I Need "Apple ID Shared with Multiple Devices" Help Since 2010, my son & I have been sharing an Apple ID on both of our iPhones and iPads. (You guys know the upgrade rotation that we do because I've posted about it in the past.) We do this because it's easy to have access to all app purchases and makes it simple to have all of our devices (and now there are 8) tracked in one place using Find My iPhone. He hadn't used iMessage because we have unlimited texting and he uses only his phone number for FaceTime. Neither of us uses iCloud for anything but Find My iPhone. Backup is done manually via iTunes. Last weekend (at a party, of course ) someone told him that iMessage was faster than SMS so he turned it ON. Yikes! When I woke my iPhone up on Saturday morning, there was a popup message from Apple (on all of my devices) telling me that his phone number & email address were now being used by the Apple ID for iMessage and FaceTime. I was supremely annoyed to see that my phone number was now locked out of both because the settings had been changed. I called him & had him turn iMessage OFF and then I had to log into my Apple ID account online via PC and was able to reassociate my phone number back to iMessage (which I use with my sister & my best friend in California) & FaceTime. Fast forward to this evening, when my son bought a new MacBook Air for his new job. Guess what happened when he set it up? Automatically the Mac used my email address/Apple ID for everything and I got another popup message on all of my devices saying that the Mac would be using the Apple ID email address (which is one of my Gmail addresses) for iMessage & FaceTime, along with his own email address. This means that I'll also get his iMessages and he'll get mine if he turns it ON. He said that he didn't see a way to only check his own email address for that. Ugh. What I want to be able to do: 1. SHARE - Continue to be able to share app purchases under the primary Apple ID & I think this will be OK. * We should choose the primary Apple ID in Settings > iTunes & App Store. 2. SHARE - Continue to be able to track all of our Apple devices under one Apple ID, the primary one which is currently being used. * We should only have Find My iPhone turned ON in iCloud Settings under the primary Apple ID as it is now. 3. DON'T SHARE - Set up a secondary ID for my son to use for iMessage & FaceTime instead of the email address associated with the primary Apple ID (that's one of my Gmail addresses.) * I think that this can be done on his iPhone and will then be available to his other devices, too. What I've read says to go to Settings > Mail, Contacts & Calendar > Accounts > Add Account > iCloud > Scroll to bottom of page and choose Get a Free Apple ID. This won't remove the primary ID and should then be set up using his own Gmail address that already exists in iMessage & FaceTime (from last weekend's event.) I've been reading for hours about how to do this and I've managed to give myself a big headache. This is only a problem since I gave him my iPhone 4 a year ago; prior to iOS 5 these problems weren't possible - iMessage & FaceTime didn't exist. Has anyone accomplished this and how did you do it? r0k, you have several iPhones and kids - how did you manage this? All assistance is welcome. You can't believe how complicated it is to research this stuff. Sorry for the long post.