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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Learn about topics ranging from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
My name is Jess Stranton, and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. A common scenario I hear a lot from iPhone and iPad users is that it's hard and cumbersome to get missing music downloads back onto your phone or tablet. Or maybe a family member downloaded a song with your Apple ID onto a different computer and you'd like it on your phone too, but you don't want to go through the trouble of hooking your phone up to iTunes and finding it. And sometimes, songs just go missing for no reason, this I know. There's actually a really quick way to find those downloads.
And with a few tabs directly from your device, you can bring them directly down to your phone. Now this method does work best if you're just looking for a few songs. If you're trying to replace a very large batch of songs, definitely iTunes is best for that. But I'll show you what I mean. Let's go find some songs. The first thing we need to do is tap on the iTunes store on your iPhone. From here, on the bottom right hand side, tap More. Then, tap Purchased. Find out what you're looking for, whether it's a movie, or TV show, or a music.
In this case I'm looking for songs. So here's everything that I've purchased from my Apple ID. But here's the key, right now it's showing me everything, but I can tap over to Not on This iPhone from the top. This is going to filter the view, and let me download any song that I have that I've purchased with my Apple ID that I haven't brought into my phone. So I can scroll down this list and find something that I want. Once I tap on it, I can see the song, and it's going to show me a cloud icon.
This means that if I simply tap on that cloud icon, it's going to download it directly to my phone. So that's how easy it is to find your missing downloads and put them right back on your iPhone. The key is to going into the iTunes store, tapping on all the music that you've purchased, and then going back and finding that tab that says Not on This iPhone. In fact, you can tap back on Music, scroll through your list again, find another song, and download that one too. It's that easy.
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