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All about iCloud: Common signup scenarios

Serenity Caldwell | Oct. 17, 2011
We've put together some common upgrading scenarios for migrating to iCloud.

After you've done so, your significant other can change their Store credentials to your iCloud account. On an iOS device, open up the Settings app and tap the Store menu. Log out and input the account you use for purchases. On a Mac, open iTunes and go to Store -> Sign Out, then Store -> Sign In and have them log in with your iCloud account credentials.

You have a MobileMe family account. Your significant other has her own MobileMe account for email. Your account is used for your email, and you and your significant other share contacts, and calendars. You both want iCloud accounts for email, but you want to continue sharing contacts and calendars: Each of you can convert your own account to iCloud by logging into the iCloud website with your Apple ID; you can also do this by logging into iCloud on your iOS device or Mac. (On an iOS device, go to Settings -> iCloud; on a Mac, go to System Preferences -> iCloud.)

You can each have individual accounts but share contacts, calendars, mail, reminders, and notes. On an iOS device, go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Add Account -> iCloud. This will enable you to sync with your significant other's mail, calendars, contacts, notes, or reminders--in addition to your own--by toggling the appropriate switches. (They can also share your information by doing the same.) Secondary iCloud accounts on a device don't get access to everything, however: Your significant other's account can't be used for Safari bookmarks, Photo Stream, Documents and Data, Find My iPhone, or Backup.

On a Mac, you can add a secondary account by going to System Preferences -> Mail, Contacts, & Calendars -> Add Account -> iCloud.

You have a MobileMe account you use for syncing and purchases. Your family also uses this account for purchases. Everyone wants to switch to iCloud for syncing, but still use your account for purchases: Convert your MobileMe account to iCloud by visiting me.com/move. Your other members of the family can sign up for iCloud by going to the website or by setting it up on their iOS 5- or Lion-enabled devices.

After everyone has set up their iCloud accounts, they can change their Store credentials to your iCloud-née-MobileMe account. On an iOS device, open up the Settings app and tap the Store menu. Log out and input the MobileMe account. On a Mac, open iTunes and go to Store -> Sign Out, then Store -> Sign In and have them log in with your iCloud account credentials.

You have an Apple ID you and your family use for purchases. Everyone wants to switch to iCloud for syncing, but still use your account for purchases: Leave the Apple ID as-is. Make an iCloud account for each member of your family by visiting the website or by setting it up on their iOS 5- or Lion-enabled devices.

 

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