How to Transfer a Single App from One iPad to Another

After getting a new iPad, you may still have a meaningful app on your old iPad. Read this article to learn how to transfer a single app from one iPad to another.


By Dylan / Updated on May 31, 2024

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iPads have good batteries, great performance, and large screens that make us more willing to spend more time on our iPads for work, study, or play. And we know that the iPad can be easily connected with other Apple devices, which provides great convenience for us to transfer data between iDevices.

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As long as you log in with the same Apple ID, you can share the common Apple Cloud storage and transfer photos, games, music and other data from iPad to iPad/iPhone/iPod. But sometimes, when getting a new iPad, you prefer to start a ‘fresh’, only installing the app you actually use and wonder if you can transfer a single app from one iPad to another.

Can I transfer a single app from one iPad to another?

Generally, Apple provides two official services-iCloud and iTunes, for data backup and restore between Apple devices. But both tools will back up all apps and data from iPad to another.

So, if you want to transfer selected apps to a new iPad, you can use AirDrop and the App Store to pick and choose the app you want to move. However, it is worth noting that if the app you need isn't available for download on the App Store, it is not possible to transfer it from iPad to iPad alone.

✍Tip: If you need to transfer apps to new iPad after setup, you can usually erase all content and settings to erase your device to start over and choose to restore iPhone from iCloud/iTunes. Alternatively, you can refer to the bonus tip in this guide to share apps from old iPad to new iPad easily.

How to transfer a single app from one iPad to another

Now, next in this section, we demonstrate 2 methods that help you easily share a single app from iPad to new one.

Way 1. Transfer selected apps to new iPad via AirDrop

The first is to use AirDrop to transfer one or several apps from iPad to iPad. It is an official tool lets you quickly transfer files between iPhones, iPads and Macs without using Wi-Fi or cellular data. It mainly uses Bluetooth Low Energy to advertise, discover and negotiate connections, and use peer-to-peer Wi-Fi to transmit information.

Step 1Go to Control Center to turn on Bluetooth and AirDrop on both iPad.

Step 2. Then choose Everyone option, keep them near together.

Step 3. Press and hold the app you want to transfer on the Home screen, tap the Share button. 

Step 4. Click the name of the target iPad, then it will receive the application.

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Way 2. How to transfer a purchased app from one iPad to another via App Store

Another easy way to transfer purchased apps to iPad is to use the App Store itself. Here's how you can do it easily.

Step 1. On your iPad, launch App Store on the Home screen.

Step 2. Click your Apple ID account, tap Purchased tab and then click Not on this iPad.

Step 3. Tap on the Cloud button to install the app. This will include all apps purchased on the iPad.

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Bonus: How to transfer apps from old iPad to new iPad easily

If you want to transfer all data from iPad to iPad or want to add specific files to iPad after setup, you can turn to a professional iOS transfer tool called FoneTool. With this tool, you can easily transfer everything including all app information, or selectively transfer photos, videos, contacts, music from one iPad to another.

?Below are some advantages of FoneTool:

Without an Internet connection: When you need to transfer apps without iCloud because of unstable Wi-Fi/Network, FoneTool can be your best choice.
Allows different Apple ID: You can easily transfer all data from iPad to iPad with different Apple ID.
Selectively transfer: It can selectively transfer photos, videos, contacts, music from iDevices to computer or other external hard drive.
Easy-to-use interface: With intuitive and simple interface, you can complete the apps-migration process in a few steps without data loss.
High compatibility: This tool works well with all iPad, iPhone modes and is perfectly compatible with the latest iOS 17. So, it also can help you transfer data from iPhone to iPhone.

Click the download button to install this tool. Connect both your iPads to a computer, then follow the steps below.

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Step 1. Run FoneTool, click Phone Transfer on the left pane. Move the mouse to to iPhone to iPhone. Click Get Started.

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Step 2. Confirm the source iPad and the target iPad, enable backup encryption, and then click Start Transfer.

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Note: If you want to sell or give away your iPad, in order to protect your personal privacy, you can choose to fully wipe iPad with its Data Erase feature.


That’s all for how to transfer a single app from one iPad to another. iTunes and iCloud are suitable for transferring the whole apps and data. If you just want to transfer one or several applications to another iPad, Airdrop and Apple Store is a good way.

Besides, if you want to transfer a lot of specific items from iPad/iPhone to another, FoneTool might be the best choice for you. Not only does it transfer data between iDevices and computer, but it also does a great job of backing up your iPhone and restoring it when needed.

Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.