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Define which MobilMe account is used for iPhone uploads iOS devices
After upgrading to an iPhone 3GS, I was pleased to see the new option to send photos and movies to MobileMe. I have two MobleMe accounts configured in Mail on my iPhone: my 'primary' MobileMe account, and a MobileMe sub ('family') account. The primary account is set to only sync Mail to my iPhone, and the family account is set to sync Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Bookmarks (since you're only allowed to fully sync/push one MobileMe account on the iPhone.)

The problem I found was that when trying to send a photo or a movie to MobileMe, the account that the iPhone insisted on using was my primary account. I searched settings and could not find anywhere to change this. I called Apple iPhone tech support, and although they understood the problem, they did not have a solution. (I called the day after the iPhone 3GS release, so they were understandably swamped!)

I just could not believe that the iPhone would not allow me to choose a different MobileMe account. Frustrated, I decided to find my own solution.

What I discovered is this: iPhone uses the first MobileMe account it finds on your phone when choosing which account to default to for sending Photos and Movies (regardless of whether it's a primary or family account.) As I had two MobileMe Mail accounts on the phone, and the first one listed in my Mail app was my primary account, the family account was being ignored.

My solution was this:
  1. Using the Mail app settings, delete the undesired primary email account from the iPhone, leaving only the family account.
  2. Check the Camera app and see that the default MobileMe account has changed to the remaining account -- yes.
  3. Using iTunes, add the primary email account back on the iPhone. The order of the accounts in the Mail app is now different, with the family account listed first, and the primary account listed last.
  4. Upload photos or movies to the desired MobileMe account from the Camera app.
[robg adds: I only have one MobileMe account, so I can't test this one.]
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That wasn't what you'd call succinct.
Authored by: Izzard on Jul 01, '09 09:17:52AM

Right, so the short version is that iPhone uploads using whatever MobileMe account was setup on it first and if you want to use one you added second just remove the first one and re-add it.

This hint could have been a lot shorter without all the details about calls to Apple and protracted step-by-step instructions.

Maybe I seem grumpy but it's just meant as constructive criticism. (That's what comments are for.) :)



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That wasn't what you'd call succinct.
Authored by: mistergsf on Jul 02, '09 01:46:09PM

Actually, for me, it's choosing the last MoMe account set up on my iPhone. I'm gonna have to try all of this when I get home. It's really frustrating that something like this gets by and no one in Apple Tech Support and MobileMe Support could give me a clear answer or solution.



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Define which MobilMe account is used for iPhone uploads
Authored by: DanFrakes on Jul 01, '09 09:34:22AM

Unfortunately, this doesn't work for me. I deleted all but one MobileMe account from my iPhone, and I tested to be sure "Upload to MobileMe" was uploading to that account. Then I added another account; the phone immediately used the *new* account for uploading.

I'd love to figure this out, as I've been wondering for a couple weeks how to change this.

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Dan Frakes / Senior Editor, Macworld



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Define which MobilMe account is used for iPhone uploads
Authored by: Izzard on Jul 01, '09 10:59:36AM

Dan, to be fair to abadgersf he does specify using iTunes to add the MobileMe account back to the iPhone. Is that what you did? If that's the secret sauce that makes this hint work then I'll be eating a slice of humble pie.



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Define which MobilMe account is used for iPhone uploads
Authored by: DanFrakes on Jul 01, '09 12:06:22PM

After further testing, it appears this does work, but *only* if, as the original hint explains, you re-add the non-primary accounts to your phone using iTunes -- if you add it back via the iPhone's Settings app, the fix won't stick.

Kudos!

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Dan Frakes / Senior Editor, Macworld



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Define which MobilMe account is used for iPhone uploads
Authored by: mariofreak85 on Jul 01, '09 12:32:26PM

I don't have two MobileMe accounts to test this, but what happens if you define the second account as the default account in the mail, contacts, calendars settings?



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Define which MobilMe account is used for iPhone uploads
Authored by: DanFrakes on Jul 01, '09 02:09:14PM

Unfortunately, that setting has no effect on MobileMe uploads.

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Dan Frakes / Senior Editor, Macworld



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