Multiple Apple IDs just leads to multiple problems

I’d like to start with a brief test. All those who have more than one Apple ID, please raise your hands. Now look around you; if you’re in a group of people who use Apple products, you’ll see a lot of hands in the air. And if you’re not, well, you can lower your hand now…

If you’ve been using Apple products for a while, you may have multiple Apple IDs. One might be a user name, and another an email address. Or you may have set up one Apple ID for the iTunes and App Stores and another for your personal data, such as your email and other iCloud services. (And this is fine; Apple even explains how to do it.)

Some people may have set up a second Apple ID because, for some reason, they couldn’t access the account with the first one, and simply gave up. Or they used an email address they no longer use, and created a new Apple ID with a more current address. In either of these cases, they cannot download apps or media purchased with the older Apple ID.

Read the rest of the article on Macworld.

2 thoughts on “Multiple Apple IDs just leads to multiple problems

  1. I’m on the verge of creating a new AppleID for my Father-in-law because his email address changed. Even though we have the password, and can log into the account we can’t change the email ID because Apple are now requiring the security questions to make that change. I wouldn’t have an issue with that it they had said that was what they were going to use the questions for when they solicited the security questions – but they asked for them only to recover the password, which we can manage to not lose ourselves. My father-in-law is 94 and knows what the answers to the questions are – just not the exact form they were entered in. “What is your favourite car” answered 8 or 9 years ago is something that doesn’t have a single answer (eg Ford, Ford Prefect, Prefect, 100E, Ford Prefect 100E are all answers that refer to the same vehicle), so if it wasn’t recorded somewhere you can’t lose it’s guesswork exactly how it was answered.

  2. I’m on the verge of creating a new AppleID for my Father-in-law because his email address changed. Even though we have the password, and can log into the account we can’t change the email ID because Apple are now requiring the security questions to make that change. I wouldn’t have an issue with that it they had said that was what they were going to use the questions for when they solicited the security questions – but they asked for them only to recover the password, which we can manage to not lose ourselves. My father-in-law is 94 and knows what the answers to the questions are – just not the exact form they were entered in. “What is your favourite car” answered 8 or 9 years ago is something that doesn’t have a single answer (eg Ford, Ford Prefect, Prefect, 100E, Ford Prefect 100E are all answers that refer to the same vehicle), so if it wasn’t recorded somewhere you can’t lose it’s guesswork exactly how it was answered.

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