How to Backup/Sync iPhone Apps Installed With Installous and iTunes

Installous is an app used on jailbroken iPhones which you can use to easily locate, download and install cracked iPhone applications. It can be installed using Cydia from the repository. Installous provides a nice app store style interface with download links for cracked packages stored on popular file storage web sites (like MediaFire). It manages the downloads, stores the cracked IPA packages on the iPhone’s file system, and then installs them onto the iPhone. I also use AppSync which allows you to use iTunes to sync cracked IPA packages from your iTunes library and install them onto a jailbroken iPhone.

Installous provides an option for iTunes Sync but it does not always work as expected. If you install cracked apps using installous and then perform a sync in iTunes, you might run into a problem where iTunes removes the apps during a sync. You might also want to copy the cracked IPA packages which Installous downloads onto your iPhone to your iTunes library, but find that the packages are not backed up during a sync like other packages from the app store.

The solution is to first install the app with Installous and then connect the iPhone to the computer with iTunes. Right click on the iPhone under the left pane in iTunes and select “Transfer Purchases” (or left click to select the iPhone under the left pane and go to “File” –> “Transfer Purchases from … Phone” under the main iTunes menu). iTunes will copy the cracked apps into the iTunes library without any problems and they will no longer be deleted during the next sync.


16 Responses to How to Backup/Sync iPhone Apps Installed With Installous and iTunes

  1. Adrian Gonzalez says:

    You help me a lot thanks.

  2. Ale says:

    Thanks so much. It did the trick.

  3. gatri says:

    I already did thagt . but It doesnt transfer my app :((((

  4. Mackenzie says:

    Thank you soo much!

  5. Bishal says:

    it works for update apps only, not newly purchased apps. does any one have idea how to transfer newly downloaded apps to itunes from installous 4

  6. it did work! thank you so much! ^^

  7. SweStars says:

    SO many thanks! This worked perfectly!

    I had to format my computer and forgot to do that iTunes thing for it to “migrate” to the “new” iTunes on the new formated drive, so iTunes wanted to erase all my apps.

    But this way I was also able to keep all my Installous apps. Thanks so much!

  8. Brian says:

    Hey does this still work as of 2012? Thx!!

  9. raj sanghvi says:

    the last step is crrct

  10. Endlesslove says:

    it did not work for me 😦 i tried it in more than one PC

  11. Soham says:

    i transfer apps but it doesnt transfer

  12. bitchmedo says:

    does this mean it will update through the app store as well

  13. Mina says:

    Can someone help me please?!? I accidentally clicked on “transferred purchased apps” from my iPad to iTunes library and now the app disappeared. I lost all my notes from that app when I reinstalled from installous. Does anyone know how I can find the data from the missing app? thanks

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