1. trparky's Avatar
    In the past, before iOS 9, when you did an iTunes backup of an iPhone to a computer (Mac or Windows) it not only downloaded all of the data that the iPhone had in it but also all of the apps that were installed on the iPhone. Somewhere along the line things changed, I think it started with iOS 9. When you make an iTunes backup now your installed apps aren't backed up or transferred to your computer as part of the backup process.

    OK, so with all of that said... How the heck does iTunes restore a backup of an iPhone when you don't have the apps installed on the iPhone to have said data restored to? If you're dealing with a clean newly bought iPhone or one that you've decided to just erase and reload, there would be no data on said iPhone. No apps, no settings, nothing. So again, how does iTunes restore your apps and app data when it doesn't have the apps to transfer and reload to the phone?
    03-21-2016 07:45 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Being that the backup includes your home screen setup and app data, during the restore, that information is put back in its place on your home screen, including the re-installation of the apps.
    03-21-2016 08:23 PM
  3. trparky's Avatar
    How does it reinstall the apps if there's no apps in the backup to restore?
    03-21-2016 08:25 PM
  4. Beards's Avatar
    A backup is a backup of whatever you have on your device at the time of said backup.
    Just how much of what is backed up is down to which backup method you choose.
    iCloud backup ~ This only backs up what is deemed as essential as in contacts, photos and all other info included within the iCloud setup.
    iTunes backup ~ This backs up most of your device including whatever apps you have installed and their data.
    iTunes Encrypted backup ~ Similar to a standard iTunes backup only this time it deals with 'Privacy'.
    It backs up every single byte of data you have on your device.
    Note: It is the only backup that backs up the Health apps daily recorded data.
    03-21-2016 09:13 PM
  5. LenaYYY's Avatar
    1. Connect your iPhone to computer > Open iTunes > Click the iOS device name.
    2. Tap "This computer" button > Choose "Back Up Now" on Backups column.
    3. Tap "This Computer" button > Tick "Encrypt iPhone/iPad backup" to enter into password.
    4. After the backup, connect your the device you want to restore to computer > Choose Restore Backup in Backups column > Choose backup to restore.
    Annie_i6s likes this.
    05-31-2016 05:55 AM
  6. Honey Beagle's Avatar
    In the past, before iOS 9, when you did an iTunes backup of an iPhone to a computer (Mac or Windows) it not only downloaded all of the data that the iPhone had in it but also all of the apps that were installed on the iPhone. Somewhere along the line things changed, I think it started with iOS 9. When you make an iTunes backup now your installed apps aren't backed up or transferred to your computer as part of the backup process.

    OK, so with all of that said... How the heck does iTunes restore a backup of an iPhone when you don't have the apps installed on the iPhone to have said data restored to? If you're dealing with a clean newly bought iPhone or one that you've decided to just erase and reload, there would be no data on said iPhone. No apps, no settings, nothing. So again, how does iTunes restore your apps and app data when it doesn't have the apps to transfer and reload to the phone?
    Mine are. Once in the while I will do a backup. But, even as late as last night I erased my iPad completely. The restored from the latest backup which was created just before the restore.

    Worked great. All the applications were put into their original folders in which I created.

    All the passwords to all the forums were saved. All the applications and information within them were transferred back to the iPad.

    Using version 9.3.1 on that iPad Pro.
    Annie_i6s likes this.
    05-31-2016 01:53 PM

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