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Colin Weir Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

Why is there no longer a checkbox to disable "sync apps" in iTunes 11?


I hate managing apps with iTunes, but I like to save copies of my IPA files in iTunes (since Apple likes to pull things you buy so that you can never get them again). So I keep my apps in iTunes but keep "sync apps" disabled.


In iTunes 11 this option is gone, so iTunes just tries to sync any apps not on my phone to my phone. Despite them not even being checked in the apps section, and the "automatically sync new apps" box unchecked, iTunes says "determining apps to sync" and then tries to put 3 pages of apps on my phone.


How do I make iTunes 11 stop trying to manage apps on my phone, short of not keeping any apps in iTunes?

  • Patagonier Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is crazy! I use iTunes only for backup and synching music, but NEVER Apps. I like to decide for every App update and do it manually right from the App Store in the phone. iTunes did a great job until this update to version 11. Now iTunes it is pushing all the unwanted updates and ipad Apps, etc, that i don't want...Apple is upsetting me....Ugggg! Now i cannot revert the situation, even the last backup didn't helped!

    If Apple want to keep its current long-term customer base satisfied, they need to think in keeping consistency for new not the first time... (remember Google Maps on IOS 5 or Youtube....)

  • Mark Mazur Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having the same problem.  Just want to sync music and iTunes is trying to install 200 apps.  Can't figure out how to stop it.  So annoying.

  • MaikFromGermany Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey guys.


    I´ve got the same problem.


    I delete 2 Apps on my iPhone and by the next syncing with iTunes(over WIFI) pushes me iTunes this two Apps back to my iPhone. ***.


    Please fix this, Apple. It´s realy annoying!

  • woodmeister50 Level 5 Level 5 (4,175 points)

    What version of iOS?  I have a few apps that I have deleted on my iPhone

    and they are there in iTunes with an install on it but they don't sync.


    Update: I just did a test.  I deleted an app on my iPhone.  Plugged it in

                 to iTunes to sync and it did not sync the deleted app.  In the

                app list it did display an install button.

                 FWIW, iPhone 4S, iOS 6.0, iTunes 11.01, OSX 10.8.2, USB sync.

                  Also, "Automatically sync when iPhone is connected" is checked.

  • MaikFromGermany Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your help.


    The tip from you:


    On the apps pane at the bottom of Apps list window is

    the check box to disable auto sync of apps.



    is not the problem, cause this checkbox was with me already disabled.


    I have an iPhone 5 with iOS 6.0.2, a Macbook with OSX 10.8.2 and iTunes 11.0.1.

  • deirdrekent Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes I used to be able to use a checkbox so I could control what apps I synced.

  • fabrizio171 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


    I've the same problem with iPhone 5 and iPad 2.

    I use a pc with Windows 7 and in the past all works fine.


    Many thanks

  • angelT3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also got like this issue. I used iTune on window 8 and tried to sync apps which I have already downloaded by iTune to my iPhone 5. I could sync music,movies,podcasts and books except apps.Sync stopped when it's determining. I have red a lot of forums about this issue. But I could not find any convenient answer about it. Is there anybody who can suggest how to solve this issue?

  • VampAyano Level 1 Level 1 (0 points) There really isn't a solution to get the checkbox back but to just revert to itunes 10

  • Peter2111 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the similar problem. I couldn't sync my musics because itunes need to sync my apps first but it shows 'the iPhone could not be synced because this computer is no longer authorised for purchased items that are on this iPhone'. So the sync stops. I authorised to my computer, but it doesn't work.


    Finally I found this problem caused by my apple account. I changed the reigion of my account from country A to country B recently. I used the same account ID but registed in country B to authorised my computer but the apps are bought with the same ID but registed in country A. So the problem comes.


    To solve it, I chaged my ID registed reigion back to country A and deleted 'C:\ProgramData\Apple Computer\iTunes\SC Info' folder (hiden folder). After that, authorised my computer again. Then I can sync my apps and music.


    Hope this help a little bit.


  • Kafe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, this feature is really annoying.

  • AlecZ64 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    My cousin is having this problem. She doesn't need the apps stored locally, so I deleted all of her apps from the "apps" section in iTunes to try and stop it from syncing them. But it's STILL trying to sync them! Apple's been downgrading iTunes since version 8.

  • h206 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the same problem, noticed it before, but tonight terrible...i have apps for my iphone (good), but i want to use my iPod for music only...the sync locked up for ages and ages...i ended up repeatedly trying to "remove" apps which kept loading onto the iPod.  I HATE THIS!   Apple - please install a box which says "Check box for Install Apps" or otherwise....much of my music could not sync because of the memory grab by the unwanted Apps...

  • h206 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm glad it worked out for you finally...but I give up. Would Apple please get act together and make this process straightforward?

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