How the downloaded apps on users on a Mac

How the downloaded apps on the users of a Mac

Apple IDs are used for two different things: one was a purchase account, originally in connection with the iTunes Music Store; the other, a sync/E-Mail account with MobileMe (, .Mac – (, and iCloud. Apple led the two purposes, but many people have legacy accounts, you can continue to use together in iOS/iPadOS and macOS in these different ways.

For families who share a Mac, you can use either family Share or a purchase-based Apple-ID, so that everyone has access to the same apps (or similar) on the computer.

macOS is set up to let you create multiple accounts and each account can be logged into one Apple ID for both iCloud sync, and E-Mail-and Apple-purchases or can use the account, two separate accounts for iCloud and purchases.

you can use apps via Family Sharing

If you don’t set up Family Sharing, go through the steps to place it. It is not for everyone, because it is only a total of six members of the family in an account and has other restrictions.

But, as a bonus, you can reduce your iCloud storage costs by bundling a storage plan. (My family saved about $10 per month by switching to a Pool 2TB iCloud storage plan.)

the members of the family plan to set up sharing purchases from your account. Any app that allows the participation of the family—most do—and will be purchased on an account available to all other members of the family set. (However, Family Sharing not allowed in-app purchases or subscriptions to be shared, and many applications have transition to this mode.)

In any macOS-account of a user, a single Apple ID for both iCloud and purchase purposes.

you can find free apps to download via the Mac App Store:


  1. Launch the App Store.

  2. the

  3. Click on your account name in the lower-left corner.

  4. the

  5. In the Account view, select a different family member the name of the Purchased from the menu.

  6. the

  7. If it is available for the family, click on the iCloud download icon.

If an app is already downloaded to Share on the Computer and it is a license for the family, you can just launch it from the Mac applications folder. 

you can, However, be a problem for apps installed before it was not Family Sharing enabled, where it will start, or claims of the original purchaser, using Apple-ID-password. In this case, you can try the following:


  1. Get the app from the app Store.

  2. the

  3. Open the applications folder (under /Applications/).

  4. the

  5. In another window, open the applications folder in your Home folder. A link, in the select the Finder, you Go > Go To folder and add ~/Applications

  6. the

  7. Hold down the command key and move the app from the applications folder on your account to the application folder. Enter an administrator account and password if you are prompted to do so. (Command-shift drag an app; simply drag creates an alias in the destination.)

to start the app from its own folder “applications”, from now on.

Share apps with a single Apple ID for purchases

for Each user separately to iCloud for sync, and different Apple stores for purchases.

In the Mojave and the previous one, iCloud system preferences is where you manage the iCloud login and each app, such as iTunes and books, a separate Apple login ID. In Catalina, the Apple ID settings “, a centralizes both iCloud d purchase accounts more clear and way marked. (Some of the Catalina-apps also have their own account-login option to be confusing, but in General, you can ignore it.)

With an Apple ID for purchases, which are logged in should be able to launch an app from any macOS-account, in the same Apple ID. If the app was downloaded from a different macOS users on the same machine, the purchase test should allow to run it without a hitch.

The first launch of an app in a new account, it is possible, you will be prompted for the Apple ID account password for the purchasing account. You give it to.

With this method, the in-app purchases and subscriptions available on macOS accounts. However, since all purchases are fully approved and locked on the account, this can limit you in the future, if the people with that Mac get your own Computer if you no longer want to be part of the same buying group. You could then switch to Divide the family.

share of non-Mac-App-Store-apps

For a family that wants to start proportion of non-Mac-App-Store-apps on macOS-accounts, most of the apps purchased directly from a software company that works with whatever account you are from.

you may need to enter the license code in each account, and if the license for a single computer or “seat,” are you in the regard.

For apps, the on an account, such as the Adobe Creative Cloud, you have to log in to the software-manufacturers-special account for each macOS user and are available only through the simultaneous logins, even if you are not using the same app literally at the same time in two accounts.

This Mac 911 article, the answer to a question that was submitted from Macworld reader Tim.

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Released on Fri, 08 may 2020 11:00:00 +0000

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