3 Tips to Fix iTunes Apps not Showing Issue

Many iTunes users who updated to iTunes 12.7 have complained that their iTunes apps not showing. From our research, we’ve found out that this issue is not caused by bugs but that:

  • Apple Inc. deliberately removed Apps tab from iTunes 12.7 library. So, there is no app syncing, updating, or backup in iTunes 12.7.
  • App tab in iTunes Device options have also been removed, and so you can’t also view your apps from Device options.
  • Downloading apps on iTunes 12.7 is impossible because there is no Store tab on iTunes Library.
  • If you’re using an older version of iTunes, then the issue may be coming from too many app caches and fragments.

Therefore, we shall be discussing the best possible fix for iTunes Apps not showing, how to manage iTunes apps with an iTunes alternative software, and how to clear up fragments and caches.

How to Fix iTunes Apps not Showing

Since the issue in question is not a bug related problem, then you’ll need to tackle it smartly to recover your apps. You can follow any of the procedures listed below to fix your iTunes when apps are not showing.

1. Transfer Purchased Apps from iTunes to iPhone

Follow these steps to transfer purchased apps from iTunes Library to iPhone when iTunes apps are not showing:

Step 1: Open iTunes on your computer, and click “View > Show Sidebar”.
Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. If your connection is successful, your device logo will appear in your iTunes Devices section.
Step 3: Click your Device logo and select Summary > Apps. Select all the apps you would like to transfer. Then click “Sync > Apply”.

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2. Signing Out and Into Apple Account on the iOS Device

Follow these steps to sign out and in of Apple account on the iOS device when iTunes apps are not showing:

Step 1: To sing out of your Apple account, navigate to your iPhone’s Home screen, then click “Settings > iTunes & App Store > Apple ID > Sign Out.
Step 2: To sign in, click “Sign In”, then enter your Apple ID and Password.

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3. Restore Device in Recovery Mode

Follow these steps to restore your iPhone when iTunes apps are not showing:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes. Ensure that your iPhone is connected to the PC you’ve used in the past to sync your iPhone.
Step 2: Wait for iTunes to start syncing your iDevice, and make a backup at the end.
Step 3: When the sync and backup is complete, click “Restore iPhone”.
Step 4: Then you will get to the Set Up screen, click “Restore from iTunes Backup” button.
Step 5: Select your iPhone in iTunes, check to pick the most recent backup, and click “Restore”.
Step 6: Restart your iDevice.

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How to Manage App without iTunes

In the introductory part of this post, we mentioned that app fragments and caches may make iTunes apps not showing. But cleaning these caches and fragments from iPhone using iMyFone Umate Pro for Win or for Mac would help to make iPhone apps visible to iTunes.

However, before any app is deleted using iMyFone Umate Pro, an option which displays the version and size of the app is presented for you to preview through the app before erasing it completely. It's recommended by lots of media, like MacWorld, iPhoneinCanada, APPKED, etc.

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Key Features:

  • It can conveniently clean up caches and temp files created by apps in iPhone.
  • With 1-click, you can quickly and easily uninstall apps.
  • You can preview all the apps, display their version and size before deleting.
  • Special function to erase fragments created by apps such as WeChat, WhatsApp, Kik, Snapchat, Messenger, Facebook and more.
  • It can scan and erase your messages and attachments sent and received through iOS messaging apps such as WeChat, WhatsApp, Kik, and Viber.

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#1. The Steps to Uninstall Apps in 1-Click

Step 1: Connect your iDevice to PC using a USB cable, and launch iMyFone Umate Pro.

1-Click to Free Up Space

Step 2: Click on “1-Click to Free Up Space” mode. Then, scan your device by clicking the Quick Scan and Apps tabs consecutively.

sign out and sign in

Step 3: Select the apps you would like to uninstall and click the Remove button.

#2. The Steps to Clear App Caches

Step 1: Connect your iDevice to PC using a USB cable, and launch iMyFone Umate Pro.
Step 2: Select “1-Click to Free Up Space” tab, then select “Quick Scan” and wait for the scanning to complete.

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Step 3: Click “Clean” to preview your iOS junk files.

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Step 4: Click the “Clean” tab to erase junk fles completely.

#3. The Steps to Clear App Fragments

Step 1: Connect your iDevice to PC using a USB cable, and launch iMyFone Umate Pro.

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Step 2: Select “Erase Private Data” mode. Then click “Scan” and wait for the scanning to complete.

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Step 3: Preview your iPhone private data and app fragments. Then click “Erase Now” button, type “delete” in the box, select your security level, then click “Erase” tab to completely erase all your private app fragments.