2 Apple ID's (still no way to merge)

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raqball

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Jan 30, 2011
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#1
I have had this problem for years!

I have 2 Apple ID's and really wish there was a way to merge them.

My store Apple ID has a old gmail.com address that was hacked and closed years ago so I no longer have access to that email which is really not an issue. All my app store purchases are under that ID however. I have a different Apple ID under the old mac.com address that is used for iCloud. I do have access to that email so it's fine as it is..

My issue is now even worse with passbook. For instance if I download the Apple Store App it automatically logs me into the gmail.com app store account (as it should) BUT my Passbook info is tied to my mac.com iCloud account..

I have this issue in several different areas.

I had a thought that I might be able to just use Family Share and share my gmail.com purchased apps with the mac.com iCloud account BUT Family Share is set up using iCloud...

Round and round I go.....

Edit to add:

Okay, I signed out of my mac.com iCloud account and then signed into iCloud with the gmail.com account. I then added my mac.com to family share and accepted the invitation on my Macbook (which was still logged into the mac.com iCloud account)

After that I went back to the iPhone and logged out of the gmail.com iCloud account and back into the mac.com account. Then I signed out of the gmail.com Apple Store account and singed in with the mac.com account.

Is your head spinning yet???? LOL

I might have this nailed down now to where I can use just the mac.com account for all my app purchases (it's now tied to the gmail.com App Store account) and my iCloud using ONLY the mac.com account on both..

I haven't tested Passbook yet and my fingers are crossed this actually works.. It's been a pain in my neck for years!

Good grief, seriously Apple???

Edit 2:

All iOS apps are fine for family share BUT on my Mac I have one paid app that won't and it's my most used app... Tweetbot!

YAWN! Tweetbot only allows family sharing if it was purchased after June 3, 2014 but I purchased it years ago the day it was released... I have emailed the developer to see what can be done and I hope I get a favorable response..
 
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raqball

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Jan 30, 2011
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So. California
#3
Yes!!! I have almost the identical situation. Has your solution caused any issues with iTunes on your Mac and syncing your iPhone to iTunes?
Everything appears fine in iTunes.. When I check account it says I am part of a family and all purchases are managed by the gmail.com account..

Maybe I will write up a how to on this that's less confusing than my rambling and confusing post above..