We have 2 iphones and 2 ipod touches and 3 separate apple logins. We manage all accounts on one computer by using multiple computer user logins. Note: this is how apple told us to set it up in the beginning when we had 2 iphones because it was over-riding one set of iphone contacts and mirroring both iphones the same. So, we've been purchasing everything twice (or 3 times in some cases). We want to share music, apps, etc but how? Home sharing is turned on...I even asked an apple "genius" and he had no idea how to share content with multiple apple logins but all managed on one computer. Any help would be appreciated!

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Sharing apps is actually pretty easy.

On your iDevice, just go to Settings > Store and sign into the account you want to download purchased apps from, and then when you go to install them, it will act like it's going to purchase them again, start to download, and then pop up a dialog saying you've already purchased this app, click OK to download again for Free.

I do this on a weekly basis with 2 other accounts and have been doing it for over a year so I know it works. Even on iOS 5.0.

Just be careful to switch to the right accounts when you make your purchases. Since it does not necessarily say that you have already purchased the app, you could look up the wrong app (a HD universal version instead of the normal version, for instance) and end up purchasing it by mistake.

Finally, note that you could sign into your alternate Store account, then go to App Store > Updates > Purchased and see a list of what's available for download on that account, BUT NOTICE that this will LOCK your device to THAT account's past Purchases for the next 90 days!

See: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4627

"When you turn on Automatic Downloads or download past purchases on an iOS device or computer, your device or computer will be associated with your Apple ID. Your Apple ID can have up to 10 devices and computers (combined) associated with it. Each computer must also be authorized using the same Apple ID. Once a device or computer is associated with your Apple ID, you cannot associate that device or computer with another Apple ID for 90 days."

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    I should add that you will encounter problems with iCloud (difficult to predict) if you mix some devices with iOS 5.x and some older devices that can only run iOS 4.2.1. I have encountered this myself. For instance, I can't use iCloud for contact and address book synchronization on my iOS 5.1 device because for some reason it prevents my iOS 4.2.1 device (which can't use iCloud) from syncing address book contacts with my Mac (both devices have the same Apple login account).
    – user9290
    Mar 9, 2012 at 13:07

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