Buying a App for someone else? (not itues card but actual app)

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by lemonademaker, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. lemonademaker macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2009
    In a Van Down By The River! Metro Detroit!
    I bought my parents a 3gs (well for my mom, dad is not a tech guy) and i found a few apps that i'd like her to get....

    is there kind of a "gift card" service I can just send to her iTunes account some apps when I find some that I think they would like... I know about the gift card thing... but then she has to search for the apps that I want her to get etc etc etc...

  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Not really, just email her a link to the app.
  3. mhuntoon macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
    If you log in under her account, you should be able to purchase the apps for her so that the next time she syncs, they would appear on her iPhone...I think.
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    For some unknown and very odd reason Apple has yet to allow apps to be gifted. I don't get it at all.
  5. mhuntoon macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
    Actually, now that I think about it, the data is stored on your computer, so unless she's syncing at your place that won't really work. Sorry.

    I do, however, wish that they had a "wish list" type thing where you could track apps you're interested in through iTunes (rather than a 3rd party like appshopper). There have been countless times I wanted to show my wife something where this would've been handy.
  6. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    If you log into her account on your computer, and buy the app, you can then send her a link to the app and have her "buy it". It will then tell her she already owns it and allow her to download it again for free. This is how I sync my work and home computers with my phone. Often at work I buy apps, I then go home and re-buy them and they sync up. I also re-buy them on the iPhone so that they are there too.

    But yes, gifting an app would be VERY nice.
  7. Pumapayam macrumors member


    Apr 11, 2009
    Gift this App

    Is there some logic behind why they would exclude such a feature on iTunes?

    There have been so many times I wanted a multiplayer buddy on a game and wanted to just buy them a copy so we can play together.
  8. mrbass macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2008
    Two ways to give your apps/games away for free.

    Let's say BROTHER wants to gift apps/games to SISTER.

    - probably not the best way as it requires a complete wipe of iphone/ipod touch each and every time.
    - Hook up SISTER'S idevice to BROTHER'S computer and copy all BROTHER'S apps/games to it wiping all data previously on there. :(
    - Hook up this to SISTER'S computer and login under SISTER'S itunes account. - In iTunes choose File and "Transfer purchases from SISTER's idevice".
    - Once all apps are on SISTER'S iTunes Account, new purchases made and even all their previous apps they can synch to that idevice without overwriting new ones.

    - best and easiest way to do it. :D
    - bring BROTHER'S idevice and connect to SISTER'S computer under SISTER'S itune's account.
    - in iTunes choose File and "Transfer purchases from BROTHER'S idevice".
    - Once all apps in SISTER'S iTunes account simply sync new games/apps to SISTER'S idevice and voila.
    - Do this as often as you wish.

    - General note...New Home Sharing requires all on same wifi / LAN network to work. This method just requires physical presence of idevice.
  9. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Maybe it's because Apple knows how selfish all the iPhone users are and that they would never think about gifting someone something other than to themselves? ;)

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