Apps keep reappearing, driving me INSANE

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by p1ally, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. p1ally macrumors regular


    Jun 23, 2010
    I have several iDevices (2 iPhones, iPad, MBair) and my 4S is driving me nuts. I'll delete an app, and a day or 2 later, it reappears. Actually 45 apps reappeared. I didn't sync it with my macbook, but I suspect since it's doing it wirelessly, it's adding the apps back on it's own? (Obviously it's user error, so how can I fix it?)

    Help? I feel like a total moron, but this is making me really upset :mad:
  2. soundsgoodtome, Jan 10, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2012

    soundsgoodtome macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2007
    Los Angeles
    while i can't comment on behalf of p1ally, i have the same problem -- except this has nothing to do with syncing new apps. i've always synced new apps (since that feature was added), and that has never been a problem.

    saving107, while i'm sure your suggestion is appreciated, i suspect p1ally's problem, like mine, is not related to the syncing of new apps. (or, p1ally, if saving107's suggestion, corrected your problem, please let us know, so we'll be aware these are two, separate issues.)

    with the version of this bug i'm seeing, 5 or 6 pages of random apps -- not new apps -- suddenly appears on my iphone 4S (running ios 5.0.1). none of my settings has changed recently. the only thing that's new is itunes match, which affects songs, not apps. but this problem is restricted to apps.

    5 or 6 times in the last 2-3 weeks, several pages of random apps has appeared on my device. i go through and delete them (i've tried doing so both on the device itself as well as in itunes), but then a few days later (or in one case, an hour later) another 5 or 6 pages of apps reappears on the device.

    talk about maddening...
  3. verwon macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
    Turn off the auto add for apps under settings, store.
  4. soundsgoodtome macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2007
    Los Angeles
    thanks, but like saving107 (and despite my exhaustive explanation above), you've misunderstood the problem.

    the setting you mentioned specifically controls the automatic downloading of newly purchased apps -- and i want my newly purchased apps automatically pushed to my devices. that feature is working correctly!

    but, once again, this bug has nothing to do with new apps! the apps that reappear on my iphone are a random cross-section of apps that have resided in my itunes app library for weeks/months/years (but are not currently installed on the iphone). they are not new apps, and most haven't even received recent updates. but something screwy happens, and 5 or 6 pages of apps are spontaneously flagged for reinstallation onto the phone.

    the two settings previously mentioned are irrelevent because these. are. not. new. apps.

    i don't know how else i can describe this issue in order to make it understood. :)
  5. 306Designs macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2011
    I keep finding this too. My iPad had apps I had deleted off it keep reappearing. I ended up just spending the time to delete the apps off my itunes
  6. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    First of all, chill. The original question was asked back in October (over 2 months ago), and the OP hasn't posted on the board since then (or a few days after).

    Just like when you call tech support with an issue, their are steps that you must go by to try to find the issue and then a solution. My method was step 1, the OP never came back to say wether that worked or not, so no one came back to this thread to try to find a solution.

    I'm sorry if my method didn't work for you, but I've had this issue were iTunes doesn't get the memo that I deleted an App from my phone. My phone is set-up to Sync Automatically Wirelessly from any dock in my house. So whenever I dock my iPhone to a Sound Bar or a charger, it would begin to sync wirelessly and those deleted apps would return, but this issue went away when I unchecked this.

    I'm sure you might have a separate issue, but verwon and I are attempting to troubleshoot. Step 1 doesn't work, move on to step 2, and if that doesn't work move on to step 3 (and on...)

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