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29/6/2018 0 Comments
Please consider your friends when setting up your iCloud and iMessage!
If you are already using iCloud and iMessage, please, please check the Apple ID that you are using, and whether any other family members are using that same ID.
This article has been prompted by a recent visit to a client who discovered that, due to incorrect setup of devices in the household, her children (and perhaps husband) had been receiving some very private messages that were sent to her by a girlfriend. It was horrifying to think that the kids were privy to some very personal information shared between close friends.
It highlighted once again that we all need to be aware of the fact that Messages we send to others may not just be going to that person! So be careful what you say!
For the sake of others who Message you, and who would like to think that they are only corresponding with you, please make sure that you are not using a 'shared' Apple ID for Messages.
Let's look at how you can check this.
Checking your iMessage setup - and that of your family members!
Go to Settings -> Messages, and tap the Send and Receive option.
If the Apple ID shown at the top of the 'Send and Receive' screen shows that you are using the same Apple ID as anyone else in your family, tap on the blue Apple ID (ie the email address) and choose Sign Out (or sign out all the other users of that Apple ID if you want to keep it for yourself).
Then sign in with your very own Apple id - tap 'Use your Apple ID for iMessage' and sign in. If you don't have an Apple ID already, you will need to create one.
Are you using the shared Apple ID for iCloud as well?
iCloud is not meant to be shared by more than one person.
If the same Apple ID appears at the top of your Settings -> [your-name] (ie. you are signed in to iCloud using that Apple ID) you will need to choose the 'Sign Out' option at the bottom of that screen and follow the prompts.
You will then be able to choose the option to 'Create an Apple ID', and can choose to use an email address that you already own, or create an '@icloud.com' Apple ID.
Need more information?
We have a class for that!
We also have a great user guide and a video of the live class
Need further assistance?
And, of course, iTandCoffee can assist you with unravelling any iCloud mess that your family seems to be suffering.
Just call 1300 885 420, visit our Appointments webpage, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment - either at iTandCoffee in Glen Iris, or in your own home.
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