iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 4: Multiple iTunes Accounts

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In iPhone OS Beta 3, there was a hint of a new feature that would presumably let a user change settings of the built-in App Store. With iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 4, seeded to developers earlier today, it has turned out to be a useful new feature: users can finally switch between multiple iTunes accounts within iPhone.

If you are someone who has multiple iTunes accounts, you’ve probably noticed how the App Store often gets confused about the number of updates available for download when it comes to over-the-air app updates; it may display an erroneous number of updates available, may fail to find any updates even when they are available, or may only display the number of updates for one or the other account. The only way to juggle multiple iTunes accounts is via iTunes on the desktop; you have to sign in to a particular account, get the updates for all the apps purchased with that account, sync your device, sign out, and repeat the steps for any other accounts.

With Beta 4, you’ll be able to easily switch between accounts from within the App Store or the iTunes Store on your device.

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App Store Sign-In Pop-up

There is now a new “Sign In” button at the bottom of the Featured page in App Store. Apparently, you’ll be able to create a new iTunes account, though this does not seem to be working at the moment.

View account pop-up
Enter Account Details

In Settings, the “Store” entry that was a placeholder in Beta 3, and which did nothing, has gained an icon and is now working. Tapping on it brings you to a page where you can sign in and out of an account or view account information.

App Store Settings
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If you choose “View Account”, you’ll be prompted to sign in once more, just like how it is when viewing account information in iTunes on the desktop.

App Store additional sign-in
App Store Account Details

Once you’ve done so, you’ll be presented with information such as your contact details and the balance remaining in your account. You will also be able to redeem gift codes from within this page, instead of having to find the “Redeem” button in the Downloads section of the built-in iTunes app, a step I have always felt to be rather counterintuitive.

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Jodi

I have two itunes accounts. I have entered the details of my active itunes account under the settings store section, however, when I go to the store, it automatically comes up with my non-active account. This is not the account I wish to use anymore, and in fact my ex partners has taken this over. Can anyone please tell me how to change the default itunes account when I press the store button?

CoolButNerd

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Paco

I can’t believe that Itunes is charging for the upgrade. What next. Not only did we pay for the I-Pod but now we are going to have to pay every time they come up with an upgrade? If we let this happen anytime they would like to take money from us all they would have to do is put out another update. I do not agree with IPod Charging for any update.

Al

I have accumulated two or three accounts in iTunes. A few of the apps that I have on my iPhone were purchased with a dormant iTunes account (yeah, I forgot the password on the old account).

I’ve tried to go through the forgotten password routine, but an “unknown error” page comes up from (apple.com) every time, so…I can’t get the password reset. The real problem is that we can’t re-associate our iPhone programs with another iTunes account that we may have.

Ironically, all of the effected programs where free downloads, but the developers now charge for these programs in their latest iteration.

I guess I’m stuck with dated programs or I’m going to have to pony-up a wad a cash for their latest update… any one have any remedy suggestions?

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Richard

Wow I sure hope the “applefy” the account info screen. A standard web page kinda blows considering what they can do and have done in the past. But thats cool!

robert

If you need help getting your UDID activated on a developers account i found the website that i linked to my name above actually found them in facebook, just click on my name to go there. They had me up and running in no time and i now have complete access to their Apple developers account with my own user ID and password. It was worth it, just my 2 cents for anyone who is in the same boat i was.

Paul

Is it just me, or do those buttons in the second and third screenshots look more square?

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