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    Jun 30, 2011
    Keeping apps when switching itunes?
    I switched computers and therefore need to switch itunes...however, I have a TON of apps on my iphone that I want to keep. When I try to sync on the new macbook it says that everything will be erased. How do I avoid this and keep my apps? Thanks!

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    As long as you new iTunes uses the same iTunes ACCOUNT as the old one, don't worry about it. You will be able to re-download every app you've purchased, or you can just restore from a previous back-up (which of course you need to move from your old computer).

    Either way, you MIGHT lose app data (such as highscores in games) but the app *themselves* can re-downloaded for free from the App Store as long as its under the same account.

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    Member Since
    Jun 30, 2011
    how do i make a backup in my old itunes and import it into my new itunes? sorry for these stupid questions and thanks for your help!

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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    iTunes should auto backup when you sync.

    The backup file is located in your home folder at:

    /Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup

    You could try copying that to the new computer and then restore from the backup. Have not done this myself.

    You can also turn on Homesharing in iTunes on both computers and use it to sync everything to your new computer. Even my Win 7 machine has all my apps on it and it's never had an iDevice connected to it.
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    Oct 01, 2007
    27" iMac i7 (2011) 10.11, Mac Mini i5 (2014), iPhone6s, Apple Watch, iPad Air 2, New AppleTV (4?)
    Do'nt know if you on Mac or PC but these instructions work broadly for both:
    How To Move Your iTunes Library to a New Mac | Mac|Life
    Not been around these parts for a while. Trying to change that . .

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