How to Transfer iPhone Apps to Another iPhone

by Spanner Spencer

Apps, games and other licensed content purchased through iTunes are linked to your iTunes account, rather than a specific device. Therefore, any devices that share the same iTunes account can also share licensed content. This allows you to purchase an app once and then use it on multiple devices as long as those devices are all linked to the same iTunes account. The transfer can take place via an iTunes sync, iCloud backup or by browsing pre-purchased content from your second iPhone and downloading it directly to the device.

ITunes Sync

Launch iTunes on your computer and connect the iPhone that contains the app(s) you want to transfer to your computer using its USB cable.

Select your iPhone from the "Devices" list in iTunes, click the "Apps" tab and check the "Sync Apps" box. Click the "Apply" button to sync your iPhone, which copies your apps to the iTunes library. Disconnect the iPhone once synchronization has completed.

Launch the Settings app on your second iPhone and tap the "Store" button. If your iPhone is already signed in to a different iTunes account than your first iPhone, tap the "Apple ID" button, followed by the "Sign Out" button.

Enter the same Apple ID and password as used by your first iPhone and tap the "Sign In" button. The second iPhone is now linked to the same iTunes account as your first iPhone.

Connect the second iPhone to your computer using its USB cable, click the "Summary" tab and then click the "Sync" button. The apps associated with your iTunes account are transferred to your second iPhone.

ICloud Sync

Launch the Settings app on your iPhone that contains the app(s) you want to transfer. Tap the "iCloud" button and enter your Apple ID and password in the appropriate boxes. Tap the "Sign In" button.

Tap the "Storage & Backup" button and slide the "iCloud Backup" switch to "ON." Your iPhone's content and settings -- including the apps you want to transfer to your second iPhone -- are uploaded to your iCloud account.

Repeat this procedure on your second iPhone, signing the device in to the same iCloud account as the first iPhone and activating the iCloud backup feature. The apps from your first iPhone are transferred to your second iPhone.

Manual Download

Launch the Settings app on your second iPhone and tap the "Store" button.

Enter the same Apple ID and password as used on your iPhone that contains the app(s) you want to transfer and tap the "Sign In" button.

Launch the App Store application on your second iPhone and tap the "Updates" button in the menu.

Tap the "Purchased" button followed by the "Not On This iPhone" button. A list of apps that are associated with the shared iTunes account but not currently present on your iPhone is displayed.

Tap the "Download" button, which is identified by an icon of a cloud with a downward-pointing arrow in its center, to the right of any apps you want to transfer to your second iPhone. Enter your Apple ID and password and tap the "OK" button. The app is transferred to your second iPhone at no cost.

Tips

  • Connect to a Wi-Fi network when using the iCloud backup feature to decrease the amount of time the transfer takes and to avoid any potential data costs from your network provider.
  • These procedures also work in reverse -- allowing you to transfer content from the second iPhone to the first one -- as long as both devices are linked to the same iTunes or iCloud account.
  • Apple provides you with 5GB of free storage space with your iCloud account, and more can be purchased by monthly subscription if required.

Warning

  • If your second iPhone is synced to a different iTunes account, your previous content is removed when you sync to the same account as your first iPhone.

Items you will need

  • IPhone USB cable

About the Author

Spanner Spencer has been writing since 2005 for a variety of print and online publications. Focusing on entertainment, gaming and technology, his work has been published by Eurogamer.net, "The Escapist," "GamesTM," "Retro Gamer," "Empire," "Total PC Gaming" "The Guardian," among others. Spencer is a qualified medical electronics engineer with a Business and Technology Education Council certificate in technical writing from Huddersfield Technical College.

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