3 Quick Ways to Merge 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.

By | Last Updated: May. 22, 2019

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 backup is an essential function.

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 merge 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 iPhone Contents

To merge iPhone contents, you have no choice but to take advantage of some outside help, like AnyTrans for iOS. Built-in with the latest iOS data management technologies, AnyTrans for iOS supports merging contents between iDevices in a safe & reliable method. With it, you have the power to:

  1. Merge two iPhones’ contents: including Contacts, Music, Playlists, Movies, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Music Videos, Notes, Message, 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.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans for iOS on your Mac/PC and install it > Connect both your two iPhones to the computer > Select the original device > Choose Merge Device mode.

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Enter Merge Device Part

Enter Merge Device Part

Step 2. Select the target device and click the right arrow to proceed.

Select the target device

Select the target device

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

Check the file categories you want to merge

Check the file categories you want to merge

Step 4. 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 patient. Once the backup process completes, AnyTrans will start to merge and restore your data. It’s normal for your device will 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 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.

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 iTunes Backup mode > Click Right Arrow to proceed.

How to Merge/Combine Two iTunes Backups - Step 1

How to Merge/Combine iTunes Backups – Step 1

Step 2. Choose the iTunes backup contains the data you want to merge > Click Right Arrow > Check the file categories you want to merge and click OK button.

How to Merge/Combine Two iTunes Backups - Step 2

How to Merge/Combine iTunes Backups – Step 2

Step 3. Select the files you prefer > Click To Device button to move them to your device directly, or you can click 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 of and choose the iTunes backup you made with your target device. Then, try the third step again to merge the two backups.

How to Merge/Combine Two iTunes Backups - Step 3

How to Merge/Combine iTunes Backups – Step 3


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 Download button > Choose the data categories you would like to merge, then click OK to download the backup.

How to Merge/Combine Two iCloud Backups - Step 3

How to Merge/Combine iCloud Backups – Step 3

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.

How to Merge/Combine iCloud Backups - Step 4

How to Merge/Combine iCloud Backups – Step 4

The Bottom Line

With the help of AnyTrans for iOS and PhoneRescue for iOS, you can merge iPhones and iPhone backups between without data loss. On top of that, AnyTrans for iOS 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 >

Faye Clarke

Member of iMobie_Inc, an enthusiastic fan of Apple and Jazz music, always ready to offer advice and solutions to any iOS & Android related issues.