5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 1, 2010 12:02 PM by varjak paw
John Kendrick Level 1 (0 points)
How do I transfer ownership of our iPad to my wife?

Here's the story. My wife and I bought an iPad this past summer. I synced it with my computer as the more savvy computer user in the family. But she is now the principle, if only, user. So we want to move it her name as the owner and to her computer as the iTunes syncing source.

My reading at the moment suggests that to do so we have to zero out the apps, sync it with her computer, and then she has to download new apps.

Seems, at best, odd. Is there a way to transfer ownership to her and for her to retain all the apps on the iPad?

Thanks in advance for any help,

John Kendrick

Mac Pro 3.1 2.8 GHZ, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 6 GB RAM
  • wande00 Level 1 (15 points)
    I was in a similar situation and I found no solution. The apps that you downloaded are associated to your account, not the ipad itself. So she would need to download the apps within her itunes account and then restore the ipad.

    If anyone knows a better way I'd love to know. I bought one for my parents for xmas and I am the more computer savvy one so I upgraded to 4.2.1. I would love to be able to transfer ownership of a few apps that I wanted to purchase for them but don't think I can so ill have to wait until I visit them.
  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,822 points)
    You just need to copy the apps to her computer. Just authorize her copy of iTunes to your iTunes Store account and then use the the Transfer Purchases command in iTunes:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1848

    or you can copy the apps from your computer to a removable device such as a USB flash drive, then drag them into the iTunes window on her computer.

    Once the apps and any other purchased items have been transferred into her copy of iTunes, she can then set it up to sync to her iPad. From there she can purchase apps using either your iTunes Store account or her own. She'll need your account ID and password to get any updates to the apps purchased through your account. She can if she wishes also change the name of the iPad, though that's unnecessary.

    Regards.

    Message was edited by: Dave Sawyer
  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,822 points)
    wande00 wrote:
    I would love to be able to transfer ownership of a few apps that I wanted to purchase for them but don't think I can


    You are correct; you can't. You'll have to authorize your parents' copy of iTunes to your iTunes Store account, or purchase the apps again using their own account in the Store. If you do the former, then you'll have to give your parents your iTunes Store account ID and password so they can get any future updates to those apps.

    Regards.
  • John Kendrick Level 1 (0 points)
    Dave,

    Thanks for the very quick and informative reply. I'll see just how it works.

    John Kendrick
  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,822 points)
    Hope all goes smoothly, as it probably will.

    Cheers.