Reinstalling an app that was removed from the App Store
I recently upgraded my iPhone and restored the backup of my old phone onto the new one. One app showed a cloud-and-arrow next to its icon. If I tap the icon, it will try and install the app but comes back with a message that the app is no longer available in the App Store, and fail.
I have the app's .ipa file in my iTunes folder. I have tried to install the app by dragging the .ipa file into iTunes with the phone connected, but I get a message that iTunes cannot install the app "because it has already been installed".
The obvious solution would be to delete the app from the phone and reinstall from iTunes, however I definitely want to keep the user data associated with the app. If I delete the app, I lose that. Is there a way to force iTunes to install the app and retain my data?
howapple - hello
I managed to do this via XCode:
- connect the iPhone to the Mac running XCode: Window->Devices and Simulators
- open the Devices window, click on the iPhone in the list of devices
- Drag the .ipa file to the "installed apps" section of the window
The app installed and my user data was retained.