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📱 You just got home from the Apple store and you are about to start setting up new iPhone. You might be wondering how to transfer apps to new iPhone.

There are a few ways how to transfer from iPhone to iPhone things like Apps, Contacts, SMS Messages, Calendars, Settings, Passwords, etc. In this article we discuss the most convenient ways how to get that done.
* If you need to transfer your Music Library or your Photo Library to your new device, here is a list of solutions for you.

Ways how to transfer Apps to new iPhone:

Let’s go! Transferring apps to new iPhone is very easy! 😉


How to transfer apps from iPhone to iPhone

without iTunes

When switching devices most of us want the new iPhone up to be set up exactly like the old one. The method described is completely independent of iTunes and allows full control over what apps and app preferences to install on your iPhone. The best way to set up all your apps on the new device is to restore iPhone from backup.

CopyTrans Shelbee is a multifunctional Backup and Restore tool, capable of:

🔹 Full Backup or only Latest Changes backup.
🔹 Restoring only selected data, including Apps, Contacts, SMS Messages, Calendars, Settings, Passwords and much more.
🔹 Choosing any folder to store your backup.
🔹 Validating integrity of the backup file after each backup.
🔹 Restoring data from a corrupted iTunes backup.

To transfer data to new iPhone do a backup of your old device, connect your new iPhone and restore Apps on new iPhone from that backup.


Your apps will be successfully transferred to new iPhone under 3 conditions:

  1. The apps are present in the App Store upon transfer.
    *** If an app is no longer present on the App Store but you had made a backup before it was removed, then CopyTrans Shelbee is going to restore it to your new device.
  2. The apps support the iOS version of your new device.
  3. You use CopyTrans Shelbee v2.100 or higher.

Transfer Apps to new iPhone

How to back up apps on iPhone

  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: click on Backup -> Full Backup.
  4. Select the backup destination by clicking on a green pencil.

    ⚡ With CopyTrans Shelbee, you can choose any folder!
    ⚡ You can move iTunes default backup folder and transfer all previous backups there.
    ⚡ You can save a backup to an external drive.

  5. Make sure that you have checked the Save the Apps button: Transfer apps from iPhone to iPhone: save the apps checkbox
  6. Log in to the App Store. Log in with Apple ID to backup or restore apps

  7. If you see this screen, it means your backup is encrypted and password protected. That means that “Encrypt local backup” option was checked in iTunes when the backup was done.

    ⚡ Encrypted backups include passwords, Wi-Fi settings, etc. More about encrypted backups from Apple.
    ⚡ If you don’t remember your iOS backup password, you can reset it.

    Unlike iTunes, CopyTrans Shelbee validates every backup to make sure it can be restored later; iTunes asks for this password at the time of the restore, it does not validate every backup. What password again?

    Insert iOS backup password

  8. Now please wait until the backup is complete.

  9. And done!

Here are detailed instructions on how to back up your iPhone with CopyTrans Shelbee.

Transfer Apps to new iPhone

How to restore apps on iPhone from backup

  1. Restore apps with CopyTrans Shelbee as well. Connect the iPhone you want to restore the apps to and perform Custom restore.

    Custom restore in CopyTrans Shelbee

  2. Select the backup you wish to restore the apps from.

  3. Next, log in to iTunes Store with your Apple ID. You can skip this step, but it’s recommended you don’t because if some apps can’t be restored from the backup, CopyTrans Shelbee will download them from the iTunes Store directly.

  4. Select the apps you wish to install on your iPhone and click Next.

    Restore apps

  5. Please note that the data you selected will be overwritten on the new device.

  6. Wait until the process is completed.

  7. The process is finished, congrats! If some of the apps didn’t download automatically, you can redownload them manually from the App Store. All your app data including settings, game scores, etc. will be saved. Click save the list of apps to know which apps you need to download after the restore

  8. And done!

  9. Here are detailed instructions on how to restore the apps with CopyTrans Shelbee.

What makes CopyTrans Shelbee such a versatile and reliable tool? We’ve drawn a little comparison table:

iPhone reset iTunes iCloud CopyTrans Shelbee
Full restore
Custom restore
(restore only one type of data, e.g. only photos)
Restore from iCloud backup
Restore from PC backup
Restore WhatsApp
Restore apps that are no longer on the App Store

*apps should be backed up before removal

Restore passwords, Wi-Fi settings, browsing history

*backup should be encrypted

*backup should be encrypted

With CopyTrans Shelbee you can:

⚡ back up iPhone;
⚡ restore selected data;
⚡ restore apps to any iOS device with ease even if they have been removed from the App Store after ***;
⚡ restore data from an iTunes backup;
⚡ restore data from a corrupted iTunes backup;
⚡ restore an encrypted backup.

***provided you did a backup with CopyTrans Shelbee v2.1 and above before they were removed from the App Store.

Transfer data to new iPhone

via Bluetooth

We get a significant number of requests from users who wonder how to transfer apps to new iPhone via Bluetooth. Well, Bluetooth will not work on its own accord, but it is an inevitable part of transferring apps using Quick Start.

Using this method you can transfer data to new iPhone from the previous device including apps and settings. It is basically a wireless transfer iPhone to iPhone.

Starting from iOS 11, you will be offered a new option upon initial iPhone startup: Quick Start. It is very similar to iCloud restore, only it saves you time and effort. All you need to do is to place the old device next to the new one, ensuring they have a stable Wi-Fi connection, and they will do everything by themselves.

Learn Quick Start guide.

Note: both of your devices should run iOS 11 or later.

👍 This is how to transfer apps to new iPhone.
✉ Still, have any questions? Let us know 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.