Missing iPhone app in iTunes

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mac2thefuture, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. mac2thefuture macrumors 65816

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    Hi guys, I have 164 apps on my iPhone, the combined family has so many more.....why aren't they showing up here in iTunes Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 21.11.53.png Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 21.01.51.png
     
  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Hi,

    this used to work up to iOS 8.

    From iOS9, the iOS apps are no longer automatically transferred to iTunes, in order to save space on the computer.

    "With iOS 9 or later, apps will not sync or transfer to iTunes via Transfer Purchases. If you would like to download your apps to your iTunes library, make sure to turn on Automatic Downloads for your iTunes purchases. You can also download past purchases."

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201267
     
  3. vmachiel macrumors 68000

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    Wow, I haven't even noticed that this was changed.
     
  4. davidg4781 macrumors 68000

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    Other than saving space on the Mac, is there any benefit or consequence from turning this off? If they're saved in the Mobile Applications folder I have 8.3 GB in apps.

    I'm just thinking, I remember downloading some about 6 years ago for the iPad... in case I ever get an iPad. I'm sure they haven't been updated since then, or if they have I should be able to download them again onto the iPad.

    Edit: I just found a SECOND Mobile Applications folder, inside the iTunes one. 17.74 GB. This one was created 2/8/14 and last updated today. The smaller one was created 6/18/11 and last updated 2/7/14. Fascinating.
     
  5. vmachiel macrumors 68000

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    You can always re-download every app you ever bought, for free, using the app store. The only point of keeping them in iTunes is in case a developer pulls the app or the app is no longer supported. But then again, if it's no longer supported it's going to stop working sooner or later. I don't see any point in keeping them on your hard drive.
     
  6. davidg4781 macrumors 68000

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    Got it. Thanks! So now I just delete them from my library?
     
  7. vmachiel macrumors 68000

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    Pretty much yeah.
     

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