Apple wants to let you merge multiple Apple IDs, according to an Apple executive relations employee. Users have voiced complaints about Apple’s confusing policy relating to logins and accessing purchased content through multiple Apple IDs. A remedy for the situation is in the works.

Customers have emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook about the issue, and Apple has confirmed that customers will soon be able to consolidate multiple logins into one unified account.

A MacRumors reader emailed Tim Cook and expressed frustration about having to login with multiple Apple IDs for automatic downloads in iTunes. Apple responded, and it said that it “understood the issue and that more people would run into the problem with iCloud.”

Users that created Apple accounts with an original .mac address, then MobileMe address, and now iCloud address obviously have a problem with multiple logins. Couples with different accounts looking to consolidate their logins would also find an Apple ID merge useful. Currently, when a device is deactivated through iTunes, it takes 90 days before that account can be associated with another device.

There are many different scenarios where one would want to keep the purchased content on one account authenticated while also syncing up content with a newer ID. Apple is requiring that users of iCloud create a new email address to use the service.

Apple doesn’t offer a quick and easy way to switch Apple IDs on either the iPhone or Mac. Hopefully the process will be streamlined moving forward.

  • Mcsteven

    It’s about time. My wife and I have wanted this for a long time now. It’d be so much easier to connect our accounts.

    • whtlime


  • How about sharing 1 installation of iTunes that actually separates the 2 different accounts.

    I have 1 account and my wife has 1 account.

    We want them separated. She has her music and apps and I have my own – both are very different!

    Why cannot I use 1 iTunes account on our 1 computer at home to manage both????

    Currently, I have to use my Company’s computer to manage my iTunes account and sync my iPhone4, and my Wife gets to use the Home Computer to manage her iTunes account and sync her iPhone4.

    This seems to me it would be a very simple thing…… Why is Apple so good at making many things simple, but not the OBVIOUS in this case???

    – Eric

    • Soto

      Dualboot you home computer. Either with windows or another OS X. I gave my significant other a partition.

      • Thanks Soto.

        But, my wife isn’t that sophisticated to “dual-boot” the computer.

        The point is, I can’t be the only person that uses an iPhone with iTunes that has this problem!!!

        Perhaps this is why Apple is going to the iCloud as a solution???

        But, the funny thing is, iTunes forces me to login as myself or as herself when on the computer when we attach our devices – iTunes should just recognize my device and do it automatically, but it doesn’t!!! Then, it doesn’t separate the music, books, apps and etc. between the two accounts.

        Thanks for your help and ideas – HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! 🙂

    • Proinsias

      You can create a separate library on your pc by holding shift then clicking your iTunes icon. Thus enabling, in a way, two different iTunes on one pc. I don’t use it so I can’t give comprehensive info but I tested it out when I heard about it and it might help you.

      • thanks, I’ll check it out this weekend.

    • WonkieInc

      Shift works fine, though it dies count as another of the 5 vomputers authorized

    • Dear Eric,

      You can make 2 logins on your windows home PC, one for you and the other for your wife.So, you can manage your iPhone on your login and your wife can manage her account on her login.

  • RJ

    Will I be able to merge my iTunes store ID from My country and the iTunes store ID I have from US? My Main account it’s the one from the USA, but I still have to go back to My other account

    • RJ

      Because I have some paid programs that need to update. PS: sorry for the Post. I pressed the publish Buttom to early

  • Marcoarrossi

    Wait but i think tj
    His is activated on my ipod touch,
    Whn my dad buys an application on his iphone, it automatically downloads it to my itouch