App store: how to sync apps FROM iPhone to iTunes

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by zorahk, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. zorahk macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2008
    North Korea
    I downloaded some apps from the app store on my iPhone. I want to take the apps from my iPhone and put them in the applications folder in iTunes on my computer, how do I do this?
  2. Rojo macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2006
  3. ScottSFA macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2008
    I think he means when you download from the App Store on your iPhone, they don't show up in the Applications part of iTunes on your PC/Mac.
  4. zorahk thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2008
    North Korea
    ^ yes, that is what I meant, and syncing my phone is not putting them in my applications folder. Is there an option somewhere to do this?
  5. ScottSFA macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2008
    I haven't seen one yet, this bug needs to be worked out.
  6. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    me neither :(
  7. Rojo macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2006
    Wait, it doesn't?

    I could have sworn the apps I downloaded onto my phone were also in my iTunes apps folder after I synced. I'll have to wait until I go home to verify.
  8. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    When you sync and it asks you if you want to transfer stuff, hit transfer. :confused:

    Then it will copy Applications and songs that you've downloaded back to your iTunes library from your phone.

    Now, if you've checked "Don't show this again" and hit "Don't transfer" then it sounds like you've ruined it for yourself. :D
  9. zorahk thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2008
    North Korea
    yes, that's what I hit and I'm wondering how to undo it.

    is there a preference file I can delete?
  10. honeycrisp macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2007
    Right click on the iPhone in the devices list and select "reset warnings"
  11. chipchen macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2002
    I never hit that... and it transfers my free apps, but not my paid apps. I should be able to sync Super Monkey Balls to my wife's iPhone right?
  12. infowarfare macrumors 6502

    Wow, this was just answered already today in another thread:

  13. sitein macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2009
    lost harddrive

    Lost my job - and my laptop that has all my synced iPhone apps on it.

    How do I get my paid (and unpaid) apps on the iPhone back into a new copy of iTunes without re-purchasing and losing all my settings?

    Thanks to anyone that can help.

    Google saves the day:

    "I was having a lot of trouble getting my iPhone applications to sync with iTunes. I tried doing backups and full syncs to no avail. Finally, in a moment of desperation, I righted clicked on my iPhone and chose the option “Transfer Purchases” and to my suprise and glee I successfully moved my applications onto to my computer." Details follow. Fixed the issue.
  14. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    You could always just redownload them for free. Just look up the app in iTunes, click "Buy" or whatever and it will tell you that you've already purchased it, do you want to download it again for free? Say yes, and there it is.
  15. wacky4alanis macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2009
    Isn't it as easy as selecting something like:

    File > Transfer Purchases from iPhone

    I don't have my iTunes PC handy or I would check. But I'm pretty sure that there is a specific menu item used for transferring Apps and Songs that you have purchased on the iPhone. Is that what you are trying to do?
  16. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    Right click on iPhone, 'Transfer Purchases from iPhone'.
  17. monkey86 macrumors 6502


    Aug 5, 2008
  18. Ragnar macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2009
    Sure, I'm late to this, but will Apple EVER learn the meaning of the word sync? It sure as **** doesn't mean erase everything on one device and replace it with anothers!!
  19. smashedagainst macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2010
    No wonder I couldn't do it on the MacBook I bought just so I could update my iPhone. :( Good thing I keep one or two computers that I can dual boot to windows. :rolleyes: Otherwise, I'm 100% linux.
  20. Lewi7 macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2010

    Not had a problem until this last week.

    I have downloaded apps, both free & paid for, from both my iTUNES account on my laptop aswell as directly from my phone.

    0The apps are listed & ticked in my iTunes account. However, they do not show on the iPhone. Aldo, they are listed in my Itunes account byt are faded out in grey, whereas all the other apps are listed page by page as they appear on the phone handset.

    I have tried the transfer purchases etc....without success - any help would be greatly appreciated !
  21. imranih macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2011
    google saves the day alright

    thanks heaps for that
  22. J.E.M macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2011
    Syncing from Iphone to Itunes

    1. To sync apps from Iphone to Itunes go to the file menu
    2. Click on Transfer purchases from (your Iphone's name)
    3. It will ask you to Authorise the new computer (you are aloud 5 different Authorisations so its a good idea to de-authorise the one you don't want anymore)
    4. It will then sync them all over.

    Hope this helps.:)
  23. joeduardo macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2011

    I've followed J.E.M.'s suggestion but the apps purchased from my iphone is still not showing up on the Apps tab of my iTunes. Trying to sync it shows the preview and I couldn't see any of my apps.

    Hope somebody could help. Thanks!
  24. dustinpaz macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2008
    thanks for that! too simple.
  25. Eldarion macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2011
    Okay, I have a bigger problem:
    I deleted once the synced apps from my "Mobile Applications" Folder on my MacBook, because I needed some space on my HDD.

    When I now click on "Transfer purchased Items" in iTunes, it will only copy new Apps (which I updated recently on my iPod Touch), but not the old ones :(

    It also don't work to re-download the apps for me, because for example "ZumoCast" doesn't exist any more in the App Store.

    Any suggestions?

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