I have 2 Apple IDs but I think I read that if you use a second ID, you cannot use the first again for 90 days. Is this true? If so, I need another solution!

95% of my app purchases have been with Apple ID #1, the original one. Apple ID #2 has only been used for a few important and more-expensive apps. I just want to log in occasionally to Apple ID #2 and download a purchased app, then go back to Apple ID #1 for all downloads, purchases, etc.

Here is what we have. It's pretty simple because I do all the setup; my husband just uses the phone, iPad, etc. My husband and I have 2 iPhones and 1 iPad. He is still using a PC after all these years, but I have a Mac desktop with an iTunes account. Over the years I have created 2 Apple IDs.

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    Where did you read about the 90 day limit? I have 4 accounts (it's complicated!) that i use on my devices, with no problem. See apple.stackexchange.com/questions/7249/… Commented May 1, 2012 at 15:06
  • Also, I think the 90 days apply to iTunes Match account switching, but I might be mistaken...
    – Crazor
    Commented May 31, 2012 at 17:41

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Currently the 90 day restriction is only for automatic download of additional purchased content.

This also is a per device limitation and not something about the account being banned from working elsewhere.

For 90 days after you turn on the "automatic download feature", you can't switch another account to start automatic downloads on that one device. You can always trigger updates manually. As long as you disable automatic downloads on the second account (or both) you won't have any issues with your two ID on multiple device setup until you run into the 10 total device limit for a given Apple ID for store purchases.


You could try family sharing on Icloud, the same thing sort of happened to me. I had bought all of my previous music on my dads Itunes account and then I made my own. Everything was fine until I switched phones and none of my music switched with it, so I just redownloaded it from my dads account. But since I had set my phone up with my apple ID, it was now associated with my dads. I bought an album on my apple ID, because I can still buy music, I just can't download previous purchases, and it didn't all download. We got it back through Icloud family sharing.


you can change your time zone to 90 days from now i think it should work

  • Changing a timezone doesn't have anything to do with a number of days passing. Also, you think Apple might actually track the time on their server...?
    – tubedogg
    Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 6:04

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