6 Easy Fixes to Apps Didn’t Transfer to New iPhone 15/14

Apps didn’t transfer to new iPhone 15/14? Try the four solutions in this guide to fix it. Alternatively, a powerful tool is also mentioned in this guide to help you out.


By Demi / Updated on June 12, 2024

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Apps didn't transfer to my new iPhone

I just set up my new iPhone, but my apps didn’t transfer. I’m upset because I took great care to curate and arrange my apps on my old phone. Do I really have to re-download each individual app now? Or can I somehow redo the setup process so that it looks exactly like my old phone?

- Question from Apple Community

When you buy a new iPhone, you may want to transfer all data from old iPhone to the new one via iCloud backup during the setup process, so that you can quickly get started with the new iPhone. However, things may not happen as perfectly as you expected. For example, you click into this guide to seek solutions to the issue - apps didn’t transfer to new iPhone 15/14/13.

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Why Didn’t My Apps Transfer to New iPhone 15/14/13?

Before trying specific solutions, you’d better figure out why your apps failed to transfer to new iPhone since chances are that you cannot transfer certain apps to new iPhone.

⛔ Different Apple ID. To transfer apps from one iPhone to another, both iPhones need to be signed in with the same Apple ID.
⛔ Poor network condition. You cannot restore a backup using cellular data or unstable Wi-Fi. Besides, you’d better plug in your device to a power source.
⛔ Apps are not currently available in the App Store. If the purchased apps are refunded or unavailable in the store, they won’t be transferred to your new iPhone.
⛔ Download in progress. The recovery process has been completed, but your new iPhone may still be downloading data in the background. 
⛔ Apple ID password not entered. If you do not enter the password to start the recovery process, some applications and services will not be recovered.

6 fixes to Apps Didn’t Transfer to New iPhone

After figuring out why apps are not transferring to new iPhone, it’s time to know how to fix the app didn't transfer to new iPhone 14 or how to transfer apps to new iPhone. The following solutions are all nice tries to fix the issue. You can also try the shortcut in the next part to transfer everything (apps are included) from old iPhone to your new iPhone.

1# Check network condition

The first thing you may need to do is to check the network condition. You can go to the Safari app and open a webpage to check if the Wi-Fi is working.

Just in case, to avoid any network error, you can reset network settings by going to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Enter your iPhone password to continue.

reset network settings

The Reset Network Settings doesn’t erase any data on your iPhone. Instead, the Wi-Fi password and Bluetooth connection history will be wiped.

2# Enter password to transfer purchased apps

When you restore the iCloud backup to the new iPhone, you may get a prompt to enter passwords. To transfer purchases including purchased apps successfully, make sure you enter them correctly.

3# Check the transfer process in the background

Sometimes, it seems that the transferring process is finished, but your iPhone is still downloading information in the background, which you may think apps not transferring to new iPhone by mistake. To check this, tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup.

iCloud This iPhone Is Currently Being Restored

If your iPhone is still being restored, you will see “This [device] is currently being restored and will automatically backup when it is done.”. Then, you may wait for another minute or hours until it is completed.

4# Check iCloud storage

Go to have a check if your iCloud storage is full. If your iCloud storage is full, the apps may not be included in this version of iCloud backup, let alone transfer them to your new iPhone. On your previous iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage to view your available iCloud backup.

Manage iCloud Storage

If iCloud storage space has run out, you may need to pay for extra space and backup your previous iPhone again, or you can head to the next part to transfer everything from iPhone to iPhone directly.

5# Sign out and in of iCloud

Chances are that there is something wrong with the iCloud sync service, which leads to apps not transferring to new iPhone. In this case, consider signing out and in iCloud account. To sign out and in out iCloud, 

Go to the iPhone Settings app > Tap [your name] > Choose iCloud > Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and tap Sign Out. 

sign out icloud

6# Force restart iPhone

Force restarting iPhone is a straightforward and efficient approach to solving a software issue on your iPhone. Restarting both your old iPhone and new iPhone will likely clear up the issue, and you will be able to see its simplicity and effectiveness. To force restart iPhone with Face ID, 

Quickly press and release the Volume Up button > Quickly press and release the Volume Down button. Finally, press and hold the Side button. When the Apple logo appears, release the button.

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One-click transfer apps to new iPhone without iCloud

If the solutions above don’t work, what about transferring everything including apps from one iPhone to another without iCloud? FoneTool, a professional transfer tool for iOS devices can be the best choice for you. It enables you to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without backup.

✓ Fast transfer speed. It takes no more than half an hour to finish transferring everything from iPhone to iPhone.
✓ No data loss. Not only apps but also any other media files, documents, Safari history and bookmarks, audiobooks, and so on can all be imported to your new iPhone.
✓ No Apple ID limit. Even if you're going to use a new Apple ID on new iPhone, FoneTool supports you to transfer apps and all files to new iPhone. 
✓ Wide compatibility. FoneTool supports iPhones from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 15 series, iPad (including iPad 2022), and iPod Touch. It also works well with versions of iOS, including iOS 17.
✓ Simple design and operation. With a simple interface and design, the transfer task can be done in three steps as you can see below.

Please click the icon below to free download FoneTool to your computer. Then, follow the tutorials about how to transfer everything from one iPhone to another with FoneTool below. Just in case, if there is something important on the new iPhone, please try the function Selective Backup to backup iPhone to PC first. When the transfer task finishes, you can restore them back.

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How to transfer everything to new iPhone with FoneTool
Step 1. Connect both iPhones to PC with USB > Launch FoneTool and click Phone Transfer on its homepage. Mouse over to iPhone to iPhone and choose Start Transfer.

? Warm tip:  Have only one USB cable to connect iPhone and computer?  Don't worry, you can try full backup your old iPhone first, and then restore the backup to your new iPhone.

iPhone To iPhone Transfer

Step 2. Both the source iPhone and target iPhone will be listed. Optionally, you can enable Backup encryption to protect your privacy.

Enable Backup Encryption

Step 3. Click Start Transfer to begin the transfer.

Start Transfer

When the transfer completes, the new iPhone will be restarted automatically. After restarting, you will find everything has been copied to your new iPhone. As for your old iPhone, you can back to the homepage of FoneTool and try its Data Eraser function to erase iPhone clean before selling, or giving it out.

It’s also a useful tool to enable you to share selective music, photos, etc. between two devices. Just try the iPhone to PC/PC to iPhone functions in FoneTool.


That’s all for apps didn’t transfer to new iPhone. Indeed, it’s kind of complicated to fix the issue. If necessary, you can pick FoneTool to transfer everything to your iPhone. If this guide helps you out, please share it with more people.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.