App. Purchase question

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Poat84, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. Poat84 macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2008
    Can I buy ana pp. on one iphone and go on a friends iphone and log into my account and download the same app. on his phone without paying anything?
  2. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    Yeah app purchases are tied to the account. You can put any app you purchase on 5 iphones. Although if you put an app you bought on your friend's iphone he won't be able to update it unless he logs into your account. iTunes will tell him there's an update but he'll be charged if he tries to download it with his account.
  3. outphase macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    Updates done via the iPhone's App Store will prompt you for the purchasing user's password. Updates done via iTunes won't even list the update unless you are logged into the purchasing user's account.
  4. Pika macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2008
    I have the original iPhone + iPhone 3G + iPhone 3GS = 3 iPhones with the same account.

    Is it possible to get more then 5 for the future iPhones ?

    I mean is it possible to disable an account to an iPhone in order to save accounts ?

    How can i do that ?
  5. businessgo macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2009
    interesting question.. I want to know this too actually. anyone?
  6. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816


    Dec 1, 2005
    Ahem. You guys aren't exactly right.

    AFAIK there is no limitation on the number of idevices you can sync with one iTunes account. The limitation is 5 computers can be authorized with a single iTunes account. And you can sync as many iDevices with each computer as you like. But in your case you want to download apps on your friends iPhone bought in your account. Now that will break apples Terms and conditions with you. Apple clearly states you need to own all the devices in order to install the apps on them. So what you'll be doing isn't allowed. Wether you chose to still download your apps on your friend's iPhone is your decision and you'll be fine unless apple has some way to find out if all the devices are owned by you or not.

    Also another limitation is that a maximum of 5 iTunes account can be synced with one idevice. If you for some reason have more than 5 accounts authorized with your iTunes you'll have to choose only 5 of those account for each of your iDevice. Though I can't think of anyone using that many accounts. I personally use two. One for free promo code apps and another one for paid apps. Helps me keep things clean but not really required.

    So to sum it up, it's 5 computers per iTunes account. Unlimited iDevices per computer. And 5 iTunes accounts per iDevice. :)

Share This Page