1. jebulls's Avatar
    Our family has two iPhones and two iPads and a MacBook pro. With iMessage it for the most part works well. I am starting to grow tired of apples way though and I will try to explain. We all share same Apple id for app purchases and music purchases. By doing that Apple makes it almost impossible to keep devices separated! All of a sudden I will get iMessages from someone else's device for example! My main problem though is with pictures! We have lots of pics of the little ones running around. Apple makes this so hard to save them! Yes you can use iCloud (which I don't like) and you can load them in iPhoto which filled our computer. We had to switch to an external drive for iPhoto library. Which makes loading pictures a nightmare! Has any one else had this and made the switch to android? If so how did the switch go? Sorry for the long post I hope a few will take the time to read!
    01-18-2015 10:23 AM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    Wouldn't it be easier for you to just separate the Apple id of each device? That's how it's normally done in Android - the id (the gmail address) of each person's device is different (because you set it up that way), but you can have 2 of your own devices sharing an address.
    01-18-2015 10:49 AM
  3. jebulls's Avatar
    Well it's a double edged sword. It's nice to share all the purchased apps and music.
    01-18-2015 11:19 AM
  4. Jonathan Ramos2's Avatar
    You can have multiple gmail accounts on android, just whenever you want to download paid apps or music switch to whatever email account it is.
    01-18-2015 11:28 AM
  5. Fr0gburp3r's Avatar
    You can't have your cake and eat it too. You either set separate ID's for each device or you change ID's everytime you want to save a buck. It's the same with Android.
    01-19-2015 08:27 PM
  6. jrs1974's Avatar
    Our family has two iPhones and two iPads and a MacBook pro. With iMessage it for the most part works well. I am starting to grow tired of apples way though and I will try to explain. We all share same Apple id for app purchases and music purchases. By doing that Apple makes it almost impossible to keep devices separated! All of a sudden I will get iMessages from someone else's device for example! My main problem though is with pictures! We have lots of pics of the little ones running around. Apple makes this so hard to save them! Yes you can use iCloud (which I don't like) and you can load them in iPhoto which filled our computer. We had to switch to an external drive for iPhoto library. Which makes loading pictures a nightmare! Has any one else had this and made the switch to android? If so how did the switch go? Sorry for the long post I hope a few will take the time to read!
    Just stumbled across your post and I'm neither Android or iOS fan I own both i'm a technology fan so I'm not trying to lure you anywhere as I own devices from both sides.

    Your comment about iMessage and itunes store accounts is incorrect or no one has bothered explaining to you what you need to do.

    iTunes store accounts are awesome to share among family members no one wants to purchase the same thing multiple times ever. You can always use that iTunes account on all devices and never worry about being mixed up anywhere else.

    There are 4 different locations you can sign into anywhere from 1-4 Apple ID's on every device. Here I'll give you a rather simple explanation to make it work for you how you want.

    1. Setting -> iTunes & Apps Store
    2. Settings -> iCloud
    3. Settings -> Face time
    4 Settings -> Messages

    Now you can use 1 or 4 different accounts if you chose to whatever works the best for you. Apple ID's are not a per device thing they are a per user thing and always should be.

    Sign into Itunes with the shared account so everyone continues to share purchases. Create icloud accounts for everyone individually so they all have their own backup, phtotostream, contacts calendars etc. Use the icloud accounts for icloud/messages/facetime and continue using the store account for itunes purchases.

    Now all 4 people can message, face time & have their own contacts/calendars/backups etc and still continue to share all the purchases.

    you can have your cake and eat it too!
    sting7k likes this.
    01-20-2015 05:22 PM
  7. SupersoNick_95's Avatar
    I left apple not because of their payment services but because of their horrible photo and message backup. All my messages were backed up to my iPhone with no way to remove. I had 4gb of messages taking up space. I was so upset. I also left apple because the phone just got boring and Android was just way more functional.

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    01-20-2015 06:04 PM
  8. sting7k's Avatar
    Well it's a double edged sword. It's nice to share all the purchased apps and music.
    You can setup home sharing and share media between accounts. You can also use iMessage/FaceTime from a different AppleID on the same iDevice from the iTunes Account.

    You might want to visit iMore.
    01-20-2015 07:22 PM

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