Usually, all the .ipas are backup up in the ~/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications folder. I accidentally deleted an .ipa in the folder. Now, after syncing, the app is on iPad but the .ipa is not backup in the Mobile Applications folder. How can I enforce the sync to backup all .ipas to the Mac again?

My iPad is not jailbreak. I want to restore the VLC app (.ipa deleted from Mac) from iPad and install on another new iPhone ...

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File - Transfer purchases from "device" command in the iTunes menu is intended to move all apps as well as any other purchased content to an iTunes library that lacks those items.


Just download it again from iTunes, at no extra charge.

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    Except it's no longer on the iTunes App Store. Aug 22, 2011 at 15:44

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