How To Setup Two iCloud Accounts on an iPhone

Update September 2013 for iOS7

The instructions on this page are written specifically for iOS6.  At this time it appears that the ability to use method has been removed from iOS7

This How To article will explain how you can configure two iCloud accounts to an iPhone for the purpose of tracking that iPhone with one iCloud account, without affecting the operation of the other iCloud account configured on the iPhone.  An example of how two iCloud accounts on an iPhone would be useful would be a parent that wants to track their child's iPhone.  The child has configured the iPhone with their own iCloud account for making App Store purchases, using iCloud email, iMessages, etc.  The parent wants to track the iPhone using his or her iCloud account without the child knowing.  This requires that both the child's iCloud account and the parent's iCloud account both be configured on the iPhone, however specific steps must be taken to not interfere with the operation of the child's iCloud account.  

Applies to: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad with iOS 5 or newer.  (Throughout this article we will refer to the devices as an iPhone)
  • In order to be tracked or located, the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad must be powered-on and have connectivity to the internet via WiFi or 3G.  
  • You must have a (free) iCloud account
  • Accuracy of location tracking varies from a few feet to a few miles.  Generally, iCloud and Find My iPhone location tracking accuracy is very good.
Find My iPhone Disabled

WARNING:  Tracking the location of an iPhone not owned by you may be illegal, is certainly immoral, and will probably get you into trouble

For simplicity we will refer to your child's iCloud account as "Billy's iCloud account" and your (the parent's) iCloud account as "your iCloud account"

How to add a second iCloud account to your iPhone:

Presumably the iPhone will already be configured with Billy's iCloud.  The first step is to turn-off Find My iPhone under Billy's account without affecting any of his other iCloud services.
1) Tap Settings
2) Tap iCloud
3) Scroll down to "Find My iPhone" and tap it to "Off"
Find My iPhone is now Disabled under Billy's iCloud account
Now you can add a new account with your iCloud info, and activate Find My iPhone on that account:
1) Tap Settings
2) Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars
3) Tap Add Account
4) Select (tap) iCloud
5) Enter YOUR Apple ID (iCloud username / email address)
6) Enter your iCloud password and tap Next 
on the next screen tap all items EXCEPT for Find my iPhone to OFF
Make sure that Find My iPhone is ON
Test that tracking and locating is working by going to and signing in with your iCloud account.  Click Find My iPhone, and verify that Billy's phone appears and is trackable. 
Your child's iPhone is now trackable via your iCloud account, without conflicting with his or her iCloud account.  
Now that you can track your child's iPhone, you may want to turn off notifications so that he does not know each time you use Find My iPhone to locate or track him.  By default, when you use Find My iPhone to locate the iPhone, a small arrow appears near the clock indicating that the Location Services are in use:
Find My iPhone Notification icon

How to turn off the Find My iPhone tracking notification icon:

1) Tap Settings
2) Tap Privacy
2) Tap Location Services
3) Tap Find My iPhone
4) Tap "Status Bar icon" to OFF
Now, each time you track the iPhone, the notification arrow will not appear.
Now your child's iPhone is trackable, and they will not see the notification icon on the home screen each time you track them. 
Finally, you may want to put some restrictions on the iPhone so they can't disable iPhone tracking.

Lock the settings so tracking can't be disabled:

1) Tap Settings
2) General
3) Tap Restrictions
4) Tap "Enable Restrictions"
6) On the Restrictions screen scroll down to and tap "Location"
7) On the Location screen, tap "Don't Allow Changes" and then tap "Restrictions" at the upper left to return to the previous Restrictions screen
8 ) From the Restrictions screen, Tap Accounts
9) Tap "Don't Allow Changes"
If you have followed all of the steps above you can now: Track your child's iPhone using your iCloud account without conflicting with his or her iCloud account, you have turned off the "you are being tracked right now" notification, and you have restricted the iPhone so your child cannot disable tracking.
Test everything!  Make sure you can track the iPhone on (or, by using the Find My iPhone app on your iPhone), and make sure that any iCloud services (email, iMessage, App store, iTunes, etc) works as expected with your child's iCloud account.  

Video Version

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If you get stuck or if something isn't working as expected, post a question in the comments below - we can help!



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iPhone tracking
where would i find this?
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Re: iPhone tracking

Follow the steps on the page, above.
It is likely that you dont have these options as they have not been available since iOS 6.
To see what iOS version you have, tap SETTINGS, then tap GENERAL, then tap ABOUT and scroll down to "version".

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Re: How To Setup Two iCloud Accounts on an iPhone
if this is done to my phone can i check somehow to see if it is being tracked?
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Re: How To Setup Two iCloud Accounts on an iPhone

Unless your iphone is running iOS 6 from 3 years ago, adding two iCloud accounts can no longer be done.

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Re: How To Setup Two iCloud Accounts on an iPhone
Does this still work?
Vanessa (not verified)
Re: How To Setup Two iCloud Accounts on an iPhone
I went through the steps but after adding the second icloud account there is not a "Find My IPhone" selection to cut on or off. My only options are: Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders and Notes. Why is Find My iPhone not showing up as an option? THANK YOU!!!
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
How do i turn off Find My iPhone without the password?
I cannot turn off the find my phone application on the iPhone. When I do it asks for the account password for iCloud and I do not have it and that person is not around anymore, what do I do?
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How do i turn off Find My iPhone without the password?
You put the iphone in your office because without that password, it's a paperweight..
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Setting Up Two iCloud Accounts on an iPhone
If there has never been an icloud set up and i try to set one up anonymously won't my email address appear in settings and when you scroll down to Icloud. I have mine set up and underneath Icloud it says my email address. HOw could I avoid that?
Apple Eater (not verified)
Re: Setting Up Two iCloud Accounts on an iPhone
You can change the name/description that shows in the account list but you can't change or hide the actual email address info that shows when editing the account.

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