How to prevent iTunes from deleting Installous apps

So you have a freshly jailbroken iPod Touch and your friends tell you to quickly get Installous from Cydia so you can download and install cracked apps/games without using a PC. You went to a restaurant that has blazing fast WiFi and downloaded everything you can get your hands on from Installous.


When you get home, you fired up iTunes to sync some music into your iPod. But after your iPod gets backed up and synced, you found out that all your freshly downloaded Installous games were deleted by iTunes. Ack!

Here’s how you can prevent iTunes from deleting apps downloaded via Installous.

1. Open iTunes and plug in your iPod.

2. Before you perform a sync, go to File > Transfer Purchases from “Your device name”.


3. Wait for it to finish and you will see your downloaded apps on iTunes.

That’s it. You can then safely sync your iPod.

You would want to download apps from Installous rather than use a PC to download from because they don’t have the same repository. Some apps cannot be found from the other site.

Bonus: How to backup your iPhone Apps (.ipa) into your hard drive

To share your downloaded Installous files to your friends, simply go to the Apps section in iTunes and drag the apps into Windows Explorer. This will give you the IPA files which you can share to friends.

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80 Responses

  1. A person says:

    Does this allow me to put those apps onto un-jailbroken devices?

  2. carl says:

    thanks best advise ever

  3. Arvin says:

    thanks for the info! helps a lot.. i got a question though, transfering purchases every time u sync seems annoying.. is there a way to create a new restore point so that installed apps from itunes and new installed from installous wont need to get deleted if you sync.

  4. Calvin says:

    no need to transfer purchase when you didn’t get anything new from installous. if you want a restore point, do a backup. right click on your ipod in itunes and select backup.

  5. tom says:

    I’ve tried clicking on “trasnfer” but it doesn’t transfer and nothing shows up in itunes library………am i forgetting something?

  6. anne says:

    I am afraid to download apps from itunes cause all of my games are downloaded from installous. Can i download apps from itunes without crashing my other apps?

  7. Jane says:

    Does this method cost money, just like buying the apps from App store?

  8. Target says:

    Is this possible for itunes 10?? I’ve tried it but a dialog box saying “you need to authorised your computer” keep popping out but i already did..

  9. KriKx says:

    hi there!
    when i tried this, i got this message “The purchased item on the iPhone couldn’t be transfered to your itunes library because you are not AUTHORIZED for it on this computer. To authorized this Computer Choose Store>Authorized This computer” And I did it. But the message still comes up. Plz help me!!!!

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