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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 Apps.

Important information for iOS 9 and 10 users!

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NEW: Back up all iPhone content including apps and app documents

CopyTrans Shelbee is a utility which we developed for the backup and restore of iPhone and iPad along with apps and app documents. Use CopyTrans Shelbee if you are planning to back up an old iPhone and restore the content to any new iOS device. Download CopyTrans Shelbee back up iphone apps and app preferences with copytrans shelbee

Let’s back up iPhone apps and app documents

  1. Download CopyTrans Apps Beta 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 Beta generated IPA file contains the app file along with the app settings and documents.

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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