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Lan_Holmes Level 1 Level 1

guys, i wanna ask about transfering purchases to another ID.

my sister has an apple ID. now, she doesn't use any apple product anymore, but she has purchased many apps, now, i'm using her ipad, and i want to move her purchases to my account, due to, she dont want to tell me her ID password, any help?

or can i change the ownership of the apps?

iPad 2, iOS 5.0.1
  • rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6

    So, what you're asking us is how to steal purchases made on one account to another account?  Apps are tied to the ID they were purchased on, so you can't do what you want.  If you want them, you need to purchase them.

  • MAXp0wr Level 1 Level 1

    I'm not seeing how 'transferring' a purchase is ripping off a company?

    If I buy something physical and don't want it anymore, is it ripping off a company if I 'give' it to someone else to use?  **** no.

    Transferring means that the original purchaser can no longer use it anymore. What's the issue?

  • NMJH Level 1 Level 1

    you can achieve this by doing the following :


    Sign in the APP store / itunes via the new ipad with the apple ID the purchases are currently exist on and download tohse  purchases apps, once installed, you can successfully enjoy those apps with your new apple ID but you require authorization from the other account aka password. Though she does not have to tell the password, she can merely enter it for you, and then sign out after she is done.


    hope this solves your problem

  • annfromdb Level 1 Level 1

    I am rather upset by the implication we want to steal. My husband and I have a joint bank account. I bought all apps under his id. I should obviously have used my own, but we have happily shared apps on our iphones. We were not to know that you would change the rules. Now he wants his id for email only and I want all the apps -  he does not want the apps! He won't be using them any more.

  • MAXp0wr Level 1 Level 1

    Pretty much the same sitation we have. Nobody is asking to steal anything, we don't want 2 licenses, we are simply asking to 'transfer' the purchases/licenses to another ID.


    I like digital content and I pay for it, but if DRM starts to get in the way of common sense then I will simply bypass it and nobody will get my $points.

  • Demo Level 10 Level 10

    Unfortunately folks, we do not make the rules, Apple does. The bottom line is that there is no way to transfer apps from one ID to another ID. Apple just does not allow it and it is really that simple.

  • XRS04 Level 1 Level 1

    That's a nice suggestion NMJH, but it really doesn't transfer ownership of the apps. 


    I've been wondering about this question myself.  Someday Apple may provide for this kind of transaction, but there's nothing available to us now. 


    It used to be that if your hard drive crashed and you lost all your purchased music you had one oportunity from the support staff at Apple to re-download all songs that were still available on the store at no charge.  That was a one-time deal only and now Apple lets you re-download all your purchased music yourself as many times as you want, as long as the device is assigned to your Apple ID. 


    It may be just a matter of time before Apple allows for the combining of Apple IDs which would allow people who have purchased downloads from iTunes with multiple Apple IDs to combine all those purchases into a single account.  It could also help people like me who have one Apple ID for purchasing stuff and a mobile me Apple ID that just has iCloud data to combine those accounts into a single Apple ID.  If that utility ever materializes that could be used to transfer the purchases like the OP asked.  In my opinion, Apple is more likely to focus on the combining of accounts than it is to provide a solution for the transfer of purchases.

  • Sherloxy Level 1 Level 1

    I really hope they think about allowing it sooner than later. Corporates start using paid for apps and pay from a single account assigned to a single technician.  They don't transfer but buy each app for each device. So apps purchsed by the user and corporate apps ends up on the same device.  Imagine 6000 employees calling on the techie for each update, remember he can't hand out that password. They will ether have to think of a transfer and delete mechanism and/or allow purchase on behalve of an existing account.

  • lin_d Level 1 Level 1

    I have basically the same quesiton BUT I work in a school district and have been integrating mobile devices into the schools.  Many accounts have been created but now we're starting a system where each school will have their own itunes account and I would like to transfer the apps purchased by the school that I work at from another school account to the one we will be using permanently now.  No stealing, I just want to have the apps that my school has purchased and uses to our new school itunes account.  These particular apps are already on and being used by mobile devices in my school legally.

  • rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6

    Doesn't really matter.  If the apps were purchased under an ID, they are tied to that ID and can not be transferred to another ID.  It would be no different that if a couple in a home each have an iPad and each has their own iTunes accounts with their own Apple ID.  They too can't share Apps.

  • lin_d Level 1 Level 1

    ok-thx-I'm just trying to make life easier at work.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6

    rbrylawski wrote:


    It would be no different that if a couple in a home each have an iPad and each has their own iTunes accounts with their own Apple ID.  They too can't share Apps.

    Actually, they can.  One iPad can support apps purchased from multiple IDs.  One iTunes on one login on one computer can support apps purchased from multiple IDs.  The only requirement is that the user know the passwords for all of the IDs.

  • rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6

    I keep forgetting that Philly.  Thanks for the reminder.

  • Chino Bradley Level 1 Level 1

    I have a slightly different problem which might require the same solution but i am not sure. I have had the same apple ID for about 4 years and apple only gives you 4 licenses per ID. Meaning i can install iTunes and use my ID on 4 computers. Well over the years i got a new desktop, got a new laptop and had it installed on my parents computer. I now want to install iTunes on my new laptop but i have no licenses left. I have spent $100's on apps and cannot afford to lose them all. I want to keep the same account if i can. As i can see transferring them to a new ID is a bit of a challenge. Is there a way to get extra licenses or do i have to set up a new ID and follow the advice in this thread?




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