It’s a lot of work to set up your au pair’s smart phone so that it has all the apps, all the contacts, and all the info you think s/he’ll need.
This is great work to do on behalf of keeping everyone organized and connected. How can you keep this information year to year, au pair to au pair, without having to do it over every time?
QuirkyMom has an idea….
Our family has iPhone on a family plan, and we give our au pair an iPhone 5C to use while she’s here.
Last year, our au pair bought herself an iPad, and since she’d set up her own iTunes account, she used her own account for the au pair phone. That was nice but— the end result was that I had to do a factory reset when she left to get rid of all her apps, emails, texts, etc.
The hard reset also resulting in erasing our shared calendar and all the the necessary contacts, etc. that we had added to the phone. This also meant that I had to start over and re-calendar everything. I decided that I never want to go through this again, so this time:
1) I’ve set up a generic au pair Gmail account, which for us is.
This email is what I use to send calendar updates, etc. Our new au pair can add her own personal email account and delete it when the year is up to keep her data private, but the shared calendar will stay current.
This Google account also allows me to set up Google Maps with favorite places, so that won’t have to be redone. [ note: this makes it easy to Welcome Your Au Pair With A Custom Google Map !]
2) The newest iOS8 allows you to share apps and content! https://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/family-sharing/
So the rule will be that the au pair cannot have her own iTunes account on the au pair phone, but given how many paid apps I already have, there will be plenty that she can download and share.
This also enables a shared photo album and other cool features.
3) I’ve populated the contact list with all the necessary contacts from my phone by texting them.
Our au pair can add her own contacts as necessary but then delete those manually.
I wish I had thought of this last year, but better late than never!
Families that use Android phones– do you have ways to ‘roll over’ information and apps from au pair to au pair?
How have you handled the challenge of moving phone-based tools from one au pair to the next?