11 Replies Latest reply: Aug 26, 2011 9:43 AM by roblight
roblight Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi Folks,

 

I recently did a clean install of Lion on my MacBook Pro and I've chosen to not use Migration Assistant because I don't want to move over a bunch of cruft under my 4+ year old home directory (Tiger > Leopard > SL).  I've been very selective about the things I've moved over and all has gone well until I want to sync my iPhone.  I've transferred purchases from the iPhone but if I check Sync Apps, iTunes wants to wipe and re-install everything!  This wouldn't be a problem, except the time it would take to re-organize all my apps on the iPhone again.   (Side note: Please Apple, give us an "auto-organize" button for apps!)

 

Any idea how to move over my old sync data files to avoid having to nuke/reinstall my iPhone's apps?  Or is there another option to preserve how my apps are organizated?

 

Many thanks in advance,

Rob

  • 1. Re: Location of iPhone sync data files or How to not have to re-install all my iPhone apps?
    Skyler Richard Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    Hey Rob,

     

    If I understand what your asking: when you do a restore from backup of your iphone it will save how your applications are organized within each folder.  At least it does for me.

     

    Try creating a backup Right Click on name of the iphone in iTunes and click Backup

     

    Let it create a backup... Then transfer purchases one last time..

     

    Then Once both are completed Right Click and restore from backup and then this will re-organize your applications within their respective folders, just like you had it before.

     

    It will erase all your music and such off so hopefully you do have a backup of that.. Otherwise you would have to get that transfered from doing the restore from backup.

     

    Hope this helps!

  • 3. Re: Location of iPhone sync data files or How to not have to re-install all my iPhone apps?
    roblight Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Skyler,

     

    Thanks for the reply!  I have tried that approach already, but now that I think about it again, maybe what I can do is sync the apps THEN restore from backup.  Maybe that will restore the app locations prior to the sync.

     

    I'll let you know what I find!

     

    Thanks again,

    Rob

  • 4. Re: Location of iPhone sync data files or How to not have to re-install all my iPhone apps?
    roblight Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ingo2711 wrote:

     

    Just one more thing to add: How to back up your data and set up as a new device

     

    Ahh, I may try the "Set up your device as new" from that article if the tip Skyler suggested doesn't work.  Thanks!

  • 5. Re: Location of iPhone sync data files or How to not have to re-install all my iPhone apps?
    Skyler Richard Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    Setting it up as new will not put anything over, then when you sync it will sync the applications over and it will sync the applications over Un organized.  My advised should resolve the issue, I work for technical support for the iPhone's, iPad, and iPod Touchs for Apple...

     

    Right Click the iPhone and click Transfer Purchases and then do the backup and restore from backup... That will transfer all your applications over to your computer and then organize them properly in their folders...

  • 6. Re: Location of iPhone sync data files or How to not have to re-install all my iPhone apps?
    roblight Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Skyler Richard wrote:

     

    Setting it up as new will not put anything over, then when you sync it will sync the applications over and it will sync the applications over Un organized.  My advised should resolve the issue, I work for technical support for the iPhone's, iPad, and iPod Touchs for Apple...

     

    Right Click the iPhone and click Transfer Purchases and then do the backup and restore from backup... That will transfer all your applications over to your computer and then organize them properly in their folders...

     

    OK, that does make sense so I won't bother setting it up as a new phone.

     

    Quick follow up question though, do I need to click the Sync Apps check box before I do a restore?  The reason I ask is that I've done a transfer purchases/backup/restore cycle but all the tabs (Apps, Music, Movies, etc.) do not have the sync check box checked following the restore as I would expect.  And when I go check the Sync Apps check box that's when it warns me "Are you sure you want to sync apps?  All existing apps and their data on the iPhone will be replaced with apps from this iTunes library."  That's when the apps then become unorganized.

     

    Thanks so much for your continued help!

     

    Rob

  • 7. Re: Location of iPhone sync data files or How to not have to re-install all my iPhone apps?
    Skyler Richard Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    Yea you do not want to sync any of those... Want to go right ahead and start doing a backup and then restore from backup...

     

    There is no way of avoiding it erasing all content, It will still be erased and replaced with the content in your iTunes Library, but doing the restore will just change how it's organized after it does the erase and sync.

     

    When you restore from backup you will not see the Erase and Sync buttons because once it's completed you will then be synced with your new computer.

     

    Does that make sense??

  • 8. Re: Location of iPhone sync data files or How to not have to re-install all my iPhone apps?
    AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (57,005 points)

    And Just to add to all the above...

     

    About Backups iPhone

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1766

  • 9. Re: Location of iPhone sync data files or How to not have to re-install all my iPhone apps?
    roblight Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Skyler Richard wrote:

     

    Yea you do not want to sync any of those... Want to go right ahead and start doing a backup and then restore from backup...

     

    There is no way of avoiding it erasing all content, It will still be erased and replaced with the content in your iTunes Library, but doing the restore will just change how it's organized after it does the erase and sync.

     

    When you restore from backup you will not see the Erase and Sync buttons because once it's completed you will then be synced with your new computer.

     

    Does that make sense??

     

    Yes, it does; however, I believe I have tried this once and it didn't work (it literally appeared as if nothing actually happened).  I'll try it again later tonight and let you know what I find.  Thanks so much!

  • 10. Re: Location of iPhone sync data files or How to not have to re-install all my iPhone apps?
    Ingo2711 Level 6 Level 6 (17,095 points)

    @Skyler

    The article I mentioned about setting it up as new device and saving data describes the process of transferring your purchases and performing a manual backup as one of the first steps to do. Plus, it also has some nice illustrations coming with it

  • 11. Re: Location of iPhone sync data files or How to not have to re-install all my iPhone apps?
    roblight Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, I wanted to close the loop on this.  What I did was use Skyler's suggestion (backup/transfer purchaes/restore) but that alone didn't fully get my iPhone sync'ed with this new library.  What I had to do was check-off the Sync Apps checkbox and click Sync.  I then got a dialog window saying "The iPhone is synced with another iTunes library. Do you want to erase this iPhone and sync with this iTunes library?"  The options were "Cancel" and "Erase and Sync."  I chose "Cancel" (because I wanted to Google this more) but it appeared as though iTunes was still trying to sync!  I quickly tried to cancel the sync by clicking the X in the status window but that didn't seem to have an immediate effect so I pulled the USB cable from my MacBook.  At this point I was concerned that I really hosed up my iPhone/iTunes library but when I went back into the Apps tab and, lo and behold, the Sync Apps checkbox was checked and everything looked great!  So I did another sync and it processed without any issues!

     

    Everything seems fine now even with that slight hicup which is probably some sort of bug.

     

    Many thanks to Skyler and everyone else who helped!