iPad: Log in?

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Stephen Hart
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iPad: Log in?

Post by Stephen Hart » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:39 pm

Question:
Can I log in as myself on another person's iPad, then download, for example, a book from iBooks or Amazon, then log out?

This iPad (due Wednesday) is for my wife's mother. We'd like to start her out with as few things to remember as possible, so we'd like to avoid setting her up with an Amazon account and an Apple account.

What we'd like to do is, when we visit, log in to our account, download new books, update her apps, etc. Then log out. Another son in law might want to do the same with his accounts.
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Re: iPad: Log in?

Post by Richard Serkes » Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:11 pm

Stephen Hart wrote:Question:
Can I log in as myself on another person's iPad, then download, for example, a book from iBooks or Amazon, then log out?

This iPad (due Wednesday) is for my wife's mother. We'd like to start her out with as few things to remember as possible, so we'd like to avoid setting her up with an Amazon account and an Apple account.

What we'd like to do is, when we visit, log in to our account, download new books, update her apps, etc. Then log out. Another son in law might want to do the same with his accounts.
No, you can't. The only "multiple accounts" option is for email and then you have to turn off one user account and open the next. Very awkward if you ask me. However, you can install the Kindle app on her iPad and when it opens register it to your Amazon account. You can have up to six (6) devices on your account. Then she can order books directly from the Kindle app and your credit card will be debited. She can also go into the Kindle Store, select a book, and then select her iPad to send it to. The bill will still come to you.

If you think that will be confusing for her you can tell her to give you a list of the books she wants and you can have them downloaded to her iPad. And the good news is, you still get to pay for all her books.
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Re: iPad: Log in?

Post by Ray Bentsen » Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:10 am

I think the most straight-forward approach would be for you to set up an Apple ID in her name. In that way apps can be purchased from the iTunes Store and books from the iBooks Store without a problem. Her Apple ID will also be needed to update all the apps on that device.

You, as well as other relatives, could simply periodically give her iTunes Gift Cards, and if necessary redeem them for her at the iTunes Store. That also solves the problem of what to give someone who already has everything else!

And I don't think it would be too complicated to show her how to purchase books ... she might even like to do it herself. I show seniors that process all the time at the Sequim Senior Activity Center. It's like shopping without ever leaving your recliner!

And while you are at it, show her how to purchase music at the iTunes store (Bing Crosby, anyone?), and maybe even some apps that suit her interests ... word games, card games, jigsaw puzzles, board games, crossword puzzles, cook books, etc.

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Re: iPad: Log in?

Post by Stephen Hart » Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:54 am

Ray, that was an alternative we discussed, and will likely implement. I'll probably just set up accounts specifically for her iPad.
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Re: iPad: Log in?

Post by Richard Serkes » Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:27 pm

I like Ray's suggestion but it will only work for iBooks purchases. I thought you wanted to set her up with an Amazon account so she could read books using the free Kindle app.

The book prices are just about the same so either solution would be just fine.
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Re: iPad: Log in?

Post by Stephen Hart » Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:27 pm

I think I've got the iPad set up, but it would have been a nightmare for anyone with a mere calcium-based backbone.
You need to create an Apple ID that's a valid e-mail address. But you can't use a MobileMe e-mail address. So the MobileMe address I set up for this purpose wouldn't do. And though we have several e-mail addresses, Apple would accept none because they were all associated with other Apple IDs.
Fortunately, I have a real hosting service with unlimited e-mail addresses, so I could create a new e-mail address that wasn't a MobileMe address. But how many mere humans could do this?

The Amazon username and password were easier to set up.

It all worked out--I hope--but took a chunk of my afternoon.

Note that the problem was that I didn't want to set up the iPad for myself. Instead, I wanted separate accounts for iTunes Store and Amazon.

And even then, it's still not easy. I can sign in to iTunes Store as another person on my Mac, but that doesn't allow me to download stuff to the iPad independently of my ordinary iTunes stuff, which is associated with my iPhone. Apparently, I'll have to have Karen's mother's PowerBook in hand to get this finalized.
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