How to stop iPad from transferring apps into laptop?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by pyroo, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. pyroo macrumors member

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    Hi, this is very annoying and I don't know how to make it stop. I set the ipad to sync to icloud rather than my computer, and I also unchecked "sync apps" in itunes, but I still transfer music from my laptop to my ipad, so when I sync my ipad to add new songs, it automatically transfers 8gb+ of apps into my laptop! How do I make this stop? Thanks!
     
  2. thelead macrumors 6502

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    I don't think this is possible. Could be wrong but I haven't seen the option to do this.
     
  3. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Consider it backup for your apps. If any of them ever get pulled from the app store for whatever reason (happened to a few of my favorite apps, including one the developer pulled because they didn't want to support the app anymore), you'll be glad to have them on your computer.
     
  4. thelead macrumors 6502

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    It's still stupid. There is no reason why I should have my apps stored on my MBA, PC and work pc when I want to sync something.
     
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    You can only sync with one computer at a time.
     
  6. pyroo thread starter macrumors member

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    That's too bad, I have limited space on my laptop so I thought that backing up onto iCloud would solve this problem. It's just taking up unnecessary space on my laptop now.

    And Night Spring, that's a good point, but there are so many apps in the app store, if one gets pulled out of the app store, there will be hundreds of other similar apps to replace it. I guess it makes restoring the iPad a lot faster, but with iOS 5, I will be restoring my iPad without connecting it to my computer. Therefore, having a backup of all the apps is just useless, not like I can use the apps on my laptop!
     
  7. brand macrumors 601

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    Sou your saying that if an app uses a non published API and gets pulled there will be hundreds of other similar apps that also use the same non published API to replace it? I highly doubt that. Apps get pulled for a reason. Why would other developers risk possibly getting their apps pulled?
     
  8. Bigmoe1701-E macrumors newbie

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    thats not true. my ipad is synced with my mac mini & my girlfriends pc.
     
  9. Jessemtz25 macrumors regular

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    I think it's more stupid to make such a big deal about this but whatever.
     
  10. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Really? How did you do it? iTunes doesn't threaten to delete all apps and media when you try to sync to second computer?
     
  11. thelead macrumors 6502

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    who's making a big deal about it? :cool:
     
  12. Jessemtz25 macrumors regular

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    I think it's kind of a big deal to call it stupid.
     
  13. boltjames macrumors 68030

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    It's the way it works. You may think its stupid that a car needs gasoline, but try driving somewhere without it.

    If you don't like your iPad, please, stop whining and just return it. it's a perfect product. It doesn't need you.

    BJ
     
  14. doboy macrumors 68000

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    Work around to save space on your laptop is to find the folder the apps stored on your laptop and move the apps from your computer to an external drive. As long as you don't delete the apps inside the iTunes and just move them using Finder, iTunes won't know that the apps are gone and won't delete it from your idevice. I save >10 GB by moving them to an ext HDD.
     
  15. mrrish macrumors regular

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    There is no work around at the moment. But what you can do is delete the files app files after a sync (in itunes, select all and press the delete key; make sure it goes in the trash). Then the next time you do a sync, the only files that will copied over are one's that you have newly downloaded and updated since your last sync.

    Unless you are some kind of app-downloading beast, you won't be deleting apps too often.

    Not perfect, but it works for me. Most importantly, it allows me to conserve the disk space on my small solid state drive.
     
  16. doboy macrumors 68000

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    If you delete apps using iTunes, doesn't it delete it from your device next time you sync? Maybe the newer versions allow this. :confused: Do you empty your trash?
     
  17. mrrish macrumors regular

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    No, but only as long as you had 'sync applications' unchecked from the day you set up your ipad (which the OP said was done).

    I am using 10.6. Yes you can empty the trash.

    I do have to reiterate that unchecking that box now if you already havent done so, will remove all your apps.
     
  18. Bigmoe1701-E macrumors newbie

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    my iPad is on manual sync.
     
  19. thelead, Apr 15, 2012
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    thelead macrumors 6502

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    Saying people are emotional around here about their iPads will get your comment deleted. Someone calling me stupid doesn't :cool: I see how mods run this place... Sure, the iPad is perfect and we need 100gb's of apps stored all over the place. That surely can't be improved. Whatever.
     
  20. canesalato macrumors 6502a

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    i've found a workaround, create a new itunes library, move your media to the new library, sync your ipad/ipod/iphone.
    Problem solved (at least with my ios 5.1 ipad 3 and iphone 4s).

    An official solution would be better, but this is what we have now
     

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