Turn on Automatic Downloads

Stay in sync across your devices. Automatically download purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store to your computer, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Content that's eligible for Automatic Downloads will download automatically to iOS devices and iTunes-authorized computers associated with your Apple ID after you turn on the feature.

If you're using Family Sharing, your family's content won't automatically download to your devices. Only content that you've purchased with your Apple ID will download automatically.

What you'll need

Here's what you'll need to turn on Automatic Downloads:

Turn on Automatic Downloads

Turn on Automatic Downloads for any device that you want to automatically download your purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store.

On your computer

You can turn on Automatic Downloads for your Mac or Windows PC when you follow these steps:

Music, Movies, TV Shows, and Apps

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. If you haven't authorized your computer, choose Store > Authorize This Computer.
  3. Open the iTunes Store Preferences:
  4. Select the content that you want to automatically download. If you can't select these options, you need to sign in to the iTunes Store with your Apple ID.

iBooks

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. 

  1. Open the iBooks for Mac app.
  2. Choose iBooks > Preferences > Store.
  3. Select Download new purchases automatically.

 

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

You can turn on Automatic Downloads for your iOS devices when you follow these steps:

  1. Tap Settings > iTunes & App Store.
  2. If prompted, sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Tap the content that you want to automatically download. If Books isn't listed, download iBooks from the App Store.

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.

Learn more

If your iOS device has an Internet connection and you turn on push notifications, the content should automatically download. On an associated device that doesn't support Push Notifications, the specified content should automatically appear in the download queue where you can manually start the download within iTunes.

Music, movies, and TV shows that you buy on your Apple TV will also automatically download to a Mac or PC running iTunes 12 on which you've turned on Automatic Downloads.

Automatic Downloads for music and downloading past music, movie, or TV show purchases might not be available in all countries. Find out if iTunes in the Cloud is available in your country.

Automatic Downloads for movies and TV shows is only available through iTunes 12. Automatic Downloads can't be enabled for video on iOS.

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