With iOS 9 and further, Apple has scrapped apps backup functionality.
This means that neither iTunes, nor CopyTrans Apps support the backup of apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running iOS 9 and higher.
Will I be able to continue using CopyTrans Apps with iOS 9 and iOS 10?
Yes. Despite the iOS 9 limitations, CopyTrans Apps remains an easy solution to manage app documents. The following list summarizes what you still can use CopyTrans Apps for, if you have an iPhone running iOS 9 and what you can no longer do.
- you can continue adding and removing documents to apps that support file sharing
- you can still install (restore) apps already saved on your PC back to the iPhone
- you can still delete apps from the iPhone
- you cannot back up iPhone and iPad apps if you are running iOS 9
Do the limitations only concern iOS 9?
These limitations concern iOS 9 and higher. However, if your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 8 for example, you can still use CopyTrans Apps to back up iPhone apps to PC.
Is there a way to go around this?
No, unfortunately. The limitation is permanent and cannot be circumvented. iTunes can no longer back up iPhone apps to your computer either.
Why did Apple scrap app backup in iOS 9?
We can only guess. This could be a logical step toward increased security and toward ensuring that iPhone users run the latest versions of iOS apps. On the other hand, the limitation is another step backwards toward decreased flexibility and less freedom for end iPhone users.