Does itunes still backup/restore app data?

Avenger

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Sep 20, 2007
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In past upgrades to iPhones, I used iTunes to backup the old phone and transfer the data to the new phone. Does iTunes still do this? I remember reading it got rid of the app store so I was wondering about app backup/restore. Or should I migrate to iCloud?
 

Shirasaki

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May 16, 2015
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Just don’t update iTunes and you will be fine for a long time.
But afaik, yes, it still backups app data.

Btw I am on iTunes 12.6. No plan to update.
 

Chupa Chupa

macrumors G5
Jul 16, 2002
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Yes. It's just more of a PITA now. It restores all your data and settings but then rather than just reinstalling apps that are stored on your Mac you have to re-download them on the phone itself.

But downloading the apps from your phone is necessary whether your backup is stored on iCloud or your computer. I prefer to keep it on my computer.
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Just don’t update iTunes and you will be fine for a long time.
But afaik, yes, it still backups app data.

Btw I am on iTunes 12.6. No plan to update.
If you are restoring to a 2017 iPhone you have no choice. 12.6 doesn't support either the 8 or X.
 

Avenger

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Sep 20, 2007
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Yes. It's just more of a PITA now. It restores all your data and settings but then rather than just reinstalling apps that are stored on your Mac you have to re-download them on the phone itself.

But downloading the apps from your phone is necessary whether your backup is stored on iCloud or your computer. I prefer to keep it on my computer.
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If you are restoring to a 2017 iPhone you have no choice. 12.6 doesn't support either the 8 or X.
Okay, I guess I'll backup my 6s now using whatever version of itunes I have and then when I get the new phone, upgrade iTunes and restore.
 

Shirasaki

macrumors G3
May 16, 2015
9,436
3,446
Yes. It's just more of a PITA now. It restores all your data and settings but then rather than just reinstalling apps that are stored on your Mac you have to re-download them on the phone itself.

But downloading the apps from your phone is necessary whether your backup is stored on iCloud or your computer. I prefer to keep it on my computer.
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If you are restoring to a 2017 iPhone you have no choice. 12.6 doesn't support either the 8 or X.
Well, good that I have no plan for 8 or X or whatever they will call.