Is it possible to copy an app from one iOS device to another?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Whitney Ryan, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. Whitney Ryan

    Whitney Ryan Guest

    Is it possible to copy an app from one iOS device to another?

    I have a freeware app on one iPad that I'd like to "copy"
    (if possible) to another iPad with the same iOS, but I don't
    own that second iPad (it's an iPad of a friend of mine who
    could use the app, which is VLC, but the app itself shouldn't
    matter for this specific question).

    While I've never needed to copy an app from one mobile device
    to another before, on Android, the way I'd first try would be
    to copy the app's APK from the first device to the second,
    and then click on that APK to install it.

    That APK would be easy to create with any freeware backup
    app (such as App Backup & Restore) most of which easily save
    the APK file onto the mobile device SD card or computer HDD.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.infolife.appbackup&hl=en

    Once the installer is saved, I'd just copy that installer file
    onto the second device, and doubleclick on it, to install it.

    Assuming the same mobile device hardware & iOS version, is it
    as easy to copy an app from the one iOS device to the other?
     
    Whitney Ryan, Jan 5, 2015
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  2. Whitney Ryan

    Rod Speed Guest

    Yes, that has been done with VLC which can
    disappear from the App Store for a while at times.
    Correct on that last.
    Yes. And they don’t have to be the same mobile
    device hardware and iOS version either.

    Copy the ipa via iTools to your desktop unplug the iPad with
    VLC on it and plug the other iPad in and drag and drop the ipa.
     
    Rod Speed, Jan 5, 2015
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  3. Whitney Ryan

    Rod Speed Guest

    http://www.guidingtech.com/16025/itools-transfer-apps-iphone-without-itunes/
     
    Rod Speed, Jan 5, 2015
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  4. Whitney Ryan

    Whitney Ryan Guest

    Rod Speed wrote, on Tue, 06 Jan 2015 09:57:32 +1100:
    That's GREAT that Apple has that concept of the iOS IPA (which
    seems to be similar to the Android APK concept).

    Googling for "ipa copy itools", I get a few good hits which
    I will read and report back upon.

    Use iTools To Transfer Apps To iPhone Without Using iTunes
    http://www.guidingtech.com/16025/itools-transfer-apps-iphone-without-itunes/

    Tutorial to easily backup/extract ipa file of app from iPhone/iPad/iPod using iTools on Mac/PC Windows 7/8/8.1/10
    http://techapple.net/2015/01/tutori...phoneipad-using-itools-macpc-windows-788-110/

    Extract .APP from iPhone to PC and make .IPA
    http://www.sinfuliphone.com/showthread.php?p=771325

    How to use iTools to transfer apps without iTunes
    http://mosh.ph/36557/itools-transfe...-your-iphone-ipad-or-ipod-for-windows-and-mac

    Download iTools To Transfer IPA Apps, Music & Pictures
    http://www.unlockboot.com/2013/04/download-itools-to-transfer-ipa-apps.html

    I'll read those articles for starters, and come back
    if I need further help or if I find out something interesting.
     
    Whitney Ryan, Jan 6, 2015
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  5. Whitney Ryan

    Whitney Ryan Guest

    Jolly Roger wrote, on Mon, 05 Jan 2015 23:18:24 +0000:
    Easy to say, and easy to do, if the app still exists in
    the app store, but it wasn't there this weekend, when I tried
    to get it for her.
     
    Whitney Ryan, Jan 6, 2015
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  6. Whitney Ryan

    Rod Speed Guest

     
    Rod Speed, Jan 6, 2015
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  7. Whitney Ryan

    Guest Guest

    no.

    what you can do is sync the ios device with your computer which copies
    the apps to it and then sync the other ios devices, choosing which apps
    to install (they don't have to be the same) but you refuse to use
    itunes so that option is out.

    you can also re-download the app from the store but since you want vlc,
    that option is also out since it's not currently available.

    the other person will need to wait until vlc comes back to the store or
    find an alternative. a better option is use itunes and sync the music
    so none of this is necessary.

    giving someone else your apps is unauthorized copying and intentionally
    blocked. each app is codesigned with your apple id and will not work
    unless the other person authenticates with it.
    the app doesn't matter. your options are listed above.
     
