Several weeks ago, Apple removed app management from iTunes, and The People were immeasurably saddened. Recently, iMazing has added app management, direct from the App Store, giving The People reason to rejoice boisterously. True, iTunes 12.6.3 allows some app management, but that’s not officially supported. Here’s how you can manage apps in iMazing.

Getting iMazing Onto Your Mac or PC to Manage Apps

If you don’t already have iMazing, you can download the free trial from DigiDNA’s website for the app. You can, of course, do much more with iMazing than just manage your apps. It’s a complete iOS backup utility, maintaining incremental snapshots of your devices a la Time Machine for the iPhone or iPad. With iMazing, you’re also able to dig deep into the underpinnings of your iOS device, from the file system to the console. It’s also the best way I know of to archive text and voicemail messages.

Try it out, realize you can’t live without it, and then purchase a license. A single license for one Mac or PC will set you back $39.95. The Universal license, which allows you to install the app on up to two computers, is $49.99. There’s also a Family option for $69.99, which provides you with licenses for iMazing on up to five computers.

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P.S. I purchased the license and it is truly iMazing. Just wish there was some more detailed documentation…


Jeff, Why does iMazing need to download new copies of apps to the Library? This might be because it is not using the copies of apps downloaded by iTunes. Is that correct? Does this also mean that iMazing is creating yet another copy of all the apps that I’ve purchased on my hard drive? Where does it store this copy of apps? In the same location as my iTunes backup or elsewhere? Does iMazing also store a second copy of all the photos, data, etc. on my iPhone to another location on my hard drive? Sorry for all the questions.… Read more »

Mike Weasner

iTunes 12.7 and the previous iMazing version knew what apps needed to be installed during the restore to a new device. But the local copies of the apps were not used. All the “installed” apps were downloaded automatically by the restore process.

Mike Weasner

Thanks for the helpful article. One thing you didn’t comment on, perhaps because it isn’t there, is on restoring apps from the computer to a new device. About 3 weeks ago the wife and I upgraded our iPhones to the 8 and 8 Plus. We backed our old iPhones using iMazing (paid version). We were under the mistaken impression that iMazing would restore everything to our new iPhones from files on our computers. Unfortunately, such was not the case. In just a few hours the new iPhones used up about half our monthly data allotment from our satellite Internet provider… Read more »

Mike Weasner

Thanks Jeff. But I’m still confused. You showed manually installing the app. What if you do a full restore from a device backup? Are apps copied to the device from the local files or still downloaded from the App Store (even though they are available on the computer)?