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Question: How to download an iPhone app via my iMac?

The title pretty much says it all. I have my iPhone connected to my iMac, and I want to download an app for it.


I used to do this through iTunes, until they changed that a while back. I know the app I want is on the app store, but when I go to the App store and search for it, it won't show me anything but OS X apps.

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Feb 28, 2018 10:34 PM in response to Peter Oram1 In response to Peter Oram1

Yes there is a reason. Main reason is that I don't have any passwords stored on my phone, and I want to keep it that way. Keeping passwords on a device that can easily be lost or stolen is a recipe for disaster, and more risk than I want to take.

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Feb 28, 2018 10:56 PM in response to rrd3 In response to rrd3

There are two separate App Stores: the Mac App Store, apps for Macs and the iTunes App Store, apps for iOS devices.


In the past, you could access the iTunes App Store through the iTunes app for Mac. Apple recently removed the iTunes App Store from the iTunes for Mac app with version 12.7. You now only have access to manage the iTunes App Store on iOS devices through the App Store app on the iOS device.


Or, you can turn to an alternative to iTunes 12.7 and download and install iTunes 12.6.3, which has access to the iTunes App Store on a Mac.

Download version 12/6/3 from this link.


As to passwords on the iPhone, they can be made secure using an encrypted password app such as 1Password. I have used it for years. I do not use the cloud version of 1Password, I use the individual version and sync my Macs & iOS devices with my home wi-fi network only.


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