5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 25, 2013 12:44 AM by LexSchellings
Scott Gillespie Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)

In the past I used to be able to manage what apps I wanted "intalled" or "removed" from any of my device, all using the Apps section of iTunes.


I still have that window buy now there are only 1/100th of the apps that I have downloaded over time and I can't see any logic to where the line has been drawn. For example some time ago I removed Infinity Blade to free up some space, in the past I would see it listed with a "reinstall" button next to it if I ever wanted it to do so.  Now I am absolutely missing the majority of those apps, also I don't believe I even see the full listing of apps that are on my device if I chose to remove them.


This issue is replicated across my ipad, my daughters ipad mini and my iphone.   I have confirmed we are all using the same iTunes account.


Finally the puchase history that I am able to see when I actually log into the details of my account suggest that Apple still recognizes the puchases I have made over the past few years. 


Not sure what I have done or if I am missing something but I would appreciate any direction that can help me get control over my full app library - whether installed on a device or not.




iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • 1.
    norm123 Community Specialists Community Specialists (3,195 points)

    Hello Scott Gillespie


    If you removed them from iTunes, then you will need to download them again. You can do that by following the steps in the article below.


    Downloading past purchases from the App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes Store



    Thanks for using Apple Support Communities.



    -Norm G.

  • 2. Re: Where are my uninstalled apps go to?
    LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,690 points)

    All apps that you did not remove from iTunes (App page), so including the apps that you uninstalled on your iPhone but not removed from iTunes are still in the App list, and can be clicked "install".

    Look in iTunes/Preferences/Advanced, there you see where your Library is, go there and in the iTunesMusic folder you will find the Mobile Applications.

  • 3. Re: Where are my uninstalled apps go to?
    Scott Gillespie Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)

    Sorry for the delay in responding - I think I follow what you are saying and your reply suggests that something is amiss. 


    Following your instructions and going to my iTunes Library the mobile applications folder shows roughly 450 applications that I have downloaded.


    The challenge I have is tha the window that you are referring to (click install) only shows 30 or so.  In fact the window doesn't even show some of the application that I have on the device - for which I would expect a "uninstall" button option.


    I am glad to see that the application have not been lost but I am very curious why the window that used to be the center of how I install and uninstall application from my devices now shows only a small fraction of what the true options should be.


    Thanks for your help.


  • 4. Re: Where are my uninstalled apps go to?
    LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,690 points)

    When you have the iPhone connected there are TWO lists:

    one in the Navigation Panel, that serves as a history, and there you can "remove" apps that are no longer relevant. Rightclick on aa app and you see what you can do.

    the second when you click the iPhone icon and the Apps tab: that page let's you see what is and was on the iPhone, there you can remove and install.

  • 5. Re: Where are my uninstalled apps go to?
    LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,690 points)

    Some further explanation:

    List one that I mentioned has all the apps that are in the "mobile applications": when you delete them there you loose them.

    I make a backup copy of that folder every quarter to make sure that I do not loose when the unspeakable happens...

    Funny is that on list one there is a figure that is not the total number (click the list and you see that they are all 450 there) but what is on the apps page.

    A lot of those apps will not be available any longer in the appstore, but you still have hem, even when uninstalled!