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How Do You Transfer Apps to New iPhone?

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Heather Marston

September 14, 2017 (Updated: July 25, 2018)• Filed to: Backup & Restore iPhone

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Are you curious about how to transfer apps to new iPhone? Are you not sure where to start? There are a few different methods that you can use to do this, some of which are officially promoted by Apple and some that make unofficial use of third-party apps to transfer apps from iPhone to iPhone easier.

Use iTunes or iCloud to Transfer App Data to New iPhone

iTunes and iCloud are both free services from Apple which allow users to transfer apps to new iPhones. This is the “official” way of transferring your apps, and it works fairly well. There are directions on how to do this if you visit here: Transfer content from your previous iOS device to your new iPhone

Now, though they do work, iTunes and iCloud are not perfect. They have a few issues when it comes to being able to transfer apps to new iPhone:

1. You cannot selectively transfer apps. It’s basically all or nothing. You either transfer all of the data or you don’t.

2. It will affect the existing data that is on the device. This old data can be overwritten when the apps are added. If you want to keep your old data and transfer app data to new iPhone without losing the other apps, this can be a problem.

Just because the official Apple method has these flaws, though, doesn’t mean that there aren’t alternatives. You can use software that gives you more control and freedom over your apps, such as iMyFone iTransor.

What is iMyFone iTransor?

iMyFone iTransor is software that allows you to back up your data and restore it however you want. You can back up only some of your data on iPhone, or all of it. Similarly, you can selectively choose some data to restore from your back up, or you can just restore all of it.

It gives you a lot more freedom than iTunes or iCloud does, and it makes the processes of transferring apps between iPhones a snap.

Now, remember that restoring iPhone to factory settings using your computer will erase all of the data on your iPhone. Since a lot of users want to naturally avoid this at all costs, let's take a look at a better way to restore iPhone from computer without having to lose any of your data by iMyFone iTransor which supports all iOS devices and iOS versions including iPhone 8, iPhone X, and iOS 12.

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How to Selectively Transfer Apps to New iPhone With iTransor

Here are the steps to transfer app data to new iPhone using iTransor. There are two major parts to finish this process. First you're going to need to back up the data from your old iPhone and then restore the apps data to your new iPhone.


Step 1 – Download and install iMyFone iTransor on your PC and then click on ‘Acquire Backup from Device & iCloud’ option given on the main interface.

choose backup device

Step 2 – Hit on ‘Back Up Device’ option now and connect your device to the PC. Choose ‘Make a Full Backup’ option from the right column after that.

select one or more data

Step 3 – Hit on ‘Back Up’ button now and make your device connected until you get the notification of the backup completion.

 back up successfully


Step 1 – After making backup with iTransor, firstly disconnect your device from the PC and connect the new iPhone. Run iTransor in your PC and choose ‘Restore Backup from Device’ option from the left panel.

Step 2 – When you choose, you will receive the list of backups you’ve made till now including the recent backup you made from the previous guide. Choose the iTransor backup and click on ‘Next’ button. If you made a backup of certain app(s), skip to step 4. If you made a full backup, go to the next step.

 choose backup to restore

Step 3 – Hit on ‘Restore Partial Backup’ from the 2 options on screen. Then you can choose the data types from the next screen.

 restore full or partial backup

Step 4 – You can make choice among 'Contacts', ‘WhatsApp’, ‘WeChat’ and ‘Messages’ currently. The newest update will support more apps for selective restore. After when you choose apps, click on either ‘Preview & Restore’ or ‘Directly Restore’ as per your preference. If you choose the direct restore option, go to step 6 directly otherwise follow the next step and then later.

 selectively restore

Step 5 – Just preview your data after the scanning. You can now click "Restore" after you confirm that's what you want to restore.

 preview partial data

Step 6 – Pick out one option from ‘Merge’ and ‘Replace’ according to your needs and the program will transfer the apps into your new device.

merge or replace

As you can see, transferring your apps to your new phone is not difficult at all, though there can be some limitations if you use iCloud or iTunes. Instead, try using iMyFone iTransor (iOS 12 supported). It gives you control over your data and lets you partially restore backups to save you space and time.

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