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1 iPhone, 1 MacBook, 1 PC

I purchase iPhone apps on both my PC and MacBook and have my iPhone authorized on my PC. I would like to be able to install both the apps and music from my PC and only the apps from my MacBook. How do I go about doing that? I’ve tried sharing and my PC shows up under the “Shared” heading but when I click on it, I get a “connection failed” message telling me to “check the server name or IP address…network connection and then try again (I’m using Airport Extreme). Any ideas on how to make this happen? I appreciate your help!
Eric W.

Comments: 7 Responses to “1 iPhone, 1 MacBook, 1 PC”

    9 years ago

    So you are trying to transfer the app files from your PC to your Mac? I’m not sure what you are trying to do. Connecting the Mac and PC over the network using Sharing will let you transfer files back and forth, but it won’t help in getting apps on to your iPhone.
    Why not just install the apps from your PC? WHen you buy an app, you can download it from either one. So why the need to download apps specifically on one? If you purchased an app on one, then you can also download it on the other — they are just being stored in iTunes anyway.
    To avoid confusion, I would just pick one of the two and sync all of your music and apps from it.

      Eric W.
      9 years ago

      I generally use my PC for all my music and apps but on occasion I might purchase and download one on my MacBook. I thought that it would automatically show up in both iTunes (PC & MacBook) and I would just sync my iPhone to my PC and the app would be on my PC iTunes but it’s not. How do I go about getting it from my MacBook iTunes to my PC iTunes?

        9 years ago

        I would just log into your PC iTunes and download it there. You won’t be charged if you are using the same iTunes account. It knows you already bought it.
        You could always just download the app directly to your iPhone. No need to go through another computer if your main one isn’t around. In that case when you sync it will transfer from your iPhone to your iTunes — or at least it should. I thought it would do that in your case too.

    Eric W.
    9 years ago

    Thanks Gary…I appreciate your help and love MacMost!!

    jac mills
    8 years ago


    Please excuse this basic question. I have spent a lot of time trying to find someplace I can learn about syncing. I have a pc and Macbook. I am not computer or Mac literate, as you can probably tell. Is here a site I can read online to inform myself? I have been relying on your videos to try to get educated.

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