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How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone

Myra updated on Jul 27, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

What is the safest and direct way to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone?

Transferring contacts from iPhone to iPhone is one of the hottest discussed topics among users who're planning to buy a new device. Unlike the android phone, which enables you to sync contacts to the new phone by merely inserting and importing from the SIM card, the iPhone doesn't save the contacts on SIM card, and you can't do it in that way. To address this issue, in this guide, we will show you the five feasible ways to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone correctly. Each way has its pros and cons, depending on your needs. Now, you can take a quick look at the navigation and start to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone.

PAGE CONTENT:
Part 1: How to transfer contacts between two iPhones with EaseUS MobiMover
Part 2: How to copy contacts from old iPhone to new iPhone with iCloud
Part 3: How to move contacts to new iPhone with iTunes
Part 4: How to transfer contacts to new iPhone via AirDrop
Part 5: How to transfer contacts from iPhone to another with SIM Card

Part 1: EaseUS MobiMover - the safest iPhone contacts transfer tool

You can't transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud/iTunes unless you use a third-party iPhone data manager. Here comes EaseUS MobiMover, an iOS data transfer tool to help transfer data between two iOS devices (iPhone/iPad) or between an iOS device and a PC. The supported files are contacts, notes, calendars, photos, videos, audios and more, depending on the feature you'd like to use.

With MobiMover, you can manage your iPhone/iPad content efficiently by doing things like transferring photos from iPhone to iPhone, transferring music from computer to iPad, backing up text messages on iPhone, download online videos, and more. Do you want to know how to use MobiMover to move contacts from one iPhone to another? Follow the steps below to learn how to do it quickly.

Step 1. Connect your iPhones to your computer with two USB cables and launch EaseUS MobiMover. Unlock your iDevices and click "Trust" to trust your computer. To transfer contacts from one iPhone to another, click "Phone to Phone" and specify the transfer direction. Then click "Next" to continue.

Select the feature

Step 2. Select "Contacts" and click "Transfer".

select the category

Step 3. When the transfer process has completed, go to open the "Contacts" app on your iPad/iPhone to check the transferred items.

start the transfer proces

If you find MobiMover useful and easy, you can go the complete guide of EaseUS MobiMover to learn more details.

Part 2: iCloud - the wireless way to sync iPhone contacts with a space limit

iCloud enables you to transfer contacts from an old iPhone to a new iPhone wirelessly. Before you sync the contacts to your new iPhone, connect the two iPhones to the Wi-Fi network and make sure that the contacts on your old iPhone will sync to iCloud. 

Tips
  • iCloud won't allow you to choose specific contacts to sync.
  • Apple offers each user free 5GB iCloud storage space to sync iOS data. If you don't purchase more, you can't get contacts off from old iPhone if the files are larger than 5GB.
  • So, if you want to transfer contacts flexibly, skip to Part 1 and get MobiMover to help you

Step 1: Open Settings on your old iPhone and choose "iCloud."

Step 2: Tap on the button to turn on "Contacts."

After that, you can sync contacts to your new iPhone by following these steps. 

Step 3: Open Settings on your new iPhone and choose "iCloud."

Step 4: Tap on the button to turn on "Contacts."

Step 5: Choose "Merge" when the notification "Your contacts will be merged with iCloud" and begin the syncing process.

Transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud

Part 3: iTunes - the riskiest way to move iPhone contacts 

iTunes isn't recommended for following reasons:

  • iTunes syncing will wipe the existing contacts on your target iPhone.
  • iTunes will transfer all the data backup on your iPhone, and you can't choose Contacts only.
  • iTunes syncing needs the backup file from old iPhone at first before you can move them to your new iPhone.
Therefore, if you want to transfer contacts from old iPhone to new iPhone directly without any previous contacts lost, please get back to Part 1 and use EaseUS MobiMover to do it.

First, back up your old iPhone with iTunes.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer and run "iTunes."

Step 2: Tap on the device icon and choose "Summary."

Step 3: Choose "This computer" and hit on "Back Up Now."

Transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes - Back up old iPhone

Second, copy the contacts to your new iPhone with iTunes backup.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch "iTunes."

Step 2: Tap on the device icon and choose "Summary."

Step 3: Choose "Restore Backup" and choose a backup when the "Restore from Backup" window pops up. (You may need to switch off "Find My iPhone" on your new device.)

Step 4: Click "Restore" to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone.

Transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

Part 4: AirDrop: the slow way to transfer contacts to a new iPhone

By using airdrop, you can only tranfer one contact at once. It is very time-consuming if you have a lot of contacts to transfer from an old iPhone to a new iPhone. Before you start, make sure that both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled on your device.

Step 1: Swipe up the control center to open Control Center > Press and hold the wireless control box to get more options > Enable Wi-Fi, AirDrop, and Bluetooth here. 

Enable the AirDrop feature on iPhone

Step 2: Open your Contacts App on the source iPhone > Choose the contact you'd like to airdrop > Tap it into the information page > Choose "Share Contact."

Step 3: From the "Share" page, choose "AirDrop" > Select the target iPhone.

AirDrop contacts from iphone to iphone

Step 4: On your target iPhone, you'll receive a notification that gives you three options:

Save: This option enables you to save contacts in the Contacts app.
Create New Contact: This enables you to edit the contact info before saving it on your iPhone.
Add to Existing Contact: This allows you to integrate the contact into an existing contact.

Part 5: SIM Card: the possible way to export contacts from one iPhone to another

If you have ever stored your contacts in the SIM card on your old iPhone, then you can transfer these contacts to the new device by inserting the SIM card to the new iPhone. Then, you can go to the Settings app > Tap on Contacts > You'll see the Import SIM Contact option, just tap it to transfer all your contacts to the new iPhone with ease. 

Import sim contacts to a new iPhone

The conclusion in the end 

The above five solutions are most frequently used to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone. iCloud gets space limitation, iTunes can't ensure the data security, AirDrop only supports small files, SIM card requires you to store contacts in it beforehand, while EaseUS MobiMover is 100% data safety. What's more, it's not so complex as iCloud or iTunes. MobiMover provides 1-click features to help you transfer iOS files in an easier way than ever. Why not download it and have a try? It won't let you done.