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Iphone/iCloud.. Old and new- help help

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#1 cuteboy


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Posted 08 June 2017 - 01:23 PM

So- I was wondering if I sign in to my iCloud account on my old phone (iphone4) will it effect my current iphone5 in any way? I want to use my old phone as pretty much data storage and want my iMessage and such to go to the old phone as well as my new phone. what is the best way to do it and what problems may I run in to/ watch out for? Anything will help. I'm just scared to sign in on my old phone (my old phone is not currently connected to my iCloud because I changed pw when I got new phone) and everything merge or delete on my current phone? Advice? Help? I don't do well with electronics  :( thanks in advance! 

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 04:23 PM

In general, it should not mess anything up.

The closest might be in syncing contacts and calendars and reminders. It should merge the contacts and is usually good about not creating duplicates, but you might end up with a few duplicated if you have made changes to say a contact on both devices before the merge occurs.

If you want to be on the safe side, then you could delete all the contact and calendar entries on the old phone before you log into iCloud. I don't think you need to do that, however. I doubt you will have any issues.

FWIW, you DO NOT need to fully sign into iCloud in order for your iMessage messages to go to both phones. iMessage (and FaceTime) both have their own sign in process separate from iCloud. So, you can actually use a different AppleID for iMessage (and FaceTime) than you do for iCloud. In fact, there are four different AppleID sign-in options...one for iCloud, one for iTunes & App Store, one for iMessage, and one for FaceTime. You can use the same AppleID for all 4 at one end of the spectrum or use a different AppleID for each one (i.e. 4 separate AppleIDs) at the other end of the spectrum...or something in between. And actually, there is more in that you can add additional iCloud accounts for email access to mail if you have more than one iCloud account that you use for email.

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