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Ben_McPhee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi, my Girlfriend has just bought a 64gb iPad. It’s on it’s way.

 

She wanted it for Uni, but I will also be using it for showing of my photography. And we’ll both use it for entertainment and business/work.

 

Is there any way to set up 2 user accounts on an iPad? I’ve heard it’s not possible (not on a stock iPad anyway), so if it isn’t, what are my options?

 

- Basically, I want us to have separate mail accounts (preferably that require a password to view, rather than just clicking mail, as I do on my iPhone).

 

- I also want to make sure that my facebook posts/comments/messages don’t get pushed to the iPad when she is using it.

 

- Same goes for other apps such as Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 

- Plus, we each have our own accounts for those services. How can we both use the same iPad?

 

- Finally, I’d like to be able to hide my web surfing habits from her (Nothing dodgy here. But if, for example, I was using it to search for presents for her upcoming birthday, it would suck if she found out my plans that way).

 

Also, on a related note…

 

 

Of the two of us, I have the better music library, and also, a USA iTunes account (Hers is Australian), so apps and music are cheaper for me to buy than for her.

 

So:

 

  1. Is it possible to merge our music libraries on the iPad? (She’d only have a few songs that I don’t, but I’d have a lot that she doesn’t.
  2. If the iPad was linked to her account (which it may be since it’s technically her iPad), can I buy apps on my account and put it on that iPad?
  3. If not, and we each buy apps that we need, is there any way to split the apps into hers and mine later when we get a second iPad?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Ben

  • iOSGuy2012 Level 2 Level 2 (195 points)

    Only one user for the iPad. No account settings on the device like a Mac or PC. Both of you can use your apple IDs to sign into the App Store though just need to sign out of one then sign into the other vice versa.

  • Ben_McPhee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the reply. Does that mean I can download my apps and songs using my iTunes (at my prices), and she can do the same using her itunes account (at her prices), and they will both be stored on the same iPad?

     

    And if and when I get my own iPad, can I put the apps/songs I bought onto the new iPad? (And could I add hers too?)

     

    If we sync the iPad to her itunes LIBRARY, will I be able to put my existing / music apps on the iPad?

     

    Is there any way to password protect my email accounts?

     

    And can I turn off Push notifications for facebook etc, so that messages (especially chat meant for me) doesn't pop up for her? (Or do I just need to log out after each use?)

  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (57,070 points)

    The iPad can Only Sync to One iTunes Library at a time.

  • Ben_McPhee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, I'm confused now.

     

    "The iPad can Only Sync to One iTunes Library at a time."

     

    "Both of you can use your apple IDs to sign into the App Store though just need to sign out of one then sign into the other vice versa."

     

    Which is it?

  • Demo Level 10 Level 10 (82,995 points)

    The iPad is not designed to be used the way that you want to use it. You have an iPhone and you know how to use that. the iPad works the same way as the iPhone. All iDevices have the same iOS.

     

    You cannot password protect email accounts on the iPad. When you switch Apple ID's on the iPad and download past purchases, you will lock yourself out of one of the ID's for 90 days.

     

    iTunes Store: Associating a device or computer to your Apple ID

     

    It is really not a good idea to try to use the iPad like it is a small laptop computer - because it isn't and it does not work the same way.

  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (57,070 points)

    Ben_McPhee wrote:

     

    OK, I'm confused now.

     

    "The iPad can Only Sync to One iTunes Library at a time."

     

    "Both of you can use your apple IDs to sign into the App Store though just need to sign out of one then sign into the other vice versa."

     

    Which is it?

     

    Both.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (43,485 points)

    Ben_McPhee wrote:

     

     

    - Basically, I want us to have separate mail accounts (preferably that require a password to view, rather than just clicking mail, as I do on my iPhone).

     

    What some people do is log into their mail through a web browser, if the provider permits. This allows you to log out at the end of a session.

     

     

    1. Is it possible to merge our music libraries on the iPad? (She’d only have a few songs that I don’t, but I’d have a lot that she doesn’t.

    No, you can't merge iTunes accounts.

     

    I agree with the previous comments. If you try to share the iPad in the way you're describing, it's going to be an ongoing source of frustration. The iPad is just not designed that way.

     

    Best of luck.

  • Ben_McPhee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Is Merging the account the same as "sharing" 2 accounts? I am pretty sure I can share my music through itunes, so does that extend to apps on a single Device?

     

    My girlfriend is insisting that she can share her music and apps with me (and vice versa), and display both on the one iPad. If that is possible, how would I go about it?

     

    I would (for example) log into my itunes account on the iPad to download an app I wanted.

     

    Is there any reason then, that she couldn't log into her iTunes account, and download a different app to that iPad?

     

    Would both apps remain usable by either of us? And would it cause any problems such as the locking out mentioned above?

     

    (Sorry, I know I probably have the answer above, but just wanted to confirm).

  • Kilgore-Trout Level 7 Level 7 (27,750 points)

    It is possible to use both accounts, and once content or apps are downloaded, you would be able to use them regardless of which account. however, in order to update and access accounts, you would need to remove one account and add the other. In that case, the removed account would not be available to add back in for 90 days. Obviously less that optimal.

     

    As repeated stated, iOS is basically a single user system. Try to set it up for multiple users is problematic and frankly more trouble than it is worth.

  • peakay Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ben, just so you know the latest version of Android does have multiple user accounts just as you are seeking.  This works great for my wife and I on our Nexus 7.  However, the hardware is not quite as nice as our daughter's ipad mini (better resolution screen, but smaller and generally lower build quality).  If you want to stay Apple, you each need your own device to keep things seperate.

     

    Good luck.

  • .Jynn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm really disappointed to say that this is not the case - you cannot access content for multiple accounts on 1 iPad.

     

    I recently bouught a (rather expensive) iBook on my laptop via my account, intending to use it on my wife's iPad.  I had searched the net to see if it was possible, and this post and posts like it encouraged me to do so. 

     

    Only when I went to download it, I got a warning that downloading it from a new ID would lock downloads to the new ID for 90 days.  In other words, if I grabbed my books on my wife's iPad, she couldn't do anything under her own account for 3 months.  Obviously, that's unacceptable, so I have a really expensive book on my hard drive that can't be read until Maverick releases.

     

    I'm frankly angry and disappointed that this policy isnt easier to find.  Discovering it after purchase is a poor experience at best.

  • Sdderek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Strangely, I have not experienced the lockout issue mentioned by others, although it may just be a weird fluke. Not being a fan of iTunes the only reason I had it was to sync the iPhone. When iCloud first came out I already used the iTunes account to buy a few apps and some music. I unintentionally ended up with a separate unrelated iCloud account, realized only after new purchases were made on the new account. To say it was a pain to get every app on every device on the same account is a gross understatement. Now I only use the newest account for new purchases, but still have, use, and update apps from the original account. With automatic downloads all the apps for both accounts update without prompting me for the account passwords. It would however be considerably more convenient if I could have everything purchased with the first account moved to the new account then delete the old account. On the Apple TV I have to switch accounts to access media from the account it was purchased with.

    On a positive note, syncing my devices via iCloud has been a relief in that it eliminated all previous sync issues experienced with ITunes.

  • montycat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I really wish there was an option for muliple users on the iPad. I cant uderstand why this isnt an option.

  • BrianDuffy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That would be a pretty awesome feature!  It doesn't make sense for the phone but it looks like the droid tablets come with it now.   Microsoft surface had it from the beginning.  

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