How to Transfer iPad Apps to a New Computer

By John Mitchell

Getting your iPad apps from the iOS device to a new computer is easy with the iTunes transfer feature. This lets you transfer applications, music, videos and other stored media from the iPad directly to your computer. If do not have iTunes already, you will need to download it from Apple's website. Once installed, you can begin transferring your past purchases immediately.

Step 1

Launch the Apple iTunes software from the new computer.

Step 2

Go to the "Store" menu and select "Authorize Computer." When the pop-up box appears, type in your Apple ID and password and then click the "Authorize" button.

Step 3

Connect the Apple iPad and computer together via the USB connector cable. Shortly thereafter, a dialog box in iTunes will appear.

Step 4

Click the "Transfer Purchases" button on the pop-up window. The transfer process may take several minutes. Once completed, your iPad apps will be saved in iTunes on the new computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can download and install the iTunes software from
  • Do not click the "Erase and Sync" button after connecting the iPad, unless you want to clear all content from the device.