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Download past purchases

With iTunes in the Cloud, you can access your past purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and Mac App Store.

Before you begin

  1. Sign in with the Apple ID that you used for the original purchase.
    See which Apple ID you used to download an item.
  2. See if the content is available for redownload. Previously purchased items might not be available if they're no longer on the iTunes Store. If you changed your Apple ID from one country to another, you can’t download items you purchased in a previous country.

If you're using Family Sharing, you can use these steps to download your family member's content.

Download previous purchases on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Make sure your iOS device meets these system requirements:

  • iOS 4.3.3 or later
    You need iOS 5 or later to download items to iPhone (CDMA model).
  • iBooks 3.0 or later to download books

Apps

  1. Tap App Store.
  2. If you're using an iPhone or iPod touch, tap Updates, then tap Purchased.
    If you're using an iPad, tap Purchased.
    Menu bar on iOS device
  3. Find the item that you want to download.
  4. Tap the Download icon. After the app downloads, you can open it from the Home screen.

Music

  1. Tap Settings > Music and make sure Show All Music is on.
  2. Tap the Music app.
  3. Find the item that you want to download.
    Music app showing Pacific Air: Stop Talking
  4. Tap the Download icon.

Movies, TV shows, or music videos

  1. Tap Settings > Videos and make sure Show All Videos is on.
  2. Tap the Videos app.
  3. Tap Movies, Music Videos, or TV Shows at the bottom of the page.
    Videos app menu bar
  4. Find the item that you want to download.
  5. Tap the Download icon.

Books

Follow these steps to download purchased books:

  1. Tap iBooks. If you're using iBooks 3.2 or earlier, tap Store.
    iBooks menu bar
  2. Tap Purchased from the bottom navigation bar.
  3. Tap the book that you want to download.

Audiobooks, ringtones, and tones

If you made a backup of these items on your Mac or PC, you can sync the items to your iOS device. You can't download these items again from iTunes in the Cloud.

Additional information

If you can't find an item in Music or Videos using these steps, you might try downloading it from the iTunes Store app:

  • iPhone or iPod touch: Tap the iTunes Store app and go to More > Purchased.
  • iPad: Tap the iTunes Store app, then tap Purchased.

Play previous purchases on Apple TV

You need Apple TV (2nd generation or later) to play content on Apple TV. Some features require the latest version of Apple TV software. If they're available in 1080p, you can play previously-purchased 720p HD TV shows and movies in 1080p.

Movies and TV shows

  1. On the Apple TV main menu, choose Movies > Purchased or TV Shows > Purchased.
  2. Select the item you want to view.
  3. Choose Play.

Music and music videos

  1. On the Apple TV main menu, choose Music.
  2. Select the song that you want to listen to.

Download previous purchases on Mac or PC 

Make sure your Mac or PC meets these system requirements:

  • iTunes 10.3 or later
    You need iTunes 10.6 or later to download previously purchased movies and TV shows.
  • iTunes account in a country where iTunes in the Cloud is available

iTunes Store

  1. Open iTunes and go to the iTunes Store.
  2. Click Purchased in the Quick Links section.
    Quick links
  3. Select the content type that you want to download (Music, Movies, TV Shows, Apps, or Books).
  4. Select Not in My Library to view purchased content that isn't on your computer.
    Purchased screen
  5. Find the item that you want to download. You can browse using the menu to the left. If you have more than 2,000 songs, you'll see Recent Purchases instead of All Songs or Albums.
  6. Click the Download  icon next to the item you want to download.
    If an item is already in your library, the Download icon won't appear.

Mac App Store

  1. Open Mac App Store.
    Featured tab of the Mac App Store
  2. Click Purchases at the top of the window. Your purchased apps will appear.
  3. Click Install or Download.

Get help

You might find the answer to your question below:

After you download your purchases, back up your iTunes library. Previous purchases might be unavailable if they've been refunded or aren't on the iTunes Store.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Sep 17, 2014
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