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I've been given a MacBook by my workplace and it's set up with a local account with no linked apple ID to the user account.

I want to try out iOS development on the machine, but in order to deploy an app to my iPhone, XCode requires an Apple ID. My question is in two parts:

  1. Is it possible to deploy an application to my iPhone without using an AppleID? - I don't want to associate my personal apple ID in any way with my work laptop, and since my company set me up with a local account I don't have a company apple ID either.
  2. If I give an Apple ID to XCode, will it link that Apple ID to any other part of the macbook (eg. assign it to my local account in Users & Groups, log in toiMessage, iCloud, App Store etc) or is it completely contained inside XCode/the XCode project?

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  1. Not in any easy manner
  2. No - you have to enter your Apple ID in each place and setting and application unless you consent to easy setup when making a new account or when the OS is new.

My general recommendation, is make a work AppleID if you are paid to develop and never use your personal iCloud on any work development or device, ever. I’m not so strict on Apple App Store - putting personal apps on a work computer isn’t likely to cause big issues unless you set automatic downloads, but why risk any of that?

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  • This is a very helpful answer, thank you. Making a work-only apple ID would be easy enough, I was just worried it might insert itself onto Users & Groups and potentially make a problem with my workplace. I'm pretty sure they don't have DEP (hence the local account) but still, would rather err on the side of caution. Commented Jul 26, 2022 at 19:05
  • For sure, some workplaces try to manage work related Apple ID but you should be fine no matter what they choose - it’s totally cool to use a personal SMS for second factor as well. Apple doesn’t link accounts based on SMS confirmation of account sign in so you can use the same sms for multiple AppleID
    – bmike
    Commented Jul 26, 2022 at 19:19

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