Most iPhone owners sooner or later face the need to transfer information from one phone to another. For example, you bought your new iPhone SE 2020 and want all the contacts, photos, SMS and other data from your iPhone 7 to be on your new smartphone as simple and quick as possible. Not to mention the applications that you have been building for so long on several screens of your iPhone. If earlier you could transfer data from one iPhone to another only using iTunes, now Apple offers several more transfer options.
There are several ways to transfer data between iPhone
How to transfer data from one iPhone to another
In addition to creating a backup in iTunes and then restoring the new iPhone from the backup of the old phone, there are at least two more ways to transfer all the information. Firstly, you can restore iPhone from iCloud backup or, even easier, use the Quick Start feature, which first appeared in iOS 11.
IPhone Quick Start
- To transfer data from one iPhone to another, turn on the second (new) phone, select the language and region and go to the setup step.
- You will be prompted to use the Quick Start feature to transfer information to a new iPhone.
- Bring the old iPhone with iOS 11 and newer closer to the second phone, after which a notification about the readiness to transfer data will immediately appear on the new iPhone.
A notification will appear on both the old and the new iPhone
Before that, you will be asked to enter the password for your Apple ID account and set a fingerprint or face, depending on the model of smartphone. Get ready: this process can take from several minutes to several hours. As a result, all photos, contacts, applications and even notes will be transferred to the new phone.
This process cannot be interrupted., otherwise, you will have to start the data transfer again.
How it works? In iOS 11, the second smartphone was needed exclusively for verification, while all the data was transferred from the iCloud backup. However, starting with iOS 12.4, data is transferred directly from the smartphone’s memory via Wi-Fi.
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Restore from iCloud Backup
IPhone owners used this method before the feature Quick Start. To take advantage restoring from iCloud backup, First, you need to make sure that the old iPhone created backups there. To do this, open Settings. Apple ID. ICloud profile on your old phone and scroll to the “Backup in iCloud” menu. It must be turned on; if not, turn it on. At the same time, if you want to transfer all the data, make sure that all toggle switches are included in the “Applications using iCloud” menu. For example, I have disabled SMS, which means that when transferring data using iCloud, messages from the old iPhone will not appear on the new one.
Turn on backup in iCloud before restoring a new iPhone
If earlier iCloud backup never created, it will take time before information from your iPhone is uploaded to the Apple server. After that, it will already be possible to configure a new device.
To transfer data from one iPhone to another via iCloud, during the setup of a new phone at one of the stages, you will need to select “Restore from iCloud copy” instead of “Configure iPhone as new.” After entering the Apple ID data, the transfer of contacts, applications, photos, SMS and other information will begin. After a certain time, you can start using your smartphone, but the recovery will continue. You will see this by downloading applications and the appearance of photos in film in real time.
Transfer iPhone data using iTunes
The oldest of these methods, which many find uncomfortable, because when using iTunes Errors can periodically pop up, and you can generally be left without your data. Nevertheless, this method can be used when you need to transfer data from one iPhone to another if, for example, you have a 300 GB backup copy, and you don’t want to buy additional storage in iCloud for it (although it’s better to use the “Quick Start”).
On Mac, iPhone displays right in Finder
In this case, connect the old iPhone to the computer, run iTunes (or Finder on macOS Catalina), open the page of the connected device and select “Back up now.” The process is not fast, especially if you have a lot of data on your phone, so you can have lunch and go about your business.
You can encrypt a backup if you really care about security.
A backup will be created on your computer, so make sure you have enough free space for it. After the backup is created, connect the new iPhone by selecting “Configure with iTunes” on it, or iTunes will detect the new device and offer further steps for setting it up. The bottom line is that the backup from the old iPhone will be deployed to the new phone. It may be that iTunes will prompt you to upgrade to the latest version of iOS before restoring from a backup.
We would not recommend using recovery using iTunes, direct data transfer is a more preferred option.
The fact is that the backup that was created earlier may not take into account the latest changes that you made with your old iPhone. For example, a copy was made last night, and you decided to transfer the information this afternoon. Then the call history, SMS and fresh photos will not be taken into account. With the direct method, all information is transmitted in the form in which it is on the smartphone at the time of pairing. In addition, this method does not limit you in the amount of information transmitted, unlike iCloud.
How to transfer a phone number to a new iPhone
If you insert your SIM card into the new iPhone, it will automatically recognize your phone number. And as soon as the device catches the network, you can receive calls and go online, the conditions of your tariff with the mobile operator will not change.
Another thing is if your SIM card too small and does not fit the SIM card tray in the new iPhone. In this case, do not try to trim it yourself. It is better to contact your operator, where you will be given a SIM card of the desired size. As a rule, this service is free for mobile operators, but someone can take money for it.
Modern iPhones use Nano sim
What to do with an old iPhone?
As soon as you set up your new iPhone, you probably want to remove all the information from the old device. To do this, you need to perform two actions.
