Managing Apps Between Two iPads

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    Ok...I have a 32gb WIFI and just received my new 32gb 3G yesterday. I plugged the new iPad in and iTunes launched and the apps from my WIFI were installed on my 3G as i have heard would happen.

    What I need to do is have two different profiles for the two iPads....one for my wife and one for me. I am not interested in having her apps on my 3G and she won't want my apps on her WIFI. How do you go about doing this?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Get 2 accounts which would cause you to pay twice for apps you both use.or

    manage In iTunes,uncheck ones you don't want synced.or

    Sync all apps and wiggle delete the ones you don't want on each device
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I wasn't thinking creatively enough...I certainly don't want to pay for the apps that we are both going to use twice.

    Thanks again!
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    You don't need two accounts, but even if you did, you still would not need to buy everything twice! As long as both accounts were authorized on the computer you sync to, both ipads can have access to anything bought on either account. My son, daughter, and I all have our own accounts but share the apps we buy, by authorizing all three accounts on the computers we sync with. Manually syncing will do what you want though.
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    How exactly do you do this?mine usually asks to delete everything on the device and replace it with the other user content. How do you toggle between accounts?will it keep libraries separate?
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    That's interesting, I didn't think it was possible to have more than one account authorized per iTunes installation. Sounds fun, I'm going to have to try it.
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    I think you can have 5 authorized computers, if I'm not mistaken. On itunes click on store/authorize computer on the 2nd computer and so on. I think that's how it's suppose to work, although I don't really use this feature much, since my wife wants everything I have anyway.
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    Hmm....I have 2 iPads ordered. but we both have separate computers. Would it be best to just set up both iPads on 1 computer (mine) so I can put identical apps on both?

    However my wife prefers she manages her own devices on her computer....
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    That explains how to use a device on more than one pc,but how do you toggle between ipads on one pc?does it keep libraries separate?
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    no set them up on seperate computers.
    you can still download the apps on both computer without paying agian and you can also download the apps on both iPads without paying twice.


    right on the iPad itself you can always sign out of your itunes account and sign into another itunes acound and then download apps that have already been purchase with that account for free.
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    Ill have to look into this. Currently we both have separate iTunes accounts, so I thought if you flip accounts, it would wipe whatever is on the iPad with the other acct settings\files?
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    That's how we do it. We all sync to our own computer, but have all three accounts authorized on each. That way we share what we purchase but still each handle our own syncing. I do however, sync two iPhones on my computer and each of them syncs only what I want on them, by manually syncing. They dont keep separate libraries, but you can tell it what you want to sync on each. I'm sure it would be the same wih two ipads on one computer.

    We're also on dialup so getting anything over 20 Meg is a pain, and painfully slow! So we don't download to each computer. We download apps to one computer and then just copy the files to the other computers using a thumb drive, when needed.
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    Do you have to switch and log into each account on the 1 computer to get apps?

    Say:

    5 apps under acct A
    5 Apps under acct B

    and you want all 10 apps on your iPad. Do you have to log into each acct separately on the computer to get access and install? Or does it just see it as 1 shared repository for applications\Music?
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    So you actually have three separate iTunes accounts? Meaning accounts that are tied to three different credit cards? Or is it one iTunes account authorized on three computers?

    Because technically Apple would not want you to be able to use apps on one account that were purchased with another account, which is what it sounds like you are saying you are doing.
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    To bring this up again since I have a 32GB wifi coming tomorrow for my husband. No reason we can't use the same account with one CC but on 2 computers. I believe when I upgraded his iTunes I set it for sharing but want to be sure. I know he'll want some of my apps but certainly not all and will want to add some of his that I won't want. Right now I manually sync my Ipad, Touch, Classic Ipod and Nano (different library) on my computer.

    This is a BD present so I haven't been able to ask him his preferences. I'm assuming when we plug in the new Ipad in his computer/iTunes that it will go immediately to my account and we can choose the apps. I forget the sequence of things when I added mine. But--i had already bought/added some Ipad apps before it came so it was ready. Anyone having done the 2 computers, 1 account that can explain what happens.

    Diane
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    There are two way to do first: first, sync with the same computer and setup on the computer which apps you want on which iPad. That gets to be time consuming and annoying, but it works.

    The second way is easier. Make sure both iPads are logged into the app store under the same account, then simply go to the app store and select the apps you want. If you select an app that has already been purchased on your account, you won't be charged again for it, even tho it asks for your password and everything like you are buying it again.

    Once your iPad goes to download mode, it will say you've already purchased it and asks if you want to download it again. Then you can have the same apps on both devices and not have to worry about syncing your computer when you want new apps.

    In my house, we have two iPhones, three iPod touches, and one iPad, and this is generally the method we all use to get duplicate apps on multiple devices. When you use this method, i think it's best disable the syncing of apps on your computer. When you sync your iPad, your apps will be backed up, but it won't try to sync your apps with that others have downloaded.
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    I have two Ipads and 1 ipod on one computer,one credit card account with Itunes,when I plug them in each one is ID separately by the persons name,plus each others apps are also ID for each device. Its a not a problem for me and I'm new at this ipad thing.

    Al.
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    I was hoping that when he logged in with my account it would just show all my apps as it does with my Ipad and Touch--but on one computer. We def. want to use 2 computers so we'll just see how it works when he connects for the first time. His iTunes is already set up for my account. We should be able to figure it out from what youall have said. Thanks.

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