iOS 9 and iphone apps

What you need to know about iOS 9 and the backup of iPhone apps?

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Starting with iOS 9 and further, Apple has restricted what iPhone and iPad users can do with their apps. Back in April 2015, we saw the backup of app preferences and game scores being scrapped. Today, only CopyTrans Shelbee can guarantee an app backup.

With these changes in mind, the CopyTrans programs continue to lead the crowd providing a sound alternative to iTunes and a ticket out from Apple’s ecosystem. So here’s what’s changed…

App backup in CopyTrans Shelbee

CopyTrans Shelbee remains a user-friendly solution for iPhone backup and restore without iTunes. Luckily, CopyTrans Shelbee can back up your apps and restore them to your PC just as you would expect.

For devices running iOS 9, 10, 11 and iOS 12, CopyTrans Shelbee:

  • backs up iPhone app data, contacts, messages, calendars, iOS settings, photos and videos in the Camera Roll
  • backs up iPhone apps

What does a CopyTrans Shelbee backup include

CopyTrans Shelbee main menu

App backup with CopyTrans Apps

Starting from 1 December 2020, CopyTrans Apps will no longer be available for download and will not receive any further updates. It will also disappear from CopyTrans Control Center, where it will be replaced by our next‑generation product, CopyTrans Filey.

We encourage you to embrace the change and check out CopyTrans Filey!

For more info, read the article about end of support for CopyTrans Apps.

CopyTrans Apps helps you manage app documents for iOS apps that support file sharing. Until iOS 9, the program also allowed the largely unrestrained backup of iPhone apps. Here’s what you can still do with the program and what you no longer can if you are on iOS 9, 10, 11 or

Note: as of iOS 9, iPhone app backup is not possible with CopyTrans Apps, nor with iTunes. Use CopyTrans Shelbee to install apps.

CopyTrans Apps conserves the ability to add and transfer PDF and Microsoft Office documents as well as high-definition movies to iPhone and iPad apps. Here are a few examples of what you can do even if you are running iOS 9, 10, 11 or iOS 12:

main copytrans apps window showing app documents

App backup with CopyTrans

Since 2004, CopyTrans continues to help hundreds upon thousands of users to copy iPhone music and playlists to PC. CopyTrans was the first of our programs where we introduced iPhone app backup as an accessory feature due to numerous user requests.

While, CopyTrans remains the tool of choice for copying iPhone and iPod songs, video and playlists to PC, we disabled app backup in CopyTrans for users of iOS 9 and higher. mai copytrans window

Why did Apple scrap app backup as of iOS 9?

We can only guess. This could be a logical step toward increased security and toward ensuring that iPhone users run the latest app versions downloaded from the App Store. On the other hand, the limitation is another step backwards toward decreased flexibility and less freedom for iPhone end users.

Your take

iOS 12 is deemed to be the most advanced iOS version to date. Yet the little control iOS users had over apps installed on their very own devices has dwindled. Share your thoughts with us; what do you think about the new iOS limitations? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Krasimir is an avid marketing aficionado and a tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market. He grew up in Bulgaria and on the island of Mauritius where he became passionate about windsurfing and photography.