[4 Ways] How to Transfer Apps from iPhone to iPad

Do you want to transfer apps from iPhone to iPad? You may need this guide, elaborating you how to transfer Apps from iPhone to iPad in four ways in detail.


By Demi / Updated on May 25, 2023

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Can I get apps from my iPhone to iPad? I am trying not to purchase the apps again. Anyway, can you all help with some answers and/or tips on what exactly I should do?

- Question from Apple Community

Instead of purchasing or manually downloading apps one after another on iPad, you may need an effective way to transfer apps to new iPad from iPhone, so that you can enjoy a bigger screen when watching films, playing games, and so on.

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That’s where this guide comes from. Here in this guide, you will be given four ways to transfer apps from iPhone to iPad. You can look through them one after another and choose the most suitable way to make it.

Way 1. How to download iPhone apps on iPad from App Store

Undoubtedly, it is the most direct way to download iPhone apps from the App Store app on iPad. If your iPhone and iPad have the same Apple ID signed in, you can follow the steps below to download multiple iPhone apps on iPad without searching for the apps.

Step 1. On your iPad, open the App Store app > On the Today tab, tap your profile.

Step 2. Tap Purchased > Choose Not on this iPad > Scroll down to locate the app you want to install > Tap the Download icon to install apps from the list.

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Tip: If you are a member of a family group, after tapping Purchased, you can tap a name on the next screen to install the apps that your family purchased.

Way 2. How to transfer apps and files from iPhone to iPad by FoneTool

If you want to transfer apps from iPhone to iPad without losing data files and preferences, you may need a more powerful transfer tool. Here FoneTool is recommended. With an easy-to-use interface and design, you can transfer apps together with their data files and preference with one click.

Since FoneTool transfers not only apps but also everything from iPhone to iPad, it is much workable if your iPad is a brand new one.

Besides a powerful transfer tool, FoneTool is also professional backup software for iOS devices. If there is something important on your iPad, it is suggested to backup iPad to computer before the transfer process.

Download and install FoneTool on your computer and follow the steps below.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone and iPad to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool > Click Phone Transfer and click Start Transfer under iPhone to iPhone.

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Step 2. When the two devices are listed, click Start Transfer to begin.

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The transfer process won’t last too long. When it is finished, you can restore the iPad backup. Unplug iPad from computer, and you will find all apps have been transferred to your iPad.

Way 3. How to transfer apps from iPhone to iPad via iTunes

If you used to manage media files with iTunes, you can also rely on it to transfer apps from iPhone to iPad. Please make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer and you’re using the same Apple ID on iPhone, iPad, and iTunes.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer > Run iTunes and go to the Account > Tap Authorizations and choose Authorize This Computer.

Step 2. Log in with your Apple ID and password > Click Authorize.

Step 3. Click File > Tap Devices > Choose Transfer Purchases from [your iPhone name] > Unplug iPhone and plug iPad into computer.

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Step 4. Since the sync process will overwrite all apps on the iPad, you need to repeat the Step 3 to transfer iPad purchases to iTunes so that all apps from both iPhone and iPad can be synced to the iPad.

Step 5. Click the iPad icon > Under Settings, click Apps > Choose the apps you want to transfer to your iPad > Click Sync to start.

Sync Apps To iPad

Way 4. How to transfer apps from iPhone to iPad using iCloud

If both iPhone and iPad are signing in the same Apple ID, you can also let iCloud sync apps from iPhone to iPad. The steps are pretty simple.

Step 1. On your iPhone, go to the Settings app > Locate and select Apps and iTunes Store.

Step 2. Log in with Apple ID > Switch on the toggle beside Apps under Automatic Download.

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The modifications you make on your iPhone will be mirrored on your iPad. Log in with your Apple ID on your iPad to easily access iPhone apps.


That’s all for the four ways about how to transfer apps from iPhone to iPad. If you have a computer on hand, you can make use of FoneTool or iTunes. To transfer apps from iPhone to iPad without computer, you can manually or automatically download apps on iPad with the ways mentioned in this guide.

Demi · Editor
Doris is an editor of AOMEI Technology 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.