How to untie your iPhone from iCloud
First, untie the iPhone from iCloud:
- Open Settings
- Log in to your Apple ID profile (above)
- Scroll down and click “Exit”
First disconnect the iPhone from iCloud. This will remove the activation lock
How to reset iPhone
After that, you can safely reset the iPhone:
- Open Settings
- Go to “Basic”. “Reset”
- Click Erase Content & Settings
Be sure to erase everything, not partially
All! Your old iPhone is ready for sale or inheritance. You decide what to do with it.
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Each owner of the iPhone builds a convenient layout of the icons by placing them in folders and desktops. Useful widgets are selected for quick access to the necessary information. A standard call is often replaced by a more sonorous and recognizable ringtone. Collection of songs, photos and other attributes of many years of use are accumulating. I don’t feel like losing everything with the transition to a new device. Apple understands this very well and created a convenient backup mechanism. In this article we will tell you how to transfer data from one iPhone to another without loss.
There are two ways to back up your iPhone. For this purpose, you can use the iCloud “cloud” or a computer with iTunes installed. Both options allow you to restore information on the phone, regardless of its model. A copy can be made on 5S, and then transfer data from it to the new iPhone X.
- Open the smartphone settings. At the top of the screen, the area in which the avatar and name of the owner of the Apple ID is displayed is indicated. It contains all the settings for managing the user account and associated services.
- We select the iCloud section, which allows you to reconfigure the order of its use.
- We are presented with a list of all applications that use the “cloud” to store information. At the very end of this list is an item that activates the creation of backups.
- Move the slider marked with the arrow to the “Enabled” position. Each time the phone is connected to a charger and is in range, Wi-Fi will automatically transfer data to the “cloud”.
- Before creating a backup, you must select the information that we want to transfer to storage. We return to the beginning of the list of programs and open the item marked in the screenshot.
- We pass to the section “Backup”. Here we again see the list of applications, but next to each, the amount of data stored in the cloud will be displayed. The screenshot shows that the “Photos” section takes the largest place. Accordingly, it will grow even more if you actively use Live Photo technology.
- Inside, we find a list of mobile devices tied to a specific user’s Apple ID account and information about the current size of the copies made. We open the section related to the phone to study its contents in detail.
- Press the virtual button marked with a frame at the bottom of the screen, getting full access to the stored information.
- The standard storage volume that is allocated to each owner of Apple ID is 5 GB, while it does not depend on the number of devices. The “cloud” is used not only for backups, but also in order to transfer shared files between devices. This can be calendar data, notes, “life photo” and so on. The user’s task is to disable non-critical data, such as correspondence in Vatsap or Telegram and redirect photos to Google. As a result, iCloud will cease to be clogged with “junk” and there will be enough space for regular backups in it. By reducing the size of the backup, you can redo it by deleting the old one.
Using a computer to transfer data between devices running on iOS can be attributed to the classic version. This method is used, starting with the first iPhone models and ending with modern ones. The number and size of copies in this case is limited only by the capacity of the PC hard drive.
- Open ITUs and use the menu for managing mobile devices, shown by the arrow. We select in it the smartphone from which we want to copy data.
- On the “Overview” tab we go down to the backup section. With the phone connected, we will have an active button marked with a frame. By clicking on it, we can discard the necessary information on the PC, which will be further used when restoring the settings on the new device.
- In order for the copy to include not only contacts, but also personal data including passwords, encryption must be enabled. Before creating a backup, the system will warn about this with a corresponding request.
- We set and confirm a password that guarantees the security of personal information that will be saved in a local file.
After we have insured against accidental loss of accumulated data by creating a copy of one of the options described above, we can proceed to the transition to a new device. After the dialogue of choosing the language and region of residence, the user is offered several options for setting. You can choose to restore from the cloud, from a local copy, or re-register with another Apple ID. The options are shown in the photo below.
- In the first case, you need to enter the identifier and confirm it with a password. Only Wi-Fi is used for data transfer. If you initially skipped the wireless setup step, you need to reconnect the device and try again when it stops using the cellular network.
- In the absence of stable Wi-Fi, you can immediately turn to a local backup. Having opened iTunes we need to pass to the same section in which it was created. After connecting with a USB cable, the recovery button indicated by the frame is activated.
With the launch of iOS 11, Apple has greatly simplified the initial setup process. You can transfer parameters and information from the old iPhone to the new one simply by placing two smartphones side by side. The devices will communicate via Bluetooth and then you need to confirm the correctness of the Apple ID used. Initial data such as Wi-Fi passwords and features of the installed software will be transferred to the new iPhone. Then he will independently connect to the network and download the necessary programs from the App Store by applying user settings to them. The advantage of this method is full automation. Even the pair created with the Apple Watch is cloned.
Since iOS 11 is supported by all current iPhone models, the user can no longer worry about the procedure for switching to a new device and data safety. Using backups for this task fades into the background. Now they perform their direct task of storing information in case of OS crashes or the loss of a smartphone.
For more information on the nuances of transferring information when setting up a new iPhone, see the thematic below.