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toddk1971 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Cannot find in Itunes 11 how to update apps.  The phone indicates availble updates, which I can do directly on the phone.  in itunes 10 you could update apps and save the cellular data.  I cannot find it.

iPhone 4S, Windows 7
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)

    Select Apps in the pulldown at the upper-left:


    Screen Shot 2012-12-06 at 10.43.12 AM.png


    Or go to the View menu and select "Show Sidebar" and things will look much like they did in iTunes 10.



  • Lebohang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you, this worked for me i'm updating my apps as we speak.

  • Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No pulldown in the upper left of MY iTunes 11. And now my phone is synching all the apps which are out of freaking date and I have to wait for another 20 minutes before I can fiddle and futz around with this IDIOT version of iTunes. I SWEAR, what are Apple developers smoking.


    OK, now I see it. SHEESH!

  • Gnarlodious Level 4 Level 4 (3,225 points)

    iTunes started out being an application for playing music. Years later it got to be a catch-all media player. Later on, you plugged your iPod into it to sync your stuff. Now it is like the messy junk drawer everyone has that is crammed with miscellaneous stuff you can never find. In short, iTunes has acquired "feature bloat".


    I was pretty disappointed this latest update didn't sort out this growing problem.

  • jlyall Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    thank you very much

  • BlatchRules Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can't find it.  Where?  Can someone describe exactly where this option is????


    Why have Apple done such a stupid user UNfriendly redesign?  Change for changes sake is just frustrating to all users.  I am getting to the point where I hate Apple.  I have already swapped my iPad for a Samsung Galaxy tab, and the iPhone will be next to go.  For a company who are meant to make things easy their controlling BS is just an absolute waste of time.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)

    OK, we'll try this again. Once more, click the button at the upper-left, below the play controls:


    Screen Shot 2013-01-04 at 7.55.23 AM.png


    Said button may say "music" or something else. Then select "Apps". Or, again, go to the View menu, which can find by turning on the "Show Menu Bar" option in the menu you'll get when you click the downward-pointing arrow at the extreme upper, left, and select "Show Sidebar"



  • TxTortoise Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    The confusion is that the drop down button, e.g., 'Music', is not displayed if the phone is connected to your computer. Eject the phone and the drop-down button will appear, per the above.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)

    The above screen shot was taken with my iPad connected. If you don't see the Music dropdown, it may be that you're looking at the iPhone, not the main iTunes library. If you see your iPhone listed in the upper-left, then that is indeed the case. Otherwise it's either very different with an iPhone, which I rather doubt but may be the case, or something's amiss with your installation.



  • Doug Baker Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Go to the view of your Apps.


    Look in the bottom right corner. There should be a button that says "140 Updates Available" (or however many updates you have available.

  • jpmaurya Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dear Varjak,


    Thanks.... You saved my day.

  • beladona Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have found my library -- but the apps section is totally blank.  I have and use apps on both my iPhone and IPad so what is going on?

  • bajad Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No one has offered this solution yet: 

    I also had the problem where the "View" menu did not have a "Show Sidebar" option, and there was NO pull-down menu in the upper left (not "apps", not "music" -- no menu at all).  The problem, as said earlier, is that I was 'looking at my iPhone'.  I.e., topics listed at the top center were: "Summary", "Info", "Apps", "Music", etc., and I had already clicked on "Apps", which is not the thing to do (unfortunately).  There is no pathway from the "Apps" option for the iPhone section to actual App updates (sigh!).  Solution:


    1.  If you can't find the "Show Sidebar" option in the "View" menu and don't see any pull-down menu at upper left, click on the blue "DONE" button in the upper right.

    2.  This should get you back to your library, and now be able to see the pull-down menu at upper left and see the "Show Sidebar" option in the "View" menu. 

        a.  If you do "Show Sidebar", the page will look a lot like earlier (better) versions of iTunes, and you can click on the "Apps" line near upper-left.

         b.  If you go to the pull-down menu, instead, you get the same 4 choices that are in the sidebar ("Music", "Movies", "TV Shows", and "Apps").  Clicking on "Apps" gives you the Apps page, with any available updates mentioned at lower left.

  • cathiefrom ca Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you VERY MUCH for this extremely clear and helpful tip, bajad!  After toggling on the "Show Menu Bar" option, I was able to do as you described.


    I agree with others who are frustrated with this new iTunes interface. What a mess Apple has made of a (formerly) functional, intuitvely easy-to-use product! If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Sheesh!

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