    Guest, Jan 6, 2015
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  8. Whitney Ryan

    Guest Guest

    then she's out of luck.

    wait for its return, find an alternative, or use itunes so none of this
    nonsense is needed.
     
    Guest, Jan 6, 2015
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  9. Whitney Ryan

    Whitney Ryan Guest

    nospam wrote, on Mon, 05 Jan 2015 21:57:19 -0500:
    You know as well as I do that the iTunes abomination doesn't even run
    on the computer and that to make it run would take a Wine kluge on top
    of the iTunes abomination, and then adding in a ridiculous use model
    with the huge propensity to wipe out all the data on your friend's iDevice
    that you're left trying to explain why their Apple products just wiped
    out everything on their iDevice without even warning you except at the
    time that you installed the abomination which wasn't even installed by
    the user who plugged in the iDevice.
     
    Whitney Ryan, Jan 6, 2015
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  10. Whitney Ryan

    Guest Guest

    yes it does.
    install windows, which you said you have, and it will run on the
    computer.
    it's a much easier use model.
    it will not erase anything unless you tell it to erase.
    another mistake.
     
    Guest, Jan 6, 2015
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  11. Whitney Ryan

    Whitney Ryan Guest

    nospam wrote, on Mon, 05 Jan 2015 22:28:39 -0500:
    Read this quote and then tell me that we're all wrong.

    "Plug your old Apple iPhone into your new Apple Macbook
    for the first time, and because the two machines haven't
    been formally introduced, iTunes will babble about "syncing"
    one with the other. It claims it simply MUST delete everything
    from the old phone before putting any new stuff on it. Why?
    It won't tell you. It'll just cheerfully ask if you want to
    proceed, like an upbeat robot butler that can't understand
    why you're crying."

    http://walterhiggins.net/blog/posterous-charlie-brooker-on-the-abomination-that-is-it
     
    Whitney Ryan, Jan 6, 2015
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  12. Whitney Ryan

    Guest Guest

    you might try reading it yourself. he said it *asks* you if you want to
    proceed. say no and nothing is erased.
     
    Guest, Jan 6, 2015
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  13. Whitney Ryan

    Rod Speed Guest

    Wrong, as always.
    Which is copying an app from one iOS device to another, stupid.

    But won't work in his case because he aint just copying
    it from one device on his account to another device on
    his account, stupid.
    Wrong, as always.
    Won't work in his case because he aint just copying
    it from one device on his account to another device on
    his account, stupid.
    Wrong, as always.
    Wrong, as always.
    Wrong, as always.
     
    Rod Speed, Jan 6, 2015
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  14. Whitney Ryan

    Whitney Ryan Guest

    nospam wrote, on Mon, 05 Jan 2015 22:28:39 -0500:
    iTunes is an absolute abomination of a use model.
    And you know it.

    Worse yet, the iTunes abomination has a nasty propensity to wipe
    out all the user's data, without even so much as a belated apology.

    This guy simply updated his iTunes, and it wiped out EVERYHING
    he had on his iDevice!
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3812847?tstart=0
    "Updated to newest v. of iTunes, go on today for the first time.
    My entire library is gone, all playlists, everything!"

    This guy doesn't even know why the iTunes abomination wiped out
    everything he had on his iDevice.
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4912669?tstart=0
    Itunes (on Windows 7) just deleted my entire library of music, apps and playlists

    Same thing with this guy, and countless millions of others
    (including me):
    Last update to itunes wiped out all downloaded files and playlists....NOT IMPRESSED!! Any ideas??

    iTunes is an abominable use model, and you know it.
     
    Whitney Ryan, Jan 6, 2015
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  15. Whitney Ryan

    Rod Speed Guest

    Wrong, as always.
    Or copy it some other way.
    It is with movies that iOS doesn't support the format of.
     
