Let's say I buy a game from the app store from this computer. Then I copy the game files to a external drive and go to a friend and copy them on his computer. Will my friend's computer play the game?


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If you purchased the game from the Mac App Store or iOS App Store, you can download it on other computers signed into your Apple ID.

On the Mac App store, click on the "Purchased" tab. If you need to sign in, sign in with your Apple ID. Then if you purchase an app, it will be attached to your Apple ID.

Then you will be able to redownload apps or games you have purchased with your Apple ID.

  • If I do that, will then my friend be able to play the game after I go home, or does she need my apple id and password every time she starts the game?
    – wat
    Dec 29, 2015 at 19:10
  • Once the Apple ID has been linked to the game and it has been downloaded, no Apple ID is needed for subsequent opening of the app. Keep in mind you purchased the game for your personal use and it is not for redistribution. You may be violating the End User License Agreement by installing the app onto a user's device while the user did not pay for it.
    – user162496
    Dec 29, 2015 at 19:50
  • How can I remove that link from the friend's computer?
    – wat
    Dec 29, 2015 at 20:09
  • You would sign out of your Apple ID on the Mac App Store.
    – user162496
    Dec 29, 2015 at 20:11
  • Oh so for the app to work, I'd need to always be signed in on the friend's computer?
    – wat
    Dec 29, 2015 at 20:19

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