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Access iTunes U on a Mobile Device

Use iTunes U to view or download educational materials, including free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects. On tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices, the optimal way to access iTunes U content is through a mobile app.

Access iTunes on iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad

To access iTunes U on your iOS device, you need to install the iTunes U app first. This is not the same as the default iTunes Store app installed on all iOS devices. Note: You can search for iTunes U content using the iTunes Store app, but you will be prompted to use the iTunes U app to view and download materials from the iTunes U catalog.

These instructions were developed using the iTunes U 1.4 app (v. on an iPhone 5 (iOS 7.1.1). Steps may vary for other versions of iTunes U or other iOS devices and operating systems.

  1. Go to the App Store and search for iTunes U. The iTunes U app screen will appear.
  2. On the iTunes U app screen, tap the cloud icon to install the app on your device. You may be prompted for your Apple ID and password.
  3. Find the iTunes U app thumbnail on your device and tap to open. The first time you open the app, you may be prompted to accept push notifications and sync the app with your device's iTunes Store.
  4. In the iTunes U app, use options at the bottom of the screen (Charts, Browse, Search) to locate courses and collections. 
  5. On a course or collection home page, you can access individual lectures, podcasts, and related documents, share files, and subscribe to course updates.
    • To subscribe, tap the blue Subscribe button.
    • To share the course URL, tap the upward arrow (top right corner).
  6. Next to an individual file:
    • Tap the cloud icon to download the file, course, or catalog to your iTunes U Library (available from the iTunes U app, not the iTunes Store app).
    • Tap the file type to view the file on your device.

Access iTunes U on an Android Device

There are several apps that enable Android devices to access ITunes U content, including: