If you don't want to turn on Automatic Downloads, you can download your past purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store.
When you turn on Automatic Downloads, your device also associates with your Apple ID.
If you use Family Sharing and turn on Automatic Downloads, content bought by other members of your family won't automatically download to your devices. Only content that you purchase with your Apple ID downloads automatically.
What you'll need
- An iTunes Store account in a country where you can redownload iTunes purchases.
- The latest version of iTunes.
- The latest iOS software.
You'll also need to sign in to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and your computer with the same Apple ID.
On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- Tap Settings > iTunes & App Store.
- If you're not already, sign in with your Apple ID.
- Turn on the content that you want to automatically download.
After you turn on Automatic Downloads for Music, Apps, or Books on all of your devices, all new purchases that you make in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store on any device download automatically to all of your devices.
If you turn on Updates, any new versions of apps that you currently have on your device automatically download when they're available.
You can turn Automatic Downloads on or off over your cellular network on an iPhone or iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store and turn Use Cellular Data on or off. Cellular Data downloads are limited to a file size of 100 MB or smaller.
On your computer
In iTunes, you can turn on Automatic Downloads for iTunes Store purchases such as songs, albums, movies, TV shows, or apps for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- Open iTunes.
- If you’re not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
- If you haven't authorized your computer, choose Store > Authorize This Computer.
- Mac: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose iTunes > Preferences.
Windows: From the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window, choose Edit > Preferences. Learn what to do if you can’t see the menu bar.
- Click the Store tab, then select the content that you want to automatically download.
- Click OK.
In OS X Mavericks v10.9 or later and iTunes 11.1 or later, the Automatic Downloads preference for books is in the iBooks for Mac app.
- Open iBooks for Mac.
- From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose iBooks > Preferences. Then click the Store tab.
- Select "Download new purchases automatically."
- If prompted, sign in with your Apple ID and password.
Mac App Store
You can also turn on Automatic Downloads for apps you buy for your Mac.
- From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose Apple menu () > System Preferences.
- Click App Store.
- Select "Automatically download apps purchased on other Macs."
More about Automatic Downloads
- If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch has an Internet connection and you turn on Push Notifications, your content automatically downloads to your device. On an associated device that doesn't support Push Notifications, your content automatically appears in your iTunes download queue. You can manually download the content in iTunes.
- If you turn on Automatic Downloads on a Mac or PC running the latest version of iTunes, music, movies, and TV shows that you buy on your Apple TV automatically download to your computer.
- Automatic Downloads for music and downloading past music, movie, or TV show purchases might not be available in all countries. Find out if you can redownload purchases from iTunes in your country.
- Automatic Downloads for movies and TV shows is only available through the latest version of iTunes. Automatic Downloads can't be turned on for video on iOS.
- Apps don't download automatically to Apple TV (4th generation), but you can download or access past purchases from the iTunes Store or App Store on your device.