How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone Even without iCloud

What to do if you need to transfer contacts from one iPhone to another without iCloud? How do I transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone via Bluetooth? Follow this guide to find the answer.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Sep. 17, 2021

AnyTrans – iPhone to iPhone Contacts Transfer

Free download AnyTrans to 1-click to transfer contacts from your old iPhone to your new iPhone without iCloud. No data will be erased during the process.

When you get a new iPhone (like iPhone 13) the first thing you have to do is to transfer your important data such as contacts to the new iPhone. Usually, people will back up their contacts to iCloud and then restore them on the new iPhone with the same iCloud account.

But what should you do when you find there is no storage space in iCloud and you do not want to pay for more of it? This guide shows you four methods about how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud.

New iPhone 13

New iPhone 13

How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud

First of all, we will show you briefly the specific steps to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud. As you know that contacts will sync between iPhones as long as you log in with the same Apple ID on your iPhones and the Contacts syncing option is turned on.

Here are the detailed steps:

  1. Connect both of your iPhones to the Wi-Fi.
  2. Log in to the same Apple ID on your two iPhones.
  3. On both iPhones, go to Settings > Tap on your Apple ID > Click iCloud > Select Contacts.
  4. Tap on it to turn it on > Select Merge when it asks if you want to merge iPhone contacts.
  5. Wait for the contacts on the old iPhone syncing to the new iPhone.

    Sync Contacts to New iPhone via iCloud

    Sync Contacts to New iPhone via iCloud

Also Read: iPhone Contacts Lost after iOS 15 Update >

How Do I Transfer from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud?

If your iCloud storage space is full, but you don’t want to spend money to buy additional storage space, then you will definitely ask this question like most Apple users: How do I transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud?

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iTunes

iTunes provides Apple users with convenient services to back up and restore mobile phones at any time. However, restoring iTunes backup will restore all data at the same time, and it is impossible to restore certain data such as contacts alone.

  1. Connect your old iPhone to a computer and open iTunes.
  2. Choose your iPhone by tapping the phone’s icon and
  3. Click Info > Select the Sync Contacts option > Click Apply to sync your iPhone as well as the contacts with your computer.
  4. After that, plug out your old iPhone and plug in your new iPhone.
  5. Choose your new iPhone in iTunes and click Info.
  6. Make sure that the Sync Contacts option is checked.
  7. Scroll down to the Advanced menu > Check Contacts under Replace information on this iPhone.
  8. Finally, click Apply to sync contacts to your new iPhone.

    Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

    Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

Further Reading: What Does iTunes Backup Include >

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone by AnyTrans

We all know that restore the contacts backup from iCloud or iTunes will recover all content at the same time and the existing data on your iPhone will be erased. While AnyTrans as a professional iOS data management tool allows you to transfer contacts only from your old iPhone to the new one without data loss. In addition, photos, messages, videos, and WhatsApp chat history can also be transferred with a few clicks.

Now, Free Download AnyTrans on your computer, and then follow the steps below to move contacts to your new iPhone with ease.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 1. Run AnyTrans on your computer >Click on Device Manager. Connect both your old iPhone and the new one to your computer with USB cables.

Step 2. Choose your source device (the old iPhone) as the following picture shows > Click on “More” to get contacts on your source iPhone.

Click More

Click More

Step 3. Find Contacts option at the left control panel > Select the contacts you want to transfer > Click on the “To Device” button to transfer the selected contacts to your target iPhone.

Select Contacts and Click To Device

Select Contacts and Click To Device

How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone without Computer?

In this part you can find two methods about how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without a computer:

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone by Bluetooth

The easiest but time-consuming way to transfer contacts from the old iPhone to the new one is via Bluetooth:

Step 1. Just open the Bluetooth option on your two iPhones and then pair them.

Step 2. Tap on Contacts on the source iPhone and select the one or more contacts you wish to transfer.

Step3. Click on the Share button and select the target device from the list of options > Accept the incoming data on the target iPhone.

Send Contacts to new iPhone by Bluetooth

Send Contacts to new iPhone by Bluetooth

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via SIM card

A prerequisite for using this method is that you have previously saved the contacts on the SIM card. Then, you can directly insert the SIM card into the new iPhone, and then follow the steps below to transfer the contacts to the new iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings, tap on Contacts > You will see the Import SIM Contacts option.
  2. After the process completes, the contacts on your old iPhone should be transferred to the new iPhone.

You May Need: If I Restore My iPhone Will I Lose My Contacts >

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone. No doubt that AnyTrans is the easiest way for you to transfer contacts from one iPhone to another. Without further ado, let’s download AnyTrans to have a try! If you think this guide is helpful, please share it with your family and friends.

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