8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 15, 2013 11:05 AM by dilbert41
Salvion Level 1 Level 1

Multiple users in my family log in to our main iMac at home.  Everyone has his or her iDevices that we like to sync.

 

The problem we see is that if I plug my iPad into the iMac while I'm logged in - I'm not guaranteed to see it show up in my iTunes.  Another account logged in (but switched out) has grabbed the iPad.

 

Currently, the solution is to log all other users out of the iMac whenever you want to sync your device.

 

There must be a better way, but my searches haven't turned up anything.


iPad, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Salvion Level 1 Level 1

    Lots of views, no replies.  Am I explaining the problem I'm having adequately?

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6

    My wife and I each have separate accounts on a MacBook Pro. We each sync our devices to that MacBook Pro. I her case it's an iPhone, for me it's an iPhone and an iPad.

     

    I ve never experienced the problem you describe. BUT, before either of us uses the laptop the previous user logs out and the new user logs in.

     

    So it looks like you've answered your own question. Make it a habit for each user to log out when they are finished using the iMac. Then before anyone goes to sync a device, double check to make sure no other users are logged in. Only the user doing the syncing should be logged in and that should be only to their own account.

  • Salvion Level 1 Level 1

    Ralph9430 wrote:

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    So it looks like you've answered your own question. Make it a habit for each user to log out when they are finished using the iMac. Then before anyone goes to sync a device, double check to make sure no other users are logged in. Only the user doing the syncing should be logged in and that should be only to their own account.

     

    Thanks for the reply, but that's like the old 'Doc, it hurts when I lift my arm like this.'  Doc says, 'Well don't lift your arm like that.'

     

    This is an inherently multi-user operating system we're using.  It's silly to have to log all the way out of every other account on the system every time you want to connect your iDevice.  I have 4 people in the family who use the system and we all have web browsers open, homework in the process of being completed, this, that, and the other thing.

     

    On top of being silly, if someone forgets to log out of his/her account, the next person who wants to use an iDevice needs admin or plug pulling privileges to log that other user out.

  • Michael Black Level 7 Level 7

    Use fast user switching

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH4012

  • Salvion Level 1 Level 1

    That's already how we switch between accounts.

     

    The PROBLEM is that the iPad/iDevices connect to other accounts besides the front one.  The PROBLEM is that certain devices should only be accessible from iTunes on certain user accounts.

  • dilbert41 Level 4 Level 4

    I am not familiar with Mac's so please bear with me.  Why don't you set iTunes parameter "Do not sync ipods, iphones etc automatically"

    That way the syncing is under your direct control.

     

    Sorry if i've made a fool of myself - but just trying to help.

  • Salvion Level 1 Level 1

    Not a foolish question.

     

    It's more than just syncing.  It's about iTunes' attaching to the device.  If my daughter leaves iTunes running in her account that is switched out and I plug my iPad in, her iTunes can "capture" my iPad.  After that, I won't be able to see the iPad unless I go to her account and log her out then try plugging my iPad back in.

  • dilbert41 Level 4 Level 4

    OK - thanks (I'm sorry I couldn't help).  Windows man myself - I'd love a Mac but I don't think I could re-educate myself now.