Transfer discontinued app to a friend's iphone?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by fractal, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. fractal macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2012
    I have a free app on my iphone that is no longer available in the itunes store. My friend loves it and would like to get a copy on his iphone. We both have the iphone 4.

    Is there some way to do this? Would it work to just copy the .ipa file from my PC to his?
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    No. If it's bought under your itunes login you can only transfer it using your logged in iTunes library to sync it to his iPhone. And if you sync it with your library what's on from his library will be removed.
  3. Steeley macrumors regular


    Sep 10, 2011
    If you're on the same wifi network you could try using home sharing in iTunes. He could then view your library from his iTunes and copy the app over. It'd probably need you to authorise it though, it'd use up 1 of your 5 machines.
  4. fractal thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2012
    I was wondering about that. I don't use home sharing currently so I'm not familiar with it. I only have 2 devices; an iphone and a PC.

    If I did that, and he just copied over the one app, would his other apps be unaffected? When I sync with my itunes after that, would my apps stay intact also, does anyone know?
  5. Steeley macrumors regular


    Sep 10, 2011
    His other apps would be unaffected and your apps would be unaffected. The only issue is if there is an update to the app in future it might pop-up on his phone asking for the login for your iTunes account (i.e. the one you purchased the app with).

    I use home sharing to copy apps and music from my sister all the time. No issues at all.

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