1. Ameer Nuub's Avatar
    Sooo. Switched to S4 from iphone. For my iphone / At&t account, we had a master username and password you used to buy apps. Once bought, they were available for download on each / all phones associated with that master account.

    Im hearing that its not like that with S4 / Sprint. That if you purchase an app for one phone on the account, you have to purchase it again for each other phone on the account.

    Is this true?
    05-15-2013 03:21 PM
  2. Aquila's Avatar
    Sooo. Switched to S4 from iphone. For my iphone / At&t account, we had a master username and password you used to buy apps. Once bought, they were available for download on each / all phones associated with that master account.

    Im hearing that its not like that with S4 / Sprint. That if you purchase an app for one phone on the account, you have to purchase it again for each other phone on the account.

    Is this true?
    Apps are tied to the Google account, not a device or phone number.
    05-15-2013 03:27 PM
  3. Ameer Nuub's Avatar
    Cool thanks sooo what does that ultimately mean for my question? Is that a yes then? That I will have to buy the same app multiple times for my multiple phones (and users) vs just once with the iphone?

    I understand the concept of an app being tied to a google account rather than a phone or phone number, but the apps werent tied to a phone or phone number with the iphone either. Again, they were tied to one master account, and I could download and use purchased apps to all different phones / phone numbers / personal accounts that I owned.

    Therefore, while I really do appreciate your response, its still not clear to me, because there could be the possibility of logging in on a different phone with the purchasers Google ID, downloading and installing the purchased app on the additional phone, and then switching the ID back to the other users ID and using the app just downloaded and installed.

    Im able to use only the one Sprint phone account under any Google ID to purchase apps, so if I cant do like I used to and use the purchased app on all different phones on the master account, then that seems to be one hell of a disadvantage to choosing this company / product.
    05-15-2013 04:10 PM
  4. Issemann's Avatar
    No. Just buy the app once and use the same account on each device.
    05-15-2013 04:13 PM
  5. infinity12402's Avatar
    i havent used android in a while, and i just logged onto google play on my browser, and all the apps i had showed up. so you should be able to do the same on your phone. if you go into the play store on your phone i believe theres a tab or section somewhere that should show you all the apps you had downloaded
    05-15-2013 04:15 PM
  6. Aquila's Avatar
    Cool thanks sooo what does that ultimately mean for my question? Is that a yes then? That I will have to buy the same app multiple times for my multiple phones (and users) vs just once with the iphone?

    I understand the concept of an app being tied to a google account rather than a phone or phone number, but the apps werent tied to a phone or phone number with the iphone either. Again, they were tied to one master account, and I could download and use purchased apps to all different phones / phone numbers / personal accounts that I owned.

    Therefore, while I really do appreciate your response, its still not clear to me, because there could be the possibility of logging in on a different phone with the purchasers Google ID, downloading and installing the purchased app on the additional phone, and then switching the ID back to the other users ID and using the app just downloaded and installed.

    Im able to use only the one Sprint phone account under any Google ID to purchase apps, so if I cant do like I used to and use the purchased app on all different phones on the master account, then that seems to be one hell of a disadvantage to choosing this company / product.
    Google doesn't care about your Sprint account at all. You can make a "master account" for apps and use it on many devices and have more logins for personal stuff, etc. or you can buy everything separately if you wish. There is a limit on the number of devices per Google account, but most families won't hit it with just phones. I'm curious how Apple accomplished the per account thing, might have to read up on it because it's interesting, but in Google's world it's 100% what e-mail address you choose to use. You can have multiple google accounts on one device, so many people will use one to purchase apps, etc. and another for e-mail, etc.
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    05-15-2013 04:26 PM
  7. Ameer Nuub's Avatar
    Google doesn't care about your Sprint account at all. You can make a "master account" for apps and use it on many devices and have more logins for personal stuff, etc. or you can buy everything separately if you wish. There is a limit on the number of devices per Google account, but most families won't hit it with just phones. I'm curious how Apple accomplished the per account thing, might have to read up on it because it's interesting, but in Google's world it's 100% what e-mail address you choose to use. You can have multiple google accounts on one device, so many people will use one to purchase apps, etc. and another for e-mail, etc.
    Ahhh... THAT answers my question. Many thanks to you!
    05-15-2013 04:53 PM
  8. Ameer Nuub's Avatar
    To address your question as far as the Apple method, I'm guessing it was all itunes based. Whenever we bought an app, we would use a master username and password that was not itself any kind of personal ID. When an app was purchased, it was available to any of the ID's associated with this master username and password.
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    05-15-2013 06:01 PM

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