14 Replies Latest reply: May 6, 2012 11:11 AM by racmarti
concort5435 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I just got a new iphone (old one tool a swim in cup of coffee). I did a full sync with my itunes account with my new iphone but when I launch a lot of my game apps all the progress I made on old iphone is gone on new iphone?! How do I get the exact copy of that app game with all saved progress onto new iphone?

 

Thanks!

  • 1. Re: How do I get current apps on new iphone?
    AM_Kidd Level 3 Level 3 (975 points)

    You will have to either make a backup of the old phone or currently have a backup of the old phone.  Once you do either of those options, then you can restore your new phone from the backup of the old phone and all saved data like game content and such will transfer over.

  • 2. Re: How do I get current apps on new iphone?
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)

    You should have been prompted to transfer the backup for your old iPhone to your new iPhone the first time you connected your new iPhone to iTunes on your computer that was used to sync your old iPhone.

     

    Were you not prompted to do so, or did you choose to set up as a new iPhone?

  • 3. Re: How do I get current apps on new iphone?
    wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,285 points)

    You would have had to restore your new phone from the backup of your old phone, then sync your content to your new phone. You only get one shot to do that, when first setting up the phone. If you still want to do that, you'll have to start over. Post back if that's what you want to do & I'll give you instructions.

  • 5. Re: How do I get current apps on new iphone?
    concort5435 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yea I did get a screen that said something about restoring from scratch or from "Brian Murphy" (Thats me)....Assumed that meant from my itunes account. I mean...everything else is there...Even restored stuff like my screen saver. It put the game apps back on the new iphone...just none of the saved progress is there on any of them. I fear the "saved" data for game apps are device specific.

     

    I have backup on icloud....Will that help? Not sure I get the whole icloud thing...Isnt is just Apple's "off-site" backup server? I mean, lets call it what it is.

     

    Thanks much for any insight/help here!

  • 6. Re: How do I get current apps on new iphone?
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)

    3rd party app settings and data created and stored by a 3rd party app is included with the backup for the device, which is updated by iTunes as the first step during the iTunes sync process if you are storing the backup locally on your computer, or with your iCloud backup if you are backing up your iPhone with iCloud.

     

    You must transfer the backup for your old iPhone to your new iPhone to have access to 3rd party app settings and data created and stored by a 3rd party app on your old iPhone.

  • 7. Re: How do I get current apps on new iphone?
    concort5435 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks..,,ok... How do I Transfer my backup from old iPhone to new? I already "set up" the phone. I guess I need to start over?

  • 8. Re: How do I get current apps on new iphone?
    AM_Kidd Level 3 Level 3 (975 points)

    Here's the instructions on how to restore from backup: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766

  • 9. Re: How do I get current apps on new iphone?
    concort5435 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks...However that is a dead link. Do you know of any other resource with this information? Do I basically need to start over here with setting up my phone? Is that possible to start over? How do I do that?

     

    Thanks so much.

  • 10. Re: How do I get current apps on new iphone?
    wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,285 points)

    First, do this: iTunes>Preferences>Devices...is the previous backup you want to use on your new phone listed?

  • 11. Re: How do I get current apps on new iphone?
    concort5435 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There's actually a backup from 11/17/11 - What's with that? Why so long ago? That's like 2 months ago. The stuff from that backup date is from my old iphone it seems, but its dated. Any way to get a the stuff directly from my old iphone (now)? I still have the old iphone.

     

    ((Im just really curious why such an old backup date))

     

    Thanks!

  • 12. Re: How do I get current apps on new iphone?
    wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,285 points)

    That old backup was most likely created from a restore point. Backups created from restore points are time/date stamped & not overwritten. Do this: Delete EVERY backup listed under iTunes>Preferences>Devices. Also, on that same pane, put a check in the box labeled "Prevent iPods/iPhones from syncing automatically". Connect your old phone, right-click in the left device pane & select "Backup". Eject the phone when finished. This will create a current backup. Verify such under iTunes>Preferences>Devices. Then, on your 4S: Settings>General>Reset>Erase All Content & Settings. Connect your 4S, right-click in the left device pane & select "Restore from Backup". Select the 3GS backup you just made, follow this by syncing to restore your iTunes content. You should be good to go.

  • 13. Re: How do I get current apps on new iphone?
    Khrag Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This helped me move my apps from my old iphone to my new iphone. Good instructions! Thanks

  • 14. Re: How do I get current apps on new iphone?
    racmarti Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Please help! I have tried al the steps here but nothing works. I backed up my old iPhone 4 that I had to give back to my employer, deleted everything from my new iphone 4S and then restored it via the backup from iTunes. Not a single app from my old phone came over. And there is no way for me to sync those apps manually from iTunes either. What am I missing?