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    Angry iTunes has deleted my apps!?!?

    I was transferring some music from iTunes to my iPad but did not want to waste time transferring my new apps so I told iTunes not to sync apps. When syncing it asked me if I wanted to transfer my apps I said no. After syncing I found that most of my apps were deleted.

    Why do apple insist on syncing everything and why did iTunes decide to delete my apps?!?

    I had a lot of documents saved on numbers which I had spent a long time on, they are now lost.

    (this is my main question)
    Is there any way possible of getting these documents back?
    I would be so so soooo grateful.

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    Have you tried doing a restore from your last backup?

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    Check out http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4089

    It says that an iTunes backup will save all your iWork for iOS files, so all you need to do is perform an iPad restore as BluRay suggested.

    And for God's sakes, never uncheck the box next to Sync Apps in iTunes unless you want stuff deleted.

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    I have now tried the restore thing on iTunes which you kindly suggested but unfortunately now I'm in an even worse position.

    Firstly after restoring my iPad I ended up with the same apps as before without the old deleted ones returning (obviously restored itself to where it was just after the original problem)

    But now, I have to pay for the apps which I had before again (before restoring I could just install them without paying). This leads me to my next question:

    Can I get these apps back for free without calling apple?

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    And another reason why I tried to not sync my apps was because my computer is currently very slow and I wondered if it was partly because of the amount of apps which were saved on iTunes.

    Would lots of apps effect how quick you computer runs?

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    Don't worry it's now allowing me to install the apps again.

    Sorry at first it came up with the price but not 'install' but now it's fine. Any different answers for the original question.

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    If you just install the deleted app again, it won't restore your files. You'll have to find a restore point that includes all your apps that you want back. I thought that there was a way to choose an older restore point.

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    No. You do the restore from backup. Then you sync the apps back (by making sure app syncing is on and all the apps have checkmarks beside them). This will usually get your data back. If it does not, then you restore from backup again.

    The apps themselves are not in the backup. You have to sync them separately. Only the app data is in the backup.

    However, if you've synced since losing the apps then iTunes has created a new backup without the data, and that's the end of it. iTunes only keeps one backup.

    However to the however, if you keep backups of the computer you may be able to retrieve an older backup file from that and use it to restore.

    iTunes: Backing up, updating, and restoring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch software
    iPad: About backups

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    I have synced since the apps were removed so it looks like I'm doomed

    Thank you for your help anyway I really do appreciate it

    I'm still angry at apple for not making it clear that I would be deleting the apps of my iPad and not letting you sync music without syncing apps

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    It's threads like this that make me scared crapless to take my iPad within fifty feet of my PC.


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