So, I got an iPhone 6s and an iPhone 5. I've got an app on my new iPhone which unfortunately got deleted from the App Store and it stopped working recently on my phone. I somehow hope that it is going to work on my old iPhone but I have not found a way to convert a deleted app to another iPhone. Is there any way to do it?

  • Are you signed into both iPhones with the same Apple ID? Or, have you signed into the iPhone 5 with the Apple ID that you used to originally install that app? You can tell if you'll be able to reinstall it if you see it on the App Store -> Purchased from your 5.
    – fsb
    Mar 7, 2018 at 20:53
  • Yes I am, but the app does not show up under "purchase" because apparently deleted apps do not appear there anymore
    – Caro
    Mar 7, 2018 at 20:56
  • If it's not there then you can't redownload it to your iPhone 5 again.
    – fsb
    Mar 7, 2018 at 21:10
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    Does the app exist on an older backup? If so, restore that backup onto the iphone 5...
    – Solar Mike
    Mar 7, 2018 at 21:35

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Did it stop working on the new iPhone because of the iOS update? Then restoring the app from the backup is not a solution, as it might upgrade iOS as well (do you know for sure what OS it was when you backed up?).

If you are using the same Apple ID on your iPhone 5, you still can download and install the old app. Not really good idea sticking to the discontinued app, but still... iMazing to my knowledge is the only software that can do it (disclaimer: I work for iMazing). Legit App Store downloads, and this functionality is 100% free at the moment. It should work if it was removed from sale by the developer. If it was Apple who removed it, most probably we won’t be able to help.

Anyway, it’s quite straightforward, but I’ll post the steps just in case:

  1. Install iMazing & connect your iPhone with the needed app,

  2. Select your device on the menu, and click Manage apps,

  3. Locate the app in the apps list & click the Download button

  4. Sign in to your Apple ID to finish the download

  5. Once the download is finished, exit the wizard, connect your old phone, select it in the sidebar and click Manage Apps again.

  6. Select the app in question, and click Install - that’s it.

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