1. derickson328's Avatar
    Hi all,

    Sorry if this has been discussed before, I don't mean to be repetitive. Myself and my wife both have iPhones, we each have our own AppleID's and separate iCloud accounts. I have bought a lot of apps, music, tv shows, and movies; my wife has a few free apps and nothing else. I would like to have us share a (family) Apple ID to share music/movies/apps/iTunes match etc. but keep our iCloud accounts exactly as is. I know that I could simply make a new AppleID to share, but then I imagine that I would lose all the apps and other purchased items. Is it possible to transfer the stuff associated to my AppleID to another shared ID, and do the same for my wife?

    For example: if my AppleID is xxx@gmail.com and my wife is yyy@gmail.com; then transfer all associated content for both previous ID's to a new shared ID, zzz@gmail.com, and make that our new shared account.

    If that is possible, how do I go about that?

    Thanks for any insight, this stuff confuses me greatly.
    08-31-2012 01:37 PM
  2. dmt316's Avatar
    I think you need to change your account in the settings app. Open settings and go to the store settings.
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    08-31-2012 01:47 PM
  3. Fausty82's Avatar
    Hi all,

    Sorry if this has been discussed before, I don't mean to be repetitive. Myself and my wife both have iPhones, we each have our own AppleID's and separate iCloud accounts. I have bought a lot of apps, music, tv shows, and movies; my wife has a few free apps and nothing else. I would like to have us share a (family) Apple ID to share music/movies/apps/iTunes match etc. but keep our iCloud accounts exactly as is. I know that I could simply make a new AppleID to share, but then I imagine that I would lose all the apps and other purchased items. Is it possible to transfer the stuff associated to my AppleID to another shared ID, and do the same for my wife?

    For example: if my AppleID is xxx@gmail.com and my wife is yyy@gmail.com; then transfer all associated content for both previous ID's to a new shared ID, zzz@gmail.com, and make that our new shared account.

    If that is possible, how do I go about that?

    Thanks for any insight, this stuff confuses me greatly.

    It is NOT possible to merge or "migrate" purchased (including "free") apps, music, etc. at this point, though many have asked Apple for that ability. However, it IS possible to change the email address associated with that iTunes account. Since your wife only has free items in her iTunes account, I'd suggest getting a new email address and changing your iTunes account to use that email address. Re-"purchase" your wife's free stuff under that account, and Bob's your uncle.

    You can continue using your separate iCloud accounts, etc, with no negative impact.
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    08-31-2012 01:56 PM
  4. derickson328's Avatar
    It is NOT possible to merge or "migrate" purchased (including "free") apps, music, etc. at this point, though many have asked Apple for that ability. However, it IS possible to change the email address associated with that iTunes account. Since your wife only has free items in her iTunes account, I'd suggest getting a new email address and changing your iTunes account to use that email address. Re-"purchase" your wife's free stuff under that account, and Bob's your uncle.

    You can continue using your separate iCloud accounts, etc, with no negative impact.
    Thanks for the help, changing the email address sounds like it would work. I'll try that. Do I just change the email at apple's website or on the computer iTunes program?
    08-31-2012 02:30 PM
  5. Fausty82's Avatar
    Thanks for the help, changing the email address sounds like it would work. I'll try that. Do I just change the email at apple's website or on the computer iTunes program?
    In iTunes... go to Store / View My Account... you'll be prompted for your iTunes account password...

    Once you're in, in the top section (Apple ID Summary) you should see the email address associated with the Apple ID... click the EDIT link to the right of the email address and change it there. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click the DONE button... that's all there is to it.
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    08-31-2012 03:31 PM
  6. derickson328's Avatar
    In iTunes... go to Store / View My Account... you'll be prompted for your iTunes account password...

    Once you're in, in the top section (Apple ID Summary) you should see the email address associated with the Apple ID... click the EDIT link to the right of the email address and change it there. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click the DONE button... that's all there is to it.
    That seems TOO easy haha. Thanks for all the help!
    08-31-2012 04:57 PM
  7. Fausty82's Avatar
    That seems TOO easy haha. Thanks for all the help!
    Sometimes it is. You're welcome...
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    08-31-2012 05:08 PM
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