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Deleting ipa files.
Here's a question:
To save room on a mac or pc, could I delete all the ipa files from iTunes, and then resync my iOS device.
Would I lose all the apps on my iOS device? or would it copy the apps from the iOS device back to iTunes.
The reason ask this is because I have GBs of apps but I don't use them all, but obviously I want local copies of all the apps I do actually use.
- 07-09-2011, 05:48 PM #2
There's a folder on the Mac called Mobile Applications in the iTunes / iTunes Media folder structure that contains the *.ipa files. I believe that removing them will also cause the apps to be uninstalled from your device but I don't know that for sure ... I suppose that you could copy off the ones that you don't use to a CD/DVD or other offline storage and just keep the ones that you still used.
Interestingly, I had an issue with an update to one app very early on in my iPhone experience... and actually have kept all old versions of the *.ipa files since that time... every time I update an app, I move the old version from the trash bin to a network location to keep in case I need to fall back to a previous version of an app.
I suspect that the location of the files is the same on a PC, if that's your preference.
- 07-09-2011, 07:11 PM #4