Can two family members access their accounts on a single Mac login account

I've been using the standalone client for many years. Considering going to the family plan so my wife can use 1Password on her iPad and computer. The issue is we both use the same login account on one of our Macs. Can we add both our 1Password accounts to that configuration so that when she wants to access her passwords she opens 1Password with her ID and account and vice versa for me? Basically the question is can we use two 1Password accounts on a single MacOS login account.


1Password Version: 7.2.5
Extension Version: Not Provided
OS Version: 10.13.6
Sync Type: Not Provided

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  • Can we add both our 1Password accounts to that configuration so that when she wants to access her passwords she opens 1Password with her ID and account and vice versa for me?

    Yes and no. You can add 2 accounts to the 1Password and that works without a problem. The only limitation is that you unlock the App with the first account you add and then both accounts start syncing. It is not possible to just "switch" accounts on the fly.

  • BenBen AWS Team

    Team Member

    Hi @macbrass

    It is not possible to sign in to multiple accounts within 1Password Families from the same macOS user account using 1Password for Mac. As I see it, there are a few different options:

    1. You could use separate macOS user accounts [this is the recommended solution]
    2. You could share a 1Password account
    3. One of you could use 1Password for Mac, and the other could use the 1Password.com web interface to retrieve your passwords

    Does that help?

    Ben

  • Yes, that does help. Let me ask a followup. Can my wife create a vault that she shares with me and can be accessed from my account in that single macOS account? Not worried about her having my master password so much as making it easy for her to access the few entries she might need in that situation.

  • BenBen AWS Team

    Team Member

    @macbrass

    If your wife is going to have your Master Password I'm not sure I understand the purpose of having separate accounts (see point #2 above). That said, yes, a vault could be created that is accessible from both of your 1Password accounts. When your wife is on the shared computer that is signed into your 1Password account, if she knows your Master Password, she could unlock 1Password and access that data.

    Ben

  • Thanks Ben. I do take your point about why needing a family plan if she has my Master Password. Lets just say there are some "human/technology interface issues" that are actually involved in that. :)

  • BenBen AWS Team

    Team Member

    Fair enough. ;)

    Ben

  • thanirsthanirs
    edited May 22

    My wife and I share a Mac and I am trying to add her account to the Mac app but 1Password is not letting me. It thinks I am adding her account to mine. I want to be able to sign out and have the ability for her to sign into the app when she is working on the Mac. We use a single login to login into the Mac. How do I do this? Separate logins to the Mac is not preferred. Thanks!

    Here is the error message:
    A member from FirstName LastName has already been added to 1Password.
    You cannot add two accounts from the same Family or Team.


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    Sync Type: Not Provided

  • Hi @Ben

    This looks similar to the question I posed here: https://discussions.agilebits.com/discussion/104007/adding-a-second-account-in-the-desktop-app-families

    I have a follow-up question about your option 3 mentioned above. If I use this option, I am under the impression that autofill doesn't work for the person using the web interface. Correct?

  • BenBen AWS Team

    Team Member

    Hi @thanirs,

    That is correct. Only the person using 1Password for Mac would have the ability to use the browser extension. Separate macOS accounts is still the recommended solution here. macOS has built-in multi-user support exactly for this reason. :)

    Ben

  • Thanks @Ben. I went ahead and created an account for her. With fast user switching it seems to work OK thus far.

  • BenBen AWS Team

    Team Member

    Great! Thanks for the update. :)

    Ben

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