    Rod Speed, Jan 6, 2015
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  16. Whitney Ryan

    Whitney Ryan Guest

    nospam wrote, on Mon, 05 Jan 2015 22:44:22 -0500:
    You know as well as I do that the iTunes abomination deletes user
    data on purpose.

    Apple admits it deleted non-iTunes music off iPods for two years
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/music/...-ipods-for-two-years-answers-for-it-in-court/
    "The vaguely duplicitous act was executed by Apple when iPod users
    would attempt to sync their iPod with iTunes after downloading music
    from rival music services. The user would be instructed by an error
    message instructing it to restore the iPod to its factory setting.
    Once the user synced their iPod with iTunes after restoring their
    iPod to its factory settings, the non-Apple music files music would
    be gone."

    Even the recent versions of the iTunes abomination delete user
    data all the time, without the users' consent or knowledge.

    "itunes deleted my apps from my ipodtouch!"
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2468309?tstart=0
    " So I wanted to put some pictures on my new ipod touch with itunes
    and everything was OK until itunes started to synch all my apps and
    he deleted them from my ipod touch"

    On and on you'll see this happening:
    "Itunes 11.1 deleted almost all of my music! WHY?"
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5368528

    itunes deleted my songs tv shows and movies
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6711879

    iTunes 11 deleted all my music and playlists.
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4941832

    When I sync my music gets deleted
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3668550?tstart=0
     
    Whitney Ryan, Jan 6, 2015
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  17. Whitney Ryan

    Savageduck Guest

    Yup! Learn how to use iTunes.

    Your first mistake is to not maintain a full music library in iTunes.
    By only having a limited library in iTunes, let's say one which only
    contains a few mp3's you want to transfer to an iOS device with
    hundreds of mp3's and other media files loaded. If you then execute an
    auto-sync iTunes will replace all of the music on your iOS device
    effectively erasing all that was previously installed on the iDevice.

    The answer is to manage music and videos manually.
    <https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1295663/FileChute/screenshot_1123.jpg>
     
    Savageduck, Jan 6, 2015
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  18. Whitney Ryan

    Guest Guest

    you don't speak for me and it does no such thing.
    first of all, apple *won* that lawsuit, but regardless it *only*
    affected hacked songs from real networks.

    under no circumstances was legitimate content deleted.

    not only that, but the lawyers had a difficult time even finding anyone
    that was affected by it.

    at one point, there were no plaintiffs because the ones involved had no
    standing and disqualified. it was actually comical how stupid the
    lawsuit was and how incompetent the lawyers were.

    anyway, the issue was that real networks *hacked* apple's fairplay copy
    protection so that its songs looked like apple's songs and therefore
    would be synced to an ipod. that's illegal, as well as an act of
    despair by a company who cannot compete any other way.

    the lawyers *should* have gone after real networks but they had no
    money so why bother. apple has the money, so they became the target.
    the fact that the lawyers couldn't find anyone affected shows just how
    ludicrous it really was.

    since apple's copy protection had been compromised (it doesn't matter
    by whom), apple was *legally obligated* to fix it or the record
    companies would pull their music from the itunes store.

    apple historically did not want any copy protection at all but the
    record companies forced it because they were afraid that everyone would
    pirate music and they'd see their profits vaporize. once the record
    companies realized that online sales was lucrative, they allowed for
    music to be sold without copy protection, as it is today.
    absolute bullshit.

    in every case, the user told itunes to erase whatever it erased.

    often, people click confirmation dialogues without reading what they
    say.
     
    Guest, Jan 6, 2015
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  19. Whitney Ryan

    Savageduck Guest

    Nope! You deleted almost all of your music because you didn't use iTune
    properly.
    No. You deleted your songs, tv shows, and movies because of the choices
    you made, or did not make before syncing your iOS device with iTunes.
    Again iTunes just did what you told it to do, sync your loaded iOS
    device with a purged iTunes library.
    You deleted your music and playlists.
    See my other recent posts. You haven't bothered to learn how to use iTunes.
     
    Savageduck, Jan 6, 2015
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  20. Don't try to tell him facts; they only confuse him.
     
    Michelle Steiner, Jan 6, 2015
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