How to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone

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Knowing how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone is super important if you’re an owner of one of Apple’s phones. Whether you’ve just changed contract and got your hands on a brand new iPhone 14 Pro, or you’ve inherited an older model like the iPhone 13 Pro Max, you’ll need to know how to move all your existing data to your new device.

Thankfully, transferring data from iPhone to iPhone is really easy, and Apple have put a lot of thought into making it simple. This kind of user experience is one of the reasons we regularly consider iPhones to be among some of the best phones around. There are also numerous ways to go about, including wirelessly by using iCloud or wired using a computer. 

Before you start, you’ll want to make sure you’ve backed up your iPhone and that you’ve updated it to the latest version of iOS. All done? Ready to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone? So are we. Let’s get down to it.


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How to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone: Prepare to Transfer

With iOS 15, Apple introduced a feature that makes transferring data from iPhone to iPhone even easier. It's called Prepare for New iPhone, and it gives free temporary storage space in iCloud for 21 days to make the process as painless as possible. 

As long as you transfer your data to your new iPhone within 21 days of triggering the process, this gets around having to pay for extra storage. If that's not long enough, there's an option to request an extra 21 days. Here's how to use this feature.

1. First, go to Settings and tap General. Then scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap Transfer or Reset iPhone

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2. The Prepare for New iPhone feature will be available at the top of the screen. Tap Get Started

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3. After reading through the information, tap Continue

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Tap Turn on Backup to Transfer if asked, then select Move All App Data with iCloud and tap Done. Apps and data will start to upload to iCloud. You can check on the backup progress on the main Settings screen. 

Once that's completed, or if you've backed up to iCloud in the usual way, you can move onto transferring data from iPhone to iPhone below.

How to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone using iCloud

4. If you're now looking to move your data from one iPhone to another, you'll have a huge bank of stuff to transfer.

When you fire up your new iPhone (or one that has been erased and reset), input your language and region and, on the Quick Start page, tap Set Up Manually. Choose a Wi-Fi network, tap Next and wait a few minutes while the iPhone is activated. 

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3. Set up Touch ID/ Face ID and create a passcode for your iPhone. Then tap Restore from iCloud Backup when you get to the Apps & Data screen.

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4. Sign in with your iCloud Apple ID and select the most recent iCloud backup. Now you just need to wait while the data is transferred to the new iPhone. 

How to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone using Quick Start

There's an even easier way to transfer data if you're setting up a new iPhone: Quick Start. It will tie up both your old and new devices for a short while, but it's probably the simplest method to get data to your new iPhone. 

1. First, turn on the new iPhone and place the old iPhone next to it

2. When the “Set Up New iPhone” prompt appears, tap Unlock to Continue. The Apple ID on your old phone will be used for the set-up process. Tap Continue if you're happy for this to happen. 

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3. An animation will appear on the new iPhone's screen. Hold the animation up to the camera on your old iPhone. Once you see a message stating “Finish on New [Device]”, you should then enter your passcode (the one you use for your old device) on your new iPhone and follow the set-up instructions.  

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4. When you reach the Transfer Your Data screen, tap Transfer Directly from iPhone and confirm the settings and data you want to transfer

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How to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone using a Windows PC

You can use your Windows PC to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone. Just make sure that your PC has either a Type-C or regular USB port available, depending on the kind of Lightning cable you're using. 

1. Download and install iTunes from the Microsoft Store.

2. Connect your iPhone to your PC.

3. Launch iTunes and click Summary on the left-hand side. Under Backups select This Computer then click Back Up Now.

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4. When you launch your new iPhone, tap Set Up Manually on the Quick Start page. Follow the on-screen instructions until you reach the Apps & Data screen and tap Restore from Mac or PC

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5. Continue to follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

How to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone using a Mac

1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac using a cable.

2. Open the Finder app and select your iPhone from the sidebar to the left, then click Back up all of the data on your iPhone to your Mac and choose Back up now

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3. When you launch a new iPhone, tap Set Up Manually on the Quick Start page. Follow the on-screen instructions until you reach the Apps & Data screen and tap Restore from Mac or PC

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4. Continue to follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

Now you've discovered how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone, you'd might like to see some other guides for your Apple tech. You should definitely learn how to update your iPhone so you're running the latest iOS. If you're also due an Apple tablet upgrade soon, we have a similar guide on how to transfer data from iPad to iPad. If your iPhone is running a little sluggish, make sure you read our guide on how to clear RAM on iPhone, as this may help speed things up again. If you've transferred a lot of old photos, learn how to delete duplicate photos on iPhone. Check out how to enable dark mode on iPhone to avoid eye strain as well. 

We also have a tutorial to show you how to clear the cache on Mac, if your Apple computer has slowed down. Want to ditch passwords for good? Learn how to set up Passkeys on iPhone, iPad and Mac. If your contacts book is looking a little full, have a spring clean by using our guide on how to delete multiple contacts on iPhone.

David Crookes
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David Crookes is a freelance writer, reporter, editor and author. He has written for technology and gaming magazines including Retro Gamer, Web User, Micro Mart, MagPi, Android, iCreate, Total PC Gaming, T3 and Macworld. He has also covered crime, history, politics, education, health, sport, film, music and more, and been a producer for BBC Radio 5 Live.

  • hiahia
    Juat back up the files to iCloud storage, then log in the same account to another phone and you will have the option the restore the files you’ve made on your old iPhone.
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