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DanKell Level 1 Level 1

I've just been syncing my iPhones and iPad with iTunes 11 for the first time and noticed a problem


Even after syncing each device, each of which is up-to-date with apps, iTunes 11 showed 23 available updates from the store.


I had to manually go to File > Devices > Transfer Purchases to get the updates into my library.  On iTunes 10 these updates would automatically be copied to my library.


Is there any way I can get back to that?

iPhone 5, iOS 6.0.1
  • nicf Level 1 Level 1



    I have the same problem but I also cannot find the File menu. What I want to acheive is described in the following article, just for iTunes 11 not previous iTunes versions:




  • jace112 Level 1 Level 1

    How to transfer your previous purchases from your iPhone to iTunes 11?

    I guess I've found the way to do it:

    Go to the menu toolbar (CTRL-B for Windows), go to File and then display the old devices menu!

    Your iPhone should be there, and you should have the opportunity to transfer your purchases.

    Sorry for the menu / command translations, I'm using the French iTunes.
    It worked flawlessly for me...


  • nicf Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks jace112, that was exactly what I was looking for!

  • DanKell Level 1 Level 1

    Problem is that iTunes 10 used to automagically copy updated apps from the device to the library.  Now it seems it needs to be manually.


    Alternatively download updates from iTunes Store and sync to devices.


    I'm trying to minimize the number of downloads.

  • Ryn0 Level 1 Level 1

    I have this question too.  It's silly to have to download apps twice, especially when it worked just fine previously.  Hopefully this is a known bug.

  • Oldscool2 Level 1 Level 1

    Hi DanKell!


    Right now it appears that doing it manually (as you detail in your original post) is the only way to transfer apps from your IOS device to iTunes 11. Frustrating, it was sweet when it did that automatically!  Hope Apple brings that back!

  • BlackHawkmjb Level 1 Level 1

    Go into iTunes, then Click on File in the upper menu. Scroll down to devices and then select transfer purchases. Easy as pie! Different layout, same great features! Thanks Apple!

  • JDThree Level 1 Level 1

    I was getting frustrated with the loss of functionality as well.  Glad I found this thread, and I hope Apple returns that functionality.  There's no acceptable reason why, if it can check for updated apps in itunes for a device when you sync, it can't see if the app on the device is newer and automatically update it in the library as well like it used to.  I have four devices, and depending on what I'm using, some get some updates when I'm on them, others get other updates.  Annoying to have to go and manually do this across them all to get the various updated apps from each...

  • Kento Ito Level 1 Level 1

    You don't need transfer the apps back to iTunes most of the time, since you can now re-download all your data directly to the device via iCloud's, backup feature.


    While it's useful feature to have iTunes transfer things automatically, it's cumbersome, and with all the apps taking up space in your mac, it's probably for the best to leave it manually.

  • JDThree Level 1 Level 1

    "need" isn't the issue.  "Cumbersome" - you're serious?  Your post, with a winkie, would be the perfect sarcastic post about how incorrect everything you outlined is. 


    If I have 6 devices, I have to download every item six times.  "Less cumbersome" you say?


    I have about 800 apps I've purchased - so restore directly from the cloud.  "Takes hours not minutes" then because the speed difference between the internet and my USB cable.  "Less cumbersome" you say?


    "Apps taking up space in your mac" it's best to leave it manually?  Every single thing you said proved MY point not yours.  I have a RMBP with a 256GB SSD and I still have way more free space than I need with my apps on the hard drive...


    If I had one device, not an issue.  But every single person I know has a MINIMUM of four, and your "less cumbersome" is the exact opposite.

  • gti2quick4u Level 1 Level 1

    Funny thing is that it does it automatically for my iPad 2, but not my iPhone 5.  I can sync manually but I haven't figured out what is different between my iPad and iPhone that allows my iPad to sync updated apps automatically.  This says that function has not been removed, but seems a 'default' setting might of changed.  If I find the answer, I will let you know.

  • bkimball9095 Level 1 Level 1

    Same here.  No automatic transfer from iPhone 5 of updated apps.  Real bummer.

  • Ryn0 Level 1 Level 1

    Small Christmas miracle: when I dragged an app to my iPhone to manually add it to my phone, the sync started, as usual. However, it also transferred all my updated apps from my phone back to my computer during the sync process!  Tried it for the iPad mini as well and it worked. I also tried downloading a new app update on the iPad and syncing normally, and it didn't transfer.

    Can anyone verify this?  I'll try it again when I get home to see if it was just a fluke or not.

  • Ryn0 Level 1 Level 1

    Ive tried this several times, and it seems consistent.  If i initiate a sync by dragging an app in iTunes to a device, the app syncs to it (obviously), and it also transfers purchases and updates from the device back to iTunes! 


    If you just do a normal sync from the device screen in iTunes, it doesn't transfer app updates from the device. 


    So, it seems for now, the only way to sync updates from the device to iTunes is to do as i described, or select "Transfer Purchases from ____" in the menu.  The second option is probably the best, unless you want to keep adding apps to the device just to sync this way.

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