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Rita Updated on Sep 27, 2019 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

"I bought a brand new iPhone 8 when it just launched, but in fact, I'm still using my old iPhone 7 regularly, because I have so many important files stored on it and I don't know how to transfer them all to my new iPhone 8, that is to say, clone an iPhone. I tried to work with iTunes but failed. If anyone knows a way can help me, please tell me. Thank you in advance."

With the release of new iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X, many Apple fans have already changed to the new iPhone, and many of them may meet with one problem – how to transfer data from old iPhone to the new one? Or, in other words, how to clone an iPhone? If you are also being troubled by this problem, don't worry, because this is not a serious problem that can not be solved. You can do it with iCloud, iTunes or third-party software. Among the three methods, a professional and easy-to-use third-party tool should be your first choice for it will be easier to clone an iPhone with it than to clone an iPhone with iCloud or iTunes.

Part 1: How to clone an iPhone with Free iPhone Data Transfer Software 

Applies To: Any iPhone running iOS 8 to iOS 13 or later

The simplest way to clone an iPhone is to use iOS data transfer tools like EaseUS MobiMover Free. Unlike using iTunes or iCloud which requires you to back up your iPhone first, using MobiMover enables you to transfer files from iPhone to iPhone directly, which is more convenient and time-saving.

What can you copy from one iPhone to another using this method?

  • Audio: Music, Voice Memo, Ringtones, Audiobooks
  • Images: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Video, and Photo Stream (all included in Photo)
  • Videos: Movies, TV Shows, Music Videos
  • Others: Contacts, Notes, Books, and Safari Bookmark

For other file types like messages and voicemails, they cannot be cloned from one iOS device to another but be transferred from an iOS device to computer.

As a user-friendly data transfer software for iOS devices, EaseUS MobiMover can also serve to move content between a computer and an iDevice. (For example, you can transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac or put music on iPhone from PC.) In addition, whether you want to delete multiple items on your iPhone or download videos from websites to your computer/iPhone/iPad, you can get things done with the file management or video download features in this tool.

Now, let's learn how to copy an iPhone to a new one with the free iPhone clone software in FOUR steps.

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Step 1. Connect both your old iPhone and new iPhone to your computer with compatible USB cables and tap "Trust This Computer" on the devices when asked. Run EaseUS MobiMover and select the "Phone to Phone" mode on the main screen. Switch the direction from the old iPhone to the new iPhone, and then click "Transfer".

how to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone - step 1

Step 2. MobiMover allows you to transfer all type of data from old iPhone to new iPhone with one click. Choose one category of multiple categories on your old iPhone, and click "Transfer".

how to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone - step 2

Step 3. It begins to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone at a fast speed. MobiMover will send the data to its corresponding application, such as pictures to Photos, songs to Music, movies to Videos, etc..

how to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone - step 3 

After following the guide above, you can transfer all the supported files from one iPhone to another. To clone an iPhone, there are other two comparatively more complex methods, which is to use iTunes or iCloud. The process of these methods is quite similar. First, back up the source device to the computer or iCloud. Then, set up the target iPhone and restore it from the iTunes/iCloud backup. The more detailed information are provided below.

Part 2: How to copy an iPhone to a new one with iTunes

According to Apple, an iTunes backup include almost all the data and settings of your iPhone, but the following items are excluded.

  • Files from iTunes Store, App Store, and downloaded PDF books
  • Synced data from iTunes
  • Photos existing in iCloud, like My Photo Stream, iCloud Photo Library, iMessages, and SMS/MMS messages
  • Touch ID settings
  • Apple Pay information and settings
  • Activity, Health, and Keychain data (you can use Encrypted Backup to make a backup of these content)
Notice
Some content that iTunes cannot clone from one iPhone to another, like the downloaded PDFs and photos, can be successfully copied using EaseUS MobiMover introduced in Part 1.

Here are the steps to clone an iPhone with iTunes:

First, back up the iPhone to the computer.

Step 1: Connect the source iPhone to your computer and run iTunes if it doesn't open automatically. (If your iPhone is not connecting to iTunes, learn how to fix it first.)

Step 2: Click the device icon and choose Summary.

Step 3: Tap Back Up Now to make a copy of your iPhone content to the computer. When it has finished, you can see the information of your latest backup on the Summary screen.

Then, restore the iPhone from the backup.

Step 1: Connect your target iPhone to the same computer which you used to back up the iPhone you want to clone.

Step 2: Tap the device button and choose Restore Backup on the Summary screen.

Step 3: Choose the correct backup and click Restore. (If you use Encrypted Backup when backing up your iPhone, you will be asked to enter the password.)

How to clone an iPhone via iTunes

Part 3: How to clone an iPhone remotely via iCloud

If the two iPhones are not physically close or If you don't have a computer or a USB cable available, using iCloud is the way for you to clone an iPhone.

An iCloud backup doesn't include:

  • Files that are already stored in iCloud, like Contacts, Notes, iCloud Photos, Messages
  • Touch ID settings
  • Apple Pay information and settings
  • iCloud Music Library and App Store content
Notice
Some content that iCoud cannot clone from one iPhone to another, like contacts, can be successfully copied using EaseUS MobiMover introduced in Part 1.

Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network and follow the tip below to clone an iPhone via iCloud:

First, back up your iPhone to iCloud.

Step 1: On the source iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.

Step 2: Click iCloud Backup, choose Back Up Now and wait until the process ends.

Then, restore your iPhone from iCloud Backup.

Step 1: Turn on the target iPhone to begin the setup process. (If your iPhone has been set up, you need to erase your iPhone before you can restore it from the iTunes backup.)

Step 2: Follow the onscreen instructions until you reach the Apps & Data Screen.

Step 3: Choose Restore from iCloud Backup and sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID.

Step 4: Select the correct backup to begin the transfer process and sign in to your restore your apps and purchased items when asked. (The time it will take depends on the size of the backup and the speed of the network. Be patient and stay connected during the restore.)

How to clone an iPhone via iCloud

Conclusion

All the three methods introduced are free and useful in cloning an iPhone. But it's obvious that using EaseUS MobiMover is a preferred option.

Why?

EaseUS MobiMover provides a direct solution to clone an iPhone. Compared with iTunes or iCloud that requires you to back up and restore the device to complete the cloning process, the iPhone clone software offers you a quick method to get things done. In addition, although MobiMover does not allow you to clone the apps and settings on your iPhone, other files, like photos, videos, audios, and contacts, are perfectly supported by it. Besides, with EaseUS MobiMover, you can not only transfer all the supported files at once but also selectively copy the items if you need to, which cannot be accomplished by iTunes or iCloud. Thus, if you want to get your iPhone cloned in a simple and fast way, don't hesitate to give MobiMover a try.

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