How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone? Step-By-Step Guide

Making the switch from an old iPhone to a new one can be a daunting task, but transferring data from your old device to your new one doesn’t have to be. With Apple’s easy-to-use tools, you can quickly move all of your contacts, photos, music, and more in just a few simple steps. Let’s take a look at how you can transfer data from iPhone to iPhone.

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How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone?

Quick Start

Using Quick Start is an efficient way to transfer data from your old iPhone to a new one. Here are the steps to use Quick Start:

  1. Power on the new iPhone and place it near the old iPhone: Make sure both devices are running iOS 12.4 or later. Turn on your new iPhone and place it close to your current iPhone.

  2. Initiate Quick Start: A Quick Start screen will appear on your old iPhone, displaying the option to set up your new iPhone using your Apple ID. Tap “Continue.”
  3. Scan the animation with the old iPhone’s camera: An animation will appear on your new iPhone. Hold your old iPhone over the new iPhone, centering the animation in the viewfinder. This will pair the two devices.
  4. Enter your passcode: When prompted, enter your old iPhone’s passcode on your new iPhone.
  5. Set up Face ID or Touch ID: Follow the setup process on your new iPhone, including setting up Face ID or Touch ID.

  6. Choose data transfer method: When you reach the “Transfer Your Data” screen, choose “Transfer from iPhone” to directly transfer data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone via Wi-Fi. Alternatively, you can choose “Download from iCloud” if you prefer to restore data from an iCloud backup.
  7. Complete the setup process: Continue following the setup instructions on your new iPhone. Your apps, data, and settings will be transferred from your old iPhone to your new device.
  8. Wait for the data transfer to complete: Depending on the amount of data being transferred and your Wi-Fi connection, this process might take some time. Ensure both iPhones remain connected to Wi-Fi and powered on during the transfer.

After the transfer is complete, your new iPhone will have all the data, apps, and settings from your old iPhone. Please note that some data, like Touch ID or Face ID settings, cannot be transferred and will need to be set up again on the new iPhone.

Transfer Data with iCloud

The easiest and fastest way to transfer data from your old device to your new one is by using iCloud. All you need is an iCloud account and both devices connecting to Wi-Fi or cellular data. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Sign into your iCloud account on both devices.
  2. On the source device (the old one), go into Settings -> [Your Name] -> iCloud and tap the checkmark next to “iCloud Backup” if it isn’t already selected. This will allow you to back up all of your data onto the cloud before transferring it over.
  3. Tap “Back Up Now” at the bottom of the screen and wait for the process to finish before continuing.
  4. On the target device (the new one), go into Settings -> [Your Name] -> Restore From iCloud Backup and select the most recent backup that was created on your source device (the old one).
  5. This will transfer all of its contents over onto your new phone automatically!

Transfer Data with iTunes

If you don’t have access to Wi-Fi or cellular data, then you can use iTunes instead as long as both devices are connected to a computer with iTunes installed on it. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open iTunes on your computer and connect both devices via USB cable simultaneously (one at a time if multiple ports aren’t available).
  2. When prompted, sign into each phone with their respective Apple ID accounts and tap “Trust” when asked if you trust this computer before continuing.
  3. Select each phone in turn under Devices in the iTunes menu bar > Summary tab > Backups section > Back Up Now button > Encrypt Local Backup checkbox > Enter Passcode field > Set Password button > Create Backup button for each phone respectively and wait for them both complete before continuing.
  4. Once done, select each phone in turn under Devices in the iTunes menu bar > Summary tab > Restore Backup section > Restore Backup button for each phone respectively.
  5. This will transfer all of its contents over onto your new phone automatically!

Using a computer (iTunes or Finder)

  1. Connect your old iPhone to your computer. For macOS Mojave or earlier and Windows, use iTunes; for macOS Catalina or later, use Finder.
  2. Click on the iPhone icon (iTunes) or select your iPhone under “Locations” in the sidebar (Finder). Click “Back Up Now” and wait for the backup to complete.
  3. Disconnect your old iPhone and connect your new iPhone to the computer.
  4. Follow the setup process on the new iPhone until you reach the “Apps & Data” screen.
  5. In iTunes or Finder, click “Restore Backup,” select the most recent backup, and wait for the data transfer to finish

Conclusion

These methods allow you to transfer data, such as contacts, photos, messages, and app data, from your old iPhone to your new iPhone. Keep in mind that some data, like Touch ID or Face ID settings, cannot be transferred. They need you to set up again on the new iPhone.

Have any questions? Feel free to reach out! We hope this guide has been helpful! More iPhone user manual, please check here!

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