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Can I transfer a paid app from my iPad to my wife's iPad?

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Dec 16, 2013 3:06 PM

My wife has a new iPad for Christmas. Can I transfer the paid apps that I have on my iPad to my wife's iPad. Can I just open my account in the App Store on my wife's iPad and download a purchased app that would be listed in my account to my wife's iPad. Or does my wife have to have her iPad registered to my Apple ID and account? As yet she does not have an Apple ID has not yet registered her iPad with Apple. If we download a paid app I have purchased on my iPad onto her iPad does this automatically mean that her iPad is registered to my account and that this cannot be changed?

iPad mini (Retina) Wi-Fi, iOS 7.0.4
  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,705 points)

    If you share an Apple ID, you can download your paid apps to your wife's iPad at no charge. You cannot transfer paid content from one ID to another ID, so of your wife is going to have her own Apple ID, she should purchase the apps again.


    I say that she "should" purchase the apps with her own ID because even though you can sign into your ID on her iPad, and then download the apps for free using your ID, she will then lock herself out of her own Apple ID for 90 days because she will have associated her iPad with your Apple ID,


    Apple allows you to associate devices with another ID every 90 days. So while you will not do permanent damage to anything, it will be a PITA if she is locked out of her own ID for 90 days.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,705 points)

    The obvious disadvantages to sharing an ID for everything is that you can't each backup to the same iCloud account, sync your own Notes, Reminders, Safari Bookmarks, etc. It's a little more work (but totally possible) in order to use FaceTIme and Messages with one Apple ID only. If you use an app like Pages, you will most likely not want to sync what she is syncing or keep the same documents on both iPads.


    You can share an ID for purchases, but you can set up another Apple ID so that you can each use iCloud, Messages and FaceTime. You actually don't need another ID in order to both use Messages and FaceTime, but you will probably want your own iCloud accounts anyway, and you need a separate Apple ID for that.


    This explains how you can add email addresses to use with FaceTime and Messages if you want to share one ID. l


    The 90 day ID lockout has no bearing on whether the apps will work or not work. Once you download an app to your iPad, it doesn't matter whose ID that you used to download the app, it will always work whether you are signed into that ID or not. Your wife does not have to be signed into your ID in order to use an app that was downloaded with your ID. After the 90 days are up, and she switches back to her own ID, the apps will still work no matter whose ID was used to download them. You are correct in that she will not be able to update the apps as long as she is signed into her own ID, but she can sign into your ID and update the apps that way.


    The 90 day lockout policy is to prevent the dishonest users from giving apps, movies, music, etc to one another without paying for them again, not to prevent a husband and wife to share purchases or a parent and child to share content. Since the minimum age for an Apple ID is 13, young children have to share an ID with a parent or they wouldn't be able to download anything at all.

  • rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6 (10,785 points)

    Great answer Demo, as usual!


    To the OP, my partner and I share the same Apple ID, which is great for sharing apps, photo's through photo stream, music, etc.  We however each have our own iCloud ID so our contacts, notes, etc., don't intermingle.


    It works out great for us.

  • xtremecarbon Level 4 Level 4 (2,235 points)

    One word answer: Yep. You just need to do it manually either through iTunes or by signing into your AppleID on her device. You can't update the app unless you repeat the process, however.


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