I recently updated to Lion and didn't keep any backup of the local library for my installed apps on the iPad.

Now when I'm trying to update to the latest version of iOS it tells me this:

error message to backup my apps from the iPad

But when I'm trying to Sync Apps it tells me this:

error messate regarding syncing apps with iPad

The thing is that I don't have any apps right now in my iTunes library and my question is: How can I backup my existing apps from my iPad without losing them?

I really want to avoid downloading them all again, since some of the apps (like VLC) are not even in the AppStore anymore and I don't want to jailbreak it.

  • It only wants you to back up your apps in case something goes wrong during the update. You can just hit continue in the first prompt.
    – spudwaffle
    Aug 15, 2011 at 17:09
  • @spudwaffle And what if actually something will go wrong.. like this for example: i.imgur.com/Gl9Fh.png?
    – Lipis
    Aug 15, 2011 at 18:52

1 Answer 1


First, you should authorize your computer with your iPad if you haven't already.

  1. From the Store menu, choose Authorize Computer.
  2. In the dialog that appears, the Apple ID button is selected by default. If you have an AOL account, select AOL.
  3. Enter your Apple ID or AOL screen name and password, then click the Authorize button.

Then, transfer your purchases:

From the File menu, choose "Transfer Purchases from "Lipis' iPad" "

Wait for iTunes to complete the transfer.

Check in your library for your apps and the like.

Then you can sync without worry.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .