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3 Methods to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone for Free

Updated on Feb 08, 2018 by Myra to iPhone Data Transfer

Summary:
Want to know how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone? Read this blog post and you will learn for free and efficient ways about how to transfer pictures from iPhone to iPhone, either with or without iCloud.

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 kind of 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. While the other two choices are to use iCloud and 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 the first three tips to make 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 iOS device and PC free of cost. The supported files are photos, videos, music, contacts, notes, books, Safari bookmark & history and more, depending 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 it what you want? If your answer is "Yes", follow the steps below to have a try.

Step 1: Download and install EaseUS MobiMover Free on your PC running Windows 10/8.1/8/7. For your devices to be identified, it's necessary for you to install iTunes on your PC, too. 

Step 2: Connect your iOS devices to your PC and launch MobiMover. Remember to connect your source iPhone to PC first to avoid switching devices later. When a prompt appears on your source iPhone asking you whether to trust this computer or not. Tap on Trust to continue.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone - Step 2

Step 3: Go to Custom > Photos from the main interface, choose the photo category, Camera Roll, Photo Stream or Photo Library and select the photos you'd like to transfer. After that, click the Transfer to Other Device icon and select the target device.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone - Step 3

Step 4: After selecting the target device, the photo transfer will begin automatically. The time the process will take depends on the size of the files being transferred. Generally, it's quite fast if you don't have extra large files to transfer.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone - Step 4

Step 5: When it's finished, you can go to the corresponding App on your target device to check whether the items are successfully imported.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone - Step 5

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 iPhone 7 to computer, back up text messages on iPhone X to 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 have to copy photos from one iPhone to computer first and the photos transferred will be limited to Camera Roll photos. Then transfer those photos from computer to another iPhone. If you think this relatively complex method is acceptable, try as follows. (If you have problems like "iPhone not showing up in iTunes" when you try this tip, fix it first according to the solutions first 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 with your PC.

Step 2: When AutoPlay pops out, 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 computer with next steps:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone with your Mac.

Step 2: Make sure iPhoto runs on your Mac.

Step 3: Select the photos you intend to copy.

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

Part 2: Transfer photos from computer to another iPhone

Step 1: Connect the target iPhone with 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 in 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 among iDevices. Obviously, this method is suitable for syncing photos to your new iPhone but not to share photos with others. Before you apply this way, there are several things you need to pay attention to first.

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

If all the preparations are correctly made, then follow the next steps.

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

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

Step 3: Select Optimize iPhone Storage or Download and Keep Originals. (The former means to upload your photos to iCloud while delete 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 finished, you can view those photos by opening Photos App and choose All Photos on the target Phone.

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

For users who prefer to use iCloud service, there is a recommended blog post introducing the tips on how to make iCloud backup faster. Hope it can be useful for its 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.