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Can I sync my ipad with my wifes itunes and download her apps in addition to mine?

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May 9, 2011 5:40 PM

I would like to add applications from my itunes and my wifes itunes account to my ipad 2.  Is that possible?

iPad 2, iOS 4.3.2
  • pvonk Level 6 Level 6 (13,670 points)

    If there are two iTunes accounts involved, then no.  Otherwise we could all share our apps and not buy them.

  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,455 points)

    Apps and videos are tied to a single iTunes account.

    They cannot be shared across different accounts.

  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,575 points)

    Contrary to the 2 above comments, iTunes content acquired from the iTunes Store can be shared with 5 other authorized computers. You may only sync an iOS device to one iTunes account, but you can share the content acquired by one iTunes Store account with other iOS devices.


    The first thing that you and your wife need to do is to open iTunes and go to Preferences/Devices and check the box for Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically. Now you have control of your iOS device when it is connected to the other's account.


    If you want the apps from your wife's iPad, connect the iPad to the computer and iTunes app to which you sync your iPad. Control click or right click her iPad's name in the iTunes devices list in the left column and choose Transfer Purchases. All purchased iTunes content on her iPad will by transfered to your iTunes account. After the transfer is complete, detatch her iPad and go to Authrize This Computer in the iTunes Store menu. Enter her Apple ID and password for her iTunes Store account and Authorize. Now all of her content is available to you and any iOS device which you sync to your iTunes account. You can do the same in reverse with your iPad for her.


    The one thing to remember is that these are still her apps or your apps. So these apps can only be updated with the account that acquired them. If you open iTunes and see that there are apps with updates, to update your apps log into your iTunes Store account. To update her apps, log into her iTunes Store account. If you see apps to update but after logging into your iTunes Store account you are told there are no updates for you, then you know that the apps that have updates are hers.

    '09 Mac mini, '06 iMac, iPad 2, Mac OS X (10.6.7), iOS (4.3.3) Mac fanboy since 1984!
  • kimberly fSG Calculating status...

    This was spectacularly helpful, thank you.


  • zenonp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Very good analysis of how iTunes works.  Maybe you can help with what may be a related iTunes problem.  When my iPhone is connected to my iTunes (running on my PC under Win7) it shows no files on file-sharing Apps like Pages, Keynote, and Print-n-share.  Yet I know that each of these Apps has files. When  I connect my iPad2 which has some of the same Apps they all show the Shared files.   I cannot export or import files to/from itunes and iphone because the list of files inside the iPhone Apps is not visible in itunes.  I have tried a number of ways of attempting to fix this -- including ones suggested in this Forum ( but none of them works.

  • HappyGirl Calculating status...

    Could one, after this process, then uncheck "the box for Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically," afterwards to allow it to sync automatically again or would that mess everything up?


    Would I have to plug in my iphone everytime from then on to sync?

  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,575 points)

    I believe that if you did that the iTunes account to which you were syncing would remove everything on the device that iTunes did not find in the accounts content library.

    Mac mini (Late 2012), OS X Mavericks (10.9.1), iPhone 5S, iPad 4 (iOS 7.0.4)
  • lizdance40 Level 4 Level 4 (1,920 points)

    You should leave auto sync off for many reasons.   If you use your iPhone for photos is a big one.    Auto sync would erase the camera roll.


    You never have to plug in your phone to sync.   "Connected" does not always mean cable, it may mean wifi. 

    You can choose to sync via wifi even with "prevent auto sync" checked.


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