How to Transfer Apps from iTunes to iPhone

If you have purchased apps for your iPhone in the iTunes app on your computer, then you are going to need to learn how to transfer apps from iTunes to iPhone to actually be able to use those apps on your phone. This guide shows how to do just that.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 15, 2020

iTunes used to be an all-in-one iOS manage tool for iPhone users. It not only allows users to manage media data but also enables users to manage apps and ringtone. While since iTunes 12.7, it has canceled the App and Tones function. But there’s still part of users who stop at old versions of iTunes. So here in this article, you will know how to transfer apps from iTunes (before iTunes 12.7) to iPhone. And we will also introduce an iTunes alternative for you to manage iPhone apps.

Part 1. How to Transfer Apps from iTunes to iPhone Directly

This method only works for iTunes 12.6 and older.

One of the ways to transfer apps from iTunes on your computer over to your iPhone is to use the standard and official Apple method. The entire procedure takes place locally on your computer and all the data is transmitted via the USB cable that you use to connect your iPhone to your computer.

If you wish to proceed with it, there are a few things you should keep ready. First, make sure your iPhone has enough storage to get new apps on it. If there is insufficient space on it, the new apps will not transfer from iTunes to your phone. Second, you want to make sure the apps that you really want to get on your iPhone are actually available in the iTunes app.

With the prerequisites out of the way, the following is how to transfer downloaded apps from iTunes to your iPhone.

Step 1. Open the iTunes app on your computer and plug-in your iPhone using a compatible USB cable.

Step 2. Choose your iPhone on the main iTunes interface to be taken to the specific screen for your phone.

Step 3. On the left sidebar, you will see several options for your device. You need to click on the one that says Apps to view your applications.

Step 4. On the following screen, you will see a list of all the apps that you can install on your iPhone on the right-hand side pane. Select the app you want to transfer to your iPhone, click on the Install button next to it, and then hit Apply at the bottom.

Transfer apps from iTunes to iPhone

Transfer apps from iTunes to iPhone

Step 5. iTunes should start transferring apps from your computer to your iPhone.

Step 6. When the apps are transferred, you should see them on the springboard of your iPhone.

That is how you use the official method to transfer apps from iTunes to an iPhone.

If you are running the latest version of iTunes, you will not see the option to transfer apps. In that case, your best solution is to go for one of the alternate methods, one of which is described below for you.

Part 2. How to Transfer Apps to iPhone with AnyTrans

As you can clearly see in the above example, the newer versions of iTunes do not let you transfer apps from your computer to your iPhone. This can cause inconvenience to many users who earlier relied on this method to get apps for their phones.

If you are one of those users, you do not need to be disappointed as there is a new way for you to transfer apps to your iPhone. It uses an app called AnyTrans for iOS that allows you to transfer almost all types of content, including apps, from one iPhone to another, and so on. It is extremely easy to use app that can get a lot of things done for you in a really short span of time.

The following shows how you can use two of the app features to transfer apps to your iPhone.

Transfer Apps from One iPhone to Another

One of the features of the app lets you transfer apps from one iPhone to another. This means, if you already have an iPhone that has an app installed on it, you can get that app transferred over to your other iPhone within a few clicks.

The following shows how to do it using the app.

Step 1. First of all, download and install AnyTrans for iOS on your computer.

Step 2. Connect both of your iPhones to your computer and launch the app.

Step 3. Click on the Phone Switcher option in the left sidebar of the app.

Access the Phone Switcher feature

Access the Phone Switcher feature

Step 4. On the following screen, choose the Apps to iPhone option on the right-hand side pane.

Send apps to iPhone

Send apps to iPhone

Step 5. You will be asked to choose a source and a target device. Choose your phones in these dropdown menus and click on Next.

Select devices

Select devices

Step 6. The following screen asks what apps you would like to transfer. Select all the apps you want to transfer and click on Next.

Choose apps to transfer

Choose apps to transfer

Step 7. It will ask you to sign-in with your Apple ID. Enter your sign-in details and click on Next.

Log-in with your Apple account

Log-in with your Apple account

Step 8. Wait while your apps are being transferred to your iPhone.

Transferring apps to iPhone

Transferring apps to iPhone

Step 9. You will see the following when the apps are all transferred.

Transfer completed

Transfer completed

That is how easy it is to transfer apps to an iPhone using the aforementioned app.

Directly Download Apps on Your iPhone

Some of you out there may prefer to directly download apps on your iPhone. If that is also the case with you, you might like AnyTrans for iOS’s app downloader feature as it lets you directly get whatever apps you want on your iPhone.

All the app finding and research are done on your computer, and then the app is installed on your device. The following is how you do it.

Step 1. Launch the app on your computer and plug-in your iPhone to your computer.

Step 2. Click on App Downloader in the left sidebar of the app.

Open the App Downloader section

Open the App Downloader section

Step 3. It will ask you to sign-in with your Apple ID. Do so and continue.

Sign-in with an Apple account

Sign-in with an Apple account

Step 4. You should then be able to search for the apps you want to download to your iPhone. Enter an app name and select it in the list to start downloading it.

Search and select apps

Search and select apps

Step 5. You will see the live download progress on your screen.

App download progress

App download progress

Step 6. When the app is downloaded, click on the Install to Device option to install it on your iPhone.

Install app on the iPhone

Install app on the iPhone

Your iPhone should now have your chosen app installed on it. It is ready for you to use.

The Bottom Line

If you prefer to download apps on a computer rather than on a phone, it is worth learning how to transfer apps from iTunes to an iPhone so you can get your downloaded apps moved over to your handheld device. We hope the above guide helps you achieve it with no hassle.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.