iPhone & iPad: Prevent Syncing of Same Apps on Multiple Devices

If you own multiple Apple devices like an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone, iTunes will sync apps between all of the devices you attach to the computer. For example, if you install the Netflix app on your iPad, the next time you connect your iPhone to the computer and sync, it will install Netflix on it as well. This is especially an annoyance if you have multiple people who sync with iTunes on the same computer.

There is a way around this problem though. To prevent apps from installing automatically on multiple devices, perform these steps.

  1. Attach your device to the computer using the included USB cable and open iTunes.
  2. Select the iPad, iPod, or iPhone device, located at the upper-left portion of the screen.
  3. Select the “Apps” option in the left pane.
  4. Scroll down and uncheck the “Automatically sync new apps” option at the bottom of the screen.iTunes app setting
  5. Click “Apply” to save the changes.
  6. Repeat these steps for each of your devices.

When you’re finished with these steps, iTunes will no longer sync the same apps to multiple devices and you can manually choose which apps you want to sync each time.

This tutorial has been updated for iTunes version 12.

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