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How to Transfer Data from One iPhone to Another in 6 Ways

Myra updated on Feb 13, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Applies To: iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 and later

After reading this article, you will know all the SIX ways on how to transfer data from one iPhone to another, or in other words, from one iOS device to another, including using professional iOS data transfer software, AirDrop, iCloud, iTunes, or Quick Start. Whether you intend to transfer all data to a brand new iPhone or just copy some files from one iOS device to another, you will find a suitable way for your situation from the methods provided below.

Depending on whether you have set up the target device, you will need different ways to transfer data from one iPhone to another:

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How to Transfer Data from One iPhone to Another

If you want to transfer some of the files to an iPhone that have been set up and used, it's unnecessary to use iTunes or iCloud backup. Why? First, restoring data from an iTunes/iCloud backup will erase all the existing files on the target iPhone, which is undesired for you if you have used the target device for a period of time. Besides, you can not selectively transfer data from one iPhone to another using iCloud/iTunes backup.

Given that, I recommend you try one of the three ways below:

Method 1. Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone with EaseUS MobiMover

EaseUS MobiMover, as an iOS data transfer tool, will help you transfer data, including photos, videos, audio files (music, ringtones, audiobooks), contacts, books, and podcasts, from one iPhone to another without deleting the existing files on the target device. With this tool, you can transfer all data from one iPhone to another at once or selectively copy some of these files.

To transfer data from one iPhone to another:

Step 1. Connect two iPhones to your computer (PC/Mac/laptop) with compatible USB cables and tap on "Trust This Computer" on the devices to continue. Run EaseUS MobiMover and navigate to "Phone to Phone". Next, you need to determine the direction, from the source iPhone [name] to the destination iPhone [name], and then click "Next" to continue.

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Step 2. With MobiMover, you can sync all the files listed below from one iPhone to the other without using iCloud. After choosing the desired data, click "Transfer" to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without any hassle. If you find some data types, such as Contacts, Notes, or Messages are not allowed to be moved, please turn off the iCloud service for these apps at first.

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Step 3. Wait patiently until the syncing process finished. Go to the related applications to check the content.

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Except for the file-sharing between two iOS devices, MobiMover also allows you to copy files between an iOS device and a computer, download videos from websites like YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe... to computer or iPhone/iPad, and more. That means you can also use the tool to transfer files from computer to iPhone and back up iPhone content to computer if you need to.

It's a useful tool that will do great help when it comes to iOS data transfer. Download it right now and use the tool to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone within minutes.

Method 2. AirDrop Data from One iPhone to Another

AirDrop is a built-in feature on Apple iOS devices and Macs. AirDrop enables you to transfer files like photos, videos, documents, locations, websites, and more between two Airdrop-supported devices, like iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection. Thus, you can use AirDrop to transfer data from one iPhone to another. (If AirDrop is not working on your iPhone or iPad, learn how to fix it or try the alternative ways instead.)

Step 1. Make sure the two devices are within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range.

Step 2. Turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and make sure Personal Hotspot is off on the iPhones. Afterward, turn on AirDrop and set to transfer files to "Contacts Only" or "Everyone" accordingly.

Step 3. Select the files you want to transfer, for example, photos, and click the "Share" button.

Step 4. Click "AirDrop" and select the target device.

Step 5. On the target iPhone, click "Accept" to receive the items.

How to transfer data from one iPhone to another via AirDrop

Method 3. Sync Data from One iPhone to Another via iCloud

iCloud is the cloud storage service developed by Apple that allows you to sync photos, contacts, calendars and more across your Apple devices. By turning on iCloud on both of your iPhones, you can achieve the goal of transferring data from iPhone to iPhone. Let's take transferring photos as an example:

Step 1. On both of the iOS devices, go to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud" > "Photos" and switch on "iCloud Photo Library".

Step 2. Make sure you have signed into the devices with the same Apple ID and password.

Step 3. The photos will be synced to iCloud over WiFi. When it's done, you can check the data on the target iPhone.

How to transfer data from one iPhone to another using iCloud

iCloud only provides 5GB of free space. If that's not enough for you, you can choose to free up iCloud space, learn how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud from the paragraphs above or buy extra storage.

If you are not setting up a new iPhone and want to transfer data from your current iPhone to a new one, these three ways are best for you. While if you want to set up your new iPhone and transfer data to your new iPhone during the process, try one of the following ways instead.

How to Transfer Data from Old iPhone to New iPhone

If you get a brand new iPhone and want to migrate everything from your previous iPhone to the new device, you can use Quick Start, iCloud, or iTunes, which will help you switch to your new phone seamlessly.

Method 1. Transfer Data from Previous iPhone to New iPhone via Quick Start (for iOS 12.4 and later)

If both of your devices are running iOS 12.4 and later, you can use the iPhone Migration feature of Quick Start to set up your new iPhone quickly.

Let's see how to transfer data from one iPhone to another wirelessly with Quick Start:

Step 1. Turn on Bluetooth on your previous iPhone and turn on your new iPhone.

Step 2. Place the target iPhone near your old iPhone and then you will see the Quick Start screen pops up on your source iPhone showing the option of using your Apple ID to set up your new iPhone.

Step 3. Make sure that's the Apple ID you want to use and click "Continue".

Step 4. Afterward, you can see an animation on the new iPhone. Hold the old iPhone over the new one, center the animation in the viewfinder, then you can see a message saying "Finish on New iPhone".

Step 5. Enter the passcode of the previous iPhone on the new iPhone.

Step 6. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up FaceID or Touch ID on the new device.

Step 7. Now click "Transfer from iPhone" to start transferring all data from one iPhone to another.

Step 8. When the data migration has done, you switch your new device without any worries.

How to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone via Quick Start

Method 2. Sync Data from Old iPhone to New iPhone via iCloud Backup

Another wireless way to transfer all data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone is using iCloud backup. Before you start, make sure there is enough iCloud storage for you to make a backup of your previous iOS device and turn on iCloud backup on your source iPhone by going to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud" > "iCloud Backup". (You can check what iCloud back up here.)

After the backup is made, follow the steps below to learn how to transfer data from one iPhone to another:

Notes: To restore the new iPhone from an iCloud backup, you need to enter the App & Data screen, which is a process during the iPhone setup. Thus, if you have set up your device, you need to erase your device first. (It's the same when you restore the device from iTunes backup.)

Step 1. Turn on your new device and follow the on-screen steps until you see the Wi-Fi screen.

Step 2. Join a Wi-Fi network and continue to follow the steps until you see the App & Data screen.

Step 3. Choose "Restore from iCloud Backup".

Step 4. Sign in to iCloud with the  Apple ID and password that you use on your previous iPhone.

Step 5. Choose the correct iCloud backup to restore.

Step 5. Wait for the process to complete and finish the setup.

How to transfer data to new iPhone using iCloud Backup

Method 3. Transfer Data to New iPhone via iTunes Backup

If you prefer to transfer data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone via a USB cable, you can use iTunes to restore your new iPhone from the iTunes backup of your previous iPhone. Similarly to using iCloud backup, you first need to make a backup of your old iPhone via iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your old iPhone to your computer using USB.

Step 2. In iTunes, click the "Device" button and click "Summary".

Step 3. Click "Back Up Now" to start backing up your old iPhone.

Once the backup is made, follow the steps below to transfer data to your new iPhone:

Step 1. Turn on your new device and follow the setup steps until you see the Apps & Data screen.

Step 2. Choose "Restore from Mac or PC" and connect your new iPhone to the computer which you used to back up your old iPhone. 

Step 3. In iTunes, click the "Device" tab and select "Restore Backup".

Step 4. Choose the correct backup and wait for the process to finish. (If you have encrypted the backup, you will need to enter the password before the restoring process.)

Step 5. Finish the rest of the setup steps.

How to transfer data from previous iPhone to new iPhone with iTunes

You can check the difference between an iCloud backup and an iTunes backup here.

The Bottom Line

Depending on whether you have set up the target iPhone or not, the suitable ways for you vary. If you have set up the device, you can use professional iPhone data transfer software like EaseUS MobiMover, Apple file-sharing utility - AirDrop, or iCloud to transfer data from one iPhone to another. However, if you haven't set up the device yet and want to switch to the new iPhone seamlessly, using Quick Start, iCloud backup or iTunes backup is recommended.

Carry out the way best suited to your needs.