iPhone and iPad’s do not support external memory and recently i started facing some storage issues when i got too many apps installed on my devices, i wanted to keep a backup/copy of my apps such that i should be able to restore them whenever i needed them without downloading. Apple stores the apps as ipa packages here’s a tutorial on how to easily backup/extra app ipa from iPhone/iPad, so as installing them becomes easier without downloading,even if you uninstall them.

Tutorial to extract ipa file of an iPhone / iPad / iPod touch App –

  • First of all i would like to say that this article is only for Mac OS X series and Windows 7/8/8.1/10 users. Currently i didn’t find any alternative for Linux users.
  • The main pre-requisite for this tutorials is the iTools software , you can download it from the following links –
    Click here to download iTools for Windows 7/8/8.1/10. (Completely portable app,no need of installation, just extract and run).
    Click here to download iTools for Mac OS.
  • Once you’ve downloaded and installed the iTools, the procedure is really quite easy!,Open the iTools application and connect your iPhone/iPad to your Computer/Mac.
  • Here select the “Applications” tab as shown in the below image –
    iTools on Windows 8

    Now you’ll see all your installed applications on your device, simply click on the “Backup” button and select “Backup program and document” option.

  • In the dialog box which opens up, specify the directory where in you want to save your ipa file and click on “Save”.
  • That’s it, Now repeat the steps for all apps which you want to create a backup , now after backing up you can safely uninstall the apps without the fear of having it to download again for installation.
  • Besides, back-up, iTools can also be used to browse app’s files and documents folder of iPhone/iPad iOS apps too!

Update – iTools v3 is available with iOS 9 Support! – Click here to Download iTools v3.0 English for iOS 9 + .


    • Hi Akshay, iOS 9 has been releases recently and some apps might give errors.. Request you to please wait until the iTools developers fix it. Until then you can try updating iTools and check whether the latest version is installed. Thanks

  1. The app for windows does not backup anything. no matter which app one selects or where you try to store the backup, it says failed to backup.

  2. Everytime I try to start ITools, the program says :”Failed to load ITunes library. Please install the latest version of ITunes on your computer.” I always have the latest version installed and deleted the libraries but this textbox opens every time.

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