4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 21, 2011 9:43 AM by StephenM
Stacey Joy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I just bought a new macbook air and am wondering how I can transfer my perviously purchased apps to the new computer? Can I do it by attaching my ipad or iphone?

  • 1. Re: How do I transfer previously bought apps from my old mac to my new macbook air?
    StephenM Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)

    I am a little confused by your question. First you mention transferring Apps then you mention iPhone & iPad. Potentially, you could mean transferring Apps from an old Mac or just getting the Apps off of an iPhone/iPad. I'll tackle each separately.

     

    First, if you are wanting to Transfer Mac Apps, you could use the Migration Assistant. That can transfer all your Applications, support files, and data files from your old machine. Click on the magnifying glass in the upper right corner and type "Migration Assistant". You will find the App in the Spotlight results. Open MA. Follow the process to do the transfer. When done with that transfer, you may need to log into the Mac App Store and login using your Apple ID that you used to perviously to purchase the Apps.

     

    That is the hard one, now for the easy one.

     

    If you are worried about getting the Apps off of the iPhone/iPad, it is a little more straight forward.

     

    1. Open iTunes.

    2. Login using the Same Apple ID that you used to purchase the Apps on the iPhone/iPad.

    3. Plug in the iPhone/iPad and Sync.

     

    The Apps will get backed up to your machine.

     

    Hope that helps.

  • 2. Re: How do I transfer previously bought apps from my old mac to my new macbook air?
    Stacey Joy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just bought a new macbook air.  I used migration assistant and was able to transfer all of my software, however nothing came from itunes or any of my other folders.

     

    I was able to transfer my music through homeshare but not my apps.

     

    Is there something that I'm missing when doing the migration assistant?

  • 3. Re: How do I transfer previously bought apps from my old mac to my new macbook air?
    StephenM Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)

    Well the Apps are located in the following folder.

     

    User Folder/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications/.

     

    BTW. User Folder is the folder that has your Documents, Music, Movies Folder, etc. My guess is your home folder would have a name of staceyj.

     

    You could share your old machine and copy them over. I am not sure that would be enough. Doesn't syncing the device(s) on the new machines, while logged into iTunes using the same login that the Apps were purchased with, bring the Apps over? I thought that would.

  • 4. Re: How do I transfer previously bought apps from my old mac to my new macbook air?
    blkadder73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    if syncing your iphone on the new mac doesn't copy the apps over, you can use "Transfer purchases from iPhone" on the file menu in iTunes.

    if you don't sync all of your apps, copy them manually from your home folder (in Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications)