I bought an iPad and bought several apps, then I bought an iPad 2.

Can I copy the apps I bought to the iPad 2 and keep them on my iPad or do I have to buy them again?


This is what the official Apple documentation says:

Your Apple ID can have up to 10 devices and computers (combined) associated with it. Each computer must also be authorized using the same Apple ID. Once a device or computer is associated with your Apple ID, you cannot associate that device or computer with another Apple ID for 90 days. You can view which devices or computers are currently associated, remove unused devices or computers, and see how long before they can be associated with a different Apple ID from the Account Information page in iTunes on your computer.

Last Modified: November 14, 2011


As long as you use the same account (the same Apple ID) on both your iPad, you can download and use the apps on both.

  • Can I backup my ipad and setup my ipad2 with restore from backup to transfer my apps? – Edward Jan 17 '12 at 11:31
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    Yes. That way you'll also have the preferences saved. – Loïc Wolff Jan 17 '12 at 13:01
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    You don't have to backup and restore. Once your iPad2 has the same account, simply open the App Store and download the apps you want; you won't be recharged. We do this all the time in my family. – james.garriss Jan 17 '12 at 13:50

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