Apple has just released an update to iTunes which brings a surprising change. In addition to some minor tweaks, you will find that the App Store is no longer present. In addition, iTunes no longer even supports an app library, and you cannot sync apps to your iPhone or iPad using iTunes.
For most users, this isn't a problem. They can continue to download apps and updates on their iOS devices. But many people have limited internet bandwidth, or even bandwidth caps, and if they have multiple iOS devices in their household - say, for example, a family with two children could have four or more devices - they'll be using up a lot of data to get apps and updates.
And some people store archives of apps, so they can play games, for example, that they don't have space to store on their iPhone or iPad, or reload certain apps that they only use for specific projects or at specific times of the year.
iMazing can help with this. While iTunes no longer displays apps, it hasn't deleted existing apps from your computer. You can use iMazing to load apps from your computer to your iPhone or iPad. And iMazing will even do this with its free version. Here's how.
Here's how to copy apps to an iPhone or iPad if you have iTunes 12.7 or later:
💡 Apps are stored in the Mobile Applications folder that is inside the iTunes Media folder on your computer. On a Mac, this is found in the /Music/iTunes/iTunes Media folder inside your home folder (that's the one with the house icon and your user name). On Windows, it's found in C:\Users\username\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Media.
Download and install iMazing on your Mac or PC computer
Download and install iMazing. Launch the app, and connect your device to your Mac or PC.
Click Apps in the central part of the window, or below the device in the sidebar. iMazing loads all the apps on your device and displays their icons.
Click Manage Apps in the bottom toolbar, and pick Restore App. iMazing displays a dialog asking you to find the app you want to copy. Navigate to the Mobile Applications folder (we've explained above where you can find that folder), and select the app you want to copy. Click Select, and iMazing copies the app. If you want to transfer other apps to your iPhone or iPad, repeat this step for each app.
💡 You can also drag one or more apps onto the right hand section of the iMazing window, the one that displays your app icons. iMazing will transfer all the apps you add in this manner.
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. iMazing displays a progress bar during the copy.