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  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,685 points)
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    May 23, 2012 6:35 PM (in response to Msweet63)

    I applaud your generosity and willingness to give up $230.00 worth of iPad apps. Unfortunately, Apple allows no provisions for transferring apps from one account to another. This decision wasn't made by any user on this forum since we are all just other users trying to help other users with technical problems. I'm sure that most users would love to have this ability to transfer purchased content to another ID.


    I know that Apple has some sort of iPad in Education progmam as well as the iPad in the Enterprise program. Those programs are designed for users like yourself and PWquick. They have provisions for setting up iTunes accounts to buy apps with multiple licenses and things like that so that these types of situations can be avoided.


    Unfortunately, nobody takes the time to look into the programs, the excitement of getting the new iPads up and running takes over, or users simply aren't aware that the programs exist - more often than not that is probably the case.


    Even though everything is spelled out in the Apple ID FAQ support site, not very many users are going to take the time to read the entire website and digest all of the information before they proceed to set up an account that is going to be used by other people. Frankly I wish that Apple would post in big giant letters when a new user applies for an Apple ID that purchases can never be transferred to another ID or given away, after they are purchased with that ID. When you sign up to use the iTunes store there is a 45 page document stating the terms and conditions. I would venture a guess that maybe one out of 20 users even reads the first two pages before they hit the - I Agree button - so that they can get started using their new iDevice and download content.


    I don't think that there is anything you can do, but try contacting Apple and explain your situation. I'm not betting that they will let you give the apps over to another ID, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.

  • OCxLove Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 3, 2012 6:00 PM (in response to cclloyd)

    haha dont let these users talk down to you cclloyd, Apples the one whos stealing, isn't it clear?! haha.. you paid for the apps and now are stuck having them on one account, what if you have another apple ID? lets say for example a work phone. shouldn't i be entitled to my digital content no matter what my silly little account name is? So next time stand up for yourself and get your question anwsered by someone who knows, not some little internet cafe geek who has an apple tattoo.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Jul 3, 2012 6:16 PM (in response to PWQuick)

    PWQuick wrote:


    The apps we use and that were purchased were purchased under the transferred employees iTunes account not a police account.

    That means that the transferred employee owns the right to use the apps.  Other individuals do not have that right.  I suggest that, in the future, you purchase all apps using the agency's Apple ID.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Jul 3, 2012 6:21 PM (in response to OCxLove)

    OCxLove wrote:

  paid for the apps...

    Haha, no that's not true, haha.  The purchaser merely purchases the rights to use the apps haha.



    OCxLove wrote:


    what if you have another apple ID? lets say for example a work phone. shouldn't i be entitled to my digital content no matter what my silly little account name is?

    Haha, that's a different issue and haha, yes, you are entitled to use the digital content no matter what silly name you use haha.  I have two Apple IDs and I routinely use apps from both on my iPod, my iPad and my iMac haha.



    OCxLove wrote:


    So next time stand up for yourself and get your question anwsered by someone who knows, not some little internet cafe geek who has an apple tattoo.

    Haha, what Internet cafe do you hang around"  Haha, you misinformed geek haha.

  • rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6 (10,785 points)
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    Jul 3, 2012 6:32 PM (in response to Philly_Phan)

    Philly.....Two Thumbs Up!!  Haha!

  • PHBLUE Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 12, 2012 11:29 AM (in response to Demo)

    There's a more practical reason why one might want to transfer apps purchased on one Apple ID (AID) to another Apple ID.... the App Store.


    In the Updates section, you can update the apps that were bought on the AID that you're currently logged in with... but the apps purchased with the other AID can't be updated. In order to do so, you have to log out and then log back in with the other AID.


    In some cases, apps bought with one AID won't run if I'm logged into the App Store with the other AID. Again, I have to switch logins in the App Store before I can run that app.


    Remember too that a lot of the mess with mutliple AID's is Apple's fault in the first place. When MobileMe was first released, many users were forced to create a new AID, even if they already had an existing one.


    I understand the need to combat piracy but Apple has smart people working for them. I'm sure they could figure a way to let us merge ID's if they truly had the will to do so.

  • Clif H Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
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    Aug 2, 2012 9:37 AM (in response to PWQuick)

    Every app is tied to a specific Apple ID.


    If paid apps + multiple iOS devices configured with same apps, you need to look into the Apple VPP program: This allows for a bit more flexibility when signing apps with a specific Apple ID.


