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How do I transfer data from iPhone to iPhone?

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Last updated: 30 March 2022

If you’ve just bought a new iPhone, you’ll probably want to transfer all your contacts, apps, settings, photos, and music to the new device. But how do you do transfer all your data from your old iPhone to your new one?

Luckily, there are several ways to do this, depending on the software the devices are running.

If your old iPhone runs iOS 11 or later, you can transfer the content using Quick Start:

  1. Turn on both devices and place them near each other. Ensure your old device has Bluetooth switched on.
  2. Your old iPhone will display the Quick Start screen, offering the option of using your Apple ID to set up your new device. Click Continue.
  3. Wait for an animation to appear on your new device. Hold your old device over your new device to scan this animation. 
  4. The devices are now connected. Keep the devices near each other while the data and settings are migrated.
  5. When prompted, enter your old device’s password on the new device. Then follow the instructions to set up Face ID or Touch ID on your new device.

For older devices, or if Quick Start doesn’t work, you can transfer your data using iCloud. You’ll create an iCloud backup of your old device and then use it to set up the new device:

  1. Ensure your old device is connected to Wi-Fi and open the Settings app.
  2. Tap [your name] and then iCloud.
  3. Select iCloud backup and tap Back Up Now. Wait until the backup process completes.
  4. Then turn on your new iPhone and begin setting it up. When you reach the Apps & Data screen tap Restore from iCloud backup
  5. Sign in with your Apple ID and when asked, select the backup you’ve just made on your old iPhone. 
  6. Wait while the data is transferred to your new iPhone.



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Lauren Smith

Author: Lauren Smith

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