9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 4, 2012 8:05 PM by randers4
maverickfan22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Not knowingly, my sister and I started using same icloud account.  We both have iphones. If I delete my icloud account on my iphone, will her phone (specifically ALL her contacts) be affected? I don't want to lose my info either.  Can't I just slide each icloud item to OFF, and then it will ask me if I want to keep or delete? What is the right/good way to go about doing this so we don't lose info? 

 

I would like her to be able to keep that icloud account and just create a new one for myself. 

 

Thanks in advance!


iPhone 4
  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (62,590 points)

    One of you will need to delete the existing account, then migrate their data to the new account.  To do this,

    on the phone that will be moving to the new account, go to Settings>iCloud and turn all data that is syncing with iCloud (contacts, calendars, etc.) to Off.  When prompted choose to keep the data on the iPhone.  After everything is turned off, scroll to the bottom and tap Delete Account.  (This will only delete the account from his phone, not from iCloud.  The other phone will not be effected by this.)  Next, set up a new iCloud account on this phone using a different Apple ID and turn iCloud data syncing for contacts, etc. back to On.  When prompted, choose Merge.  This will upload the data to this new account.  At this point you will have two different iCloud accounts, one for each phone, with identical data on them.

     

    You will then have to go to icloud.com on your computer and sign into each iCloud account separately and manually delete the each other's data from your account (such as deleting the other person's contacts from your account, and vice versa).  These changes will be reflected on each phone.  When finished you will have individual iCloud accounts with just your own data on them.

  • maverickfan22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    "When prompted, choose Merge.  This will upload the data to this new account.  At this point you will have two different iCloud accounts, one for each phone, with identical data on them."

     

    What if I create a new icloud account and really not use it?  I really only keep icloud ON for the "find my iphone" purpose.  In other words, I'd like to delete my account, have my sister's phone NOT affected, set up a new icloud account ONLY for the purpose for "find my iphone". 

     

    I would rather NOT have to go through online and manually delete things.  I'm not all that interested in using icloud.  Thank you for your reply!

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (62,590 points)

    You can certainly elect to not turn on data syncing with iCloud.  Just follow all the steps up to creating the new account and leave contacts, calendars, etc. set to Off.  If you want to onluy use photo stream just turn that on and leave the rest off. 

     

    You will still have to delete your sister's contacts off your phone manually if you don't want them.  You can delete them one by one on your phone. Alternatively, you can turn on syncing for contacts, upload them to your new iCloud account, then go to your account on icloud.com on your computer and delete her contacts, when finished, turn contacts syncing back to of,f and when prompted, choose to keep the contacts on your phone. 

  • maverickfan22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I already deleted HER contacts from my phone when she accidentally decided to use MY icloud account when she first got her phone.  I woke up one morning with an additional 400 contacts! So I went through and one by one manually deleted all of hers from my phone.  Then I set contacts on my icloud on my phone to OFF after that. 

     

    So to reassure (and I can't remember if her icloud on her phone is ON or OFF), I can safely delete the icloud account on my phone, and HER phone will remain untouched.  She is a personal trainer and needs all of her contacts.  She'd kill me if her contacts got deleted haha.  If there's any way possible that her contacts could get deleted then I probably don't want to try.  I might feel better about taking to an Apple store just to make sure.  Then at least if they got deleted I could blame it on the genius!

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (62,590 points)

    Deleting the account from your phone only deletes it from your phone.  The iCloud account itself remains in iCloud with all of it's data.  Her phone will not be effected in any way by deleting the account from your phone.

  • maverickfan22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I noticed this past weekend when I was thinking about resolving the problem on my own, when I plug my sister's phone into a PC and open Itunes, she never "set up" her phone.  It is not named (Julie's iphone 4) or anything.  She has been using it for a year but don't think she has taken the time to register it or whatever it may be called.

     

    Would that have an effect on me deleting my icloud..then affecting her phone?

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (62,590 points)

    If you mean she has never synced it with iTunes, whether or not she has ever synced her phone with iTunes or registered it with App has nothing to do with iCloud.  When you delete an iCloud account from your phone, that's all it does; delete it from your phone.  (In fact, you can't delete an iCloud account from iCloud after it is set up.  All you can do is stop using it.)  If you delete the account from your phone your your sister won't even know you did anything.

  • maverickfan22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay thank you so much for all your hlep!

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (62,590 points)

    You're welcome.