|01-25-2013, 03:48 PM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2012
Device: Kindle Paperwhite
General question about tablet computers
If you buy an app for your tablet computer and then replace it with another model made by the same company, do you need to buy the same app all over again? In other words, can an app be transferred from a device to another?
|01-25-2013, 03:56 PM||#2|
The Dank Side of the Moon
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Denver, CO
Device: Kindle2; Xoom; Kindle Fire
Generally yes, but depends on app store and device. i.e. you can't transfer an iPad app to an Android device or vice versa.
|01-25-2013, 03:58 PM||#3|
Join Date: Oct 2007
Device: HDX 8.9, AuraHD, Nook HD+, Kindle 2,3,T , Opus, Nexus7, iPhone 6, etc
Apps from the Google Play store, Amazon Appstore for Android and iTunes app store for iThings are assigned to the account, not the device. There are some Fire specific apps in the Amazon store that probably wouldn't be downloadable to another device brand (they're labeled as for the Fire). The same for Nook tablet devices except only Nook devices work with that store. There are other Android app stores out there and although I assume they work the same way I have no real experience with them. Don't know anything about the app stores for other OS's.
|01-25-2013, 05:05 PM||#4|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Southern California
Device: Kindle Voyage
As kenny mentioned, you need to be aware of the operating system (OS). Doesn't Asus make both Android and Windows tablets? Same manufacturer but apps won't transfer.
|01-25-2013, 06:26 PM||#5|
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: The Sandwich Isles
Device: Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Microsoft Surface Pro 3
The Tab and the phone can run the same apps which are tied to my account, but the ATIV has to have it's own apps/programs,
|01-25-2013, 06:28 PM||#6|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Southeast Michigan, USA
Device: Sony PRS-505, Kindle 3, iPad, iPhone 5, Sony T1, NOOK HD+
If you have an Apple ID, any apps you buy with that ID can me installed on any Apple iOS device that is linked with that account.
Android apps are tied to a Google Account and can be installed on any compatible Android device that is linked to that account.
I don't know how Windows or any other tablet operating systems work, but I would expect it to be similar if they want you to commit to their systems (and to upgrade your devices as frequently as possible. )
edited after I read the posts that appeared while I was typing: I forgot about the Amazon Appstore. I suppose the short answer is actually that you apps are tied to the ID that you have associated with whatever app store you are using on your device. They are account-specific, not device-specific.
Last edited by sakura-panda; 01-25-2013 at 06:32 PM.
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