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
- Open Settings
- Tap Store (it's located at the very bottom of the 3rd group of options)
- 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.
- 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
- Open iTunes
- Open Preferences
- Click the Store tab
- 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!
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