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How to transfer purchased apps from iPhone to iPhone via App Store
How to transfer all content (including apps) to new iPhone using iTunes
How to transfer all content (including apps) from one iPhone to another with iCloud
How to share apps from iPhone to iPhone using Quick Start
Bonus Tips: Share content and data between iPhones with EaseUS MobiMover

But how to transfer apps from iPhone to iPhone

App transfer between two iPhones is one of the commonest needs of users. In order to enjoy your new iPhone to the best early, it's necessary for you to transfer content from your previous iOS device to the new one. For example, you may want to copy photos from old iPhone to new iPhone, sync contacts from one iPhone to another, or, like in this case, transfer apps & data to the new device.

Generally speaking, there are three ways you can apply to do it, either using App Store, iTunes, or iCloud. While in this article, besides these frequently used methods, we also provide you with another two possible ways to transfer apps to new iPhone. Read on to get the details and carry out the free method best suited to your needs.

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Part 1: How to transfer apps from iPhone to iPhone using App Store

Applies To: Purchased apps

If you intend to transfer purchased apps from iPhone to iPhone, you can get it done effortlessly via App Store. Make sure you have signed into App Store on your iPhones with the same Apple ID, then follow the steps below to transfer apps to your new iPhone.

Step 1: Open the App Store on your new iPhone.

Step 2: On the Today/Games/Apps/Updates screen, tap "your photo" in the upper-right corner and click "Purchased".

Step 3: Tap the "Not on this iPhone" tab and you will see all your purchased apps that are not installed on your current device.

Step 4: Click the Download button next to the app to get the apps on your new iPhone.

How to transfer apps from iPhone to iPhone

Part 2: How to transfer apps from one iPhone to another using iTunes

Applies To: Apps and other content

Using iTunes backup to transfer apps from iPhone to iPhone is a process of backup and restoring. Thus, both your apps and other content will be transferred from one iPhone to other. With this tip, you need to back up your old iPhone with iTunes first, then restore your new iPhone with the backup of your previous iOS device, which means this method is suitable for syncing apps to a new iPhone or an old one with all content and settings erased. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1:  Connect your old iPhone to your computer and run iTunes if it doesn't open automatically.

Step 2: Tap the device icon, click "Summary", and then choose "Back Up Now". This will transfer all your old iPhone data to iTunes backup, including apps. Or you can choose to "Transfer Purchases" to only transfer Apps, music, etc.

Step 3: When the backup is over, unplug your old iPhone.

Step 4: Put your SIM card to your new iPhone. (You can get a new SIM card on your device or transfer your old SIM card to your new iPhone.)

Step 5: Turn on your new iPhone to set it up. (If you have set up the target device, you need to erase your iPhone and to set it up again.)

Step 6: Follow the steps until you see the Apps & Data screen.

Step 7: Choose "Restore from iTunes Backup" > "Next".

Step 8: Connect your new iPhone to your computer that has the backup of your old iPhone and run iTunes.

Step 9: Tap the device icon and select "Restore Backup". Choose the correct backup and click "Restore".

How to transfer apps to new iPhone via iTunes

Part 3: How to transfer apps to new iPhone with iCloud

Applies To: Apps and other content

Using iCloud backup to transfer apps from an old iPhone to a new iPhone is convenient as long as you have made the latest backup. This method is a process of backing up your previous iPhone to iCloud, then transferring the backup to your new device. Similar to using iTunes, using iCloud not only transfer apps from iPhone to iPhone but also sync other files from one iPhone to another. Besides, this tip is also suitable for send apps to a new iPhone or an old iPhone that is erased. If you prefer this way, make sure you have Wi-Fi network available and read on.

Step 1: Connect your previous iPhone to a Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: Go to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud" > "iCloud Backup".

Step 3: Turn on "iCloud Backup", click "Back Up Now", and wait for the process to finish. (This requires you to have enough iCloud storage to save the content of your old iPhone. If not, learn how to free up space on iCloud or buy more iCloud storage from Apple.)

Step 4: Put a new SIM card into your new iPhone or transfer your old SIM card from your previous iPhone to the new one.

Step 5: Start your source iPhone to set it up. (You will need to wipe out the iPhone if you have set it up.)

Step 6: When you see the Wi-Fi screen, choose a network to join.

Step 7: Follow the instructions until you see the Apps & Data screen.

Step 8: Choose "Restore from iCloud Backup" and sign in to iCloud with the Apple ID that you have used on your old iPhone.

Step 9: Choose the backup you have made just now and wait for the restore process to complete.

How to transfer apps to new iPhone

Part 4: How to share apps from iPhone to iPhone via Quick Start

Applies To: Apps and other content

If both of your iPhones are running iOS 11, you can use Quick Start to transfer content, including apps, to your new iPhone.

Step 1: Insert your SIM card to your new iPhone.

Step 2: Turn on your new iPhone and put it close to your old iPhone. Then you will see the "Quick Start" screen on your source device and presents the choice to set up your new iPhone using your Apple ID.

Step 3: Check the Apple ID and click "Continue". (Enable Bluetooth if you don't see the "Continue" option.)

Step 4: When an animation appears on your new iPhone, hold your previous device over the new one and make sure the animation is in the center of the viewfinder. After that, you will see the notification says "Finish on New iPhone".

Step 5: When asked, enter your old iPhone's password on the new one.

Step 6: Follow the onscreen instructions to set up Touch ID/Face ID on the source iPhone.

Step 7: When asked, enter your Apple ID password on your new iPhone.

Step 8: Choose to restore apps/data/settings from your iCloud backup or update your old iPhone's backup and then restore.

How to transfer apps from one iPhone to another

Bonus Tips: Transfer and share content from between iPhones

Applies To: Transferring and sharing data between iPhones.

Support: iPhone 11 Pro Max/11 Pro/11/X/XS Max/XR/8 Plus/7, etc.

Notice:
If you are using old iOS system like iOS 8 or iOS 9, you can directly use EaseUS MobiMover to transfer apps between two iPhones.
For the latest new iOS 13.1/13.0 or iOS 12.4 or older users, please try the above-provided solutions to transfer apps from iPhone to iPhone.

Besides transferring apps, both purchased and downloaded ones, most users still have another need which is to share or move data from one iPhone to another. Luckily, with the freeware like EaseUS MobiMover, you can do it with only several steps.

Step 1. Connect both your old iPhone and new iPhone to your computer with compatible USB cables and tap "Trust This Computer" on the devices when asked. Run EaseUS MobiMover and select the "Phone to Phone" mode on the main screen. Switch the direction from the old iPhone to the new iPhone, and then click "Transfer".

how to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone - step 1

Step 2. MobiMover allows you to transfer all type of data from old iPhone to new iPhone with one click. Choose one category of multiple categories on your old iPhone, and click "Transfer".

how to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone - step 2

Step 3. It begins to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone at a fast speed. MobiMover will send the data to its corresponding application, such as pictures to Photos, songs to Music, movies to Videos, etc..

how to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone - step 3 

Now, let's take a look at how to transfer files from iPhone to iPhone using MobiMover in four steps.

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More About EaseUS MobiMover:

  • As an iOS data transfer tool, you can use MobiMover to transfer files between two iOS devices (iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 or later) or between an iOS device and computer. Whether you want to transfer photos from PC to iPhone or save iPhone contacts to computer, you can use this tool to do it.
  • As a file manager, MobiMover enables you to manage your iDevice content from the computer by deleting, editing, or adding items.
  • As a video downloader, MobiMover helps you save videos you like from websites to your computer or iPhone/iPad. You can, for example, download Vimeo videos to iPhone or save YouTube videos to Mac to view them offline.