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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Step 2. Confirm the source device and target device > Click the “Next” button to continue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Step 2. Sign in to your iCloud account and click Right Arrow > Click the 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.
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.
Step 2. Click iCloud Sync.
Step 3. Choose Data you want to merge between two iCloud accounts, and click Next. That’s all!
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 >
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