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Question: Mac connecting to Apple ID accounts


I have my 2016 MacBook Pro attached to my own personal Apple ID(1). My family has an Apple ID(2) which multiple members of my family use.

For some reason, my computer believes it is connected to both 1 and 2.

When I text my mother I also receive a notification as if the notification came from myself to my computer.

I get all of my families texts, their phones are connected to Apple ID 2 but I still receive them.

Recently when I text people off of my Mac Pro it sends from my mothers phone number, which is connected to Apple ID 2.

My personal phone number is connected to Apple ID 1, the correct Apple ID.

I have tried signing out of my Apple ID (1) and signing back in on my computer, but the problem persists.

My family and I have gone into our messages settings and made sure that our "can be reached at" settings are only for our phone numbers but this has not fixed the problem.

Please help me! Thank you!

MacBook Pro with Retina display, macOS Sierra (10.12.6)

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Nov 13, 2017 8:38 PM in response to morganfromdemop In response to morganfromdemop

Using More than One iDevice on the Same Computer

This applies mainly to couples who are adding another device and do not want their email, messages, etc. being duplicated on both devices. To begin, read: How to use multiple iPhone, iPad, or iPod devices with one computer. You need to establish a separate Apple ID and password for whoever will use the new iDevice. See Apple - My Apple ID and Frequently asked questions about Apple ID. The easiest way is to do this on the computer using iTunes: iTunes- How to set up an Apple ID within iTunes.

On the computer create a new user account for the person with the new iDevice. This will be the user account that person will always use. He/She will no longer use the other user account. This way that person will have a separate iTunes Library. Note that once done, you cannot "share" apps under a single Apple ID. Each of you must purchase your own apps under your own Apple ID. When you decide to split up like, this one of you will need to re-purchase the apps that they want to use.

Start by transferring the new device(s) to a new account along with all your data. Save any photo stream photos that you want to keep to your camera roll (unless they are already in the camera roll) by opening your Photos app, tap on Albums icon at the bottom. Now, tap on My Photo Stream album; tap Select; tap on the photos you want to select;, tap the share icon (box with upward facing arrow) in the lower left corner; then tap Save to Camera Roll.

If you are syncing notes with iCloud that you want to keep then you need to open each of your notes and email them to yourself. Later you can copy and paste the text into new notes created in your new account.

Tap on Settings > iCloud > Delete Account (only deletes it from this device, not from iCloud; the person keeping the current account will not be affected,) provide the password to turn off Find My Phone and choose to Keep on My iDevice when prompted. Sign in with a different Apple ID to create your new account. Choose Merge to upload your data.

Once you are on separate accounts, you can each go to icloud.com and delete the other person's data from your account.

The above was created by the user, randers4. Changes were made to improve readability and syntax.

Nov 13, 2017 8:38 PM

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Nov 13, 2017 9:02 PM in response to Kappy In response to Kappy


Thank you for your response it was very insightful!

I am not trying to add another Apple ID to my computer, just simply trying to use the first Apple ID without receiving messages from the second Apple ID. I am confused because I have looked all over my computer settings and see nothing signed into the second Apple ID. Do you know anything about this?

Nov 13, 2017 9:02 PM

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Nov 14, 2017 2:05 PM in response to morganfromdemop In response to morganfromdemop

If you go to Messages>Preferences>Accounts what is listed for which Apple ID's ( and phone numbers if applicable) the Mac can receive Messages?

Uncheck the the ones you do not want. Also change as necessary from where you want new conversations to originate from.

Nov 14, 2017 2:05 PM

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