3 Quick Ways to Merge Two iPhone Backups

How to merge two iPhone backups so that you can restore in a new iPhone? Read on this post to learn 3 simple ways to merge iPhones, iTunes backups and iCloud backups with ease.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Sep. 10, 2020

There are a lot of users who have questioned that if there’s a way could combine two iPhone backups together. For those users who used to have two iPhones in hand, but now switch to a new one with bigger internal storage, merging iPhone backups is an essential need.

Generally, there’s no direct way for you to merge two iPhone backups, no matter iTunes backups or iCloud backups. Restoring from iTunes or iCloud backup is the only way Apple offers to transfer all the contents from backup to iPhone. And during the process, all the existing data on the iPhone will be erased and replaced. In other words, you can only transfer the data from one backup to your device, unable to merge them. Don’t panic, we have workarounds for that.

Merge Two iPhones

Merge Two iPhones

In this guide, we will show you 3 different methods to help you merge iPhones or iPhone backups, including merge two iPhone contents, merge iTunes backup and merge iCloud backups. No matter which situation you are stuck on, you can find solutions here.

Part 1: How to Merge/Combine Two iPhones

As neither iTunes nor iCloud supports merge data from old iPhone to new iPhone, you have no choice but to take advantage of some outside help. Here we recommend a third-party tool – AnyTrans. Built-in with the latest iOS data management technologies, AnyTrans supports merging two iPhones together in a safe & reliable method. With it, you have the power to:

  1. Backup iPhone & merge multiple iPhone backups: including Contacts, Notes, Photos, Music, Messages, Playlists, Movies, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Music Videos,  Calendar, Reminders, Call History, and Apps.
  2. Selectively merge data from your original iPhone to the target iPhone with just a few minutes. It also allows merging all data between two iPhones in 1 click & without data loss.
  3. Merge contents between two iPhones on the basis of retaining the target iPhone data and you will have no worry about the system settings info implantation.
  4. All your iPhone data will be safe and sound during the merging process. You don’t need to worry about information leakage.
  5. Besides merging and restoring backups, AnyTrans also supports users to have an incremental backup of their devices. It means AnyTrans will only backup the new data that’s not in the existing backups.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans on your computer > Open it > Connect your two iPhones to the computer via USB cables > Click on “Phone Switcher” > Choose the “Phone to iPhone” mode.

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Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Choose Phone to iPhone on Phone Switcher

Choose Phone to iPhone on Phone Switcher

Step 2. Confirm the source device and target device > Click the “Next” button to continue.

Click on Next to Go on

Click on Next to Go on

Step 3. All supported files will be listed below, check the file categories you want to merge > Click the “Next” button to start content merging.

Select Files You Want to Transfer

Select Files You Want to Transfer

Given the importance of your data, AnyTrans will firstly backup your source device and target device. The time to backup may vary based on the size of your data. Please keep the patient. Once the backup process completes, AnyTrans will start to merge and restore your data. It’s normal for your device to restart during the process. Please wait until seeing the “Content Merging Completed” page.

Part 2. How to Merge iPhone Backups (iTunes & iCloud Backups)

As for the combination of two iTunes backups, all you need is a powerful tool that can manage and extract data in your iTunes backups. And PhoneRescue for iOS is just the tool that can help you make it without effort.

PhoneRescue for iOS is a professional iOS data recovery and backup extractor, which allows iOS users to access all the contents in iTunes/iCloud backup and extract them to your iPhone in 1 click. More than anything, it will not erase any existing data on both your iPhones, and all data will be kept safe during the process. Now, let’s check it out.

Method 1: How to Merge/Combine iTunes Backups

Step 1. Go to the Download Page of PhoneRescue and choose PhoneRescue for iOS to download it on your Mac/PC > Connect your target iPhone to the computer > Choose Recover from Backup mode > Click Right Arrow to proceed.

Choose Recover from Backup

Choose Recover from Backup

Step 2. Choose the iTunes backup contains the data you want to merge > Click Right Arrow > Check the file categories (take messages as an example) you want to merge and click the OK button.

Choose Right Backup and Click Messages

Choose Right Backup and Click Messages

Step 3. Select the files you prefer > Click the To Device button to move them to your device directly, or you can click the To Computer button to save them on your computer. If you have made an iTunes backup of your target device, you can go back to the iTunes backup list and choose the iTunes backup you made with your target device. Then, try the third step again to merge the two backups.

Recover Messages

Recover Messages

Method 2: How to Merge/Combine iCloud Backups

If you just want to transfer part of your data from one iCloud account to another, then refer to this guide: How to Merge Two or Multiple iCloud Accounts into One.

Step 1. Go to the Download Page of PhoneRescue and choose PhoneRescue for iOS to download it on your computer > Connect your target iPhone to the computer > Choose Recover from iCloud mode this time > Click Right Arrow.

Step 2. Sign in your iCloud account and click Right Arrow > Click iCloud Backup option.

Step 3. Choose the iCloud backup you need and click the Download button > Choose the data categories (take messages as an example) you would like to merge, then click OK to download the backup.

Choose Messages from iCloud Backup

Choose Messages from iCloud Backup

Step 4. After the process is completed, check the backup and click Right Arrow > Preview and select the files you prefer > Click To Device or To Computer button. If you want to merge other iCloud backups, just repeat the 4 steps to make it.

Save Messages from iCloud

Save Messages from iCloud

The Bottom Line

With the help of AnyTrans and PhoneRescue for iOS, you can merge iPhones and iPhone backups between without data loss. On top of that, AnyTrans also supports transferring other files like music, photos, videos, messages, notes, etc. from iPhone to Mac/PC/iDevices, and vice versa. Why not give a try now >

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.