Downloading apps for your iOS devices through the App Store can be a wonderful experience. When you download them and sync them to your computer they automatically copy to your computer. But have you ever wanted to know where they go? What directory are all your apps hidden under? Or maybe you just don’t have room for other data because you have to many apps? If you are having these questions or just unsure where these apps go after you sync them here is how to quickly show location of iOS apps in Mac OS X.
Show Location of iOS Apps in Mac OS X
First step is to open iTunes. You can do this by launching it form the dock or going to your applications folder and clicking on the icon. If you don’t have iTunes installed you can download and install if from here. Just make sure you sync your iOS device before you begin.
After iTunes opens, and you are all synced up, go over to the left pane and select the Apps menu item under the Library menu.
You will see all your apps to the right. Select any app that you want to find and right click on it. A content menu will appear, click on Show in Finder.
A Finder window will open to the location of all your iOS apps. All your apps will contain the .ipa extension.
Under this directory you can copy them elsewhere or back them up to an external hard drive or other media so you don’t lost them. Unless you want to start cleaning out the old apps you don’t use anymore to free up a some space for your computer. You can even copy these to another computer as long as that other computer is authorized with the same iTunes account.