How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone XS/XS Max/XR in 4 Free Methods

Sharing is caring. Tell your friends and help them solve the same problem.

Hi, all. I am an Apple enthusiast and I’ve got the iPhone XS Max on the release day. I am wondering How can I move the nearly 1,000 photos from my old iPhone 7 Plus to the new device efficiently and safely. Any good suggestion?

Transferring photos from old iPhone to the new iPhone is one of hottest topic on Apple user community. If you are also confused about how to do it, here are the FOUR available approaches you can try.

We conclude the four methods in two types:

If you don't know which one to choose, check following brief comparison of these four methods.

  • AirDrop: No USB cable needed. Only with Wi-Fi network on both two devices, you can send photos from iPhone to iPhone instantly. But this is not the most effective way as you need to manually choose the photos one by one.
  • iCloud: Apple's wireless way to sync files. What you need to know, if you don't buy extra storage space, you only get 5GB for free. That is to say, if your photos are more than 5GB, you can't back up to iCloud.
  • EaseUS MobiMover: A free third-party iPhone data transfer software to directly move various items from one iOS device to another at once without limits.
  • iTunes: The most complex way to transfer photos. You need to back up your old iPhone at first and then restore the files to the new iPhone. Besides, the syncing process will wipe the existing photos on your new iPhone.

I believe you've already got a quick understanding of these four tips. Now, select the most suitable one and get the step-by-step tutorials.

Don't Miss: How to transfer music from iPhone to new iPhone XS/XS Max/XR

Tip 1: How to use AirDrop to send photos from iPhone to iPhone XS/XS Max/XR

AirDrop is a simple way to transfer photos, videos, music, notes, and more among iPhone, iPad, and Mac. If there are only several contents need to be moved, this is the most convenient way recommended. Also, as said before, to transfer hundreds or even thousands of pictures at one time, MobiMover in Tip 3 is the best way deserved to try.

Step 1: Swipe up from the button of your iPhone screen to activate Control Center on both iPhones. Press and hold the area with Bluetooth until a pop-up occurs.

Step 2: Find AirDrop and turn it on. Set your iPhone to be discovered by Everyone.

Step 3: Go to the Photos app on your old iPhone. Tap Select to choose the photos you'd like to send to new iPhone XS/XS Max/XR.

Step 4: Tap the Share button in the left-lower corner. Tap AirDrop and then choose your new iPhone as the target device.

Step 5: Switch to your new iPhone, and tap Accept on the screen to receive the photos. And the images will be the Photos app.

how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone XS

Tip 2: How to use iCloud to sync photos between two iPhones wirelessly

With iCloud on, you can update photos, contacts, calendars, notes, messages(iOS 11.4 and above), and more to another iOS device signed in the same Apple account.

Step 1: Turn on iCloud service for photos on the two iPhones.

For iOS 10.3 or later: Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos > tap on iCloud Photo Library.

For iOS 10.2 or former: Go to Settings > iCloud > Photos > toggle on iCloud Photo Library.

Notice
Here, you will get notes on More iCloud Storage Needed if your photos stored are more than 5GB. Two options for you: buy more storage space or give up backing up. If you choose neither of them, jump over to Tip 3 and MobiMover will help you do it effortlessly.

Step 2: If you are able to update photos with iCloud, select Optimize iPhone Storage or Download and Keep Originals. The former means to upload your photos to iCloud while deleting them on your original iPhone. The latter means to keep them on your iPhone. 

Step 3: Wait for the photos to be synced to your new iPhone XS/XS Max/XR. And check them in the Photos app.

how to transfer photos from iphone to iPhone XS

Tip 3: How to use MobiMover to transfer photos free and unlimited

EaseUS MobiMover is a one-stop iPhone manager that provides comprehensive iOS data transfer and management solutions for users. Most of all, all the service are FREE and unlimited. You can use it to transfer data between two iOS devices or between iPhone/iPad and PC/Mac/laptop. Furthermore, the video downloading feature of MobiMover enables you to download any video from any website using URL, such as download YouTube videos to iPad directly.

Supported Files Types of MobiMover

Photos: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Photo Videos

Videos: Movies, TV shows, Music Videos

Audios: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Audiobooks, Playlists

Others: Contacts, Notes, Messages, Voice Mails, Books, and Safari Bookmarks

 Free Download for PC
Secure Download
 Free Download for Mac
Secure Download

Step 1. Connect both your old iPhone and new iPhone to your computer. Run EaseUS MobiMover, and choose "Phone to Phone" from the main interface. Then, set your old iPhone as the source device and the new iPhone target device and click the "Next" button to continue.

How to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone - Step 1

Step 2 Then check the files you'd like to copy. Other than photos, you can also choose to transfer music, ringtones, videos, contacts, and more from your old iPhone to the new one.

How to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone - Step 2

Step 3. Click the "Transfer" button to start importing photos from iPhone to iPhone. The time it will take depending on the size of the files. Wait for the process to complete. After that, go to the "Photos" app on your new iPhone and check the newly copied photos.

How to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone - Step 3

Tip 4: How to use iTunes to backup and restore iPhone photos

Compared with the above three tricks, iTunes is not so simple-to-use. All the processes will be split into two steps. 

Step 1: Back up photos on old iPhone

1. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable and run iTunes.

2. Click the Device button  (iPhone not recognized by iTunes? Fix it with the online guide.) and choose This Computer on the right-side panel.

3. Then click Back Up Now and start to Sync the photos from old iPhone to the computer with iTunes. 

back up iPhone photos with iTunes

Step 2: Restore photos to new iPhone XS/XS Max/XR

1. Plug in your new iPhone to your computer with a USB cable and run iTunes.

2. Click the Device button and choose Photos on the right-side panel.

3. Then check Sync Photos and All photos and albums. Click Apply to transfer photos to your device.

sync iPhone photos to iPad