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iTunes Store: How to enable Automatic Downloads

iTunes 10.3.3 and iOS 4.3.3 or later (iOS 5 or later for iPhone (CDMA Model)) enable you to automatically download purchases from the App Store, iBooks Store, or iTunes Store1 instantly to your other computers and devices.

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Enabling Automatic Downloads on your computer

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. If you haven't already, authorize your computer for use with your Apple ID by choosing Store > Authorize This Computer. Learn more about iTunes Store authorization.
  3. For Mac computers: Choose iTunes > Preferences and click the Store tab.
    For Windows computers: Choose Edit > Preferences and click the Store tab.
  4. You can enable Automatic Downloads2 for Music, Apps, or Books under Automatic Downloads.

Tips

  • If you can't select the checkboxes, you will need to sign in to the iTunes Store with your Apple ID.
  • If you're using OS X Mavericks v10.9 and iTunes 11.1, the Automatic Downloads preference for books has moved to the iBooks for Mac application. To enable Automatic Downloads for books, choose iBooks > Preferences > Store and select "Download new purchases automatically." 

Enabling Automatic Downloads on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap Settings > iTunes & App Stores on your device.
  2. Tap Sign In if you're not already signed in to the iTunes Store.
  3. Enter your Apple ID and password.
  4. Tap to enable or disable Automatic Downloads for each content type.

Tips

  • If iBooks isn't listed as an option, you will need to download and install iBooks from the App Store on your device to enable Automatic Downloads for iBooks.
  • You can enable or disable Automatic Downloads over your cellular network on an iPhone or iPad Wi-Fi + 3G. Tap to turn Cellular Data on or off in Settings > Store. Cellular Data downloads are limited to a file size of 50 MB or smaller.

 

Additional Information

  1. Automatic Downloads applies only to new purchases made after you enable the feature. Automatic Downloads for iPhone 4 (CDMA Model) requires iOS 5 or later.
  2. Automatic Downloads for music and downloading past music purchases may not be available in all countries. Find out if iTunes in the Cloud is available in your country. iOS 5 or later is required for iPhone 4 (CDMA Model).

When you first purchase content that is eligible for Automatic Downloads, you can choose to automatically download copies of that content to iOS devices and iTunes-authorized computers associated with your Apple ID. Learn more about associating a device or computer with your Apple ID.

You can specify which type of content automatically downloads to an associated device. iOS devices with push notifications enabled should automatically download the specified content if the device has an Internet connection. On an associated device that doesn't support Push Notifications, including Windows PCs, the specified content should automatically appear in the download queue where you can manually initiate the download within iTunes.

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