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5 Tips | How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone

Myra updated on May 15, 2020 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/6s Plus

Whenever you buy a new iPhone, the first thing that comes into your mind probably is--how to transfer data to a new iPhone. When it comes to this matter, there are generally five ways to do it, with Quick Start, iPhone Migration, iTunes, iCloud, or third-party iPhone data transfer software. In this article, all the practical methods are detailed. Choose the one that you think is the best to help you copy files from your old iPhone to your new iPhone within minutes.

Part 1: Transfer data from one iPhone to another via Quick Start 

Advantages: Easy to use, no third-party software needed

This method only works on the iPhone or iPad that are running iOS 11 or later. Quick Start,  a new feature brought by iOS 11, offers its users an automatic setup feature for outfitting a new iPhone. With Quick Start, you can quickly transfer all core settings from the current device to a new one. But you’ll still need to set up your Touch ID, Face ID, Siri, or Apple Pay (if you want to) before confirming whether you’d like to restore the rest of your iPhone data from an old backup or just start with a clean slate.

Before starting, you need to:

  • Make sure that Bluetooth has been enabled on both devices.
  • Make sure that Wi-Fi has been enabled on both devices.
  • Keep the two devices close to each other while transferring.

Step 1. Place the two devices close together, and then the Quick Start screen appears on your current iPhone’s screen and offers the option of using your Apple ID to set up your new iPhone > Enter the Apple ID you want to use > Tap Continue.

Step 2. Then an animation appears on your new iPhone > Hold your old device over the new device, and center the animation in the viewfinder > Wait for a message that says Finish on New [Device Name], and then enter your old device’s passcode on your new device.

Step 3. Follow the instructions to set up your Face ID or Touch ID on the new iPhone > Enter your Apple ID password on the new iPhone.

Step 4. Your new device offers the choice of restoring apps, data, and settings from your most recent iCloud backup > Select one backup that contains the data you want to use.

Transfer Data from One to Another

If your current iPhone or iPad is running iOS 12.4 or later, you can use the iPhone Migration feature, an add-on feature to the Quick Start, to move everything from old iPhone to another directly.

Part 2: Transfer data to new iPhone via iPhone Migration

Advantages: Easy to use, no third-party software needed

With the release of iOS 12.4, Apple officially throws out its new iPhone Migration feature to make it quicker and easier to move data between two iPhones. With iPhone Migration, you can transfer all of your data wirelessly from your current iPhone to a new iPhone. Though the process can be done wirelessly, you can also use a lightning cable to transfer data over a wired connection. Follow these steps below to do it.

Before Starting, you need to

  • Make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on both devices.
  • Make sure that both iPhones are fully charged.
  • Bring both iPhones close to each other.

Step 1. With the new iPhone at the setup process > Bring the old iPhone close to it > Quick Start will pop up on your old iPhone > Tap Continue > Confirm your identity using Touch ID or Face ID.

Step 2. Then an animation appears on your new iPhone, you need to scan it with your old iPhone. In case the camera on your old iPhone is not working, you can use the Authenticate Manually option to complete the process automatically.

Step 3. On your new iPhone, you need to enter the Passcode of your old iPhone, and then you will be required to set up Face ID/Touch ID on your new iPhone.

Step 4. Once you’ve done all job, it’s time to decide how you want to transfer data. You can either choose to transfer data from the old iPhone or restore your iPhone from an iCloud backup. Both options will display the time required for the whole process.

Transfer Data to New iPhone via iPhone Migration

Both of the two methods introduced above require a stable and fast internet environment. However, if you are having trouble with the internet, how do you move data between two devices? Luckily, Part 3 offers you a reliable iOS data transfer tool that can help you do it quickly.

Part 3: The quickest way to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud or iTunes

Advantages: time-saving, easy-to-use, good integration with the latest iPhones

As you may know, iTunes backup and iCloud backup could be extremely slow. If you want to skip the backup process and transfer data from one iPhone to another directly, using EaseUS MobiMover, a reliable iPhone data transfer that can migrate all your photos, videos, music, ringtones, voice memos, audiobooks, contacts, and more from your previous iPhone to your new one with simple clicks. Instead of transferring the whole iPhone files - including trash data to your new device, it allows you to move specific data to your new device. What's more, in addition to the iPhone to iPhone transfer, the file-sharing between an iOS device (iPhone/iPad in iOS 8 and later) and a computer (Mac or PC) is also supported. Thus, you can also put music on your iPhone or save iPhone text messages to the computer using MobiMover if you need to. 

