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How I Would Set Up My Apple ID If I Could Do It All Over Again

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REVISED: See the bottom of this post!

If you are new to iTunes, the iPhone, or the iPad, learn from my little mistake and learn how to setup your Apple ID the right way.

If you didn’t already know, there is no current way to merge, or consolidate, multiple Apple ID’s.  In my particular case, I have two Apple ID’s.  One is attached to my Gmail account, and the other is attached to my Me (@me.com) account.  And Apple offers no solution to migrate the data from my Gmail to my Me account.

I use my Me account for almost everything because it works seamlessly between all my devices.  However, my Gmail account is attached to all of my music, apps, books, etc from all the different Apple stores.

If you have ever used a Gmail account with your iDevice or Mac Mail app, you may have noticed my biggest pet peeves: Gmail will not push to your iDevice.  It has to be fetched.

Now, over the last 5 years I have gotten used to using both passwords for all my devices.  It would just be nice to only have to remember and deal with one.  Especially in this day and age of a million user name and password combinations that we have to remember.

If I could go back in time, I would definitely make some changes.  But unfortunately, time travel only exists in movies.  And until Apple comes up with a way to consolidate our Apple ID’s, I am out of luck.

Should you find yourself reading this post before you have an iTunes account, iPad or iPhone, here is what I recommend.  When you sign up for an Apple ID, get a new Me account to use for it.  Keep it professional if you can, like JohnADoe@me.com, or JADoe@me.com.  That’s just a personal lesson I learned when they started asking for email addresses on job resumes.

Once you are signed up, head over to the iCloud website on a Mac or PC and sign in.  Go into the Mail app and click on the gear at the top right of your browser.  Then click on preferences, and then the Accounts tab.  Here you can create up to three different Aliases.  Create an alias.  You will use your primary email account for all the Apple stores only, and the alias for your regular email.

So you’re probably thinking I’m a little crazy right now with that last sentence.  Why would I recommend adding another email address when this whole post has been about getting rid of having to deal with two email addresses?  Because you never log into the alias.  The only thing you do with the alias is give it out to those who need it.

When you set up an alias, even if you use all three, everything still comes in and out of the primary account.  You don’t have to set up a new email account in your iDevice or computers whenever you add or delete an alias.  And once you have the alias set up correctly, you don’t have to worry about replying to an alias email with your original account.

If you are lucky enough to be new to the iTunes store, iPhone, or iPad, keep things easy on yourself and don’t make the same mistake I did.

Thanks for reading and Happy iOSing

I totally stand corrected!  I was just digging around in my new YouTube account and getting the Gmail associated with it forwarded to my email address for the website.  While scrolling around the page, “IMAP” caught my eye.  Sure enough, Google is now pushing email.

When I started my first Gmail account there was only a POP option that I knew of.  And it would never push to my phone.  Since then, I have always assumed that was the way it was.  I was totally wrong and very glad to find out.  And from the looks of it, this has been going on since 2008!

If your Gmail is still set to POP, here is how to change it.  When you log in to your Gmail account, head over to the top right of the page.  Click on the gear icon and then click “Settings”.  Along the top of the page, towards the middle, you will see the “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” tab.  Inside the tab you will find the “IMAP Access” heading.  Check the “Status” and make sure it says “IMAP is enabled“.  If it’s not, click the “Enable IMAP” radio button.  Then scroll to the bottom and click the “Save Changes” button.  Just above the “Save Changes” button you should see a “Configuration instructions” link.  The instructions found there are nice and easy for setting up your iPhone and iPad.

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