4 Methods to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone for Free

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Myra Updated on Jul 13, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Applies To: iPhone (or iPad) running iOS 8 and later

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 do it?

Of course, there is. Actually, there are many ways that you can apply to copy photos from one iPhone to another. In this blog post, I'd like to introduce FOUR practical methods to move photos from iPhone to iPhone.

If you do not have a USB cable and computer ready for use and want to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without computer, choose one of the two tips below:

If you think the data transfer using USB cable is more reliable and intend to import photos from iPhone to iPhone with computer, there are other two options for you:

Don't know which method to choose? Referring to the comparison of these four tips may do you a favor.

Part 1: How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without computer


Do you want to copy photos from iPhone to iPhone wirelessly? If your answer is "Yes", you can use AirDrop to send photos from one iPhone to another without using the USB cable. 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.


Another way to get things done without computer is using iCloud. As you may know, 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

Part 2: How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud

EaseUS MobiMover

A Quick Briefing to MobiMover

A Free iOS Data Transfer Tool

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 computer (Mac or PC) free of cost. The supported files are photos, videos, music, contacts, notes, books, Safari bookmark, 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.

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No matter you want to delete/edit the existing files on your iPhone/iPad or add new items to your device, you can use MobiMover to do it with simple clicks.

√ A Free Dailymotion Video Downloader

With MobiMover installed on Windows PC or Mac, you can freely download videos from Dailymotion to your computer or iPhone/iPad. More than that, MobiMover also supports the video download from other popular sites, including YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Facebook, Metacafe, and more. In a word, MobiMover can be taken as a versatile video downloader that helps to download videos from any website.

Click the button below to download and install EaseUS MobiMover on your Mac or PC and start your journey with MobiMover. It won't let you down.

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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 about all the amazing features of MobiMover, read the complete guide of MobiMover Free to get more details.


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.)

First, transfer photos from iPhone to computer:

If you are a Windows user, you can copy photos to your computer with the 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.

Then, 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

Bottom Line: A Brief Comparison of These Tips

  • AirDrop: Using AirDrop is quite convenient because it requires no cable connection or Wi-Fi network connection. However, it's time-consuming if you want to transfer multiple photos.
  • iCloud: Similarly to AirDrop, using iCloud don't need to your iPhone to other devices. But you need to make sure there is enough space in your iCloud storage and your iPhone is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network.
  • EaseUS MobiMover: With MobiMover, you can transfer multiple items across different file types at once for free without network connection and limits on space.
  • iTunes: The most complex methods among the four tips is using iTunes. Besides, the synced photos will replace the existing photos on your target iPhone.