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iTunes App sync wants to delete all apps

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zacksmoore Calculating status...
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Sep 15, 2009 6:03 PM
I have about 50 apps I've installed through the app store on my phone. When I tell iTunes to sync my apps (so they'll be backed up for restore), it wants to delete all the apps on my phone & replace them with what's currently in iTunes.

Problem is, there are no apps in my current copy of iTunes b/c I had to do an HD format & OS/program reinstall. Is there any way to disassociate my iPhone with my old iTunes, and sync my already installed apps to my new iTunes?

Thanks.
3GS, Windows Vista
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,150 points)
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    Sep 15, 2009 6:06 PM (in response to zacksmoore)
    The iphone will sync to one library/computer at a time.

    Since you have reformatted, it is now a new library and iphone will indeed erase the itunes content from iphone and replace with the itunes content from the computer.

    You can try File>Transfer Purchases.

    If all else fails you can re-download the apps for free.
    powerbook g4, iMac 20, Mac OS X (10.5.1), airport express, iphone, ipod, ipod touch
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,150 points)
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    Sep 15, 2009 6:17 PM (in response to zacksmoore)
    I suggested the Transfer purchases option , because Apps are itunes purchases and may be transferred to the computer when you do this.

    If it is not worth a try to you then don't.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1848
    powerbook g4, iMac 20, Mac OS X (10.5.1), airport express, iphone, ipod, ipod touch
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,150 points)
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    Sep 15, 2009 6:37 PM (in response to zacksmoore)
    It will erase the apps/music/vids from your iphone and replace them with the apps/music/vids from your computer.

    If the apps are now on your computer, they will be synced back if you have selected them to sync.
    powerbook g4, iMac 20, Mac OS X (10.5.1), airport express, iphone, ipod, ipod touch
  • dvitous Calculating status...
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    Oct 10, 2009 12:55 PM (in response to roaminggnome)
    I think this sort of broke with the last iTunes update.

    It was as actually much better at this. It was broke... fixed, then broke again.

    Between different computers, it would automatically detect and transfer purchases, then synch to that machine. No messages of deleting all apps.

    This changed after the lastest update and/or OS update.
    When it says it's going to "replace all apps" - I'm not sure it actually DOES this - I haven't seen it reload every app. But I do make sure to "transfer apps" first.


    And to complicate matters, it really messes up your icons. Before any synching... it display the apps in an order that is NOT the order on my phone.

    If you don't "transfer purchases" - when you synch, your current icon setup isn't read, and not displayed.

    But even if you synch - you don't get YOUR setup! It changes your phone to a default order...but YOURS is still displayed!!

    if you move around an icon or 2... and synch again, you can get YOUR (displayed) setup back.

    All this really makes it a severe pain. It was working SOOOO smoothly before the latest changes.
    iphone 3g, iPhone OS 3.0.1
  • tjlmag Calculating status...
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    Nov 14, 2009 7:23 AM (in response to zacksmoore)
    So does it erase all the data sored within the applications when syncing or can you back those up ?

    thanks
    Mac OS 9.0.x

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