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Transferring data from old iPhone to new iPhone is quite straightforward. There are two primary ways—iCloud and iTunes– you can move all of your data from one iPhone to another.

Both the methods work seamlessly in letting you switch to new iPhone seamlessly. I, personally, prefer to get the job done using iCloud as it makes the process altogether hassle-free. If you have bought a brand new iPhone and looking for a quick way to migrate your data from the old iOS device to the new, follow through this complete guide!

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How to Transfer Data from Old iPhone to New iPhone

How to Move Data from Old iPhone to New iPhone

Important points

Check out: To move your content from an Android phone to iPhone, head over to this guide.

Method #1

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How to Use iCloud to Transfer Data from One iPhone/iPad to Another

Restore iPhone Backup Using iCloud

Back Up Your Previous iPhone to iCloud

It's important to keep the latest backup of your device to ensure all of your data remains safe in case of any untoward incident. Therefore, get it done before moving on to the next task.

Step #1. Connect your previous iPhone to Wi-Fi and open Settings → [your name] → iCloud → iCloud Backup.

Note: If your previous iPhone is running iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings → iCloud → Backup.

Step #2. Now, turn on iCloud Backup.

Step #3. Tap Back Up Now.

Next, let the backup process be completed peacefully.

Transfer iCloud Backup to New iPhone

Note: Make sure to insert a compatible SIM card to your new iOS device before following the below steps.

Step #1. First off, you need to turn on your new device. A “Hello” screen will appear.

Note: In case, you have already set up your new device, you have to erase it. (Settings → General → Reset → Erase all content and settings)

Step #2. Press the Home button when you see the “Hello” screen. Follow the steps until Wi-Fi screen shows up.

Step #3. Next, tap a Wi-Fi network to join. Then, you have to follow the steps until you see Apps & Data screen.

Then, tap on Restore from iCloud Backup → Next.

Step #4. Now, you have to sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password.

When asked, select a backup. Check out the date and size of each backup to ensure it’s the correct one.

Tips:

  • Let the process be completed without any interruption. It would be better to keep the device connected to Wi-Fi and plugged into power after setup.
  • It helps content like your photos, music, and apps stored in iCloud to automatically download back to your device.

Now, you can restore your Apple Watch from a backup and pair it with your new iPhone.

Method #2

Transfer Data from One iOS Device to the Other Using iTunes

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

Make an iTunes backup of your old iOS device

Step #1. First and foremost, connect your old device to your computer and launch iTunes.

Step #2. Next, select your device.

Step #3. To save Health and Activity data from your iOS device or Apple Watch, you must encrypt your backup. To do so, select the box called Encrypt [device] backup and make a memorable password.

Step #4. Then, you need to write down your password and keep it safely as you won’t be ab le to recover your iTunes backups without this password.

Step #5. If you don't want to save Health and Activity data, you can make unencrypted backup. To do so, click Back Up Now.

Step #6. Make sure to check whether the backup is successful or not. Click iTunes menu → Preferences → Devices. Check out the name of your device, date and time that iTunes created the backup.

Transfer iTunes Backup to Your New iPhone

Note: Make sure to insert compatible SIM card to your new iOS device before following these steps.

Step #1. Turn on your new iOS device.

Step #2. You will see a “Hello” screen. Next, you have to press the Home button

Step #3. Now, follow the steps to set up your device. On Apps & Data screen, you need to tap Restore from iTunes Backup.

Step #4. Connect your new device to the computer which you used to back up your previous device and open iTunes .

Step #5. Now, select your device.

Step #6. Next up, click Restore Backup and the select the backup. Make sure to check out the date and size of each backup to ensure it's the right one.

Step #7. When restoring from an encrypted backup, enter your password when asked. Let the restore process be completed successfully. Then, follow the further steps to set up your device.

Tips

It's better to keep the device connected to Wi-Fi and plugged into power after setup for some time. It will allow contents like photos, music, and apps stored in iCloud to automatically download back to your new device.

Wrap up

I guess you have successfully migrated data from your old iOS device to the new one! Have any feedback? Feel free to shoot it up in the comments below.

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