iOS apps saved on macOS

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  1. Benito, Sep 27, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2016

    Benito macrumors 6502

    Benito

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    I was looking at Storage Manager in Sierra and noticed that I have all my iOS apps saved to my macOS SSD. Is there any reason to have the apps saved to Sierra? Can I delete the iOS apps from Sierra to save a ton of space? If this is OK to do, how can I stop iTunes from saving the iOS apps again in the future to iTunes?

    The apps end of using quite a bit of storage and it would be nice to know that I can delete them and open up a fair amount of space on my SSD.
     
  2. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    Have you previously synced your iOS device(s) with iTunes? If you have the iCloud backup turned on you can safely delete the apps from your Mac.
     
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  4. KALLT macrumors 601

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    In that case, you need to keep them. Restoring with iTunes will always sync back the apps from your library.
     
  5. Benito thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OK, so iTunes needs to keep the app files when you sync with iTunes. I wasn't sure about this, thanks for the information.
     
  6. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    Well, how would you restore your apps while not backing up to iCloud and not having them on the Mac at the same time? It's either one or the other.
     

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