transfering purchases on iphone to itunes

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by littlewaywelt, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. littlewaywelt macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2007
    I purchased an app on the iphone, and for some reason it's not transferring to my list of apps in iTunes when I connect. Any ideas?

    I also have an indicator that two files require updates, but that I can only do them through iTunes or wifi. When I connect, iTunes says no updates are necessary.
  2. HTrig macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2007
    I've also been having this problem (and on or two others with iTunes recently but thats another story) i found that one of my apps transfered from the phone to the computer but the rest were stationary. I'm starting to wonder if its a problem with iTunes itself rather than anything else. So if anyone has any ideas i would like to second the request for help.
  3. hfthomp macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2008
    What I've been doing is whenever I download a new app on my iPhone, when I get home I download that same app in iTunes. I get a message saying that I've already purchased this item and I just hit okay and then it downloads. Then when I sync the iPhone the app shows up in the list of apps to sync.
  4. chrisb3 macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    I find that they don't always automatically sync, so I do it manually (File>Transfer Purchases from xxxxx). That usually does the trick, though I will do it twice just to make sure that they all got transferred.
  5. ShaqFu macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2008
    I have the same issue here as well. I have not tried an itunes song yet but will see if that transfers.
  6. severe macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2007
    Same here. Downloaded an app on the computer the other night and it wouldn't sync to the phone, even after several attempts. It was the first time I'd run into any trouble. I ended up downloading it from the phone. It claimed I already owned the app and asked me if I wanted to update it.

    Whatever works.
  7. HTrig macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2007
    thank you this seems to have done it
  8. razorianfly macrumors 65816


    Oct 16, 2007
    Cheshire, United Kingdom
    1. Select the device in the left pane on iTunes under 'Devices'.
    2. Select 'Transfer Purchases'

    iTunes will look at your account, realise you've bought the application,
    and sync it back up to your main library.


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