Whether you’ve upgraded to one of the best iPhones or inherited an older model, learning how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone is probably at the top of your list.
Transferring data from one iPhone to another is the natural first step when turning on your device for the first time. Apple fully understands this, which is why it has provided numerous ways to transfer data between iPhones, including wirelessly through iCloud or through the use of a computer.
And if you’re running iOS 15, there’s a new process that makes it even easier by offering free temporary storage space in iCloud. Ready to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone? Check out the different methods in our guide below.
Prepare your iPhone to transfer data
With iOS 15, Apple introduced a feature that makes it even easier to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone. It’s called Prepare for New iPhone and it provides 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 activating the process, this will prevent you from having to pay for additional storage. If that is not enough, there is the option to request an additional 21 days. Here’s how to use this feature.
1. First, go to settings Y touch General. Then scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap Transfer or Reset iPhone.
2. The Prepare for New iPhone feature will be available at the top of the screen. Tap Get Started.
3. After reading the information, tap Continue.
You may then be asked to tap Turn on backup to transfer (unless iCloud Backup is already activated). Select Move all app data with iCloud Y tap Done. Apps and data will begin uploading to iCloud. You can check the backup progress on the main Settings screen.
How to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone using iCloud
Even if you’re not looking to immediately transfer data from one iPhone to another, having a backup of your device will give you peace of mind if your iPhone is ever lost or stolen. The advantage is that the data can be safely stored in iCloud, ready for when you want to transfer it.
1. Start, opened the Settings application and touch your name on top, then play icloud.
2. Review the list of services and decide which apps should and shouldn’t use iCloud. Anyone tap and select On or off The tap a lever, depending on the available option.
Please note that free iCloud accounts only have 5 GB of storage space. If you want more than that, tap Manage storage. You can then select Change storage plan and choose a 50GB, 200GB, or 2TB payment option. You’ll need to increase the amount of space you use if you want to back up your entire iPhone to iCloud.
3. Backups can be done automatically. Alone tap iCloud Backup Y activate it. It is also possible to immediately back up your iPhone to iCloud. To do this, tap Backup Now.
4. If you are now looking to move your data from one iPhone to another, you will have a huge bank of things to transfer.
When you turn on your new iPhone (or one that’s been wiped and reset), enter your language and region, and on the quick start page, tap Configure manually. Choose a Wifi red, tap Next and wait a few minutes while the iPhone is activated.
5. You can set things like TouchID right away or later. Once you’ve created a passcode for your iPhone, you’ll end up on the Apps & Data screen. Here you can tap Restore from iCloud Backup.
Check in with your Apple ID from iCloud Y 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’ll tether both your old and new devices for a while, but it’s probably the simplest method of getting data onto your new iPhone.
1. First, light the new iphone Y place the old iPhone next door. When you do this, a message to “Set up new iPhone” appears. Tap Unlock to continue. The Apple ID from your old phone will be used for the setup process. Press Continue if you are happy that this happens.
2. An animation will appear on the screen of the new iPhone. Hold the animation in front of your old iPhone’s camera. Once you see a message that says “Finish in new [Device]”, then you should get into you password you use for your old device in your new iphone and follow the setup instructions.
3. When you get to the Transfer your data screen, touch Transfer directly from iPhone and confirm the settings and data you want to transfer.
How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone Using Windows PC
You can use your Windows PC to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone. Just make sure your PC has an available USB Type-C or regular port, depending on the type of Lightning cable you’re using.
If you don’t have iTunes on your PC yet, please download and install it first from the Microsoft Store.
1. To backup data from your old iPhone, connect a Lightning cable to iPhone and connect the other end to your PC. Next, start itunes and click Summary On the left side. In Backups select this computer then click Backup Now.
2. When you start your new iPhone, tap Manually configure on the quick start page. Follow the on-screen instructions until you reach the Apps & Data screen and tap Restore from Mac or PC. Continue following the instructions on the screen to complete the process.
How to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone using a Mac
1 First, opened the search application Y select your iPhone from the sidebar on the left. Click Back up all your iPhone data to your Mac and choose Copy now.
2. When you start a new iPhone, tap Manually configure on the quick start page. Follow the on-screen instructions until you reach the Apps & Data screen and tap Restore from Mac or PC.
Now that you have figured out how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone, you would like to see other guides for your iPhone. Check out 15 Essential Messages Tips Every iPhone Owner Should Know to learn about the many features of the Messages app. For general tips, check out our iPhone 13 getting started guide. Or to avoid distractions while using your phone, check out how to use Focus mode in iOS 15.