Follow this simple guide to learn how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone.
Whether you’ve recently upgraded to one of the best iPhones or inherited an older model, learning how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone is likely at the top of your priority list.
When you first turn on your iPhone, the natural first step is to transfer data from one iPhone to another. Apple understands this completely, which is why it has provided numerous methods for moving data between iPhones, including wirelessly via iCloud or using a computer.
If you’re using iOS 15, there’s a new process that simplifies the process even more by providing free iCloud temporary storage space. Are you prepared to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone? Check out our guide for more information on the various methods.
Prepare your iPhone for data transfer
Apple introduced a feature in iOS 15 that makes transferring data from iPhone to iPhone even easier. It’s called Prepare for New iPhone, and it provides free iCloud temporary storage space for 21 days to make the transition as easy as possible.
This avoids having to pay for extra storage as long as you transfer your data to your new iPhone within 21 days of initiating the process. If that isn’t enough time, you can request an additional 21 days. Here’s how to make use of this feature.
- Go to Settings and then General. Then, at the bottom of the screen, select Transfer or Reset iPhone
- A Prepare for New iPhone option will appear at the top of the screen. Select Get Started.
- After you’ve finished reading the information, tap Continue.
You may then be prompted to select Turn on Backup to Transfer (unless iCloud Backup is already turned on). Tap Done after selecting Move All App Data with iCloud. Apps and data will begin uploading to iCloud. On the main Settings screen, you can monitor the backup progress.
How to Use iCloud to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone
Even if you don’t intend to transfer data from one iPhone to another right away, having a backup of your device will provide you with peace of mind if your iPhone is ever lost or stolen. The added benefit is that the data can be safely stored in iCloud and transferred whenever you want.
- First, open the Settings app and tap on your name at the top, followed by iCloud.
- Review the list of services and determine which apps should and should not use iCloud. Depending on the available options, tap and select On or Off, or tap a toggle. Remember that free iCloud accounts only have 5GB of storage space. Tap Manage Storage if you require more storage. Then, select Change Storage Plan and select a paid option of 50GB, 200GB, or 2TB. If you want to back up your entire iPhone to iCloud, you will need to increase the amount of space you use.
- Backups can be created automatically. Simply select iCloud Backup and turn it on. You can also immediately backup your iPhone to iCloud. To do so, select Back Up Now.
- If you’re looking to transfer data from one iPhone to another, you’ll have a large amount of data to transfer. When you turn on your new iPhone (or one that has been erased and reset), enter your language and region, then tap Set Up Manually on the Quick Start page. Select a Wi-Fi network, then tap Next and wait a few minutes for the iPhone to activate.
- You can enable features such as TouchID immediately or later. After creating a passcode for your iPhone, you’ll be taken to the Apps & Data screen. You can then select Restore from iCloud Backup.
Sign in with your Apple ID for iCloud and choose the most recent iCloud backup. Now all you have to do is wait for the data to be transferred to the new iPhone.
How to Use Quick Start to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone
If you’re setting up a new iPhone, there’s an even easier way to transfer data: Quick Start. It will temporarily bind both your old and new devices, but it is likely the simplest way to transfer data to your new iPhone.
- First, turn on the new iPhone and place it next to the old iPhone. A prompt to “Set Up New iPhone” appears as you do this. To proceed, tap Unlock. The Apple ID from your previous phone will be used during the setup process. If you’re okay with this, tap Continue.
- An animation will appear on the screen of the new iPhone. Hold the animation up to your old iPhone’s camera. When you see the message “Finish on New [Device],” enter the passcode you used on your old device on your new iPhone and follow the set-up instructions.
- On the Transfer Your Data screen, tap Transfer Directly from iPhone and confirm the settings and data that you want to transfer.
How to Use a Windows PC to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone
You can transfer data from iPhone to iPhone using your Windows PC. Simply ensure that your PC has a Type-C or regular USB port, depending on the type of Lightning cable you’re using.
If you do not already have iTunes installed on your PC, download and install it from the Microsoft Store first (opens in new tab).
- To backup the data on your old iPhone, connect a Lightning cable to the iPhone and the other end to your PC. Launch iTunes and then select Summary from the left-hand menu. Select This Computer from the Backups menu, then click Back Up Now.
- On the Quick Start page of your new iPhone, tap Set Up Manually. Follow the on-screen prompts until you reach the Apps & Data screen, then select Restore from Mac or PC. To finish the process, continue to follow the on-screen instructions.
How to Use a Mac to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone
- Launch the Finder app and select your iPhone from the left-hand sidebar. Back up all of your iPhone’s data to your Mac and select Back up now.
- On the Quick Start page of a new iPhone, tap Set Up Manually. Follow the on-screen prompts until you reach the Apps & Data screen, then select Restore from Mac or PC.
You now know how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone. We hope that your new iPhone will assist you in becoming even more productive. How frequently do you update your iPhone? Please share your experience in the comments!