Transferring apps from iPad to iPod touch
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: I have an iPad and I bought a lot of apps on it. Is there a way to put those apps on my iPod touch? Both devices are using the same iTunes Store account.
A: Provided the applications are compatible with the iPod touch you can transfer them to your iPod touch by syncing both devices with your iTunes library. Assuming that you’re logged into your iTunes Store account when syncing your iPad any applications on your device should automatically synchronize back to your iTunes library. You can also manually initiate this process by connecting your iPad and choosing “Transfer Purchases” from the File menu in iTunes.
Once the applications are back in your iTunes library you can then sync them to your iPod touch in the same manner as any other application by selecting them on the “Apps” tab in your iPod’s sync settings in iTunes.
Note that applications designed specifically for the iPad are not necessarily compatible with the iPod touch unless they are “universal” apps designed for both platforms. Any applications that you’ve purchased that are designed to run only on the iPad will not appear in the “Apps” listing in iTunes for your iPod touch. You can identify these apps by selecting the application in iTunes from the “Apps” section and choosing File, Get Info. The summary page for the app will indicate which devices the app is designed for: iPad, iPhone/iPod touch or iPhone/iPod touch/iPad.
Note that if you don’t have an iTunes library available to sync with you can also re-download the apps on your iPod touch directly through the App Store on your device. Any applications that you’ve already purchased can be downloaded from the App Store again at no additional charge—simply tap the “Buy” button and you will be notified that you have already purchased the app and asked if you want to download it again.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Report confirms legitimacy of at least some of the stolen iCloud credentials being held for ransom
- New (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, and 9.7” iPad now available to order
- Apple Store down again ahead of new iPad, Product(RED) iPhone launch
- Apple acquires automation app Workflow
- Nintendo updates Super Mario Run, makes more courses available for free play
- Apple confirms iCloud and Apple ID systems have not been breached in response to hacker threat
- Hackers claim to have access to millions of iCloud accounts, demand ransom from Apple
- Apple’s Siri in the running to voice control room functions at Marriott’s Aloft hotels
- Apple releases iTunes 12.6 with new cross-device movie rental feature
- Apple introduces Clips video app
- ExoLens PRO with Optics by ZEISS Wide-Angle Lens Kit
- Blue Sadie Headphones
- Circle with Disney Parental Control and Internet Filtering System
- Pioneer Rayz Plus Lightning Connector Earphones
- BEEM United BeMe D200 Lightning Connector Earphones
- Jam Audio JAM Xterior Max Rugged Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
- HiFiMAN Edition S Headphones
- Divoom Timebox Mini Bluetooth Speaker
- iClever BoostSound BTS-09 Bluetooth Speaker
- Soundcast VG1 Bluetooth Speaker
- Top Five: The Best Products for Building a Smart Home with HomeKit
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 3
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10