How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone for Free

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Myra Updated on Aug 24, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

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

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone is one of the hot questions users will face when changing from an old iPhone to a new one. 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 three most popular ways to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone correctly. Among them, EaseUS MobiMover in Part 1 is the safest and quickest way to do it with ease. Another two methods have respective disadvantages. Read on to get details.

Table of contents:

Part 1: EaseUS MobiMover - the safest and free 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 Free, an iOS data transfer tool to help transfer data between two iOS devices (iPhone/iPad) or between an iOS device and a PC, and it's completely free. 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.

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Note: MobiMover is compatible with PC running Windows 7 and later or Mac running macOS 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra), Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.11 (El Capitan). All iPhones or iPads running iOS 8 or later are supported by MobiMover.

Step 1: Connect both of your iPhones to your computer and launch EaseUS MobiMover Free. When a pop-up appears on your iPhone asking you whether to trust this computer, choose Trust to continue.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone - Step 1

Step 2: Click the select box to correctly set the source iPhone and target iPhone. Then click Next to continue.

To sync contacts from iPhone to iPhone with EaseUS MobiMover, you can either use the 1-Click Transfer feature as introduced in this guide or use the custom transfer feature by clicking the device name in the main interface.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone - Step 2

Step 3: MobiMover will select all the transferable items on the source iPhone. Keep the Contact option selected only since you want to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone - Step 3

Step 4: Then click Transfer to start copying contacts from one iPhone to another. When it has completed, go to the Contacts App on the target iPhone to check the transferred items.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone - Step 4

If you find MobiMover useful and easy, you can go the complete guide of MobiMover Free 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
  • 1. iCloud won't allow you to choose specific contacts to sync.
  • 2. Apple offers each users 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.
  • 3. So, if you want to transfer contacts flexibly without limitation, 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.

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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 MobiMover Free 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

The conclusion in the end 

The above three solutions are most frequently used to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone. Although all of them are free, iCloud gets space limitation, iTunes can't ensure the data security, while EaseUS MobiMover is free and unlimited with 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. 

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