Forum Question: Ipad Sync Query !

I synced my iPad after a while only to find that also some of my Iphone apps got installed on my iPad. Why would this happen ?
Any way of keeping them separate ?
cyrus Dubash

Comments: 21 Responses to “Ipad Sync Query !”

    8/19/11 @ 7:44 am

    That’s just how you have it set up.
    With your iPad plugged in, look at it in iTunes. Look at the Apps page. There are settings there to determine which apps get synced. There are also settings there to determine whether new apps get synced automatically.
    Just adjust this page as you want for that iPad.
    When you plug in your iPhone, you get the same page, but you can set your app syncing preferences for the iPhone.
    So each device will sync which apps you want and do what you wish with new apps.

    Cyrus Dubash
    8/19/11 @ 8:18 am

    Great but Gary u bought keynote for example on the iPad and it got installed on my iPhone too which I did not intend to happen.

    Another instance some iPhone apps like fake caller got installed on the iPad.

      8/19/11 @ 8:38 am

      Right. Re-read my response. I tell you how to prevent that. Read Michael’s reply too.

    8/19/11 @ 8:32 am

    There is a check box in iTunes under the Apps Summary that says Automatically sync new Apps. By default this is checked. I recommend to keep it checked. If an app gets automatically synced to a device that you do not want there just delete it from the device and it will never get synced over unless you go into iTunes and “manually” check that app to be synced to that device. I do this all the time. I will get an app for my phone and that app will sync to my iPad because “Automatically sync new apps” is checked. All I do is delete the app off the iPad if I do not want it there and that app is forever not synced until, again, I manually check it to be synced over.

    8/19/11 @ 9:06 am

    And the reason I recommend keeping Automatic Sync New Apps on is because let’s say you get an app from iTunes on your computer and plug in your device to sync. That App will not get sync over unless you manually check that box. I find it much easier to let iTunes do the syncing for me and just pick and choose which apps I prefer on which device just by deleting them once synced over or leave them if I want them.

    Cyrus Dubash
    8/19/11 @ 9:17 am

    Great I understand that ! One more small clarification.. if I have a friend’s Ipad or Iphone, is it better to backup and sync on a brand new User Account or is it ok to sync many iPhones and iPads with my own user account ? I fI do the latter will my Apps also get synced with my friends iPad / iPhones ? I wouldn’t want it to get completely mixed up so what is the best way for this ?

      8/19/11 @ 9:18 am

      If it isn’t your iPad, why sync it at all? Not syncing would be the best option.
      Otherwise, it is up to you. A separate user account might make things simpler.

    Cyrus Dubash
    8/19/11 @ 9:21 am

    I mean I may want to Connect their ipad/iphone on my iMac and Buy Apps and do a backup !

      8/19/11 @ 9:24 am

      Let them backup their own iPad. Let them buy their own apps. If they want your help buying apps, then you can do it right on the iPad, no need to sync for that.

    8/19/11 @ 9:23 am

    Agree. The way I always think of it is that Every iDevice is “married” to “one” iTunes account. My dad has a iPhone but no computer so he uses mine. I created a new user account so he can manage and purchase his “own” apps and his “own” info. Because iDevices sync over more than just Apps.

    Cyrus Dubash
    8/19/11 @ 9:26 am

    Great so for every Iphone or Ipad I will now make a New user Account !

    8/19/11 @ 9:29 am

    Make s new user account for them fir management reason but just purchase apps using your iTunes account if I am understanding. Plus if you “enable fast user switching” on account preferences and while you are logged in you can switch to his account and you can use Home Sharing to share Apps, music, etc.

    Cyrus Dubash
    8/19/11 @ 9:33 am

    Thank you Gary & Michael ! Really Appreciate your help !

    8/19/11 @ 9:33 am

    No you can have virtually as many iDevices as you want connected to “one” iTunes account. Think of iTunes as the “manager”. If for what you say you and your friend want to share or you want to buy his/her apps that’s cool. The purpose of a separate account is so that person can manage their device as they like such as music, Apps, contacts, bookmarks, email accounts,etc. You guys can still share data such as apps and music by using the Home Sharing feature.

    Cyrus Dubash
    8/19/11 @ 9:45 am

    Yes but Michael if I have many iDevices connected to on iTunes won’t all the apps get into all the devices ?

    8/19/11 @ 9:48 am

    Also on a side note regarding purchase apps from app store. For example my kids. I created their own Apple ID to purchase apps and such. Of course I know the password:). The reason is when they are older enough to buy/manage their own accounts, all their past purchases on iTunes will be tied to their Apple ID and not mine. I find it’s best if you like buying stuff on iTunes for other, let them have their own Apple ID and just buy then Gift Cards. That way you bought it but those purchases will forever be tied to their Apple ID

    Cyrus Dubash
    8/19/11 @ 9:51 am

    Yes Correct ! So if i connect a friend’s Iphone or iPad, am i right if i I sign out of my iTunes Store Account the sing into theirs and then Plug it in and backup and sync and buy apps; without each of the other Device apps mixing with each device ?

    8/19/11 @ 9:55 am

    Sure all the Apps will if you want then on those iDevices. I guess the point I am trying to convey is a separate User Accounts will allow better management of devices. That way you guys are not syncing over the same contact info, bookmarks etc. For example, I would not want the same contact info as my wife of kids:) so a separate User Account resolves this. Again if the sharing of data is something you wish that is easy with Home Sharing enabled

    Cyrus Dubash
    8/19/11 @ 9:56 am

    Ok great thanks :)

    8/19/11 @ 10:07 am

    No if you sign it with their Apple ID (aka iTunes account), all that does is anything you buy or if any updates of apps will be reflected by that Apple ID. As far as the data already on the User Account on the Mac, No, that is still managed by the User Account. I could be wrong but I think you are confusing Apple ID with your Computer User ID. totally separate. Like I said I think creating a separate account for your friend is best. iTunes will still back up just like your User Account but the management of your friends data will be much easier IMO.

    8/19/11 @ 10:15 am

    Cool write back if you need help with enabling Home Sharing unless you already know and enable “fast user switching”. Although I believe Gary, I am sure of it:), has a podcast on both of these.

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