Will upgrading to ios5 delete all my apps?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Statelymwhite, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2011
    When I go to upgrade to ios5, I get a warning I've never seen before about how the update will delete all my apps (and music, etc), and to only upgrade from the computer I normally sync to.

    I am upgrading from that computer, but I've never actually synced the apps. I've only synced music. When I tried to sync the apps once all it did was delete them.

    So what's going to happen? I don't want the upgrade to finish only to have an empty phone. It's never done that before, so why would it now?
  2. macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2011
    If you haven't synced, then all of your apps will be deleted. I hadn't synced my iPad for a while, and all of my newer apps were gone after updating. I didn't have many though, so it wasn't a big deal.
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2011
    But the last time I tried to sync apps, it deleted them all...

    This is what I'm afraid of this time, too.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2004
    it did not delete them for me- but on my iPhone it did 'clear' the apps- so I had to re-download them or upload them from my desktop. Not re-purchase though- just re-download/install.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2010
    Yes, part of the iOS 5 update is to restore your phone. So, it deletes all content on your phone and restores it to the state of your most recent backup, plus adds all the new iOS 5 goodies. Therefore, before you update, make sure you do a backup.
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2011
    Cool... I always have it do the backup... so I should be safe.

    Thanks, everyone.
  7. macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2011
    Wait, if you do a backup before updating, will this also restore the actual app data? Not just the apps themselves?
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
  9. macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2008
    A Backup of your device will backup ONLY the app data, NOT the actual app itself.

    Only if you Backup and Sync your apps will the app and app data be there after you restore from a backup and resync all your apps back to your device.

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