Downloading Purchases to an iPad, iPhone, or Apple Device

Apple has transformed the way we consume content with their mobile devices. Apple controls the entire process of content consumption, from purchase, through delivery. The closed system presents a challenge for users wanting to expand their content choices beyond what is offered through their system.

Apple does not allow for the direct downloading of most content types on their mobile devices. There are some limited exceptions, like image files, but most any other formats, including video, can't be delivered via the internet (wifi) to your device directly. Another way of looking at this is most content can be viewed but not stored locally on the mobile device. One alternative is to use their companion program, iTunes, and a computer.

Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (AIB) utilizes PayLoadz as our payment processing gateway for digital downloads. When processing a payment, PayLoadz sends an email containing the download link for the program purchased. Accessing this link from a computer (PC or Mac), allows you to direct the files and save them to your computer. Clicking the link prompts the user to save the files to a location on your computer. This will often default to the "Downloads" or "Documents" folders without user direction otherwise.

Once downloaded, the user can now use iTunes to move the files over to a specific device. Using the "Add to Library" link found under the "File" menu of iTunes, you can browse and select the files you purchased. After connecting your device to your computer initiate the synchronization process which will further let you to select which content you'd like to synchronize with your device. Completing the synchronization process should move the file to the iOS device for use directly on the go.

In addition to the process above, it is also possible to download the file (program) to a Mac or PC and then move the file to a cloud-based storage solution such as Drop Box or OneDrive. Once the file has been moved it can be accessed and played from an Apple mobile device via the corresponding app installed on the device. If you choose a cloud-based storage solution there may be additional charges from your cloud storage provider (Drop Box, OneDrive, etc.) as video files are much larger than text documents, photos, etc.. Internet connectivity is required to view from a mobile device.