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Question: Change AppleID associated w/Macbook Pro?

I’ve had a Mac Mini since 2009 or so. I got my wife a Macbook Pro two years ago, but I used my Apple ID when I helped her set it up.

This leads to several problems I’d like to fix:

1) She gets all MY Safari bookmarks (from iCloud.)

2) She has MY Facetime and iCloud ID

3) Lots of my photos get dumped into her Photos library.

4) If she looks in the App Store, all the Purchases are those done for the Mini. (Nor sure if this is a problem, but….)

We have not purchased App Store software for the Macbook Pro, other than upgrading to Sierra. She has downloaded Microsoft Office for Mac - not a App Store purchase. Currently running Time Machine to an external HD. The MacBook Pro does contain lots of her personal documents and photos.

My question: What is the best way to get the Macbook set up under an Apple ID for her? She’d appreciate a bit of independence, with her own iCloud account, etc.

FWIW, She has an Apple ID that she uses for her work-supplied iPhone. Not sure whether it’s a good idea to try to set up the MacBook Pro with that ID. I don't know what, if anything, happens when she eventually turns in the phone.

Thanks for the help.


Mac mini, macOS Sierra (10.12.6), Aperture 3.6

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Nov 15, 2017 5:42 PM in response to ingots In response to ingots

To solve 1-3, create an Apple ID for her using the above link. Removal of your Photos will have to be done manually. To solve number 4, consider setting up Family Sharing. Once she has her own ID, sign out of your ID in iCloud, the App Store and iTunes Store, Messages, and FaceTime. Then sign in with her new Apple ID.

Family Sharing

Family Sharing -What types of content can I share?

Family Sharing - If you don‘t see your family‘s shared content

Family Sharing - purchases and payments

Family Sharing – share iCloud Storage

Family Sharing and location

Nov 15, 2017 5:42 PM

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Nov 16, 2017 2:05 AM in response to ingots In response to ingots

Probably the most efficient and effective method in your wife's situation is to create a new Apple ID to use on her Macbook.

This will give her the freedom she desires whilst not having to worry about your content coming through also.

It appear she doesn't have anything Apple related on that device (everything seems to be on the Mac and transferrable to her iTunes and iCloud account once she creates the Apple ID), so it would be like starting anew for her 🙂

Best of luck!

Nov 16, 2017 2:05 AM

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