Syncing Apps through iTunes
Now that iCloud is here, I am not sure I understand the purpose of syncing with a PC.
Today I connected my iPhone to a computer in order to get a ringtone transferred from PC to the phone. iTunes decided to transfer and sync ALL of my phone's content, which was really annoying and took a long time. So I tried unchecking the "sync the apps" feature in iTunes, but it's warning me that if I do that, all of my apps will be deleted from the phone.
I don't understand this logic whatsoever. I downloaded the apps through the phone, synced them by accident, and I no longer want them synced. Why can't I stop syncing without removing them from the phone? If it's for backup, it's all on iCloud, so why does iTunes keep bugging me about it?
- 10-16-2011, 02:12 AM #2
- 10-16-2011, 02:35 AM #4
- 10-16-2011, 07:00 AM #5
The way around these problems: Start iTunes without the phone connected to the computer. Edit > Preferences > Devices. Place a check mark by "Prevent iPods, iPhones and IPads from syncing automatically".
Then after your device is connected and listed on the left pane, choose it, and go through the tabs and choose the way you want different aspects to be synced when you hit the sync button.
- 10-17-2011, 05:32 AM #7
When in step 1 verify that all your apps are on your computer. Basically the system is telling you that the apps on your phone will be replaced with the apps on your computer which should be the exact same things. It is like a circle.
Since the phone will not sync until you tell it to, open the apps tab and un-check the apps on your computer that you do not want on your phone and then hit the sync button or apply button and it will fix you up.
Last edited by chrstdvd; 10-17-2011 at 05:34 AM. Reason: correction
- 10-18-2011, 03:43 PM #8
- 10-18-2011, 03:51 PM #9
- 10-19-2011, 09:05 AM #10
New iTunes install has no apps
I'm experiencing a similar issue, but I want to sync to my PC. All my apps are on my iPhone. I had to rebuild my PC so there are no apps in iTunes. I've run backup and sync'd music. How do I get my apps backed up so that they show in iTunes again?
- 10-19-2011, 12:35 PM #11
Transfer Applications from iPhone to iTunes — Apple News, Tips and Reviews
Before you connect your device to computer, open iTunes and go to Edit > Preferences > Devices tab and put a check in box that says "Prevent ... from syncing automatically."
Then connect your phone. Right click etc.
I do not know if free apps are considered "purchased" so if they do not transfer you may end up going to the Store and Downloading them onto your computer manually.
Last edited by chrstdvd; 10-19-2011 at 12:37 PM. Reason: correction
- 10-19-2011, 01:28 PM #12
- 10-21-2011, 08:03 AM #13
I think, chrstdvd has given a very good solution for this issue. I haven't try this but i think it will work for you guys. And if it's having some problem then there should be some technical problem for this. Please take the advice of an iPhone technical expert.
- 10-24-2011, 03:09 PM #14
I have the same issue as the OP. I tried unchecking "Sync Apps," then restoring from an iCloud backup. Unfortunately, that also restores the sync preference. I would love a way to stop the syncing with my PC. Really slows down my syncs.