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Using iCloud to Download iTunes Store Purchases on an iOS Device

An iCloud account helps you get content you purchased from the iTunes Store onto your iOS device with ease; this works for music, TV shows, apps, and books. In this section, you learn two ways to use iCloud to get purchased content on your iOS device:

  • Add newly purchased content automatically.
  • Download previously purchased content.

Configuring Automatic Downloading of iTunes Store Purchases on an iOS Device

To configure automatic downloads to your iOS devices of the content you purchase from the iTunes Store, perform the following steps:

  1. Tap Settings. The Settings app opens.
  2. Tap Store. You move to the Store settings screen.
  3. Set the status bar to the ON position for the types of content that you want downloaded to your device automatically, as shown in Figure 5.1.
    Figure 5.1.

    Figure 5.1. With this configuration, any music, apps, or books purchased from the iTunes Store on any iCloud-enabled device are automatically downloaded to this iPad.

  4. If you are configuring a device that supports a cellular data connection (iPhone or iPad) and you don’t have an unlimited data plan, ensure that Use Cellular Data is OFF. If this is ON, content will be downloaded to your device when you use a cell network for data. This can consume significant amounts of data; if you have a limited data plan this can get expensive, so you should set this to OFF so content is only downloaded when you are on a Wi-Fi network.

After you’ve done these steps, any content you enabled in step 3 is downloaded to the iOS device automatically when you purchase it from the iTunes Store. (This only affects future purchases, but in the next section, you learn how to get previously purchased content.)

Downloading Previous iTunes Store Music or TV Show Purchases on an iOS Device

You can download music or TV shows you’ve previously purchased to an iOS device using the iTunes app:

  1. Open the iTunes app.
  2. Tap Purchased.
  3. If you are using an iPhone or iPod touch, tap Music or TV Shows, as shown in Figure 5.2; if you are using an iPad, tap the View button in the upper-left corner of the screen and then tap Music or TV Shows. The rest of these steps show downloading music by selecting the Music option, but the steps to download TV shows are similar.
    Figure 5.2.

    Figure 5.2. The Purchased screen in the iTunes app enables you to download music or TV shows.

  4. Tap Not On This Device tab, where Device is the type of device you are using, such as an iPhone or iPad. The list shows all the music you’ve purchased from the iTunes Store but that is not currently stored on the device. If you are using an iPad, you see an index of all your purchased content that is not on the iPad along the left side of the screen. If you are using an iPhone, the index fills the screen. At the top of the index, you see the number of songs that you’ve purchased that aren’t on the device and the number of recent purchases. You can tap either of these to browse those lists of content. Below this, you see all the artists associated with content you haven’t downloaded to the device; this works just like the lists in the Music app. You also see the number of tracks for each artist.
  5. Browse the list.
  6. Tap the artist whose music you want to download. You see a list of content for that artist, organized into categories. On an iPad, you can choose which category you want to see, either albums or songs; if on an iPhone or iPod touch, you see the content organized by category.
  7. On an iPad, tap Songs to see the content by song, as shown in Figure 5.3, or tap Albums to see it grouped by album instead. On an iPhone or iPod touch, you can browse the list of albums or tap All Songs to see the content by song, as shown in Figure 5.4.
    Figure 5.3.

    Figure 5.3. On an iPad, you can browse purchased music by song or by album; Songs is selected here.

    Figure 5.4.

    Figure 5.4. On an iPhone or iPod touch, you see the content listed by album, or you can tap All Songs to see it by song instead.

  8. Tap the Download button (the cloud icon with the downward pointing arrow) for the content you want to download. To download all the content, tap the Download button shown above all the content (iPad) or tap Download All (iPhone/iPod touch).
  9. If prompted, enter your Apple ID password and tap OK. The content is downloaded to your device.
  10. On an iPhone or iPod touch, tap More and then tap Downloads. Or on an iPad, tap the Downloads tab at the bottom of the screen to move to the Downloads screen so you can monitor the progress of the downloads. as shown in Figure 5.5. When all the content has been downloaded, the screen empties.
Figure 5.5.

Figure 5.5. On the Downloads screen, you can monitor the progress of content being downloaded to your device.

Downloading Previous iTunes Book Purchases on an iOS Device

You can download books you’ve previously purchased to an iOS device using the iBooks app:

  1. Open the iBooks app.
  2. Tap the Store button.
  3. Tap Purchased.
  4. Tap All to see all your purchased books or tap Not On This Device, where Device is the name of the device you are using, to see books that haven’t been downloaded yet.
  5. To download a book, tap its Download button.
  6. If prompted, enter your Apple ID password and tap OK. The book is downloaded to your device and becomes available in the Library.

Downloading Previous iTunes App Purchases on an iOS Device

You can download apps you’ve previously purchased to an iOS device using the App Store app:

  1. Open the App Store app.
  2. On an iPad, tap the Purchased tab; on an iPhone or iPod touch, tap the Updates tab and then tap Purchased. You see the Purchased Apps screen.
  3. Tap Not On This Device, where Device is the device you are using, to see apps you’ve purchased but not downloaded to the device. Figure 5.6 shows this screen on an iPad.
    Figure 5.6.

    Figure 5.6. The Not On This iPad tab shows apps that have not been downloaded to this device.

  4. If you are using an iPad, tap iPad to see only apps specifically for an iPad or tap iPhone to see apps designed for iPhones/iPod touches.
  5. Tap the Download button for the app you want to add to the device.
  6. If prompted, enter your Apple ID password and tap OK. The Download button is replaced by a status button that shows the app being installed on your device. When the installation process is complete, you can use the app.
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