4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 23, 2013 1:12 PM by mende1
PaulSm Level 1 (0 points)

I'm getting our first iMac.  However I'm worried about whats going to happen when me and my wife start using it and it starts syncing with both our phones and some cloud thing we both now have since getting iphone 4's.... We have different apple id's different iPhones with different contacts, I don't want hers she doesn't want mine.  same can be said for calendars and music and photos and the works.  maybe we're dysfunctional but I can't hack her thousand of photos and schedule popping up on my phone!  But I want us to be able to share a home pc pretty much like we do now using different user accounts or some such.


I'm not especially computer literate but possibly less dense than this post sounds.  Just a little concerned about apple autonomy losing photos or doubling them.  Would two seperate user accounts fix this??  What about our family photos that we both want to be able to access without storing them twice?


There must be other people in houses with multiple apple devices used by very different people who don't want to share everything?

  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,684 points)

    Yes. Multiple account are easily set up on OS X. In addition to keeping your data seperated, they also allow each account to be setup for that user.



  • mende1 Level 10 (92,156 points)

    Welcome to the Apple Support Communities


    Just create a second user for one Apple ID, so the data of one Apple ID won't appear on other devices.


    To create an user account, open System Preferences > Users & Groups, press + button and create an user. Then, go to  > Log Out, and log in the new user, so log in the other Apple ID on iTunes and iCloud

  • PaulSm Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you. sounds simple enough.... 


    High hopes for this mac on the photoshop and video editing fronts.  Can't be worse than my PC's have been and windows moviemaker!

  • mende1 Level 10 (92,156 points)

    You will love iMovie to make movies. Enjoy the Mac