I'm trying to trouble-shoot my syncing problem; I have my Apple ID for my iPhone 5 and iMac desktop, and my wife has her Apple ID for her iPad 2 and iPhone 4. Is this setup preventing all of our devices from syncing?

If she takes a picture with her iPhone 4, it will push to her iPad 2, but not to our iMac or my iPhone 5. If I take a picture with my iPhone 5, it will push to the iMac but not to her devices. The same applies if I create a bookmark on my iPhone 5 or iMac; it will not show up on her devices.

Do I need to delete her iCloud account and add mine to her devices, or just add another iCloud account (mine) to her devices?

Fyi...devices are on 6.1.2 and iMac on 10.7, iTunes 11


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Yes. That setup is preventing all of your devices from syncing.

iOS devices allow you some flexibility regarding what Apple IDs you use with what services. For example, you can have a different Apple ID for iMessaging, and a different one for iTunes purchases, and yet another one for iCloud. The problem comes from iCloud as anything that is related to iCloud can only sync across 1 Apple ID. It just so happens that Photostream, and Safari bookmarks are two iCloud services.

The problem is that Contacts and Calendars (less so) are often synced through iCloud, as well as Reminders and Notes. Also, her having another iCloud account means she gets 5GB free storage and you two don't have to share that.

So, you will have to decide what functionality you want to give up to gain different functionality. If Photostream is important to have consistent across all devices (or Safari bookmarks), then you will have to do what you thought - delete her iCloud account and add yours. Note, you don't have to delete her account any more then select "Delete account" on her iPhone and iPad. Generally speaking, this just signs out of the account.

Unfortunately, like you thought, there is not a way to have two iCloud accounts signed into on one devices.

Personally, I wish Apple would develop a "Shared" Apple ID system which would allow one to share certain services such as Photostream, yet keep Mail, Contacts, and Reminders separate.

  • Okay, thanks for the response. I also agree with the comment regarding a "shared" ID.
    – user40584
    Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 2:22

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