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If you have upgraded to iOS 11, one of the apps that you will have noticed as having gone a major overhaul is the App Store app.
Frustratingly, this app is now quite different to the other 'store' apps on the iPad and iPhone, and takes a bit of getting used to.
Things like Top Charts and Categories are no longer where they used to be, and the way you find your Purchased apps, redeem iTunes cards and view your iTunes sign-in details have all changed.
During our free iTandCoffee Club members session on Monday - where we looked at how to install and use a VPN app on your smartphone, tablet or computer - the question arose about why, when the VPN app was installed on one device (e.g. the iPad) it did not automatically appear on the other device (e.g. the iPhone).
(For anyone who is a Plus, Premium or Online club member of The iTandCoffee Club, here the link to the video of this class:
Using a VPN for safe internet while travelling or on public Wi-Fi - Free member session held 4/9/17.)
You are in control of whether your iPad or iPhone automatically downloads any app you install on the other iOS device/s.
If you would like to ensure that installed apps appear on both/all iOS devices (or want to prevent automatic installing), this is done from your Settings on each device.
Go to Settings -> iTunes and App Store
In the Automatic Downloads section, you will see different options that allow you to control which content should be automatically downloaded.
For example, you may choose to automatically download any apps installed on another i-Device, but many not want your iBooks or Music to sync.
You need to choose what Automatic Downloads apply on each of your Apple mobile devices.
You will also notice that this is where you can choose whether to use your Mobile Data for any such Automatic Downloads.
I leave this turned off, as I don't want to waste mobile data on such downloads - I only want these to occur over Wi-Fi.
Important: Mac apps are different to iOS apps
It is important to note that apps that you download and install on an iPad or iPhone (iOS Apps) DO NOT automatically sync to a Mac.
Mac apps are quite separate from iOS Apps, and need to be separately (purchased) downloaded and installed via the Mac App Store.
However, not all Apps that appear on your iPad and iPhone are available via the Mac App Store.
You will sometimes need to install the app directly from a website - as was the case with the VPN apps that were discussed during the class last iTandCoffee Club class on Monday.
For instructions about how to download and install Apps from websites, here is the video from the Getting to know your Mac series of classes.
This video (and the rest of the videos from that series) is available to any iTandCoffee Club Members with Online or Premium membership. Find out more about The iTandCoffee Club here »
It can also be purchased as part of the set of videos available from the Getting to know your Mac class series - find out more about how to get these great videos here »
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