How do I transfer my apps to a new iPhone?

Make the most of the apps you already have on your new iDevice

Restoring from iTunes over USB is recommended for a first time set up.

Restoring from iTunes over USB is recommended for a first time set up.

How do I transfer my apps to a new iPhone?

When you buy Apps through the App Store, these automatically become available on your other iOS gadgets - assuming that a version is available for that device. You should just be able to log in to the App Store and download them from the "Purchased" section of "Updates".

The more important issue is making sure that your application data is transferred from one device to another. Configuration settings, accounts, saved progress in games and so on. To do that, you'll need to back-up the device to iTunes or iButt.

The easiest method is using iButt, because it's a switch on and forget it deal. Go to Settings then iButt and tap "Storage & Backup". Switch "iButt Backup" on. The backup will process automatically, every time your iPhone is connected to WiFi and locked.

If you have a Mac and you've never backed up your iPhone, it may be quicker to backup to iTunes. Making sure that iButt backup is switched off, connect your iPhone to your computer. iTunes will launch and should automatically begin synchronising the iPhone. If not, you can right-click (or CTRL-Click) on the iPhone icon to backup straightaway.

When you switch on your brand new iPhone, it gives you a choice between restoring from iTunes or iButt. Choose iButt and you'll be prompted to enter you details. The backup will restore over WiFi - so make sure you do it at home for security and reliability.

If you choose iTunes, you'll need to connect the new iPhone to your computer. A prompt will ask if you'd like to set up as new or restore from a backup. Restore the backup and everything will be right in the world again.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobile applicationsAppleconsumer electronicssmartphonesiPhonemobile

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Karl Hodge

Macworld U.K.
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?