issue with restoring 4s from iTunes backup

ayres

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Sep 27, 2010
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so my 4s went crazy this morning... i backed it up, made an appointment, and took in my phone to the apple store. they gave me a new one. i came home, restored from backup... the settings, contacts, photos, texts, calendars, it's all there...

but NONE OF THE 3RD PARTY APPS...

i thought it was a glitch, so i restored from the backup AGAIN, and it came out exactly the same - no 3rd party apps.

so what am i missing?

this is strange, as i have done many restore-from-backup in the past, and i have had no issues - just unorganized apps.

is there a setting i missed in itunes, iCloud, or somewhere on the phone?

cheers
 

ayres

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 27, 2010
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That is how it works. Your back up is only contacts, pictures, messages, call logs and such (settings as well).

Apps, you can re-download them at no cost.
sorry, but i'm not following you...

from what i understand, the backup that iTunes does (NOT iCloud) is a mirror image of the phone's state. moreover, every restore-from-backup that i have done in the past has put the apps back onto the phone...

obviously for many apps, redownloading is not the issue. but some apps were storing important info i needed (like, 'do it tomorrow'). so there is important information i need that i assume is/was stored in the backup.