Changing the account temporarily on iPhone and iPad can be useful for more than one reason, and in this guide we’ll explain how to do it without losing all the data – like photos, documents, address book, etc. – stored on the device.
Having a second account can actually be useful, for example to separate personal activities from work activities, and the ability to temporarily load an account on a device where someone already exists can also be useful for a friend or friend to use while. familiar.
Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t offer a quick account change system on iOS and iPadOS: the way to do it is there, but it’s not as intuitive or quick as the click of a button. Read on to find out how.
Step 1: Backup
Before proceeding, it is a good idea to check if you have an iCloud backup of data. Then open the app Settings On the iPhone/iPad where you want to switch accounts, tap the Profile button (the first at the top), then on iCloudAnd the iCloud Backup.
Inside, make sure the key with the same name (above) is active and the last backup made is recent (a few hours or a day at most) by reading the date in the small print below the button Make a backup now. If it was never backed up or if it is excessively outdated, click this button (you need to connect to WiFi, otherwise you will see it in gray and cannot be selected) and wait for the process to finish.
Step 2: Change the account
Open the app again Settings and click again on the profile button (the first at the top), scroll down and click on the button go outside.
Enter your Apple ID password when prompted and press the button disable Visible at the top right of the screen.
On the next screen, you will be prompted to keep a copy of the data: separated by type, and if you want to remove any, simply deactivate the relative key, otherwise leave them all to keep each file type (note: if you follow the first step step by step, it will still These files are on iCloud.) Click the button go outside click on the right.
The system will ask you if you are sure you want to proceed with a popup: Confirm your choice and wait for the separation process to complete.
Now back to the app Settings and click Sign in to iPhone/iPadenter the new Apple ID password and then press the button Come on click on the right. Check the two-factor authentication code, then enter the device unlock code.
What can be done now
At this point, you can use the device with the new account: above all, this account can now access your saved passwords and all other sensitive data stored on iCloud. It is also possible to merge contacts into one and the other address book and add multiple iCloud accounts to apps ContactsAnd the MailAnd the EvaluationAnd the NB And the note (Just open the app from SettingsClick Create an accountselect the option iCloud and type your credentials).
The only exception is apps: those downloaded after signing in with another Apple ID won’t be transferred to the previous one, but if you go back to the previous account anyway, they’ll still be installed on the device.
What happens to the data
With iCloud backup, all personal data is safe, so if photos and videos are removed in stage 2, for example, the new account will not be able to access them, but they will still be stored in the cloud and can be restored one click at a time Present. The original account has been reactivated.
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