Why do all my ipad and iphone apps download to itunes on my mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Soulweaponry, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. Soulweaponry macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2010
    I googled and found random stuff about unrelated topics, so i'm asking. Why is it everytime i download an app on my iPad it downloads a copy on my mac? I don't need it on there and it just eats up space on my macbook. Can i turn this off?
  2. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    you need to turn that feature off. Check your iOS devices. In General - iTunes & Apps - turn off Automatic Downloads.

    Eventhough my stuff is backed in the iCloud, I still back up to my computer/external drive. When you connect your iPad, change the settings to backup to an external drive.
  3. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    It's so you can back up from your mac. You can turn it off though. iTunes - Preferences - Store. About half way down the page you can choose what is automatically downloaded.
    This has to be done on the mac, doing what the last commenter said will turn off automatic downloads on the device, not on your mac.
  4. Soulweaponry thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2010
    God damn I love you people. Doing this the second I get home
  5. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    FYI, there are a few apps that have been removed from the App Store(the first one that comes to mind is VLC). If you don't have them on your computer I'm pretty sure you aren't able to re-download them.
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    It's meant to allow you to restore your phone/ipad from your computer without having to redownload every single app. You can turn it off though.

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