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cclloyd Level 1 (0 points)

Is there a way to transfer paid apps between an iPad on one account and an iPhone on another without copying the IPA from the iTunes folder?

 

Example:  I copied Star Walk from my iPhone to my brother's iPad, and authorized it using my password by copying the IPA from my iTunes to his.  Is there a way to do that without iTunes, using only the 2 iDevices?


iPhone 4S
  • Demo Level 10 (88,801 points)

    You are not supposed to be copying apps from one account to another account. Apps are always tied to the ID that they were purchased with.

     

    Aren't you stealing - or am I missing your point here?

  • cclloyd Level 1 (0 points)

    Well why else would they allow it to be authorized on 5 computers?

  • cclloyd Level 1 (0 points)

    Well why else would they allow it to be authorized on 5 computers?

  • Demo Level 10 (88,801 points)

    Five computers using the same Apple ID - but once again maybe am I missing something?

     

    You want to transfer apps that you bought with one account to a device using another account. Is that the gist of it?

  • cclloyd Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes. 

  • Demo Level 10 (88,801 points)

    Then I stand by my original point - but maybe I should not have been quite that harsh.

     

    You can authorize up to 5 computers for iTunes content with the same Apple ID. I have 4 authorized computers for iTunes content. I use the same Apple ID on all of them. My family - my wife, my daughter and I - all share an iTunes account. that is perfectly acceptable.

     

    I cannot however, transfer my apps to by brother's ID as his ID never purchased those apps. He must buy them with his own ID or in effect he would be stealing them. I can't copy a .ipa file to his iTunes just to make it "my iTunes" so that he can share my apps.

     

    It's really pretty simple.

  • rbrylawski Level 6 (11,850 points)

    You are asking us how to help you steal, which is something no one who has any character should help you do.

  • Demo Level 10 (88,801 points)

    I don't think the OP will be back, my friend.

  • rbrylawski Level 6 (11,850 points)

    Well, let's hope not......There is a member here who is constantly telling people how to do what the OP asked, but it bothers me everytime I read the advice.......

  • cclloyd Level 1 (0 points)

    Still here.

     

    And if it were illegal, or even if Apple didn't want you to do it, they wouldn't allow apps from one account to even work on an iDevice that is authorized on everything else with another account.

  • rbrylawski Level 6 (11,850 points)

    Well, we're simply not going to help you. 

  • Gunnar R Level 1 (55 points)

    I understand your stance on this matter. However: I am from Norway and live in Japan and therefore have two iTunes accounts (one Norwegian and one Japanese). The primary account is the Norwegian one and I use the Japanese account for obscure language apps that are not available in the Norwegian store. I have on a couple of occasions bought apps on the Japanese store by mistake (ones that are available in both stores - most recent one, iPhoto for iOS) and have been rather annoyed at having to sign into both accounts for updates (as I do not care about keeping the more obscure ones from the Japanese store updated).

    Having said this, I second what you say that the OP's reqeust sounds rather fishy and also - as far as I know - would like to tell the OP that it is not possible to transfer an app from one account to another. If the OP is in a similar situation to myself, having accounts in two different countries, then the workaround is to contact Apple and cancel the purchase from the wrong account and repurchase the app in the intended account.

  • PWQuick Level 1 (0 points)

    How about this scenario.  I work for a police agency that bought 6 iPads for our unit to use for work.  We installed many apps purchasing the app for each iPad. Now one of our employees transferred out of the unit and our IT wiped the iPad clean like its a new iPad.  The apps we use and that were purchased were purchased under the transferred employees iTunes account not a police account.  Is it possible to remove them from his account and place them on a different account for when his replacement is hired so we don't need to buy them all over again for the new employee to use on the iPad.  The transferred employee doesn't really have a use for the apps in his new job and doesn't have his own iPad so he wouldn't need the apps anymore? 

  • Msweet63 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a similar problem but I don't just want to transfer a purchase to a new account but I won't to disassociate them from the old account. My am a special ed. teacher. I few years ago my school got my classroom an iPad. We had no school iTunes account and no one wanted to use their credit card at the time. So I just started buying apps with my own account. Not realizing that down the road the iPad would be as useful as it turns out. Then the started giving me iTunes gift cards to use, and I just kept using my account. Now we are getting 6 more iPads and the school wants to set up its own iTunes account. I want to basically just give these apps to them and never beable to download them on my own account again. I do not want to steal I just want to give it away. It's about $230 worth of apps, basically anything that's education specific. I'm not trying to do anything illegal.

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