Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

How can I get my apps back after a clean install if I bought all of them directly on my iDevice and never bothered to sync them to my computer?

Background: I lost all of my apps on my ipad when I updated (10/22/11) they were all gone.

share|improve this question
add comment

2 Answers 2

On your iPad log into the AppStore with the Apple ID you used to purchase the Apps. Then go to the Purchased tab and select them to be downloaded again.

iPad Purchased Screen

If you did not make a backup, which iTunes would have asked you to do before upgrading, you will lose all your data however.

You can also do this from iTunes by logging into the AppStore and clicking on Purchased and then selecting Apps under purchased:

Purchased Link

Apps Option

share|improve this answer
add comment
  • Open the App Store app
  • Go to the 'Purchased' tab
  • Download the ones you need again
share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.