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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.

You had an iTools/.Mac/MobileMe account, but stopped subscribing; now you want to use that email address for iCloud, but you use a different Apple ID for purchases: Convert that address to iCloud by using the method detailed in the scenario above.

After you've done so, you can add your Store credentials separately. On an iOS device, open up the Settings app and tap the Store menu. If you've added your iCloud account to your device, you should see those credentials logged in; log out and input the Apple ID you use for purchases. On a Mac, open iTunes and go to Store -> Sign Out, then Store -> Sign In and log in with your non-iCloud Apple ID.

You have a MobileMe family account because you needed multiple email addresses. You want to use one account for iCloud, but you still want to receive email on your other MobileMe account: Convert both accounts to iCloud, unless you have some reason to stay on MobileMe (see the section above on "What am I going to lose if I move my MobileMe account to iCloud?"). Set up iCloud on your devices with the account you previously used for MobileMe syncing.

To add your secondary email account on an iOS device, go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Add Account -> iCloud. To add it on your Mac, go to System Preferences -> Mail, Contacts, & Calendars -> Add Account -> iCloud.

You have an Apple ID you use for purchasing items, but have never used MobileMe: Convert it 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.)

Multi-user setup scenarios

You have a MobileMe family account. Your significant other has her own MobileMe account. You both want to switch to iCloud: 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 have a MobileMe family account. Your significant other has her own MobileMe account for syncing, but you both use your account for purchases. You both want to switch to iCloud: 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.)

 

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