How to Transfer Apps From a MacBook to an iPad


You can browse for and download apps directly to your iPad from Apple's App Store. You can also get apps from the iTunes Store via the iTunes interface on your computer. The browsing format in the iTunes Store provides more options, which can make it easier to find new and specific apps. If you use your iPad with a 3G Internet connection, you will probably also find that app download times are faster through the computer's Internet connection. When you buy apps from the iTunes Store on your computer, you have to sync your iPad to transfer them.

  • Turn on your iPad and connect it to your MacBook using a USB data cable. Open iTunes if it does not open automatically and then slide the tab on the iPad's screen to the right to disable automatic sync.

  • Click the device icon for your iPad in the left column of the iTunes window to access your "Summary" window and then click the "Apps" tab.

  • Check the box next to "Sync Apps." You need to do this even if you use the manual management feature for music and videos.

  • Check the box for each app that you want to sync. Apps with boxes left unchecked will not be imported to your iPad but will remain in your iTunes library.

  • Drag and drop apps in the screen on the right to arrange and organize them. Drop one app on top of another to create a folder. Drag an app icon to the bottom of the last page to create a new home screen page.

  • Click the "Apply" button to sync your iPad and save your changes.

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