How to Access The App Store From Another Apple ID in iOS

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Question:

Randy writes: After upgrading to iOS 5 and creating a new iCloud account, my iPhone will only download app purchases using the new iCloud Apple ID. How can I access my purchases from my previous pre-iCloud Apple ID?

 

Answer:

iOS Apple ID Login
An iOS device’s Apple ID can be changed in Settings > Store.

When a user creates a new iCloud account or signs in to a new iPhone with an existing Apple ID, the phone defaults to using that ID for purchases in the App and Music stores. To change this behavior and log in with another ID, simply go to Settings > Store. At the bottom of this page is your current Apple ID. Select the ID, and press “Sign Out.” The Store page will then reload with a button for “Sign In” at the top. Press this button, choose “Use Existing Apple ID” and enter your preferred Apple ID and password. You’ll now be able to re-download and update purchases made using your previous Apple ID.

 

This question was originally answered on MGG 359: iCloud, Automator, Thumb Drives & Port Mapping

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Comments

Pashtun Wally

Then, after doing that, the AppleID setting from the store propagates to the iCloud settings, where it’s rejected (iCloud requires an email address as a sign-in, but my iTunes account predates that requirement).

Until this is resolved, no iCloud for me!

nick

Then, after doing that, the AppleID setting from the store propagates to the iCloud settings, where it?s rejected (iCloud requires an email address as a sign-in, but my iTunes account predates that requirement).

You can change your old (pre me.com) AppleID to one consisting of an email address. I did and continue to use it as my AppStore/iTunesStore account while using a different account for iCloud (as the article describes).

Pashtun Wally

Nick, that sounds great.  How did you do that, without having to set it up as a new account?  Changing passwords is one thing, but changing logins?

nick

How did you do that, without having to set it up as a new account?? Changing passwords is one thing, but changing logins?

How did you do that, without having to set it up as a new account?? Changing passwords is one thing, but changing logins?

If my memory serves me correctly, it was part of the process started by going to www.me.com/move - it complained about my ancient AppleID not being iCloud compatible and diverted me to id.apple.com (where it seems you have to be send to by this process: manually entering this URL does not work for me now).
To be on the save side I first made backups of all affected databases (address book, BusyCal in my case and my Safari bookmarks, as outline on MacObserver and as well recommended in Apple’s “move” process) - should you use BusyCal, there is a certain procedure you should follow outlined in an email to BusyMac’s registered users and on their website.
I dived into the iCloud at the first opportunity and yet did _not_ experience the problems some describe they are having with iWork etc.
I hope your mileage does not vary.

nick

Pashtun,

digging a bit on apple.com I found this:

www.apple.com/support/appleid/

And the related knowledge base article:

support.apple.com/kb/HE40

Regards

Pashtun Wally

Not working out well.  No matter what, I end up on the verge of setting up YET ANOTHER AppleID, cannot simply log into iCloud.  A VERY un-Apple experience.  I am dissapoint

nick

Perhaps try contacting Apple. The official route for mobile.me and iCloud seems to be via expresslane.apple.com - select “More Products & Services” and then either “MobileMe” or “iCloud”.

I would drive down the “iCloud”, then “Account & Setup” express lane.

For MobileMe support a while ago I had quite helpful support staff walk me through the solution for a nasty synching problem. Apple’s chat interface seems to be from 1994 though.

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