Configure Automatic App Downloads on the iPhone 5


Your Apple ID is an important piece of information that you can use to sign into and link your various Apple devices. While this is beneficial for easily syncing iCloud, Notes, Reminders and Calendars, it also allows you to sync the purchase of Music, Apps and Books across multiple devices. But this is not something that everyone wants, specifically if you keep a separate app ecosystem on an iPhone and an iPad, or if two different people are using those two devices. Fortunately you can turn off the Automatic Download feature and prevent your iPhone 5 from automatically downloading these items.

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iPhone 5 Automatic Download Settings

 

You can individually choose whether to sync Music, Apps and Downloads, so it is not an “all or nothing” situation. For example, I might listen to a lot of music on my iPhone, but I might listen to Spotify on my iPad and not have a use for my Music purchases. This enables me to prevent the automatic download of those songs to my iPad and conserve that space. If space is becoming an issue for you, you can read this article about how to free up space on your iPhone 5. But you can continue below to learn how to find and configure your automatic download settings on the iPhone 5.

 

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

Tap the Settings icon

Tap the Settings icon

 

Step 2: Scroll down to the iTunes and App Stores option and select it.

Select the iTunes and App Stores option

Select the iTunes and App Stores option

 

Step 3: Tap the slider to the right of the Music, Apps or Books option to turn them On or Off. If a category option is set to On, then any newly purchased items from that category will be automatically downloaded while you are on a Wi-Fi connection.

Configure your Automatic Downloads settings

Configure your Automatic Downloads settings

 

You will notice that there is a Cellular Data option at the bottom of this screen. If this is turned to On, then your phone will automatically download these purchased items at any time, even when you are on a cellular network. If you are on a managed data plan, however, you should keep this set to Off, because it will consume the data from your data plan as it downloads your purchases over a cellular network. Having this option set to Off will only allow purchases to be downloaded when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.

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