issue with restoring 4s from iTunes backup

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by ayres, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. ayres macrumors regular

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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
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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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.
     
  3. ayres thread starter macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Not how it works. You get a mirror of your Apple stuff and Apple apps, not third party apps.

    Unless you have them installed prior to restoring from backup.
     

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