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Hacks: Share your purchased iPhone apps on multiple devices

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Hacks: Share your purchased iPhone apps on multiple devices

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Brian Tong shows you how to share a purchased app from iTunes and let other people use it without repurchasing it.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:07 >>Brian: Everyone with an iPhone or iPod touch can't get enough apps but is there a way to share them with others? If there wasn't, I wouldn't be here right now. I'm Brian Tong with CNET.com and I'll show you how to share your purchased apps on multiple devices. Now first thing you have to do is buy an app from the iTunes store, no surprise there and then you'll see I have a whole bunch of apps and games here on my computer. But what if a friend or family member sees a game like Rolando and says >>Man, I wish I had that app >>Brian: Just like a music track, you can drag and drop the app from iTunes and copy it onto your desktop. It will be a file with the extension IPA. Now send that specific app to the person who wants to use it on their iPhone or iPod. If it's small enough you can email it or put it on a flash drive and copy onto their computers desktop. Now when they have the file they can either drag it into iTunes and it will copy the app or double clicking the file should do the same thing. It should now show up as one of their apps in the iTunes collection. Next up, go to the menu bar in iTunes to store and select authorized computer. The person who gave you the app will need to enter their iTunes username and password and this will give your computer the ability to use media that they bought from the iTune store. It could be music, TV shows and yes even iPhone applications. The trick here is just like music you are limited to only authorizing five computers total so that's pretty much yourself and four other important people in your life that can use the app. Once their computer is authorized, sync up their iPhone or iPod Touch to iTunes and the new app or game will show up on their device and if it's a game you can bet they'll be playing it. >>Dude, this is pretty cool man >>Brian: I told you it was a cool app. Hey, uh, do you want to go catch a flick or something? >>Uh man, I'm really busy man but thanks for asking. >>But, ah, I'm Brian Tong for CNET.com and that's how you share purchased apps [background music] and games on iTunes. Use it wisely. [ Music ]

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