Do apps sync prefs/data with iTunes?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by conkerbot, May 25, 2011.

  1. conkerbot macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2010

    I'm getting an iPad 2 for my birthday :D (well, I hope so, although UPS saw fit to ship it from China to Germany to Hong Kong to Germany so don't know when it's coming to the UK) but am a complete iOS newbie so was just wondering something about apps.

    If I use an app for a while (say, Penultimate or Simplenote) and create a bunch of documents with them, when I sync my iPad to iTunes do the app's prefs and data get stored on iTunes (so I could transfer them to another iDevice for example?). Searched on google but couldn't find something that answers this question.

  2. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

    Don Kosak

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hilo, Hawaii
    Yes and no.

    If it's the first time you're plugging in a new device, iTunes will asked if you want to restore from another device backup. Your new iGizmo (phone/pod/pad) will get all of the documents, settings, and so on from your old device. For all intents and purposes, it will be a "clone". You can give it a different name in iTunes and you're set.

    From that point on, changes you make to documents and preferences will not (generally) get sync'd between the two devices. Each device will have their own copy of App settings and data.

    Some Apps sync to central services (like some Game Center games). Others can store documents in the cloud (on Dropbox, or But most are stored locally on the device, and only backed up using iTunes.

    Hope that answers your question.
  3. conkerbot thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2010
    Yeah that does thanks, glad to hear it does back up all that stuff - not really bothered about keeping multiple devices in sync, just wanted to make sure if I get a new iPad for whatever reason it won't be like starting from scratch. Cheers

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