How to Transfer Apps From an iPod to an iPhone

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Simply stated, the iPod touch is just a telephone-less version of the iPhone. At least that was the case when Apple released the first generation touch back in 2007. The iPod touch still doesn't connect to a wireless telephone provider, but the two devices are almost identical in 2011 -- both use Blutooth, both have built-in cameras and both use apps from the iTunes store. If you have both devices, you can use your apps on each device separately and transfer between them using iTunes.

  • Download your apps to your iPod touch using the App Store. You can do this from anywhere, depending on the availability of wireless networks for your iPod touch. Log in to the Apple store from your touch using your Apple ID (you'll later use the same ID on your iPhone). You can use an Apple ID on up to five devices and five computers at the same time and can share applications between the devices. This is particularly useful with paid applications, since you don't want to pay twice for something to have it on each device.

  • Connect your iPod touch to your computer using the Apple USB cable. A prompt appears to ask you to transfer purchased content, but only if your computer is authorized with your iTunes ID. To authorize your computer, click "Store" in iTunes and then "Authorize Computer." Enter your ID and password; then click "Authorize."

  • Click the "Transfer Purchases" button that appears automatically to copy all of your paid-for (and free) apps to your iTunes library. When the transfer is complete, press the eject button beside your device.

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer. If you have any purchased content on this device, transfer it to iTunes too. Click on the device in the left-hand window to see its content. Then click on "Apps" along the top to see a list of apps in your iTunes library and for sync options.

  • Click the checkbox beside "Sync Apps" to individually manage your applications. Scroll through the list of apps, and put check marks beside the ones you want to transfer to your iPhone. You can also use this screen to rearrange your Home screen on your iPhone. When you have selected all the apps you wish to transfer, click the "Sync" button in the bottom-right hand corner of the screen. The apps from your iPod will be transferred to your iPhone. If you keep using both devices, you may have to do this regularly, or whenever you download an app to one device while away from your computer.

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