How to Transfer an App From iPhone

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There may be times when you want to transfer the applications on your Apple iPhone to your computer. If you purchased applications from the iTunes Store, you will need to authorize iTunes to transfer the applications before connecting your iPhone to your computer. Also, if you used multiple iTunes accounts to make purchases from the iTunes Store, you will need to authorize each account that was used to transfer applications to iTunes on your computer.

  • Double-click on the iTunes icon on your desktop to launch the application. Select the option "iTunes Store" located on the left-side of the iTunes pane. Click on "Store" from the menu bar. Select "Authorize This Computer" from the drop-down menu list. A pop-up box will appear on your desktop and you will be prompted to enter verification information.

  • Enter your Apple iTunes account information in the appropriate fields. Type your username into the "Apple ID" field. Type your password into the "Password" field. Click the "Authorize" button when you're finished. In a few moments, you will have access to the iTunes Store.

  • Connect your Apple iPhone to your computer. Plug one end of the USB cable included with your iPhone into an available USB port on your computer, and the other end into your iPhone.

  • Click on "File" from the menu bar. Select "Transfer Purchases from iPhone." The applications on your iPhone will automatically begin transferring to your computer. Keep in mind that all of the applications that you purchased, as well as free applications that you downloaded on your Apple iPhone from the iTunes Store, will be moved to your iTunes library on your computer.

  • Click on the "Applications" menu, located on the left-side of the iTunes pane under the Library section. Right-click on "Show in Windows Explorer" to open the folder where iTunes saved your applications from your iPhone. Normally, the default location where iTunes will save your iPhone applications is: "C:\Documents and Settings\YourName\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Mobile Applications."

  • Disconnect your iPhone from your computer when you're done. Unplug the USB cable on your iPhone from the USB port on your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • It's always a good idea to move your Apple iPhone applications to an external hard drive, instead of keeping them on your computer's hard drive. You can save memory space, and if your computer suddenly crashes your iPhone applications will be kept in a safe place.

References

  • "iPhone 4 Made Simple"; Martin Trautschold, Gary Mazo; 2010
  • Photo Credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images
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