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This quick guide demonstrates how to back up and transfer iPhone apps to a PC without the need for having iTunes installed. The method works for backing up apps from any iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

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

iOS 11, 10, and 9: how to back up and restore app data on a new iPhone without iTunes

  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.

  4. Then 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.

  5. iOS 8 and earlier: how to back up iPhone apps to PC

    1. Download CopyTrans from the following page:
      Download CopyTrans

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

    3. Close iTunes and start CopyTrans.

    4. Connect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch whose apps you want to back up to your computer. The apps will appear listed under the “Applications” playlist within the main CopyTrans window. main program window listing ios apps

    5. Select “Manual backup” on top. manual ios apps transfer

    6. Choose the iPhone apps you wish to back up by checking the box next to each app. To select all apps at once simply check the box next to “Applications” and click the “Folder” button. select ipad apps to transfer without itunes

    7. Next, navigate to the location on your computer where to back up the iPhone apps. navigate to computer location to save iphone apps

    8. Click “Start backup”. click start backup button

    9. The iOS app backup process will now begin. iphone apps backup in progress window

    10. Once the backup is complete, the iPhone apps will be saved to the selected folder on your PC as regular IPA files. ipa app files backed up on pc

    This is how to easily back up iOS apps and transfer them to PC without the need for iTunes.

    Back up iPhone apps to PC: YouTube tutorial

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