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The following step-by-step guide demonstrates how to install apps on iPhone or iPad along with corresponding app settings and documents via CopyTrans Apps and CopyTrans Shelbee.

The methods are independent of iTunes and iCloud which allows full control over what apps and app preferences to install on the iPhone. It comes in handy when transferring apps of your choice from one iOS device to another.

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

Install apps along with app preferences on iPhone: for iOS 9, 10, and 11

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

  2. Install the program. If you need help installing CopyTrans Shelbee, follow the installation guide.

  3. Start CopyTrans Shelbee and connect the iPhone via the USB cable. Click “Custom restore”.
    Custom restore in CopyTrans Shelbee

  4. Select the backup you wish to install the apps from. Click on the pencil and choose the backup you wish to restore

    If you don’t have the backup of your iPhone, here’s how to make a backup.

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

  6. Please note that the data you selected will be overwritten on the new device. For example, if you want to restore contacts from backup, the contacts on the device you are restoring to will be overwritten with the ones in the backup. The data you selected will overwrite the existing data on your phone

  7. Now CopyTrans Shelbee will ask you to choose where you want to save the backup of your device in case something goes wrong during Custom restore. Select the destination and click “Start”. Save destination device backup in CopyTrans Shelbee

  8. Wait until the process finishes. Custom restore in progress

  9. After the process is finished, proceed with redownloading the apps from the App Store. All your app data like settings, game scores, etc. will be saved. Click save the list of apps to know which apps you need to download after the restore

  10. Alternative method: for iOS 8 and earlier

    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 the installation guide.

    3. Start CopyTrans Apps and connect the iPhone. The program lists the currently installed iPhone apps on the left side of the window: copytrans apps window on pc with iphone app list

    4. Click on the “Install apps” button on top: install apps button in copytrans apps

    5. Navigate to the location where you previously backed up iOS applications, select one or multiple files and click “Open”: browse window to open ipa files containing ios apps

      NOTE: If you previously used CopyTrans Apps to back up iOS apps and app preferences as described here, select the corresponding IPA backup files.
      In the same way, you can install apps to iPhone via using the IPA files located in, for example, your iTunes “Mobile Applications” folder. itunes mobile applications folder on windows 7

    6. From the popup, click “OK” install apps prompt in copytrans apps

      TIP: Clicking on the “Options” symbol allows you to control what app components are installed on the iPhone such as app documents or only the application file.

    7. The apps of your choice along with their app preferences and documents appear on the iPhone. newly added apps to iphone home screen

    This is how to install selected apps complete with app settings and documents on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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