How to Merge Two iPhone Backups (iTunes and iCloud Included)

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: Dec. 15, 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 in, you can find solutions here.

The Tool You Will Need to Merge iPhone Data or Backups

To merge data from the old iPhone to the new iPhone directly, you can try 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. It allows you to browse & find the iTunes backups, and open it to move data in the backup to any of your iPhone.
  2. It also helps transfer data from iCloud to iCloud directly, so you can choose photos, notes, contacts, and more to merge two iCloud accounts.
  3. Merge data from your one iPhone to another without data loss including photos, contacts, music etc.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. All your iPhone data will be safe and sound during the merging process. You don’t need to worry about information leakage and data loss.
  7. 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.

How to Merge Two iPhones Data Directly [No Data Loss]

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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Choose Phone to iPhone to Migrate

Choose Phone to iPhone to Migrate

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

Transfer Data from One iPhone to Another with AnyTrans

Transfer Data from One iPhone to Another with AnyTrans

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.

Merge Two iPhones with AnyTrans

Merge Two iPhones with AnyTrans

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.

How to Merge iPhone Backups (iTunes Backup)

with the Backup Manager feature of AnyTrans, you can merge your old iTunes backup to your new iPhone (without data erase). That’s to say, you can browse and find an old iTunes backup and access the file, and merge data to your new iPhone. Next time, when you backup your iPhone, the backup will combine and include all data in the old iTunes backup and on your iPhone.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans if you haven’t. Open it and connect with your iPhone that you want to merge data to it > Click Backup Manager > Click Backup History.

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Choose Backup Manager and Click Backup History

Choose Backup Manager and Click Backup History

Step 2.  AnyTrans will show you all the iTunes backup or the backup you’ve made with AnyTrnas > Choose an iTunes backup and click Open.

Note: If you didn’t see the iTunes backup you need, please select a backup file and then click the Find button to browse the old iTunes backups.

Find and Open Your Old iTunes Backup

Find and Open Your Old iTunes Backup

Step 3. Now you will see all files in the iTunes backup you just select, you can transfer the files to your iPhone or to the computer in a viewable format. For example, choose photos and click To Device and choose your iPhone (if you connect two iPhones you will need to choose one of them).

Merge the Backup File to Your iPhone

Merge the Backup File to Your iPhone

Step 4. Now data has been merged from an old iTunes backup to your iPhone. You can now make a new backup of your iPhone with iTunes that will include all data you need.

How to Merge iPhone Backups (iCloud Backup)

Apple only allows you to restore one iCloud backup to your iPhone and all the existing data will be replaced. To merge two iCloud backups without data loss, you can try another tool named PhoneRescue for iOS. 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.

Step 1. Go to the Download PhoneRescue for iOS 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 Up-right Arrow.

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

Choose iCloud Backup

Choose iCloud Backup

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.

Recover Messages from iCloud with PhoneRescue

Recover Messages from iCloud with PhoneRescue

How to Merge Two iCloud Accounts

Here we are talking about data in the iCloud website which can be merged with AnyTrans, not the iCloud backup. With AnyTrans’s iCloud Manager feature, you can merge two iCloud accounts with ease. Here is how:

Step 1. Open AnyTrans, and choose iCloud Manager > Login with both your iCloud accounts.

Sign in Two iCloud Accounts and Head to iCloud Sync

Sign in Two iCloud Accounts and Head to iCloud Sync

Step 2. Click iCloud Sync.

Step 3. Choose Data you want to merge between two iCloud accounts, and click Next. That’s all!

Click Next to Start Syncing

Click Next to Start Syncing

The Bottom Line

With the help of AnyTrans and PhoneRescue for iOS, you can merge iPhones and iPhone backups 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 it a try now >

AnyTrans – iOS Data Manager

  • Backup & Restore All Kinds of Data (texts, photos, videos, etc).
  • Transfer data between iPhones & Android to iPhone Supported.
  • Guarantee the absolute security of your data and privacy.
  • Work well with all iPhone and iOS systems.

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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.