage AppleID = son@ me.com

     

     

    Family Computer -- each person has their own User Login.  So just like individual devices, we use the shared (family@ me.com) for AppleID on iTunes, but use our personal (dad@ me.com) appleID for Messages.

     

    When Mom finally buy's an iPad and powers it up for the first time, it prompts her for an Apple ID.

    From reading literature at Apple, I believe it initially applies this single AppleID to everything on your new device.  It's up to the user to go in and change iMessage (within iMessage, sign-out of current AppleID and sign-in with a different one)

     

    Is this correct?

  • Leann O. Level 3 Level 3 (635 points)
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    Oct 17, 2012 11:51 PM (in response to cwebber1)

    Yes, this is correct.

  • Jeremy Bohn Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 12:12 PM (in response to cwebber1)

    Correct cwebber1.

     

    Dad will get iMessages on both devices.

    Plus the iPhones don't need an email address for iMessage, they can just use the phone number (iPad too if it has cellular). And I don't think technically it has to be an @me.com address.

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