Many iOS users share their Apple IDs in an effort to cut costs. Even though this could be a good way to share applications across different devices, instead of buying the same app twice, this also comes with its own set of problems.
In case you ever shared your Apple ID with someone, you must have noticed lots of synchronized data which show up from nowhere. This could be seen in a call history, iMessages, and other parts of iOS.
Due to iCloud’s syncing feature which automatically stores data and information in an effort to sync and create restore points, you can’t really fine-tune iCloud to partially sync your device. However, Apple is well-aware of this issue and has come up with a solution.
Synced call history, app data, and messages are the inevitable result of sharing one Apple ID. There are different solutions to this problem.
For example, if you’re concerned about shared messages, you can set up multiple email addresses for a single Apple ID and then choose to receive messages addressed to a specific email on a given device.
This can be done by going to the Settings app, and choosing Messages. To reveal this option, go to Send & Receive. This is where you will see a list of email addresses, so you can simply deactivate the ones that aren’t yours.
Furthermore, if you use the same Apple ID on two or more devices, you can’t send iMessages and make FaceTime calls. This is because you can’t make a video call to yourself. Thus, it is recommendable to sign up for a new Apple ID, which can be done free of charge.
There is also another solution to this problem, and it’s called Apple’s Family Sharing. This feature allows for up to six people to share each other’s iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases without having the same account. This feature also covers photo and calendar sharing, as well as the access to Apple Music.
To get started with Family Sharing, one person needs to invite up to five individuals and agree to pay for their purchases. As it can be seen, you can’t have multiple payment cards under one Family Sharing account.
In this manner, if you make a purchase using the iTunes Bookstore, the book will be available to anyone in your group. However, you can easily delete this local copy, even though many purchases will be “in the cloud” until downloaded locally.
Family Sharing is also great when it comes to setting limits. This is a good way to control what your child buys and what kind of apps and music they download. This feature is called “Ask to Buy”, which could be found under Settings > iCloud > Family.
Therefore, there is no need to use a single Apple ID on multiple devices, at least when it comes to different users. This usually brings a lot of trouble, so you really pay a high price for wanting to save a couple of dollars. Turn on the Family Sharing, and let your devices work in sync.