Now, follow the steps below to quickly and easily transfer all files from iPhone to iPhone via MobiMover.

Step 1. Connect the two iPhones to your computer with compatible USB cables and tap on "Trust This Computer" on the devices by requirement. Launch EaseUS MobiMover and select the "Phone to Phone" mode on the main screen. Switch to the direction you wish to transfer data, and click "Next".

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Step 2. MobiMover enables you to transfer the whole or specific iPhone data files directly without using iTunes. You can check the boxes to sync whatever data you need with ease. Click "Transfer" to initiate the process.

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Step 3. Now it begins to transfer data from iPhone A to iPhone B without the intervention of iTunes. Don't disconnect your devices until the process finished. When it has done, go to open the corresponding applications to check the synced items. 

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Part 4: How to import data from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

Advantages: no third-party software installation

Using iTunes to transfer everything from one iPhone to another requires you to back up your old iPhone first before the data transfer. After you have backed up your old iPhone with iTunes on your computer, follow the next steps to transfer the data to your new iPhone.

If your new iPhone hasn't been activated yet, you should:

Step 1: Connect your new iPhone to the computer that has the backup of your old iPhone and launch iTunes.

Step 2: Click the Device tab.

Step 3: In the "Welcome to Your New iPhone" window, choose "Restore from this backup" below and select the backup of your old iPhone you recently made. Then click "Continue".

Transfer data from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

If your new iPhone has been activated, you can follow the steps below to continue. If it hasn't been activated yet, learn how to set up a new iPhone according to the way to set up iPhone 7.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer and run iTunes.

Step 2: Tap on Device tab and choose "Summary" under "Settings" section.

Step 3. Choose "Restore Backup".

Step 4. Select a backup and click "Restore".

Part 5: How to sync everything to a new iPhone with iCloud

Advantages: no software installation, no cable connection

You can transfer data to your new iPhone with iCloud in two ways. One is using iCloud backup, the other is using iCloud Syncing. Using iCloud for data transfer also requires you to back your iPhone up first with iCloud. In addition, you need to get your iPhones under Wi-Fi connection and sign in the two iPhones with the same Apple ID. (If you find your iCloud backup slow, there are the ways to make iCloud backup faster.)

Method 1: Transfer data from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud backup

Back up your old iPhone first:

Step 1. Go to "Settings" and Choose "iCloud" (In iOS 10.3 or later, tap on your name and then choose "iCloud"). 

Step 2. Select "Backup" and switch on "iCloud Backup".

Step 3. Tap on "Back Up Now".

Transfer data from iPhone to iPhone - Back up old iPhone

Transfer the backup to your new iPhone:

Step 1. Go to "Settings" and tap on "General".

Step 2. Choose "Reset" and click "Erase All Content and Settings".

Step 3. Tap on "Erase iPhone" and choose "Restore from iCloud Backup".

Step 4. Choose the recent backup of your old iPhone.

Method 2: Transfer everything from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud syncing

You should perform the following steps on both of your iPhones.

Step 1. Go to "Settings" and Choose "iCloud" (In iOS 10.3 or later, tap on your name and then choose "iCloud").

Step 2. Turn on the categories you want to transfer, including Mail, Contacts, Reminders, Safari, and Notes.

Transfer everything from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud syncing

The Bottom Line

That’s all about the methods we find to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone. In brief, if you want to move data between two iPhones without using iTunes or a third-party tool, you can use the Quick Start feature or iPhone Migration to transfer core settings and restore the rest of the data from iCloud. While if you don’t want to restore the whole backup from iCloud, then you can use MobiMover in Part 2 to selectively transfer data from iPhone to iPhone. For users who prefer to use iTunes and iCloud, either Part 4 or Part 5 is a good choice. Whichever methods you choose, enjoy your new iPhone.