While trying to sync my phone and update new information this came up.

There are purchased items on the iPhone “iPhone” that have not been transferred to your iTunes library. You should transfer these items to your iTunes library before updating this iPhone. Are you sure you want to continue?

How do I do this?


You can do this in the iTunes menu at the top of the screen: File :: Devices :: Transfer purchases

As simple as that.

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  • Why is it important to do this? What difference does it make? – Christophe Weibel Nov 27 '14 at 21:04
  • @ChristopheWeibel Its not important anymore, because you can recover purchases from iCloud. It was not the case 3 years ago. – LaX Nov 28 '14 at 7:09
  • Can you clarify whether these apply only to items purchase at the iTunes store? – user123762 Apr 27 '15 at 22:14

You'd better transfer your purchases first.

  • Connect your device to the computer. Wait for its icon to appear in iTunes.
  • Go to File > Devices. If you're using iTunes for Windows and can't see the menu bar, learn how to turn on iTunes menus in Windows (http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202662).
  • Choose Transfer Purchases from [device name].
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