Daily Tip: How to automatically send your music, book, and app purchases to your iPhone, iPad, and computers

Curious how to use the new iCloud feature that enables Automatic Downloads? Luckily for us, this feature has rolled out before iOS 5, and anyone using iOS 4.3.3 or later has the ability to use it. But what exactly is Automatic Downloads? To find out, follow along after the break!

Say, for example, you purchase 1password on your iPad. This is a universal app, so you probably want it on your iPhone as well. To do this before, you would have to either sync your iPad, then iPhone with iTunes, or manually install 1password from the App Store on your iPhone. Not any more! Now you can enable automatic downloads on your iPhone, iPad, and computers so that any music, iBook, or app purchase you make will automatically download to all your devices - and here's how!

Enabling Automatic Downloads on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Store (it's located at the very bottom of the 3rd group of options)
  3. You will see four ON/OFF toggles. The first three are to enable Automatic Downloads for Music, Apps, and Books. Select which ones you want ON.
  4. The last toggle is to "Use Cellular". If you don't want to download apps over 3G (perhaps to lessen data usage) make sure this is OFF. Otherwise, turn it ON.

Enabling Automatic Downloads on iTunes

  1. Open iTunes
  2. Open Preferences
  3. Click the Store tab
  4. You will see boxes for Music, Apps, and Books. Check the ones you wish to be automatically download.

There you have it! Now your devices are ready to automatically download your purchases through the cloud. Let us know how this worked out for you and if you have any questions!

Tips of the day will range from beginner-level 101 to advanced-level ninjary. If you already know this tip, keep the link handy as a quick way to help a friend. If you have a tip of your own you'd like to suggest, add them to the comments or send them in to news@tipb.com. (If it's especially awesome and previously unknown to us, we'll even give ya a reward...)

Have something to say about this story? Leave a comment! Need help with something else? Ask in our forums!

Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

More Posts



← Previously

Superfunctional 1: Standing desks

Next up →

Add some flare to your photos with LensFlare

Reader comments

Daily Tip: How to automatically send your music, book, and app purchases to your iPhone, iPad, and computers


I have 2 iPhone's and only one shows up with this option the other just has my account. My iPad and Mac work. Any suggestions?

I just tried this tip on my iPad. The button switches on andnthen switches off. Do I need to do it on iTunes on my computer first or have iOS5 Beta installed? Thanks.

I also tried this on my iPhone 4 and only apps and books appear as options. No music. Australian iTunes store. iOS 4.3.3. I bought a Gotye song twice. Worth it for the Gotye, disappointing in terms of Apple.

When this first came out any apps over 20 Mb that I downloaded in iTunes would start to download on my 3GS and get stuck. Any app over 20 gets stuck over network. I turned it off.

I already set it up on my iPhone and iPad. I can't wait to get home to set it up on my PC. I really am looking forward to iCloud.

Music is not listed on mine as I live in Canada. Also on iTunes all the check boxes in the store section are all greyed out.