I've just got a new iPhone and I want to sync my iPad apps between the iPhone and the iPad.

However when I try to enable synchronization for apps for my iPad, it says that if I try to synchronize, all of my apps will be deleted.

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Am I doing something wrong? I understand that I should first synchronize my iPad apps into iTunes and then enable app synchronization for the iPhone ... but I don't want to lose the apps that are installed on the iPad in the process.

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No, you're not. The iOS device is a consumption device - every time you toggle the app sync option it will try to "reset"/wipe the existing apps and re-transfer them. Either leave that option on or tweak it and set your sync to Manual.

To sync your apps to a new device, you have to transfer as to it as a new device. Existing folder structures you had on the iPad do not transfer to phones. You cannot restore configs between different devices.

New phone = new setup of apps and their folders. You sync between your iTunes library and device not device to device.

  • Does this behaviour differ if the user performs an iCloud restore on the new device? I was under the impression that process did indeed sync from device to device...
    – Dan J
    Mar 26, 2012 at 18:12

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