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how to transfer apps to itunes after i format my computer?

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i had backed up my apps folder (mobile applications folder). after formatting my computer, i dragged the apps folder to itunes->itunes media. but the apps did not appear in itunes. is there any way for me to transfer these apps to my itunes? i did manage transfer the apps from my iphone to itunes, but my iphone did not have all the apps i downloaded..

and, i tried to set my iphone to manually manage my songs, but when i click sync, it says my songs will be all erased first. anything i can do to prevent that from happening?

thanks for your help in advance.
iPhone, iOS 4, Windows Vista
  • DaVBMan Level 6 Level 6 (9,265 points)
    Have you signed into iTunes account on your computer and authorized your account for that computer so iTunes knows you have the right to have those files?
    Windows XP Pro, 3 iPhones in Household | AppleTV
  • FGAP Calculating status...
    Hi, I just got the same case.
    I drag the Mobile Applications folder into Itunes folder not inside the Itunes Media. Once you did this, you just have to go to your itunes, select file menu, add folder to library, select the folder "Mobile Applications" folder, then Itunes will charge your apps as you used to have in your previos installation.

    I hope this can help you.

    HP, Windows 7
  • rkent57 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just read this thread and I'm trying to figure out WHERE you are dragging the "Mobile Apps" folder from? Is it listed as "Mobile Apps?

    I have over 144 apps and would love to know how to save the folder contents to a seperate folder should I ever format!

    Is there a step by step guide available somewhere that someone has documented?

    Thanks in advance...
    xtreme, Windows 7, 64 bit Ultimate
  • Dario de Judicibus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I used a trick taking advantage of directory symbolic links in Windows (I suspect you can do something similar in MacOS too). I described it in my blog. It is for advanced user only, anyway. I take no responsibilities for damages.

  • Kevin808 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The easy answer is:


    1. In iTunes go to "File" > "Add To Library"

    2. Navigate to where you have the old "Mobile Applications" folder backed up to...

    3. Select the folder (Not the apps inside) and hit "Open"




    This will copy the physical files to your iTunes folder and create a reference database linking the files to iTunes.


    I was hoping that when I did this it would leave the Mobile Apps where they were on my external drive and link them from there and not copy them to the iTunes folder in "Music" on my local hard drive (This is how i have my 100GB+ music libray set up).  I like to keep big chunks of media on larger external hard drives and not clog up my local SSD drive.  If anyone knows a way to do this. please share.

  • Kevin808 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    *Edit, I figured out how to keep files such as apps on an external drive but have them appear in the iTunes library... In order to do this, go to:


    "iTunes>Preferrences" > "Advanced" Tab > and UN-check "Copy files to iTunes Media Folder when adding to library".


    This should leave them where they are but create instances to them so they appear in your iTunes library.




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