If you own more than one or two apple products capable of downloading apps. you’re probably familiar with the hassle of needing to switch devices to use different applications. There are ways to get around this, however. Today, you’ll be taking a look at how to sync apps that are on one Apple device to another. For this example, we’ll be using the iPhone and the iPad to demonstrate how it works. This can, however, work in either direction with any app-capable devices you own.
First, you’ll need to open up iTunes. You probably already have this installed on your computer but, in case you don’t, you can easily download the latest version from the Apple website. Once you’ve got it open, just connect your iPhone to your computer by its USB cable. Give it a moment to connect, let the program talk to it, etc., and it will eventually appear on iTunes under “Devices” in the left column.
Once it’s been detected, click the name of your device to open the list of syncing options. In the bottom right corner, you’ll see a button that will sync the device right away. Click that and step away from the computer for a bit. The sync button backs up all of your apps in iTunes and, depending on how many apps you have, that can take a while. Once it’s done backing up all of your apps, disconnect the iPhone from the computer.
Now, you can attach the iPad to your computer. Again, give iTunes a bit of time to detect your device. Once you can see the device’s name under “Devices”, you’re ready to start. Just click the name and then click “Apps” at the top of the iTunes main screen. Once you’ve done that, you’ll see a list of all the apps that are currently on the computer with iTunes, including the ones you synced from your iPhone, with check boxes next to each one. If there are any particular apps you don’t want on your iPad then go ahead and uncheck them. Once you’re satisfied that only the apps you want are selected, click “Apply” in the bottom right corner. Again, you’re going to have to wait a bit for it to transfer everything. Once it’s done with the transfer, you can go ahead and disconnect your iPad. Open up your list of applications on the iPad to make sure you didn’t forget to check or uncheck any apps and you’re done. Just like that, you’ve moved every app you wanted from your iPhone to your iPad.
As mentioned earlier, this works in either direction with any Apple product that can download apps. If you want to move apps from your iPod touch to your iPhone, just follow the same instructions. If you’ve got a fairly fast computer, this can be a relatively fast process. If your computer is on the slower side, however, you may want to set aside thirty minutes to an hour if you have a lot of apps.