My child has been sharing my Apple ID for years in order to buy music for her iPod (now iPhone and iPad). For years, we had our separate devices and PCs where our music libraries resided. However, recently, I activated iCloud for my new iPhone and iPad and now all of our data has meshed. I have her contacts, she has my contacts, music, etc. My question is how can I set up a distinct Apple ID for her but not have her lose her contacts, music, settings, etc.?
If you set up a new AppleID account you will not have access to items bought from the iTunes store. But iCloud accounts are separate from AppleID accounts; she can have a unique iCloud account with her own contacts, email, and other settings, but will need to use the shared AppleID to have access to the apps, music, books, movies, etc... bought from iTunes.
There are some ugly hackish ways to get around this, but they sound like a waste of time and very sketchy to me.
The easiest way is to use a backup and an iCloud removal to transfer all the contacts from the cloud to local contacts.
- Open iCloud settings and turn off each bin of data, one by one. For each choose to delete things you don't want transferring to your child and and keep on the phone the things you want them to have.
- Make a full backup of the phone (perhaps two - one to iTunes and another to iCloud after turning that one item on again).
- Erase all content and settings on the phone and sign the child up for a free Apple ID as part of the new user enrollment (look up Apple's KB article - the steps to do that are very picky, you have to say no to a lot of prompts and then set up an account as part of a "free purchase").
- Once the child has their AppleID, erase the device again and restore from the backup. Clean out any contacts that don't belong to the child (same for calendars).
- Only then sign in to iCloud on that device and put the child's contacts in to their cloud account.