Ios9 can't transfer purchased apps from iPhone to iTunes?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by Chobits, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. Chobits macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    I have iPhone 6 plus on 9.0.2
    No jailbreak
    And I tried other apps like syncios and iTools but no luck

    Is this for real?
    No way to backup or transfer my purchased apps to pc?

    Is this apple way forcing people to use icloud?
    Or even icloud can't backup apps?
  2. comics addict macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2013
    Yes I'm afraid so. They even got around to posting a knowledge base article but can't seem to find it anywhere. You can still make a backup via iTunes of your iOS device but all apps will download optimized for you device from their servers instead of syncing/transferring over from your PC.
  3. lagwagon Suspended


    Oct 12, 2014
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Its because of the new app thinning. Like the above poster said. It will backup your phone, keeps a record of what was installed, but when it's time to restore from a backup it downloads the current version that is specific to your device.
  4. getrealbro, Oct 14, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2015

    getrealbro macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2015
    You can still sync apps FROM iTunes TO an iDevice running iOS 9. That is what I've been doing. This keeps my iTunes app library up to date with iOS 9 compatible apps that can be synced to other iDevices running iOS 9 without downloading them multiple times.

    The way this works is.... I check my iPhone (iOS9) for updates. If I see any, I launch iTunes and update the Apps in my iTunes library. Then I sync my iPhone via iTunes. This replaces the out of date apps on my iPhone. There are a few quirks. For example, the App Store never shows these apps in the list of those that have been updated. And my iPhone doesn't show the little blue dot. But the version numbers change and the apps open with "what's new, etc". What is not clear is whether the apps synced from iTunes are universal or "thinned".

    The reason I'm going to this trouble is that it keeps the iTunes app library up to date for when I upgrade our other iToys to iOS 9. This cumbersome process really only makes sense if you have a slow and/or capped internet connection.

  5. wacky4alanis macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2009
    You can update the apps in your computer's iTunes library independently from updating them on your phone. You don't need to do it at the same time, or even have them connected.

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