I've searched but cannot find the exact situation I have with Apple ID and App Store.

On my work iMac I have signed into App Store and downloaded software (El Capitan, Microsoft Remote Desktop to name a couple) with my personal Apple ID, but now I want to use a work Apple ID I have created. I cannot perform updates with my work account (as it didn't download the apps originally), is there a way of transferring these downloads from my personal account to my work account?

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You can delete the Software in question, start the App-Store, logout the Work-id, login the Personal ID (in the App-Store) and Download the Software again.

If you want to make sure all settings and files of the Software in question are gone, use the Freeware 'AppCleaner' (https://freemacsoft.net/appcleaner/)

  • Hi @J.C. I will try that scenario with Microsoft Remote Desktop and other apps, but I won't be able to do it with El Capitan. Perhaps when Sierra comes out I'll use my work ID to download. Thanks for the reply.
    – emphor
    Aug 2, 2016 at 6:15

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