Transfer bought iPhone apps to laptop

Posted on 2009-06-26
Last Modified: 2013-11-06

So I bought a used jailbroken OS 3.0  iPhone today., but my computer and iTunes are already synced with my previous iPhone.

The thing is that the guy that I bought the phone from left a whole bunch of cool applications on it, he said it was all right for me to use them.  Most of them he got at the iTunes store.  I want to sync this iPhone with my computer now and I don't want to loose all the apps and stuff. I have my own iTunes store account and have bought tons of stuff as well.

Now,  If I try to sync it,  iTunes warms me that the content of the iPhone wiil be replaced with the content of my Library. Thus meaning that I would loose all the apps that are already in the iPhone. (the ones the guy I bought it from left)

How can I transfer all this stuff to my iTunes library so that I can sync it all together with what I already have?

Thanks for your comments and tips to get this done.

Question by:JackoPinto
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Accepted Solution

zefyxftw earned 500 total points
ID: 24726275
1. Open iTunes on the computer that is used to maintain the other iPhone.
*Note: Make sure you are using the iTunes that belongs to the target iPhone. If you sync to their iPhone from your iTunes you could potentially mess things up for them and yourself.

2. Authorize iTunes to use your account information (different from the account that is currently on the computer). This can be done on up to five separate computers. To do this go to Store > Authorize Computer.

3. Enter your iTunes account credentials and click Authorize. If you have authorized too many computers it will let you know and you will have to free one up by going to a copy of iTunes you've already authorized and choosing Store > Deauthorize Computer.

4. Connect the iPhone that has the licensed applications or media you want to transfer on it to iTunes (aka "your" iPhone). Connect the cable from your iPhone to the computer and it should show up in iTunes.

5. Right-click the iPhone icon in iTunes and choose "Transfer Purchases." Once the iPhone is connected, it might ask you to update, restore or backup. Do not allow it to do any of these things.

6. Your iPhone will say "Sync in Progress" and you'll see the files being copied in the iTunes window. This process could take a long time depending on how many purchases you have on there.

7. Eject your iPhone from iTunes when the transfer is complete.

8. Connect the target iPhone to the computer. It should now appear in iTunes.

9. Go to the Applications tab for the iPhone. You should see the applications we previously transferred from the other iPhone in there. Choose the ones you want and when you are ready click "Sync" at the bottom. The applications will transfer to this iPhone and you're done!

Hope this helps!

Author Comment

ID: 24726304

But I don't have access to this guy's computer, I there any other way of doing this?


Expert Comment

ID: 24729196
The app store is complete with DRM, so the apps are attached to the store account at this point in time. No way exists legally for you to use those applications without the last owners iTunes account information.

Author Comment

ID: 24729254
OK I understand. Thank you very much.

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