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Transferring apps when backing up and restoring iPad

Discussion in 'Apple Software' started by OCdude, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. OCdude


    Joined: Feb 24, 2008

    Posts: 2,546

    im about to backup my iPad and restore it on my new iPad, I just wanted to double check the app side of things.

    I'm currently on a connection with very limited bandwidth, so I want to make sure all my apps are included in the backup and restore as I can't re-download them.

    I remember doing this before and iTunes (or me!) totally ballsed up and it decided to restore EVERY app I've ever downloaded... regardless of whether or not it was installed during the backup :mad: Also most of them got stuck on "preparing for download" for weeks afterwards.

    Is the proper way of achieving this, just a case of:

    1) Ensure the apps you want backed up, are installed prior to the backup (duh)
    2) In iTunes, go to File > Devices > Transfer purchases from iPad
    3) Do a standard local iTunes backup
    4) Restore the backup
    5) Transfer the apps back by dragging and dropping in iTunes?

    Or am I missing something?

    Thanks :D
  2. The_Abyss


    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 7,680

    Location: Ipswich

    Can't you just plug it in, go through the initial Apple registration etc, and then restore from your last backup? All the apps (not old purchase) should be applied.
  3. Minstadave


    Joined: Jan 8, 2004

    Posts: 21,798

    Location: Rutland

    Yup. He hasn't got decent internet so you can do it via iTunes backup.
  4. OCdude


    Joined: Feb 24, 2008

    Posts: 2,546

    Well after some further investigation, it appears that since iOS 9 and the introduction of "app thinning", iTunes won't do this anymore as it's not possible.

    Oh well, time to borrow my friends connection while I redownload all my apps then!

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