Would it be possible to have two iTunes accounts for one iPhone, iPod Touch and/or iPad? Why would anyone have two account for one iOS Device? There are a number of reasons. Maybe you don’t want to share what you have with your spouse, or maybe you want to separate your account from your kids. Well, I did it because I have setup an account for my 8 year old son and have him under allowance in iTunes so I can teach him the value of money and being a good kid at the same time.
I have an iTunes account, or Apple ID for years and years, and I have bought a lot of music and games over the years. Games that are also imported in my son’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. But just recently, I have him moved to his own account and setup an allowance account without a credit card. The allowance account can only be given at $10 to $50 and it’s perfect way to setup an iTunes account without a Credit Card.
There are two ways you can do this, one with iTunes and the other way is straight from your iOS Device. Let’s start with iTunes:
First of all, before you get started, you need the latest iTunes, and a computer with iTunes installed. This can’t be done over the air (OTA) or wireless sync via iTunes WiFi sync.
Setting up two accounts in iTunes is easy. Once you have both accounts setup, you are ready to import apps and/or music to one device. First, login with the account you want the apps and/or music to be copied over to your one iOS Device. Once your apps and/or music are all done copying, you can log out of iTunes and login to your other account and move over apps and/or music from this account to your iOS Device. Once that’s done, your iOS Device should have both apps and/or music from two accounts.
When an update to any of the account will be available for your app or games, there will be an update indicator in your iOS Device in the App Store icon, and when you click on the Update button, it will ask your password. Depending on the account, it will automatically login to the correct Apple ID that the apps or games are associated with during the transfer from iTunes to your iOS Device. All you need is enter in that account password, if you know both password that’s great, if not, well, you can’t update them.
If you don’t have iTunes and would rather be wireless or computer free with your iOS Device, then this method will work best for you. It’s basically the same as above, with login in and out from Store in Settings then Store. Here are the steps:
Login to the App Store with your iOS Device by going to Settings and scroll down to Store. If you haven’t login, login with one of your Apple ID. Then go to App Store for your Apps or Games, and click on Updates then Purchased. This is if you have previously bought an app or games with the Apple ID that was previously not purchased with this one iOS Device. If you want to purchase with the Apple ID you currently logged into, you can, but the point of this is that you can download previously purchased apps or games from the current Apple ID that you are logged in so that when you log out and sign in with your other Apple ID, you can use the apps.
When an update to any of the account will be available for your app or games, there will be an update indicator in your iOS Device in the App Store icon, and when you click on the Update button, it will ask your password. Depending on the account, it will automatically login to the correct Apple ID that the apps or games are associated with during the transfer from iTunes to your iOS Device. All you need is enter in that account password, it would be good if you know both passwords, if not, well, you can’t update them.
It might be confusing at first, even by reading this post, but basically, you just need to log out, login, re-download previously purchased apps from your iOS Device, or iTunes, or you can purchase using any Apple ID and re-download with the other account. This post is for those only with two accounts, no more than two accounts. More than one accounts is not recommended.