    For iOS devices like a lab or local check-in/check-out environment you can leverage Apple's free Configurator program to setup and mass-deploy up to 30 devices at a time: A good write-up on how it works is at:


    For larger scale deployments or where you are dealing with personal / BYOD situations authorizing via personal Apple IDs, you want to leverage a 3rd party MDM provider, like MobileIron, AirWatch, etc. To get a taste of what that looks like you can try out the Meraki MDM service for free at: teps. This offers a great insight into the different capbilities you get with a larger enterprise class MDM. Most of these services can checkin/checkout app licenses across any number of devices, leveraging discounted VPP codes to authorize/deauthorize devices with your organization purchases.


    Not aware of any automated means of transfering licenses bought with a personal Apple ID to a different organizational ID. May want to call AppleCare directly on that to see what they can do:


    Keep in mind that educational insitutions can save up to 50% on iTunes buys through signing up with the VPP program:

  • Pieramato Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 7, 2012 11:36 AM (in response to cclloyd)

    Another simple reason why I'd like to transfer apps bought with my personal Apple ID to my wife's personal Apple ID: I did purchase a lot of games to let our kid play with them on my own iPad.


    Now that my wife has got her own iPad, we would like to move all those apps for the kid from my iPad to my wife's one without having to pay twice for the same apps.


    I don't want the apps to stay on both iPads. I simply would like apps to move from my AID to my wife's AID, and therefore "migrate" from my iPad to my wife's iPad.


    At the end, why should I pay twice for something that only one is using (i.e. our 4yo kid)?

  • ben-go Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 14, 2012 2:04 AM (in response to cclloyd)

    Hi Guys


    Here is my issue. An ap was loaded on one account, information stored on that ap is required by another user.


    I wil purchase that ap on the other users account... can i transfer the information contained in that ap to the other user

  • bwillits Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 19, 2012 6:10 PM (in response to cclloyd)

    I would like to be able to do the same thing. I auto upgraded to the new GetGlue app (and it's free so there is no concept of "stealing" here). The new version ***** - all it allows you to do now is check in to TV shows. I want to revert to the pre-August version. I do not have an iTunes backup to revert to. I had a friend send me the old 2.3.xx version but since it is tied to his account, my iTunes won't let me install it. I'd love a way to revert to the past version of GetGlue. I don't care if it's from my friends ipa or another method, I need to roll back to the previous version that I once had on my iPad. Is there any way to do this?

  • genomer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 9:11 PM (in response to cclloyd)

    I just wanted to post back at Demo and rbrylawski - you guys should stop trolling around. All you are doing is instigating something non-existant. OP never said he wanted to do anything illegal, yet you used harsh language against the OP. From what I understand OP did NOT know it was not legal. Without even hearing him/her out, you assumed he/she was a thief, that's absurd. If you don't have anything useful to add to the community, at least refrain from insulting evey new member you come accross. GET A LIFE, both of you!

  • TiyokRaditya Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 28, 2012 10:03 AM (in response to Pieramato)

    Well you have a much easier situation. Simply gift the app to your wife's ID or use your ID on your wife's iPad to download the app. Then you can delete the app on your iPad.

  • aeburde Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 5, 2013 4:21 AM (in response to cclloyd)

    I could some assistance as well.  I have closed an old iTunes account completely and opened a new one.  the old account is no longer active anywhere except on my iPhone where I have apps that I have downloaded with the old account.  I now only use this new acccount and can't even update my old apps because when I do I have to log in with that account but can't since it's closed...


    Is there a way for me to transfer my purchases to this new account since the old one has been closed?

  • darn4nr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 8, 2013 11:06 AM (in response to cclloyd)

    I think there are real honest use cases to solve this apps transfer issue between accounts:


    I'll give you mine:

    We have been an Apple home for many years and my kids just turned 15.

    we've always bought all apps and music under my account and used the shared ID.

    Lately (iOS6/ iPhone 4+5) they have linked chat/IMS to thesse accounts. And after doing the major upgrades and installs of new phones, I started seeing complete Im conversations of my daughter on my iPad ......

    Because all the phone numebrs are connected to this account ...


    So to separate this I would like to give us all separate accounts. And since we have a lot of apps that are on the mutual account but only used by a few, I'd like to sperate those out too.


    This thread seems to imply we're stuck with either dual accounts or rebuying,


    Again, I think there are enough use cases.


    I'm also CTO of a small business and we use iPads as a business tool. At best it seems I'd be forced to have a single business account  and share it with all employees, that will get ALL apps and change the password to the account everytime we have a change in staff. Not very professional..


    So I herewith request that Apple enables a mutually acceptable way to transfer apps between accounts. Otherwise I'll be stuck using windows at the office forever.


    If I misinterpreted "the way things are" please provide constructive feedback & RTFMs ..

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Mar 8, 2013 1:23 PM (in response to darn4nr)

    We're all users like you and you're preaching to the choir.


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