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The following guide demonstrates how to transfer iPhone apps along with app preferences and documents from one iOS device to any other iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The process involves the use of CopyTrans Apps or CopyTrans Shelbee.

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

Select your iOS:

iOS 11, 10, and 9: transfer app data from one iPhone to another

  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. Wait until the restore is finished

  5. 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.

  6. iOS 8 and earlier: transfer apps and app documents from iPhone to iPad or another device

    First, backup iPhone apps and app settings to PC

    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. Start CopyTrans Apps and connect the original iPhone to the PC. The iPhone apps list on the left of the main program window. iphone apps listed on pc via copytrans main window

    4. Select the apps you wish to transfer. To select multiple apps at the same time, press on the CTRL button and click on each app. To select all apps at once, press CTRL + A. select multiple ios apps in copytrans

    5. Click “Back up apps” on top. click on backup app button in copytrans apps

    6. Browse to the PC location where to back up the iPhone apps. Then click “OK”. windows browse for folder popup

    7. From the popup, click “OK”. copytrans app-backup settings popup

      NOTE: clicking on “Options” allows you to select what components of each app to back up such as app documents or only the application file.

    8. The iPhone apps along with app documents are backed up in separate IPA files at the PC location of your choice. ZIP files containing ios apps and app data on pc

      NOTE: Each IPA file generated by CopyTrans Apps contains the application file along with the app settings and documents.

    Next, transfer the apps to another iPhone or iPad

    Once you have the apps from the first iPhone saved on the PC, you can restore them to the other iOS device. To do so, with the CopyTrans Apps window open, eject the iPhone and connect the other iPhone or iPad.

    1. After the apps get listed, click “Install apps”. install app button in copytrans apps

    2. From the newly-opened window, navigate to the PC location where the IPA files are located. Select all the apps you wish to transfer to the new iDevice and click “Open”. select and open zip files window in copytrans apps

      TIP: In addition to transferring apps via the previously backed-up IPA files, you can also add apps saved in your iTunes “Mobile Applications folder”. This folder contains only IPA app files without app documents. itunes mobile applications folder containing app ipa files

    3. Click “OK” from the popup.app install prompt in copytrans apps

    4. The apps are now transferred to the new device. ipad home screen with installed apps

    This is how to transfer iOS apps and app documents from one iPhone to another iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

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