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How to Backup iPhone Apps to Computer

October 12, 2013 / Posted by Webber on Data Recovery/Backup

You are only able to download apps from App Store if your iPhone 5 is not jailbroken. Those apps will be shown as IPA files. You can use iTunes to install the apps to your iPhone, or rely on some third party programs if you don’t want your iPhone 5 to sync with iTunes. The IPA files will be saved in the folder of iTunes on your computer, you can find them in C: > User > Administrator > My Music > iTunes > iTunes Media > Mobile Applications. When using third party programs to install apps to your iPhone 5, you should check whether the app is complete or not, and you won’t be able to use the incomplete app on your iPhone 5.

It is easy for you to install apps to iPhone 5 with iTunes. Here are the simple steps:

1. Plug your iPhone 5 to computer with the USB cable and launch iTunes.

2. iTunes will notice you to sync with it, click “No” if you have files that aren’t got from iTunes.

3. Download apps to iTunes with the Apple ID.

4. The apps will show in thumbnails or list. Hold Ctrl key and click to choose apps.

5. Drag and drop the apps to the Libraries under the name of your iPhone 5, and then the app syncing process will begin.

6. The progress bar in the middle of the top center of iTunes will show the app syncing process. When it is done, the apps will be in your iPhone 5.

You see, installing apps with iTunes is easy. But you should have known that iTunes is a one-way transfer tool, so it doesn’t allow users to transfer files back to computer. So if you want to backup iPhone apps to computer, you may get stuck, especially after you reinstalled iTunes or changed a new computer. At this moment, you will want to try some really helpful iTunes companion. Leawo iTransfer is an easy-to-use transfer tool, and the software helps users to backup iPhone apps to computer within seconds. Leawo iTransfer is also powerful in transferring iPhone Libraries among iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod), iTunes and PCs without synchronization. The following guidance will show you how to backup iPhone apps to computer with Leawo iTransfer, you can free download this software and try it:

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Tips: Leawo iTransfer only works with iTunes installed on your PC.

How to Backup iPhone Apps to Computer

Step 1. Run Leawo iTransfer and Connect iPhone

Run the iTransfer after installing it on your computer. The software will indicate that it is now safe to connect the device. Then plug the iPhone into computer via the USB cable. The software will automatically detect your iPhone Libraries and show the libraries in the left sidebar.
Run Leawo iTransfer and Connect iPhone

Step 2. Select Apps

Click “App” and all the apps in your iPhone will be shown in the right part of the window. The apps will be shown in list mode. Click the transfer button (the right arrow in the dark blue rectangle) at the right bottom to transfer all the apps from iPhone to computer. Or hold Ctrl key and click on the apps to choose certain ones and then right click the chosen apps to “Transfer to > My Computer”.
Select Apps

Step 3. Transfer Settings

After choosing apps, the dialog of transfer settings will come out. In this dialog, you are able to check the “Transfer to List: iTunes” to transfer the apps to iTunes. And Check “Save to Folder” and click “Change” to choose a folder on your computer to save the apps. Click “Transfer Now” to start to backup iPhone apps.
Transfer Settings

Step 4. Transferring Apps from iPhone to Computer

When the app transfer begins, a dialog of transfer process will show up. In the dialog, a progress bar will show the percentage of the transfer process. The transfer will be accomplished in seconds, and you will find the IPA files in the target folder after the app transfer finished.
Transferring Apps from iPhone to Computer

Leawo iTransfer is easy to handle, and it can be helpful in our daily lives. The software will make the iPhone backup simple and provide much convenience for the iPhone users.

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