1. vietalogy's Avatar
    Why don't apps restore from a backup??? I backed up a iPhone 4 so I could restore on a iPhone 5 everything is there besides apps. I made sure sync was checked on the iPhone 4 before I did a backup but still no apps on the iPhone 5 with restore.

    I also did a backup before updating firmware on a iPhone 4 and when I did a restore there was no apps. So I have no clue why apps won't backup.


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    11-17-2012 11:49 AM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    Only settings and data are backed up... you sync apps... just like other iTunes content that does not back up.
    11-17-2012 12:21 PM
  3. vietalogy's Avatar
    So I manually select which apps to sync? That would be a hassle because I have a few family members using same iTunes account.


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    11-17-2012 12:39 PM
  4. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    A backup should include which apps are on your phone but not the actual apps themselves. So if you are restoring from iTunes, it restores all of your settings and backed up data and then restores the apps based on the list of apps in your phone from the apps stored in iTunes. Restoring from an iCloud backup is similar but instead of restoring the apps from your copy in iTunes it redownloads the apps on your list.
    11-17-2012 12:52 PM
  5. vietalogy's Avatar
    A backup should include which apps are on your phone but not the actual apps themselves. So if you are restoring from iTunes, it restores all of your settings and backed up data and then restores the apps based on the list of apps in your phone from the apps stored in iTunes. Restoring from an iCloud backup is similar but instead of restoring the apps from your copy in iTunes it redownloads the apps on your list.
    It does not restore any apps when I restore.


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    11-17-2012 01:00 PM
  6. kch50428's Avatar
    because you have to sync after a restore to get the apps back.
    11-17-2012 01:02 PM
  7. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    It does not restore any apps when I restore.


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    Karen is right. Based on your settings at the time of the backup, the apps that were present at that time should have automatically began to "re-install". I rarely restore from a backup but every time I did, the apps that were on my device at the time of the backup re-installed automatically, whether via iCloud or iTunes. I don't know why it did not occur when you did it.
    11-17-2012 01:34 PM
  8. vietalogy's Avatar
    because you have to sync after a restore to get the apps back.
    Will try a sync after restore thanks.


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    11-17-2012 01:42 PM
  9. vietalogy's Avatar
    Karen is right. Based on your settings at the time of the backup, the apps that were present at that time should have automatically began to "re-install". I rarely restore from a backup but every time I did, the apps that were on my device at the time of the backup re-installed automatically, whether via iCloud or iTunes. I don't know why it did not occur when you did it.
    On my personal phone I backed and restore fine with iCloud and after restore you would see all the apps and then it would download them.

    I did a backup for my sisters new iPhone 5 but the restore did not load her previous apps on the iPhone 4.


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    11-17-2012 01:45 PM
  10. kch50428's Avatar
    I rarely restore from a backup but every time I did, the apps that were on my device at the time of the backup re-installed automatically, whether via iCloud or iTues.
    Chances are, your backup was immediately followed by syncing, which reinstalled your apps.
    11-17-2012 01:45 PM
  11. vietalogy's Avatar
    Chances are, your backup was immediately followed by syncing, which reinstalled your apps.
    Would the sync matter if it was not right after a restore?


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    11-17-2012 01:46 PM
  12. kch50428's Avatar
    no. any time you sync with iTunes you'll see apps restored... or newer versions installed if downloaded via iTunes and not already on the phone.
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    11-17-2012 01:51 PM
  13. vietalogy's Avatar
    Basically you should sync/backup then restore/sync.


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    11-17-2012 01:55 PM
  14. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Chances are, your backup was immediately followed by syncing, which reinstalled your apps.
    In iTunes, that is correct, but not with an iCloud restore, so to speak.
    11-17-2012 02:29 PM
  15. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Basically you should sync/backup then restore/sync.


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    Basically, yes. However, the iTunes sync after a restore is somewhat automatic.
    11-17-2012 02:32 PM
  16. vietalogy's Avatar
    Just did a sync and backup on my iPhone 4S and restored on a old iPhone 4 and it worked. Thanks for the help.


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    11-17-2012 07:53 PM

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