By syncing your iOS device with your Mac or PC, you can use iTunes 11 to organize your apps. You can sort your iTunes app library by size or date to remove old apps you no longer use. You can also search for apps on your device and re-arrange them using iTunes.
Hi this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today’s episode let’s look at how to use iTunes 11 to organize the apps on your iPhone and iPad.
So if you sync your Mac and your iOS device then you will have your apps in both places. As a matter of fact you may have at lot more on your Mac because you are storing them all there and you only have a selection on your iOS device. Either way when you go into iTunes you can go and select Apps to view your library of apps. These are all the apps that you have stored on your Mac on iTunes.
In Icon View it is only somewhat useful. They should be in alphabetical order and you can kind of scroll through them and see what apps you’ve got. If there are some old apps here that you don’t want anymore you can select it and hit the delete key to delete them.
But it is much more useful if you actually go to the List View. In the List View you can sort by clicking on the top here, the top of each column. Click twice it will sort in reverse. So for instance if you wanted to sort by size you can sort here and see what your largest apps are. So perhaps if you have some large apps and it is a game you are not playing any longer you can select it and delete it clearing off space from the iTunes library on your Mac.
You can also sort in other ways. For instance by Date Added or Purchase Date. That way you can go back and or reverse the sort here and see which apps you downloaded the longest time ago and that way perhaps you can also see some more that you can get rid of. So by sorting here in the List View and selecting and deleting apps you can better maintain your library of apps.
Now remember just because you have deleted it here doesn’t mean that you can’t get it again. Once you have purchased an app you can always redownload it as long as the app is still available of course. So if there is an app that you think, well I don’t need it right now but in the future I may want to play that game again. As long as the game is still available in the App Store you can go back and instead of purchasing it will just have a download link.
Now what about on your device. In iTunes here we can click here and see that I have three devices. So let’s jump to my iPad as an example. I’ve got some various tabs at the top and you want to click Apps, of course, to view your apps. On the left you will see a list of all the apps in your iTunes Library. On the right you will see each screen of your device. So you go through it. This is kind of a mock-up of the screen that you would normally see if you were looking, in this case, at my iPad.
So if your App hasn’t been installed over there, is not presently here, I can simply click this button here to install it. If it is already installed it will say Remove and I can click this button to remove it. Now there is no other view here so you have this kind of icon list view but you can search. So for instance you can quickly search and put a term in there and it will narrow down what you’ve got in there. You can quickly get to an app and see if it is installed or not and take action.
Also another cool thing you can do if you don’t know where the app is on your device. Say you’ve lost it, it is in some sub folder and you can’t seem to find it. You can click here and double click and it will actually jump to that app. So here it has jumped to screen 3 and inside the sub folder and showed me where that app is. So this is a handy way to be able to find that app icon that you never seem to remember where you put on your device.
You can also, of course, used these screens over here to organize your apps which may be a little easier if you’ve got a lot of apps. For instance I can click and rearrange apps and move them to different screens just by dragging down here at the bottom and it will move it. You can delete apps, that are not the preinstalled apps. Notice apps like Messages and Calendar cannot be deleted. You roll over them. But apps that you have installed like Twitter and Podcasts you can delete from the device. They are still in your library so you can just reinstall them but it is a quick way to kind of maintain what is on your device by using iTunes on your Mac or PC.
Also a few other things I want to point out here. There is the all important check box here called Automatically install new apps, right under this list. So this if it is checked this may explain why, if you don’t like this feature, when you download an app to your iPhone and then you sync your iPad to your Mac you may notice that the app is automatically comes over. This is particularly tricky if you have one computer and you maintain several different devices, maybe across family members, and say your kid downloads an app to their device and then you find that you get that app eventually on your device. Well this is the setting that will do that through the syncing process.
Also you notice at the bottom this meter here that will tells you what is on your device. So of instance I can see that I have a lot of apps on this device. I’ve got some videos and everybody always asks me about Other.
Well what Other is is data. Various apps have data. So it may be as simple as a game having the Save Game state and maybe something like Pages having your Pages documents or Keynote having Keynote documents. Other apps may store tons of stuff in there. For instance Mapping and Tracking apps may store lots of different maps on them. So for instance on my Audio app for audio books will put a lot in other if I store a lots of audio books in there. So that’s exactly what Other is. It is basically your data being used by the different apps.
So with iOS 6 it is not necessary at all for you to maintain your iOS device by syncing it with your Mac. But it can be very useful because you can use it to organize not only things like your music and your videos but also your apps through using these tools.
Hope you found this useful. Until next time this is Gary with MacMost Now.