How to get apps back

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by tiggle, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. tiggle macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2006
    Hong Kong
    I need to reformat my hard drive. How do I get all the apps back on to my iphone 4s when the drive is fresh? Thanks.
  2. toasty hoodie macrumors 6502

    toasty hoodie

    Sep 16, 2011
    Backup your "ITunes" folder on an external drive. Will also recover your music too. Then transfer it to the new drive, then point iTunes to it. Will take a while, but everything will be back.
  3. MaxBurn macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2010
    If all you want is the apps you can save the ipa files but you can save all itunes stuff fairly easily but it is more involved than just saving one folder.

    Steps are for windows and similar on mac I believe, this took me a couple moves to figure out but I have it down now. For moving to a new computer or simply reinstalling windows on same computer.

    1. On the old computer do Preferences -> advanced -> Keep itunes media folder organized. This could take a long time if you weren't doing it. Also make sure your disk is big enough to suck in all your media files.
    2. Find your media folder, mentioned on the same screen above.
    3. Find your library folder, if you hold shift and launch itunes and click the choose library button it will likely show you the folder you are using. Otherwise
    4. Consider deauthorizing the old computer in itunes if you are never going to use it again.
    5. Move both the library and media folders to the new computer. Media folder should have the same directory path otherwise hard links in library may have trouble.
    6. Shift launch itunes and point it to your library file iTunes Library.itl.
    7. Everything should be as it was on the old computer.
    8. Authorize the new computer.

  4. tiggle thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2006
    Hong Kong

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