How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud

Without iCloud, you can also transfer everything from iPhone to iPhone. There are many other ways to get your important data transferred – like photos, contacts, music and other types of data. Take a few minutes to read the post and try a method you like most!

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

AnyTrans – Transfer Data to iPhone without iCloud

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When you bought a new iPhone and wanted to switch from your old iPhone to the new one, you may want to transfer data from one iPhone to new iPhone. Normally, you can sync iPhone to iPhone via iCloud backup. However, many iPhone users who don’t have such a backup may seek to transfer data – photos or contacts, from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud.

As a matter of fact, you don’t have to access iCloud to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone. To transfer data from the previous iPhone, you have more choices now. In this post, we’ll introduce 4 proven methods to transfer data from iPhone to the new iPhone 13 without iCloud. It can be applied to transfer data to iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud

Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud

Also Read: What Does iCloud Back Up >

Transfer Data iPhone to iPhone Without iCloud – Via Quick Start

Since iOS 12.4 version, Apple has introduced a new feature – Quick Transfer, to help users transfer everything from one iPhone to another without iCloud. As long as both your source and target iPhone devices run iOS 12.4 or later iOS versions, you can make good use of “Quick Start” function to get all of your settings and data transferred, including messages, call logs, etc. Nevertheless, there are many reasons why Quick Transfer fails to properly work. Thus, before starting to transfer data via Quick Transfer, you should check the following things first:

  • Make sure both iPhone devices run iOS 12.4 or later versions. Also, the system version of the target iPhone should be higher than the old one’s.
  • Make sure both devices are near enough and don’t shake them in case they are disconnected during the transferring process. You can choose to connect via a USB cable but in most cases, users like to enjoy a wireless transfer.
  • Open Bluetooth on both your iPhones and ensure you have a good network connection if you attempt to transfer in a wireless way.
Transfer Data with Quick Transfer

Transfer Data with Quick Transfer

Upon the mentioned checkout, you can refer to the following part to see how to send everything over a peer-to-peer wireless connection.

  1. Turn on your new iPhone and place it near the old one.
  2. Turn on the new iPhone and go through the process of basic settings – languages, country, etc.
  3. When you see the Quick Start screen, you will get a pop-up window on your old iPhone. Hit “Continue” to allow activating your new iPhone.
  4. Use your old iPhone’s camera to capture the image on your new iPhone and wait for a few minutes to activate your new device. You can set up your face ID, Touch ID, or passcode now or later.
  5. You will be asked if you want to transfer data from another iPhone. Click the “Continue” button to initiate the process.
  6. It will ask for your Apple ID password. Once you’ve entered it, hit a series of “Continue”s to transfer the settings and different types of data according to your demands.
  7. You will be asked to connect to power so as to transfer data in the following several minutes.
  8. Once you can see the “Transfer Completed” page, wait for a few minutes to boot up your new iPhone.

Further Reading: How to Fix iPhone Migration Not Working >

If you fail to perform the transfer process before activating your new device, you need to go to the “Settings” to reset your new iPhone or erase everything in advance.

Transfer Data iPhone to iPhone Without iCloud – Via AnyTrans

Apparently, it is not a good choice to transfer data from one iPhone to another with iPhone migration tool if you have already set up your new iPhone or haven’t established a backup yet. Also, many users who seek to transfer data via Quick Start frequently stuck in the “Setting up your Apple ID” section. For these reasons, you are highly recommended to use AnyTrans to complete transferring everything from iPhone to iPhone. As a professional iPhone data manager and iPhone to iPhone transfer software, AnyTrans supports transferring various types of data with simple clicks. You can select types of data to quickly transfer or transfer all data without data loss, including messages, photos, videos, books, ringtones, etc.

Now, free download AnyTrans on your computer and learn how to easily and quickly transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud.

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Step 1. Install AnyTrans and open it on your computer > Choose Phone to iPhone from the Phone Switcher mode.

Choose Phone to iPhone to Migrate

Choose Phone to iPhone to Migrate

Step 2. You can select all or some types of data you’d like to transfer from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud. Click the Next button to initiate the transferring process.

Transfer Data from One iPhone to Another with AnyTrans

Transfer Data from One iPhone to Another with AnyTrans

Step 3. View and click the types of data you’d like to transfer > Take patience to wait for its transferring process until you see the Successfully transferred page.

Migrate All Data iPhone to iPhone

Migrate All Data iPhone to iPhone

Transfer Data iPhone to iPhone Without iCloud – Via iTunes

As we all know, without iCloud, you can also back up & restore your old iPhone with iTunes. If you have such an iTunes backup, you can also transfer data between iPhone devices with iTunes backup. Surely, if you don’t have one, you should establish a backup first.

How to Backup iPhone using iTunes to This Computer

Using iTunes to Backup iPhone to This Computer

  1. Make sure you’ve installed iTunes on your PC or Mac computer.
  2. Connect your old iPhone to the computer via a USB cable.
  3. Click to back it up to “This Computer”.

You May Need: What Does iTunes Backup Include >

Once you have established an iTunes backup, you should connect your new iPhone to get backup data restored. Notably, to restore iTunes backup, your new iPhone should not be set up yet. Instead, if you’ve already set up the new iPhone, you should reset or erase all the settings in advance.

How to Restore iPhone with iTunes

Restore iPhone with iTunes

  1. Launch your new iPhone and complete a series of basic settings.
  2. When you see the “App & Data” display, you need to choose “Restore from Mac or PC”.
  3. Launch iTunes and tap “Restore Backup” and select the backup.
  4. Wait for several minutes to complete the restoring process. When everything is transferred to your new iPhone, you need to complete the following setup steps.

If you are using a Mac with macOS Catalina or later, iTunes’ mentioned function will be replaced by Finder.

Transfer Data iPhone to iPhone without iCloud – Via AirDrop

In 2011, Apple developed a feature called AirDrop. As a useful and handy transferring instrument, it helps iOS users transfer various types of data such as photos, documents, etc.

Although it is an official way to transfer data from one iPhone to another, users always complain that they fail to get everything transferred successfully via AirDrop. The transferring failure can result from many factors. For example, to AirDrop contacts between iOS devices, you should put both devices nearby, turn off instant Hotspot and turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Bear these factors in mind and take the following steps to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone with AirDrop.

Enable AirDrop Feature from Control Center

Enable AirDrop Feature from Control Center

  1. On both your iPhones, turn on AirDrop, which is located in the pull-down menu.
  2. Find and press “AirDrop Receiving”. There are two settings. One is “Contacts Only”, in which you can only share with your contacts; the other is “Everyone” and this time we tap on “Everyone”. Also, turn on the AirDrop on another device.
  3. Now, you need to locate the item you’d like to share. Here, we’ll take “photos” as an example.
  4. Open a piece of photo and tap the “Share” icon. Tap the recipient’s image to initiate the transferring process.
  • If you couldn’t find the recipient, toggle Bluetooth/Wi-Fi/AirPlane mode off and go back to reset the connections.
  • It is time-consuming to transfer data between iPhones via AirDrop since it can merely transfer specific content one by one.

The Bottom Line

These are all other ways to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud. As you can see, AnyTrans can be the easiest and fastest solution to get everything transferred than any other tools – Quick Transfer feature, iTunes and AirDrop. Free download AnyTrans on your computer and share it with your friends if you find it useful.

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