Sync ipad app to iphone, but here's the catch...

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by ayee007, May 8, 2016.

  1. ayee007 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    I want to sync a few of the ipad apps i bought onto my iphone. My ipad is synced to my old macbook while my iphone is synced to my macbook air. do i need to have both devices synced on the same computer in order to do this?

    since i only want a few apps transferred and not the entire ipad app library, is there a way i can do this? thanks for any help!
  2. chscag macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    If you purchased the apps you wish to sync from the iTunes app store, download them again to your MacBook Air and then sync your iPhone to the MacBook Air.
  3. ayee007 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    i just searched the app on my itunes store and its still asking me to pay i missing something?
  4. rigormortis, May 8, 2016
    Last edited: May 8, 2016

    rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    some apps like sling tv come in both separate iPhone and ipad versions. go to the app store and click updates. click on purchases. click on not on this iPhone ( or not on this ipad ) and everything you ever bought should be there for free.

    maybe asking for money again is because you bought this on a different itunes account?

    the fact that device is synced to different computers shouldn't affect apps that you purchased and want to redownload from the app store.

    is it possible that one iPhone is on your itunes account for purchases, and the other device uses your iCloud account for purchases?

    iOS 9 brought us app thinning. your apps are no longer copied from your device and into the library. they must be downloaded from the internet using itunes and then synced to the device. . this should not affect you and is not a reason why you are asking to buy it again. regardless if its itunes or not, if something is purchased, then you should be able to download it on the iPhone / ipad directly by going to that previous purchase screen

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