How to Sync Applications to The Ipod, Ipod Touch or Iphone Without Deleting Your Apps

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Syncing apps from your iTunes library to your iPod isn’t always equally easy as Apple makes you suppose it is.  In the event that you have more than one iPod Nano or iPod Touch within the home, it can be even more tricky to share applications, games, and additional iTunes store products and services.  In addition, you can run into snags when syncing apps you download on your iPod via a wireless connection to the iTunes library on your computer.  This is the exact trouble I ran into today, and I would like to demonstrate how I remedied it.

The difficulty: I recently ordered Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles, a entertainment app, with my iTunes account on the computer.  I purchased the application as usual and just as I was going to sync it, I received a warning sign that popped up on the software indicating to me that in adding the game to the iPod Touch, I would erase any remaining apps that were not previously within the library.  I had several apps on my iTouch that I had purchased from the ipod touch App Store (not using my computer), but had not added them to the computer itunes library.  This posed a dilemma.

The solution: After messing about with the software I gave in and called consumer support.  Subsequent to going through quite a few minutes setting up a case ID for it(I was linked to a native English salesperson, by the way, so at least the encounter was a good one), I finally figured out on my own what the difficulty was.  It had to do with adding the purchases from the iPod Touch to my iPod library on the computer.

This is the way anyone might move games, mp3s bought from iTunes, video clips, and more from your iPod Touch onto the iTunes software on your PC:

1. Plug in your iPod and launch iTunes.  From time to time this might happen automatically as quickly as the iPod is plugged in.

2. Select the ipod device and click File -> Transfer purchases from (your) iPod.  You might observe every one of the account’s products currently on the iPod are being added into the iTunes apps library.  You can additionally right click on the ipod device name and choose “Transfer purchases” to achieve the same thing.

3. Press on your iPod name in the left side.  You will be taken to your Summary section in the full-size window.  Beside to the Summary tab you will see the Apps tab. Click on this and select “Sync applications.”

4. A caution should pop up alerting you that any apps not in the itunes library at this point will be removed.  When you push OK, you will still be given the chance to select which apps you want to apply to your itouch before it syncs, so if you accidentally click it, all is not lost.

5. If all the applications are displaying up in the pane of the Apps tab, you are good to go.  Make sure everything you want to remain or keep synced to the ipod touch is checked, or else it will be replaced.  As soon as it is added into the library, though, it should keep it there, therefore you don’t have to be concerned about losing it.  

These methods saved me from making a Great blunder and deleting my hard-earned, paid-for apps and purchases.  Remember to keep to these actions anytime you download games from the button on the itouch before adding from your computer.

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