Using multiple iPads

The following information is provided to families to make using their iPads easier. Whilst you are welcome to set up your iPad as you see fit, we do recommend the following when using multiple iPads:

Family Sharing is a good option if you are setting up new Apple ID accounts for your child/children.  Info as to how to do this can be found here: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201088

  1. It is recommended that you create different iTunes accounts for each user.  

    Why? 
     

    a) When a user is sharing an account with someone else, the information in iCloud may also be shared. If someone deletes a file they did not create, the other person will loose it as well.
    b) When it comes time to update the iPad operating system, the Apps purchased under another account may no longer function.
    c) When a new App is bought using one device, the same App may be deployed onto other devices when it connects to the App store. 

    Whilst there are ways around these issues, to keep it as simple as possible we recommend that each user has their own iTunes account. This iTunes account is then used on all devices that a single user manages.
     

  2. It is recommended that you backup your device using iCloud.

    Why?

    This will prevent any app "sharing" which becomes a problem when the apps need to be updated. The person who shared the apps account details will need to be entered upon any update of the apps occuring.
     

  3. If you decide not to use iCloud to back up your iOS devices, how can you manage it using a computer and not share apps?

    This is done by the user running seperate instances of iTunes. One for each user. The problem with this method is that it requires the users to remeber to switch accounts before they plug their iPad into the computer. This is how it is done.

     

  4. Starting with iTunes closed:

    a) Locate the iTunes icon
    b) Whilst pressing the shift key (for Windows PCs) or the Alt-Option key (for Macs) on the keyboard, click to open the file.
    c) Select "Create Library" to set up a new user account.
    d) Type a name which you will use to recognise the new account with.
    e) iTunes will open with a new account.
    f) Ensure iTunes is using the correct account name associated with the user by clicking on iTunes Store and checking the itunes account.

    To load a different account the next time, start with iTunes being closed:

    a) Locate the iTunes icon
    b) Whilst pressing the shift key (for Windows PCs) or the Alt-Option key (for Macs) on the keyboard, click to open the file.
    c) Select "Choose Library"
    d) Locate the folder you wish to use (The original account is set up under the folder called iTunes)
    e) Within this folder select the file called "iTunes Library" and then select Open.
    f) Using the steps shown in the image above, log back into iTunes using your correct iTunes account.