So hopefully by now you have been able to check out the Mac App Store and see all of the cool apps that are out there for the Mac. As you may find, like I did, there are some great apps that are also somewhat spendy.
And since my wife and I both have our own Mac, we like to use a lot of the same apps. Well, as we found, there is a legal way to share your apps that you buy. Apple lets you buy an app on one computer and lets you download it onto as many computers as you like. This works the same way with iPhone and iPad apps as well.
Now, not every app developer lets Apple do this, but most of them do. I have always wondered why Apple lets people do this as they could potentially lose a lot of money, but hey, for us consumers, this is great news. Let me show you how it works.
The first thing that you are going to want to do is go and find an app that you want to download from the Mac App Store. You are going to want to make sure you know who you are logged in under. Download the app onto your computer. Then you are going to want to go to the other computer and open the Mac App Store. Then log in with the same credentials that you logged in on the original computer that you bought the app on.
Once you do this, you will now want to click on the “Purchases” tab. Here you will see all of the apps that were purchased on the original computer. All the apps that are not installed on the second computer will show up as apps that you can install on the computer. For example, I purchased Courier on my computer. Then I logged into my wife’s computer with my Mac App Store credentials and then you can see that she can now install the app on her computer.
And that is it. You are now done. I love the fact that you can share apps. You should definitely try this out.