You may need to transfer apps to iTunes as a way to back up the apps and the data on them so that in case you lose them, you can simply restore the backup to get them back. Most people are however not aware of how to do this. In this article, we will provide you with effective ways to transfer apps from an iPhone to iTunes. Let’s begin with content you have purchased.

How to Transfer Purchased Apps from iPhone to iTunes

Apps that you have purchased on your iPhone using your Apple ID can be easily transferred to the iTunes Library. Here’s how to do it with iTunes.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer and then click on “Account.” Click on “Sign in” and sign in with the same Apple ID you used to purchase the apps.

Step 2: Click on Account > Authorization > Authorize this Computer. Only after you’ve done this are you then able to transfer the purchased apps.

Authorize this Computer

Step 3: Now connect the iPhone to the computer and once the device appears in iTunes, right click on the iPhone and select “Transfer Purchases” from the drop-down menu that appears. You can also go to Files > Devices > Transfer Purchases from "Device name."

Transfer Purchases

How to Transfer Apps from iTunes to iPhone

If you need to transfer apps from your iTunes library back to the iPhone, the following simple steps should help.

Step 1: Launch iTunes and then click “View.” Choose “Show Sidebar” to see all the items on the left side of the iTunes library.

Step 2: Connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables. It should appear in the Devices area.

Step 3: Click on the device and then go to Summary > Apps. Select the apps you want to sync to your iPhone and then click Sync/Apply to begin the process of copying these apps to your iPhone.

How to Transfer Apps from iTunes to iPhone

How to Backup and Restore iPhone Individual Apps without Reset

What if you wanted to back up a specific app like WhatsApp to your computer and then later on restore the WhatsApp data to your computer? In this case, only a specialized backup and restore tool can help. One of the most effective is iMyFone D-Port Pro and the following are just some of it features.

  • Backup just Messages, WhatsApp and WeChat database from your iPhone to your computer.
  • Selectively restore data from iMyFone, iTunes, iCloud backup to iPhone without reset.
  • Export 18 data from your iOS device or backup files to computer as HTML or CSV format.

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Backup only WhatsApp Messages using D-Port Pro

To use iMyFone D-Port Pro to back up your WhatsApp data from your iPhone to computer, follow these simple steps.

Step 1:  Download and install iMyFone D-Port Pro to your computer. Launch the program and then choose “Backup and Export from Device.” Connect the device to the computer if you haven’t done so already and wait for the program to recognize the device.

Step 2: From the left panel, select “Back Up WhatsApp.”

back up whatsapp on device

Step 3: Click “Back Up” to proceed. The program will back up the WhatsApp data on the old iPhone to your computer. You should receive a notification when the process is complete.

backing up whatsapp

Restore WhatsApp Messages to iPhone using D-Port Pro

You can also use D-Port Pro to restore the backup, just follow these simple steps.

Step 1: On the program’s main window click “Restore Backup to Device.” You may need to connect the new iPhone to the computer at this point. Select a “WhatsApp” backup from the list and click “next.”

choose to restore a full backup

Step 3: In the next window, the program will display all the WhatsApp data found. You can then simply just preview and select the ones you need and click on“Restore.” Once the process is complete, the WhatsApp messages will be available on the iPhone.

preview WhatsApp data