Is it possible to copy .ipa from iPhone?

nobodyhome

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Jul 2, 2008
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I need to transfer my data from one phone to another, but some apps and stickers are no longer available via my purchase history for re-download and they didn't copy with a backup and restore from backup...

Is there a way to copy app and sticker .ipa files from my old phone to a computer (or even directly to the new phone) to install them on the new phone?

Advice? Information? A thread to grasp at?
 

CobraPA

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I found some apps could be downloaded from the app store by imazing backup app, even though they could not be found in my Apple App store purchase history. This only worked for directly purchased apps though, not for family sharing. You can try out their demo version, it can do this prior to purchasing the app.

App .ipa's cannot be downloaded from a phone anymore, as far as I know. If you had used iTunes in the past and installed them from a computer, then you may have previous .ipa's still on that computer you can use.
 

nobodyhome

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Jul 2, 2008
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I found some apps could be downloaded from the app store by imazing backup app, even though they could not be found in my Apple App store purchase history. This only worked for directly purchased apps though, not for family sharing. You can try out their demo version, it can do this prior to purchasing the app.

App .ipa's cannot be downloaded from a phone anymore, as far as I know. If you had used iTunes in the past and installed them from a computer, then you may have previous .ipa's still on that computer you can use.
Thanks for the reply. I tried imazing and it worked for apps that show on the home screen (Thank you!), but not stickers... Any chance there's a magic spell out there for stickers? I can replace most of my other content. Thanks again for replying.
 

NoBoMac

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Use iMazing to see if you can find the stickers in an iTunes/iMazing backup. If found, might be able to just restore that data to the phone.