Getting in sync with auto-downloads

Rob Buckley
27 September, 2011
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If you don’t connect your mobile devices to your computer very often, sooner or later they’ll start to get out of sync. You may, for example, have a book on your iPad that you’d like to read on your computer or iPhone, or an iPhone app that’s not on your iPad.

Fortunately, if you’re running the latest version of iOS and iTunes, you’ll be able to automatically keep all your purchases in sync wirelessly, whether you’re on 3G or Wi-Fi, with just a few simple steps. Here’s how…

Vital Info

Device: PC or Mac
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 2 minutes

What you need

iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 4.3.3
Apple ID
iTunes 10.3.1 for desktop syncing

1. Access your settings

On your iOS device’s home screen, tap on the ‘Settings’ app and then scroll down until you find ‘Store’. Tap on it.

2. Get apps to download

Slide the ‘Apps’ slider to ‘On’, so that anything you buy on another device will automatically be downloaded to your iPhone.

3. Use 3G as well

If you’d like to sync apps when you’re not connected to a Wi-Fi network, you’ll need to slide ‘Cellular’ to ‘On’.

4. Sync books

If you have ‘iBooks’ installed on your phone, there will be a second slider that you can move to ‘On’ for syncing books.

5. Sync on your desktop

To have your apps and books available on your computer’s desktop, open iTunes and go to iTunes > Preferences.

In the ‘Store’ tab, click on the check boxes for ‘Apps’ and ‘Books’ to start syncing with your desktop machine.

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  1. Steve says:

    When you sync via wireless, is the app re-downloaded or it copied to each device from an original on your home machine?

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