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We have two Macs in the family, one registered to me, the other to the wife. Whenever I tend to updating both machines, I have to call in the wife, to let her enter her AppStore password for the iLife apps (Numbers, Pages, etc). However, I have those apps as well, but the Mac AppStore does not let me use my account for this machine. Is there an easy way to change this, so that I can update the apps with my account?

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There isn't an automated way to do that.

You would need to request a new redemption code from Apple for all of the apps. I've seen them grant that for businesses that can prove they purchased the Macs.

For used Macs, I've generally bought a gift card for the buyer or discounted the selling price to account for the lack of license for the built in apps.

I suppose you could ask for a "do-over" for that Mac to Apple Support if you can't put both accounts in a Family Sharing situation and use the AppleID you want to access "puchases" from another account.

  • That sounds complicated. Can't I just, e.g. delete the apps, and reinstall them via my AppStore account? – Arne Mar 28 '17 at 4:10
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    You'd have to buy them again if you did that. Really, it seems that all you need is to set up Family Sharing – Tetsujin Mar 28 '17 at 6:09
  • I just tried my solution: I deleted the three apps and opened my AppStore, and clicked "Install" for all three apps. They are downloading now (remember: I have another Mac with those apps, on my account). But I will look into Family Sharing as well! – Arne Mar 28 '17 at 19:30

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