ITunes 112 and IOS 9, cleaning up Apps ?

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I went through my iTunes library and deleted all the apps that I don't want to use, synced my iphone, but the apps are still on my iphone. Is there a way to get the iphone to update based on what is in the iTunes library?

Before I tried I backed up the phone and made sure it was synced up. I am just looking for a easy way to clean up the apps so I don't have to do it on each device and in iTunes. I have a iphone and a ipad. Is the only way to do this to delete it from the device first and then sync it with iTunes? It seems like there should be a easier way to do this. I found some articles but they don't apply to ios 9.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I delete Apps on the iPhone and they do not return when I sync to iTunes. iTunes does not do a good job of updating Apps on an iPhone. It broke some years ago. Delete the Apps on your iPhone and that works. I have done it this way.

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Thanks for the info. So there isn't a easy way with IOS 9 to also clean them up in iTunes. Common Apple, this should be a basic function.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I have been using iPhones and iTunes for years now and do not see what you want. I just delete Apps as I go.
Since you can download iOS apps directly to the phone or install them by downloading in iTunes and syncing with the phone .. and similarly for updates which you can do on phone or iTunes .. the whole question of what app was originally downloaded and updated where can get complex over time.

Apple have gone for the "easy on and hard off" solution which means it is easy to download apps on iOS and iTunes but a but more complex to uninstall.

You COULD erase the phone back to factory settings and then install the  phone just using the apps on iTunes but that might be overkill.

If managing lots of iPhones you can use an MDM or Apple Configurator policy to manage all the apps you install and deploy an update to add or remove apps .. again overkill for a single iphone and ipad user.

Seeing as deleting apps on the iPhone is a matter of pressing the icons for a second or two and then when the apps jiggle you can press the X to delete .. or do it even quicker with the phone connected to iTunes as it only takes a second to press remove on all the apps in iTunes and one press of SYNC and they're gone!!

I know what you're thinking of .. something like a playlist or grouping method for apps which would work like a playlist for music.  Add the apps to a playlist and then sync that app playlist with each device.  Sorry no such option until you go to using MDM software

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Thanks, makes sense. I will also look into the MDM software and see if that will work.

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