How to enable automatic downloads for music, books, and apps with iTunes in the Cloud

How to enable automatic downloads for music, books, and apps with iTunes in the Cloud

If you have an iPhone and an iPad, or multiple iOS devices of any kind, you use iTunes in the Cloud to automatically download any music, books, or apps you buy on one of them onto any or all of the others. For example, if you downloaded a hot new game on your iPad, you can have it automatically appear on your iPhone. If you download a classic song while out on your iPhone, you can make sure it's already on your iPad when you get home. Best of all, it's easy to enable.

How to enable automatic downloads for music, books, and apps on your iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on iTunes & App Store.
  3. Under the Automatic Downloads section, turn On the options for the types of content you'd like to download automatically.
  4. If you don't want automatic downloads to eat through your carrier data, turn Off the option for Use Cellular Data. It is found under the Automatic Downloads section. This way, downloads only happen when you're on wi-fi.

How to enable automatic downloads for music, books, and apps with iTunes in the Cloud

Here is a brief explanation of each option:

  • Music: If you purchase a song on your iPhone from iTunes, it'll automatically be available on any compatible iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac that supports iTunes in the Cloud and is authorized to use your iTunes account
  • Apps: Apps downloaded on one device are automatically downloaded to any other compatible device that has an active connection to the internet
  • Books: If you download a book in iBooks, it should automatically appear in other instances of iBooks on compatible iOS and OS X devices
  • Updates: Updates are a little different and only really apply on a per device basis. Turn updates on if you want App Store updates to install automatically without you having to approve them via the App Store app.

Note: Updated, November 2014.

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Allyson Kazmucha

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How to enable automatic downloads for music, books, and apps with iTunes in the Cloud

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Great stuff. I have found that this works just fine on iPad and iPhone but has never, ever worked for me on the Mac. Anyone else?

I mean the settings are clear, I have automatic updates selected and automatic downloads, and they simply have never worked (on the Mac).

I really like the automatic double downloads, except when I don't. I have vastly more available memory on my iPad than I do on my iPhone!

I am wondering why i dont have the same pdf files when i download it to my iphone on my IPAD?
Anyone knows why?