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iTunes 11.1.2 is not syncing updated apps to iPhone and vice versa.

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Oct 29, 2013 5:02 PM

Since updating to iTunes 11.1.2 when I download an updated app through iTunes on the Mac the apps fail to sync automatically with my iPhone unless I open the apps button on the iPhone summary in iTunes and find the updated app and force the update. Additionally, if I update the app via my iPhone the app fails to transfer to the iTunes library on my Mac unless I perform a "transfer purchases". The process of updating apps use be seamless but now I have to manually handle the transfer of app updates to my devices as the sync between iPhone and iTunes just skips the step all together. What changed and how can I get my problem corrected? I see a lot of posts with individuals saying their photos and music no longer sync but I use iPhoto to handle my pictures and found no issues there and have iTunes Match to handle my music with no problems, I just can't sync an updated app.


I am running Mavericks (10.9) and iOS 7.0.3.

Mac Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9), 2.93GHz
  • Jon Baumgartner Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)

    Were you able to fix this? I'm experiencing this problem, and it's driving me nuts!

  • xrob Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)

    This solution worked for me. Let me know if it works for you.




  • BellaMichelle Calculating status...

    I am having this issue recently, that everything syncs except the apps, on both my iPhone and my iPad.  I update them in iTunes on my iMac but when I sync, they still show as needing to be updated in iTunes on the iPhone and iPad.


    I read Imack769's suggestion to uncheck the different items, sync, recheck them and sync again.  When I go to the apps tab, there is no box to check for syncing.  Did they move it?


    And I agree with others that they box at the VERY bottom of the list of apps on the Apps tab page, that has a box to check "automatically install new apps" is not very clear.  I was suspect what it meant, not wanting to install any apps on my ipad that are for the iphone and vice versa.  It would help if they use more clear language such as "automatically install updates to any apps already installed"  or something like that. 


    Hoping to hear back on the best way to get my apps syncing the updates again.  It seems very tedious to have to update them on each device when they have always synced with the backup nicely.



  • BellaMichelle Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)

    Yes, I'm running Mavericks and I think my issue started about the same time. 


    When you say you unchecked everything, I do not see any place to uncheck sync apps.  Where did you uncheck that specifically?



  • xrob Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)

    For clarification (at least as it applies to me), this is not a Mavericks issue, nor is it an iTunes 11 issue. I believe my problem goes back to iTunes 10 and Mountain Lion. It must have to do with a corrupted preference or something of the like.


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