Do you have multiple iDevices sharing Apple ID to purchase music and apps?
This works fine, but you definitely don’t want to share your iCloud data which includes contacts, inbox, bookmarks and other personal settings. Sharing same Apple ID is not desirable when it comes to iCloud.
Doing so will sync your data with other devices which might be with your other family member.
The solution is pretty simple. You just need to create a new Apple ID for each person using iCloud and specify Apple ID in device’s settings.
According to MacWorld magazine Apple has recommended multiple Apple ID accounts for the purpose mentioned above. You can also configure iMessage to use unique Apple ID which you have created for iCloud.
You will have the privilege of shared account along with 5GB free iCloud space without any sharing of personal information over iCloud.
Use your Lion Mac or iOS 5 device to enter iCloud’s settings
- Mac: Go to System Preferences and find iCloud settings
- iOS 5 Device: Launch Settings app and find iCloud settings
If you have already configured iCloud, you need to get rid of that account first
- Mac: Click sign out
- iOS 5 Device: From bottom of iCloud settings, tap on your iCloud account. Scroll to bottom and tap Delete Account
Set up iCloud by following the steps given on setup wizard
Use existing email address or create a free on me.com
Repeat last two steps on other iDevices which are sharing the same iCloud account. Everybody should unique account with their own email addresses
Login with the newly created accounts
You can use this newly created account for iMessage
- Go to Settings and select Messages
- Tap Receive At
- Tap on Apple ID
- Choose sign out
- Sign in with your newly created unique account
Enjoy sharing with your personal space maintained.