How to Backup & Install Apps on iPhone or iPad from Mac or PC without iTunes


backup and install apps on iphone or ipad without itunes

Apple surprised everyone by removing the App Store from iTunes 12.7. So users no longer have the capability to sync apps to their iPhone or iPad using iTunes. 

This is not an issue for most users who download apps directly from their iPhone or iPad, but for those who rely on iTunes to manage their iOS apps, it’s going to be a problem. Syncing apps using iTunes came in handy to users with a limited internet bandwidth or those who owned multiple iOS devices. It can also come in handy to install apps that are no longer available in the App Store.

While you can downgrade from iTunes 12.7 to iTunes 12.6, the process is not as straightforward. Luckily, there’s a third-party software that will allow you to install apps onto iPhone or iPad without using iTunes. iMazing is powerful iOS device manager that has a data extraction tool to backup, restore, and install apps onto your iOS device.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use iMazing to backup and install apps on your iPhone or iPad without iTunes. The best part is that you can backup selected apps and their data and restore them in the future.

How to Backup Apps on iPhone or iPad to Your Computer Without iTunes

Step 1: Download and install iMazing on your computer. (Download link: iMazing)

Step 2: Connect your iOS device to your computer and open iMazing.

Step 3: From the left sidebar, choose Apps.

backup and install apps on iphone or ipad without itunes

Step 4: iMazing displays all the apps that are installed on your iPhone. Select the apps which you wish to backup to your computer. To select multiple apps, hold down the Shift key and click on the apps you’d like to select.

Step 5: Click on Manage Apps apps in the bottom, then select Extract App.

Step 6: A file browser is displayed. Browse to the folder where you want to extract the selected apps, then click on the Choose button. This will display a confirmation dialog box. Click OK.

Step 7: To backup the apps, iMazing first needs to refresh your current backup. Click on the Back Up Now.

backup and install apps on iphone or ipad without itunes

Step 8: iMazing now begins to extract the selected apps to your computer. You can view the progress of the transfer in the Operations window. Once the transfer has been completed, you’ll find the apps in the folder that you selected in Step 6. They ‘ll have the .imazingapp file extension.

backup and install apps on iphone or ipad without itunes

Most apps are relatively small, and only take a few seconds to copy. But some apps, notably games, can be a gigabyte or more, and may take a while to copy.

How to Install Apps to iPhone or iPad Without Using iTunes

Step 1: Connect your iOS device to your computer and open iMazing.

Step 2: From the left sidebar, choose Apps.

Step 3: Click on Manage Apps in the bottom, then select Restore App.

backup and install apps on iphone or ipad without itunes

Step 4: A file browser is displayed. Browse and select the .imazingapp or .ipa files that you’d like to install on your iOS device.

  • Note: if you choose a .imazingapp file, then make sure that the app is already installed on your device otherwise iMazing won’t be able to restore its content and data.

Step 6: A confirmation message is displayed. Click Continue to begin installing the selected apps onto your device.

Step 7: The progress of the installation will be displayed in the Operations window. Once done, your device might be restarted.

backup and install apps on iphone or ipad without itunes

This is how you can install apps on your iPhone or iPad without iTunes, as well as backup important apps and their data. If you face any issues, do let us know in the comments below.

Note: While the trial version of iMazing allows you to transfer only a limited number of items as you can see in the table below, backing up and restoring apps is not limited.

Dataset No of items
File Transfer 100
Media 50
Photos 50
Messages 10
Contacts 10
Call History 5
Notes 5
Voicemail 1
Voice Memos 3
Extract/Edit backup files 10

You can buy the single computer license of iMazing for Mac or PC $39.99, the Universal license for $49.99, or the Family license for 5 computers for $69.99 if you want to remove these restrictions.

Download: iMazing

Let us know if iMazing is a good workaround to backup and install apps on your iPhone and iPad without iTunes.

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