One of the many questions that pops up on people’s mind when buying a new iPhone is “What about my existing apps?” As excited as we are in purchasing a new device, none of us wants to lose the applications we already own.
This article is about transferring apps to a new iPhone. To know how to transfer data between two devices, click on How to Transfer Apps from iPhone to iPhone.
How do I transfer everything to my new iPhone?
It is simple. All you need to do is backup your old iPhone to your computer or to an Apple server, and then transfer all the data to your new device. When it comes to transferring applications, you need to back up your records and app data. When you move the data to your new iPhone, it will know that you have the original application, and will download the app from the App Store.
There are two ways of transferring apps to a new iPhone:
- Using iCloud
- Using iTunes
How to transfer apps to a new iPhone using iCloud?
iCloud is a cloud storage service from Apple. With it, you can back up the data from your phone to an Apple server via the Internet, and view or download them whenever you want to. When you create an Apple ID, you get 5GB of free iCloud storage.
Follow these steps to use iCloud to transfer apps to your new iPhone:
Step 1: Launch Settings on your Phone.
Step 2: Find your username on the top of the settings. This is where it says Apple ID, iCloud, iTunes & App Store.
Step 3: Tap on iCloud and find iCloud Backup.
Step 4: Toggle the switch to “On”. From now on, your iPhone will regularly back up your data to iCloud when you have an active Internet connection.
Step 5: You can also tap on the Backup Now button to start uploading your iPhone’s content to the iCloud instantly. Just make sure you have an Internet connection.
Remember, your iCloud can store everything, including your app data, contacts, messages, mail, images and videos. To see what’s in your iCloud account, you can use any browser to login with your Apple ID and password on icloud.com.
To see a list of your iCloud backups, go to Settings > Username > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backup. For iOS 10.3, the path is Settings > Username > iCloud > iCloud usage > Manage Storage. For previous versions of the iOS, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage.
After the backup is complete, you can open your new iPhone for the first time, and it will take you through a setup screen. You will need to enter your Apple ID and password, and then you will be shown a prompt of whether you want to set it up as a new device, or use an iTunes / iCloud backup. Select the latter, and there you can choose the most recent iCloud backup of your old device.
You will need to wait for some time until the device completes downloading the app data.
How to transfer apps to a new iPhone using iTunes?
Step 1: Download and launch iTunes on your PC.
Step 2: Connect your old iPhone to your computer, enter your passcode and select Trust this Computer.
Step 3: On the main summary page of iTunes, select Back Up Now.
Step 4: After the backup is complete, safely remove your old iPhone from your PC.
Step 5: Just like with iCloud, start your new iPhone and select “Restore from iTunes”. Connect your new iPhone to your PC, and click on Restore Now. The button is alongside Back Up Now.
After the backup is complete, remove your iPhone from your computer, and connect the device to the Internet.
When you use iTunes, your iPhone will use your PC to back up your files. You need to make sure you don’t delete the backup files or harm them in any way. For more information, click on How to Backup Apps on iPhone.
Conclusion: You can easily transfer your apps to a new iPhone if you have a computer and an active Internet connection. All you need to do is know how to back up your data in iCloud and / or iTunes, and then use them to set up your new device when you launch it for the first time.