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John Vasko Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
In iTunes, under the application tab, there is a list of the apps I have downloaded. I assume these reside on my iPhone? Yet if I unmark "sync apps" it tells me that all apps and data will be removed from the iPhone. This seems illogical to me. Why sync everything again and again?
I am obviously missing something here. Please explain.

PB G4
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    The applications you have downloaded with iTunes on your computer are stored in your iTunes library. Any applications downloaded and installed with your iPhone should be transferred to your iTunes library when syncing your iPhone afterwards.

    Your selections under the Applications tab is no different that your selections for music and iTunes content that is transferred to your iPhone. If you have selected an iTunes playlist or playlists to be transferred to your iPhone, if you deselect a playlist under the music tab for your iPhone sync preferences that you previously selected to be transferred to your iPhone, the playlist will be removed from your iPhone when syncing.

    Applications are no different. If you don't deselect any applications under the Applications tab for your iPhone sync preferences, no applications will be removed from your iPhone, and all selected applications that are already installed on your iPhone will not be transferred again when syncing - just as music that you have selected to be transferred to your iPhone and is already available on your iPhone is not transferred again when syncing.

    This provides the ability to remove a selected application from your iPhone if wanted or needed as part of the iTunes sync process.
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (93,510 points)
    Itunes keeps the iphone in sync with whatever you have checked. If you want it on there keep it checked. Otherwise, how would you remove it from iphone while leaving it on itunes?
  • Jim VanLeeuwen Level 6 Level 6 (18,820 points)
    It doesn't sync over and over. Checking "sync apps" tells iTunes to compare it library of apps with those on your phone and sync any changes. If there are no unsynced changes, nothing happens. Unchecking "sync apps" tells iTunes you don't want apps on your phone anymore.

    The progress bar above the main iTunes window shows you what is being synced.

    This article may explain it for you: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1386
  • Matthew and Julie Hippely Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    You said: Your selections under the Applications tab is no different that your selections for music and iTunes content that is transferred to your iPhone.

    Apparently it is: If I sync a playlist of music itunes/sync/phone whatever check the list for updates and removes or adds songs that I have added or removed but it doesn't resync the entire playlist every time I sync my phone. That seems to be what it is doing with the applications. Unless sync is just really slow. because what it says is that it is copying each application on the phone to the itunes lib. Why do this every-time i sync? a waste of time if there are no updates to the app software.
    Annoying.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    It shouldn't do this every time you sync, it is not supposed to do this every time you sync, it does not do this every time I sync my iPhone. If this occurs with your iPhone, you obviously have a problem.

    Any applications downloaded and installed with your iPhone should be transferred to your iTunes library from your iPhone during the next sync after doing so, but this should occur once, not for all applications everytime you sync.
  • Matthew and Julie Hippely Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    ok, thanks for the info. any tips for troubleshooting why it is doing that?
  • nardori Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same exact problem! Everytime I sync my iPhone with iTunes, ALL of my applications are synced. In other words, apps I've had for months and that have also been in my iTunes app library for months keep syncing and getting recopied to my iPhone. This is a problem.
  • Gerald Edgar Level 3 Level 3 (615 points)
    You can sync apps from only one computer. If you connect to another computer and sync apps from there, you get the "delete everything first and then sync" routine.
  • Randy Zercher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    No, there IS a problem. Every time I hook up my iPhone to my computer, it wants to "sync" all the apps. ITunes says it is downloading an app, but the app never gets downloaded. I only have three of my 10 or so apps in iTunes, even though I have "sync all" checked on the Apps tab.
  • Morris1986 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i have the same problem. it is very annoying when you have a few big apps!
    is there an solution for this?
  • ckang777 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This is really annoying me. I looking for another application to use with my iphone beacuse of this problem. Everytime I press sync it tries to sync ALL my applications. I even have my applicantion sync option off. I'm just want to sync my playlist!!!!!! I have to wait 10 mins just to sync one song in my playlist???????? FIX THIS PROBLEM NOW APPLE!!!!!!!!!!
  • surferchick2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I was wondering this too. I just pluged my phone in to get the update and sync a couple of new apps, but it just starts syncing and backing up everything. It just stoped saying the phone disconnected (not sure why), but it's a pain.
  • LazyDaveOK Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry i can't be of any help. Just wanted to say this is happening to me as well. At the moment iTunes say's "Transferring Purchases from "xxx's" iPhone. Copying Monopoly."
    When you add beatmaker and monkey ball to name just 2 to that list, syncing my iphone takes up to an hour every time. I have only ever used my iphone with one computer as well.
    This used to take about 30 seconds tops to sync (unless of course i had new applications). I have no idea why this started happening.
  • WMederski Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yup, same problem here.
    Everyone was always complaining about "Backups" taking for ever... those just whiz by compared to the 5-8 minutes it takes to "Copying [Application]".
    Looks like I'll be making a call to AppleCare...
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