[FREE]How to Transfer Photos from Old iPhone to New iPhone in 4 Ways

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Myra Updated on Jun 06, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Applies To: iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s and other iPhone/iPad in iOS 8 or later

Whenever you bought a new iPhone, the files you want to copy from your previous iPhone to the new one always remain the same, such as photos, contacts, music, and videos. Since the photos on your old iPhone carry good memories and some important information in some cases, it's so natural that you want to transfer photos from your old iPhone to the new iPhone first before you copy other files. That's why this blog post is written to provide the free and easy way to import photos from old iPhone to new iPhone. The details are shown below.

Part 1: How to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone without iCloud/iTunes (FREE)

Tip 1: Transfer pictures from old iPhone to new iPhone with MobiMover Free

If you are looking for a free way to copy the photos from your old iPhone, no matter it's iPhone 7, iPhone 6 or earlier, to your new iPhone 8/8 Plus or iPhone X without data syncing or you want to transfer photos from your old iPhone to new iPhone without iCloud, using MobiMover Free is a perfect choice for you. As an iOS data transfer tool, MobiMover can help you transfer files, including photos, videos, audios, contacts, notes and more, between two iOS devices (iPhone/iPad) or between computer and iPhone/iPad. No matter you want to put music to iPhone without iTunes or transfer videos from iPhone to PC, you can use MobiMover to make it. What's also important is that you can use MobiMover for completely free without worrying about how many items you can transfer or which feature you can use. Sounds great, right? Then follow the steps below to learn how to use MobiMover to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone without effort.

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Step 1: Connect your old iPhone and the new iPhone to your computer with USB cables. Once connected, tap on Trust on your devices to continue. Run EaseUS MobiMover Free for Windows. To sync data between two iOS devices, MobiMover Free for Mac is also available to you. 

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Step 2: Set the first device as your old iPhone and the target device as your new iPhone. Then, click Next to move to the following screen.

Main screen of data transfer between two iOS devices

Step 3: Uncheck Select all and keep Photo only. If you want to move some specific pictures to your new iPhone, you can click the device name next to 1-Click-Transfer and go to Picture > Photo

choose photos to be transferred

Step 4: Now, click Transfer to begin to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone directly without iTunes backup and syncing. Please don't disconnect the devices while transferring. When it's done, go to open the Photos App on your new iPhone to check the imported files. 

begin to transfer photos from new iPhone to new iPhone

If you try the tip above, you will find it's really convenient and money-saving to use MobiMover to manage your iOS content. Want to know about all the features of MobiMover Free? Go to the complete guide of MobiMover Free to get what you need.

Tip 2: Transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone with AirDrop

It's no doubt that iPhone, no matter which generation you are using, is the AirDrop-supported device. With the built-in AirDrop on your devices, you can use it to share files between iOS devices. It's no exception when you want to transfer photos from your old iPhone to your new iPhone. Just turn on AirDrop on both of your devices, go to Photos App on your old iPhone and tap on the Share button to send the selected photos from one iPhone to another via AirDrop. The detailed steps are shown below.

Step 1: On both of your iPhones, swipe up from the button of your iPhone screen to open Control Center.

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, namely your old iPhone 6 or iPhone 7 and select the photos you'd like to send to your new iPhone 8/8 Plus/X.

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

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

Part 2: How to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone with iCloud/iTunes

Tip 1: Get photos from old iPhone to new iPhone with iCloud

With iCloud on, you can sync photos from your previous iPhone to the new one easily over Wi-Fi network. If you want to transfer all the content from your old iPhone to your new iPhone, using turn on iCloud Backup on your previous iPhone and then restore your new iPhone from iCloud Backup.

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To sync photos from your previous iPhone to the new one using iCloud, you need to make sure you have signed in to the two iPhones with the same Apple ID and there is enough space in iCloud to store your photos.

Step 1: On both of your iPhones, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.

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

Tip 2: Transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone with iTunes

You can not transfer photos from one iPhone to another if you use iTunes. Getting pictures from iPhone to iPhone can be done with iTunes by backing up your previous iPhone to iTunes first (as shown in the image below) and then restore your new iPhone from the iTunes backup. However, if transferring photos together with other files from one iPhone to another is exactly what you want, using iTunes can be a good choice for you. (Don't forget to turn off iCloud Photos to let iTunes to back up your photos.)

Step 1: Connect your previous iPhone to your computer and launch the latest version of iTunes.

Step 2: Tap on the Device button and choose Summary.

Step 3: Check the backup settings and click Back Up Now to make a backup of your old iPhone.

Step 4: When it's finished, restore your new iPhone from iTunes backup, by which you can transfer photos from your old iPhone to the new one.