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iCloud cannot sign in. maximum number of free accounts have been activated on this iPad

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Dec 1, 2012 13:03 PM Post in iPad Use
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Trying to sign in iCloud from my ipad2 for the first time and giving me "cannot sign in. The maximum number of free accounts have been activated on this iPad"

iCloud cannot sign in. maximum number of free accounts have been activated on this iPad

Dec 1, 2012 13:03 PM
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Error Message: "Cannot sign in.  The maximum number of free accounts have been activated on this ipad/iphone"

 

I encountered the same problem when I purchased a used iPad for my elderly father and couldn't set it up for him. I called Apple Support...

 

Apple support could NOT help me. I was told there is no way to circumvent the 3 icloud setup limit on iOS devices at their end. I was told to use a different mac or iOS device that hadn't met the 3 x limit.

 

So, using MY iPad I tried to do that. At first I went to Settings/iCloud. But that is your PRIMARY iCloud account    (and this was MY iPad and I didn't want to screw up my own settings!) which you don't want to trash.

 

After some online research (iMore to be exact) I discovered you can setup a secondary iCloud account using:

 

Settings/Mail,Contact,Calendars --> Add Acount... -->iCloud --> Get A Free AppleID --> Birthday Q then Security Question - then Name - then Get a free iCloud email address....

After you get to the new iCloud settings page at the end of the signup process - I deselected all the tabs which made the new account "inactive" on my iPad.

 

Next I went to the used iPad that had the initial problems, and tapped on Settings/iCloud. I signed in with the iCloud account that was newly created and was able to then get an iCloud account to work!

 

I left the new iCloud account showing on my own iPad (under Mail,Contacts,Calendars) as it is inactive. I am not sure what would happen if I deleted it - it may stop working on my father's iPad then.

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