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The following guide shows a simple solution to back up and restore selected iOS apps and app preferences on any iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The app backup and restore works without iTunes or iCloud and is done with CopyTrans Shelbee and CopyTrans Apps.

Please note, that starting the iOS 9, Apple has restricted the use of apps. You can read about it here.

Select your iOS:

iOS 12, 11, 10, and 9: How to back up and restore iPhone apps and app data

  1. Download CopyTrans Shelbee from the following page:Download CopyTrans Shelbee

  2. Install CopyTrans Shelbee.

  3. First, make a backup of your apps with CopyTrans Shelbee. Here are detailed instructions on how to make a backup with CopyTrans Shelbee.

    NOTE: make sure that you have checked the Save the Apps button. Transfer apps from iPhone to iPhone: save the apps checkbox

  4. As soon as the backup is finished, install and launch CopyTrans Apps from the CopyTrans Control Center. Click on the “Install apps” button to restore apps to iPhone.

    For a detailed guide, click here. click on the install apps

Alternatively, you can restore apps with CopyTrans Shelbee as well. Connect the iPhone you want to restore the apps to and perform Custom restore. Here are detailed instructions on how to restore the apps with CopyTrans Shelbee.
Install apps on your iPhone

iOS 8 and earlier: How to back up iPhone apps and app documents

  1. Download CopyTrans Apps from the following page:Download CopyTrans Apps

  2. Install the program. If you need help installing CopyTrans Apps, please refer to this article.

  3. Run the program and connect the iPhone or iPad to your PC. The iPhone apps are listed on the left of the CopyTrans Apps window main copytrans apps window displaying ipad apps

  4. Select the apps you wish to back up. To select multiple apps at once press and hold the CTRL key on your keyboard and click on each app. To select all apps at the same time, press CTRL + A select multiple iphone apps on pc

  5. Click on the “Back up apps” button copytrans apps with backup app button selected

  6. Navigate to the computer location where to save the app-backup files and click “OK” browse for folder on windows

  7. From the popup, click “OK” prompt message to back up apps in copytrans

    TIP: you can click on “Options” and select what app information you wish backed up (i.e. app documents, or only the application file)

  8. Stand-by until CopyTrans Apps completes the app backup. If your apps contain lots of documents and data, the backup process could take a moment

  9. iPhone apps and app data are backed up into individual IPA files*, each bearing the name of the app. You can keep the IPA files on the PC in order to restore the apps to the same or to another iOS device at a later time backed up apps on windows pc

    *Note: A CopyTrans Apps generated IPA file contains the app file along with the app settings and documents.

iOS 8 and earlier: How to restore iOS apps to iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

To restore the apps you previously backed up via CopyTrans Apps to your PC to another iOS device, or if needed, to the same iPhone, run CopyTrans Apps and connect the iDevice.

  1. Once the apps get listed in the program window, click “Install apps” install apps button in copytrans apps main window

  2. From the newly-opened window, navigate to the PC location containing the backed-up app IPA files, and click “Open” browse for backed up ios apps on pc

    NOTE: you can also install apps from IPA files stored within your iTunes Mobile Applications PC folder on your iDevice in much the same way ipa app files in itunes mobile applications folder on windows pc

  3. Accept the prompt by clicking “OK” prompt to install ios apps in copytrans

  4. The selected apps are now restored back to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch ipad home screen with newly restored apps

This is how to backup and restore iOS apps on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch independent of iTunes or iCloud.

back up and restore iOS apps on iPhone or iPad – YouTube tutorial

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