Can I just delete all iOS apps from iTunes without them uninstalling from devices?

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  1. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm currently in the process of cleaning up my iTunes library and I was wondering ...
    Can I just delete all iOS apps from my library?
    Or will they also be removed from my iPhone/iPad the next time I sync?

    Seems kinda pointless having them sit in iTunes, taking up space, while I always install & update my apps straight from the device.

    Thanks for your help
     
  2. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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    Good question. I don't know but my WAG would be that the next time you sync your phone the missing apps would be removed. For sure they would be missing if you had to restore for some reason.
     
  3. steve knight Suspended

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    Just change the sync settings first so apps are not synced then it is fine that's what I do
     
  4. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK, thanks guys.
    Went ahead and gave it a shot.
    Everything seems to be just fine.
    No deleted apps.
     
  5. brilliantthings, Mar 30, 2016
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    brilliantthings macrumors 6502

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    So just to clarify:
    You deleted iOS apps from your desktop and then turned off a setting to sync apps to the desktop and everything has gone fine since?
    Where is that setting?
     
  6. richard2 macrumors regular

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    Devices with iOS 9.0.2 or later installed don't synchronise apps with iTunes. If all of your devices have iOS 9.0.2 or later installed, then you can safely delete all of the apps in your iTunes library.
     
  7. brilliantthings macrumors 6502

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    Wow. I missed that. Did Apple release a guide or explanation about that?
     
  8. richard2 macrumors regular

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    The change occurred due to the implementation of App Thinning. As far as I'm aware, Apple has never discussed it, which I'm certain has confused numerous people, including myself!
     
  9. brilliantthings macrumors 6502

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    So how did you work it out?
     
  10. richard2 macrumors regular

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    I didn't; I found the answer on Apple's community support forum. :)
     
  11. brilliantthings macrumors 6502

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    Nice one
    --- Post Merged, Mar 31, 2016 ---
    Found the answer here:
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205099

    "
    If your apps aren‘t transferred from iTunes to your device after updating to iOS 9
    With iOS 9, apps no longer need to transfer or sync with iTunes when you restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Instead, the apps download directly to your device.


    iOS 9 includes a new feature that allows you to download just the parts of an app needed for your device. This saves storage space on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch when you install an app that supports this feature. After you update to iOS 9, iTunes isn't used to restore your apps when you restore your device. Instead, optimized versions of your apps download from the App Store directly to your device.

    If you can see the apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and they appear to be waiting to download, make sure you're connected to Wi-Fi or the Internet. After you're connected, optimized versions of your apps automatically download to your device.

    Similarly, apps that you add to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch don't sync or transfer to iTunes on your computer. If you want to download apps to iTunes, turn on Automatic Downloads in iTunes Preferences. You can also download previously purchased apps from iTunes.

    Last Modified: Oct 7, 2015"
     
  12. dancj macrumors 6502

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    I just tried this and now every time I try to sync my iPhone it wants to uninstall the apps and I quickly have to abort the sync.

    Does anyone know how I can fix this?
     
  13. richard2 macrumors regular

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    Firstly, what is the exact message presented by iTunes?

    Secondly, what version of iOS is installed on your device?
     
  14. dancj macrumors 6502

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    I don't get a message from iTunes, but once the phone has finished backing up and goes onto the next stage, the Apps section bars at the bottom of the screen which show the storage on the phone shrinks down to nothing to show that they'll take up no space - and then I quickly abort to stop that happening.

    My phone is on iOS 9.3.1
     
  15. richard2 macrumors regular

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    Hmm… I doubt iTunes would delete all of the apps from your device without any warning.
     
  16. dancj macrumors 6502

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    Ah, you're right.

    I just restored everything back into iTunes and synced. Then I removed some of my biggest games that I haven't played yet and synced again. When I deleted it it reassured me that the apps wouldn't be deleted from my devices - and then when I did sync, the bar shrank down to show the apps gone and the quickly grew back again and the apps stayed installed.

    Thanks.
     

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