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Export, backup and transfer iOS Apps’ Data and Settings

iMazing features a powerful app and app data extraction tool which can help you backup, restore or transfer the state of an application from any iOS device to any other.

To our knowledge iMazing is the only software that allows backing up and restoring app data on iOS 9 and higher.

Who is this guide for?

Anyone who wants to easily backup and restore the application data of their apps. This includes:

  • Games – save or transfer game progress easily, even to other devices or to other users!
  • Apps that store user documents – file managers, scanners, photo editors, etc…
  • Messaging apps which store conversations locally (e.g. WhatsApp, Line, etc…)

Before you begin

Download and install iMazing on your Mac or PC computer

Instructions

To backup/extract an iOS app's data:

  1. Launch iMazing and connect your device.
  2. In iMazing's left sidebar, select Apps. To see your most recent content, you may need to refresh your view.
  3. In the main window, select the app(s) that you want to extract.
  4. In the bottom toolbar, select Manage Apps > Extract App. This will open a save panel dialog box.
    iMazing Apps view
  5. In the dialog box, select where you want to export your files, then click Choose.
  6. This will open a confirmation dialog box. Click OK.
    App extraction confirmation dialog box
  7. To extract your App Data, iMazing needs to refresh your device's current backup. Click Back Up Now to start the app extraction process.
    App extraction Backup Now confirmation dialog box
  8. iMazing will notify you of the progress of the extraction in the Operations window.
    iMazing's operations list iOS 9.x and later: the application's data will be extracted as a .imazingapp file. iOS 8.x and earlier: this will extract a .ipa package which contains all backed up application data and the app itself.

💡 Tip: Use the CTRL/Command, or SHIFT keys to select multiple apps.

To restore an iOS App or its data:

  1. Launch iMazing and connect your device.
  2. In the left sidebar, select Apps. To see your most recent content, you may need to refresh your view.
  3. In the bottom toolbar, select Manage Apps > Restore App. This will open a save panel dialog box.
    iMazing apps view
  4. In the dialog box, select the .imazingapp or .ipa file(s) you would like to restore to your device then click Choose.
  5. This will open a confirmation dialog box. Click Continue. Once the app has been restored, iMazing will reboot your device.
    Apps restore confirmation dialog box

    💡 Tip: If you need to restore more than a single app, you can batch restores to avoid multiple reboots.

  6. (optional) If you chose a .imazingapp file in step (4), and the app is not already installed on the target device, iMazing will warn you. Install the app from the App Store, then click Retry. If you are restoring a .ipa file, skip this step.
    Apps restore retry dialog box

    💡 Tip: For best results, download the app from the App Store but do not launch it before restoring the .imazingapp file.

  7. iMazing will notify you of the progress of the restore process in the Operations window.
    iMazing's Operations List
  8. When the restore operation is complete, your app will appear in the main window.
    Apps view with app restored

What to keep in mind

  • Not all apps are good candidates for app backup/restore. Apps which rely on web services such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for example do not need to be backed up and restored. Your data will be pulled from your account when you login a fresh install of the app.
  • Apps which store sensitive data, such as 1Password, will store that data securely in your keychain or online. In that case, restoring application data will not restore the secure data.

Going further

To learn more about interaction with files in the Apps view, see our guide on File Browsing.





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Updated 21 Jun, 2016

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