3 Methods to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone for Free

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Myra Updated on Jun 05, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Applies To: iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6 and iPad in iOS 11, 10, 9, 8

"I've got a new iPhone 8 recently, my biggest concern is about the photos stored on my old iPhone. I want to transfer all my precious photos to my new iPhone. Is there any way to make it?". If this concern is bothering you, this blog post can help you out by providing three tips on how to import photos from one iPhone to another. One recommended choice is to use the professionally designed iPhone transfer software, MobiMover, with which you can transfer all your photos from your old iPhone to your new one without losing the existing data on your new device. The other two choices are to use iCloud or iTunes. Read on to get the details.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone in 4 Ways

If you want to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud, you can choose one of these first three tips to do it.

Tip 1: How to copy photos from iPhone to iPhone with MobiMover

As an iPhone data transfer master, MobiMover Free can help you transfer files between two iOS devices (iPhone/iPad), or between an iOS device and a PC free of cost. The supported files are photos, videos, music, contacts, notes, books, Safari bookmark and history, and more, depending on which feature you'd like to use. If you import photos from iPhone to iPhone with MobiMover, the transferred photos won't replace the existing photos on the target device. Is this what you want? If your answer is "Yes", follow the steps below to give it a try.

Step 1: Connect your old iPhone and new iPhone X and iPhone 8 to the computer running Windows or Mac OS. MobiMover can be installed on both the two operating systems to transfer photos from between two iPhones. Now, Run EaseUS MobiMover Free for Windows and go to the main screen.

MobiMover main screen

Step 2: If you want to sync specific or the whole photos from iPhone to iPhone 8/iPhone X, you can use the Custom pattern by clicking your iPhone device next to 1-Click-Transfer and go to Picture.

custom picture management

Step 3: Choose Photo and go to the photos management interface. You can see the data transfer features are marked clearly. Choose the photos you want to sync to iPhone X/8 and click Transfer to Other Device

photos management

Step 4: Choose your iPhone X or iPhone 8 and MobiMover will begin to sync the selected photos from iPhone to new iPhone. When the process finished, open the Photos App on your iPhone X/8 to check the items. 

choose iPhone X or iPhone 8

It's really easy to use MobiMover even as a beginner, right? With MobiMover installed on your PC, there are more things you can try to manage your iOS content better. For example, you can add music to iPhone 8, import videos from an iPhone 7 to a computer, back up text messages on an iPhone X to a computer, and more. If you want to know all the amazing features of MobiMover, read the complete guide of MobiMover Free to get more details.

Tip 2: How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without computer

Want to copy photos from iPhone to iPhone wirelessly? If so, you can use AirDrop to send photos from one iPhone to another. Make sure AirDrop works properly on your iPhones and follow the steps below to import photos from iPhone to iPhone without computer.

Step 1: Swipe up from the button of your iPhone screen to open Control Center on both of your iPhones.

Step 2: Tap on AirDrop to turn it on and set your iPhone to be discovered by Contacts Only, or Everyone.

Step 3: Go to the Photos App on your source iPhone and select the photos you'd like to send to your target iPhone.

Step 4: Tap on the Share button and then choose your target device.

Step 5: Then click Accept on your target iPhone to receive the photos sent from your source iPhone.

Tip 3: Transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

The good news is that you can transfer photos via iTunes, but the bad news is that you will copy the photos from one iPhone to a computer first, and the transferred photos will be limited to Camera Roll photos. You will then transfer those photos from the computer to another iPhone. If you think this relatively complex method is acceptable, try the following. (If you have problems like "iPhone not showing up in iTunes" when you try this tip, fix it first according to the solutions, and then continue.)

Part 1: Transfer photos from iPhone to computer

If you are a Windows user, you can copy photos to your computer with following steps:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your PC.

Step 2: When AutoPlay pops up, choose Import Pictures and Videos.

Step 3: Locate a folder to store photos and tap on Import.

You can also user MobiMover to transfer photos from iPhone to PC.

If you are a Mac user, you can copy photos from your iPhone to a computer with next steps:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac.

Step 2: Make sure iPhoto runs on your Mac.

Step 3: Select the photos you intend to copy.

Step 4: Choose either Import or Import Selected to complete the photo transfer.

Part 2: Transfer photos from computer to another iPhone

Step 1: Connect the target iPhone to the Windows PC/ Mac.

Step 2: Make sure iTunes runs on the computer.

Step 3: Tap on the iPhone icon on the panel and choose Photos.

Step 4: Choose where to sync photos from and click Apply.

The photos will be transferred to another iPhone, but the original photos on the target iPhone will be replaced by the transferred photos.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud

Tip 4: How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone using iCloud

If you want to transfer photos with the built-in function on iPhone, using iCloud Photo Library is what you need. iCloud Photo Library enables you to sync photos between iDevices. Obviously, this method is suitable for syncing photos to your new iPhone but not to share photos with others. Before you apply this method, there are several things you need to pay attention to first:

  • The two iPhones should be running in iOS 8.3 or later.
  • iCloud Photo Library on both iPhones should be turned on.
  • Sign in to the two devices with the same Apple ID.
  • Make sure the two iPhones are using a Wi-Fi connection that your iCloud storage has the capacity for the photos.

If all the preparations are correctly done, then follow the next steps:

Step 1: Open the Settings App and hit iCloud. (In iOS 10.3 or later, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.)

Step 2: Choose Photos and turn on the iCloud Photo Library.

Step 3: 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 4: Patiently wait for the photos to be uploaded.

Step 5: When the uploading process has finished, you can view those photos by opening the Photos App and choosing All Photos on the target Phone.

Transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone - tip 1- step 1-3

For users who prefer to use the iCloud service, there is a recommended blog post introducing the tips on how to make iCloud backup faster. Hope this is useful for our viewers.

As you may notice, the last two ways to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone are not perfect, and each has some limitations. Please choose according to your needs.