Reading in the Books App on iPhone

If Apple Books is your preferred tool for reading, then you know its advantages. You can start reading a book on your iPhone and pick up right where you left off on your iPad. The thing is, you still have to download it to that other device.

So if you want to open a book on Mac that you started on iPhone, you have to hit that cloud button and wait for it to download. This is extremely inconvenient if you’re without internet access! Having those books downloaded to multiple devices and ready for offline reading might just be what you need.

Here’s how to automatically download purchased Books to all your devices.

Set up Books automatic downloads on iPhone and iPad

The steps are the same for enabling this feature on both iPhone and iPad. And you’ll be heading to your device Settings and selecting Books to get started.

1) In Settings, select Books.

2) Scroll down to Automatic Downloads.

3) Enable the toggle for Purchases from Other Devices.

Books Download Purchases from Other Devices in Books on iPhone

Set up Books automatic downloads on Mac

This is a simple setting that you can enable from the Books app Preferences on your Mac. So open Books and do the following.

1) Click Books > Preferences from the menu bar.

2) Select the Store tab.

3) Check the box for Download new purchases automatically.

Books Download Purchases from Other Devices in Books on Mac

The downside to automatic downloads

If you read books often and switch between devices for doing so frequently, then this is a great way to go. It’s especially useful if you purchase books for school, work, or reference.

But if you rarely pick up the same books on different devices and are concerned about storage space, this may not be the best option for you. Remember, books take up space just like apps, photos, and music.

The nice thing is, you can enable and disable the automatic download setting easily. So if you turn it on for a while and realize you don’t need it or are running out of storage space on a particular device, just turn it off!

Related: 40+ ways to save storage space on iPhone and iPad

Wrapping it up

No matter which types of books you read or if it’s for business, school, pleasure or all three, the Books app does offer a terrific selection. So if you frequently read on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac equally, check out the automatic download option.

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