How to Switch from iPhone to iPhone

In this article, we will talk about all the different ways on how to switch iPhone to iPhone. This tutorial will guide you to import all the contents from your old iPhone to a new one. The steps outlined will help you in creating the backup and restoring the backup using iCloud & iTunes services.

By iMobie | Posted on: Sep. 11, 2018, Last Updated: Nov. 09, 2018
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If you have purchased a new iPhone X or iPhone XS (Max)/XR and are eagerly looking to import all the contents (apps, photos, music, videos, messages, notes, settings and information) from your old iPhone, then keep reading this tutorial.

Creating and restoring of backup usually involves the use of iCloud and iTunes services. You can also opt for an automatic “Quick Start” method if both your devices are running on iOS 11 versions and above. Though there are other methods available on Apple’s own iTunes & iCloud services seems more reliable.

For better understanding, we have divided the entire process into three parts:

Part 1. Creating the backup of contents of your old iPhone

Part 2. Initializing your new iPhone

Part 3. Restoring the created backup in your new iPhone

So, let’s go through the process in detail.

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Part 1. Creating the Backup

You definitely don’t want to lose any of your contents which you have been hoarding in your old iPhone. Therefore, backing up your old device is the first thing that should be done when you switch iPhone to iPhone. We have two different options in preparing the backup which is described in detail below:

Method 1. Backup Using iTunes

iTunes is one of the most widely used tools for creating the backup but a Mac or Windows PC is a prerequisite as the backup is created locally. iTunes for backup completely transfers the contents of your old device in your system. So, go ahead and follow the steps to create the backup.

  1. Open the iTunes application in your system.
  2. Connect your old iPhone to the system using the USB cable.
  3. Once the phone is recognized in your iTunes application, click on the phone icon.
  4. Now click on “Summary” button which shows a backup section.
  5. Click on the radio button which says “ This computer”
  6. Click “Back up Now”.
Backup using iTunes

Backup using iTunes

Backing up usually takes time and is dependent on the file size of the contents.

Method 2. Backup Using iCloud

iCloud is a better alternative of backing up all your contents over a Wi-Fi connection and can be easily done on the go. It’s better as compared to iTunes as it offers the flexibility to choose the information to be backed up.

The steps for creating the iCloud backup are explained below.

  1. Click on “Settings” icon in the home screen
  2. Tap on your profile and then click iCloud menu and create a backup.
  3. Click on backup.
Creating Backup in iCloud

Creating Backup in iCloud

  1. Ensure the iCloud Backup is toggled to green. Click on Back Up Now.
Click on Back Up Now

Click on Back Up Now

iCloud storage offers a storage capacity of 5 GB only. So, if you have files exceeding 5 GB to be backed up, you need to purchase a storage plan.

Part 2. Initialization of your new iPhone

Once you have backed up your old iPhone, proceed with activating and initializing of the new iPhone.  Go through the steps involved for the activation.

  1. Insert SIM into your new device and turn it on.
  2. A “Hello” screen welcomes you. Click “slide to set up”.
  3. Choose your preferred language from the available list.
  4. Get connected to Wi-Fi or you can also use your cellular connection.
  5. Enable/ Disable location settings as per your choice.
  6. Configure Face ID/ Touch ID.
  7. Create a 4 digit or 6 digit passcode.
  8. Now you will land to “Apps & Data Screen.
Apps & Data screen on new iPhone

Apps & Data screen on new iPhone

Part 3. Restoring the Backup

The data that has been backed up should now be restored in your new iPhone. Again the two methods which were earlier used for creating the backup will now be used again to restore it back into your new iPhone.

Method 1. Restoring Backup with iTunes

Under the “Apps & Data” screen, choose “Restore from iTunes Backup” from the available list and go through the following steps to complete the process.

Restore from iTunes backup

Restore from iTunes backup

  1. Launch iTunes App once again.
  2. Connect your new iPhone using the USB cable.
  3. Once the device gets recognized, click on it.
  4. Click “Summary” which will show a backup section.
  5. Click on “This computer” and finally hit the “Restore Backup” button.
Restore Backup using iTunes

Restore Backup using iTunes

Now wait till the process finishes. It may take some time depending upon the data to be restored.

Method 2. Restoring Backup with iCloud

Select “Restore from iCloud Backup” in the “Apps & Data” screen and follow the below-mentioned steps to finish restoring the backup.

Restore from iCloud Backup

Restore from iCloud Backup

  1. After selecting “Restore from iCloud Backup”, sign into your iCloud account & then click “Next”.
  2. Tap “Agree” and you will be guided to select the available backups created in your iCloud account.
  3. Select the most recent backup by checking for the date and time.
  4. Restoring process starts.
Backup getting restored from iCloud

Backup getting restored from iCloud

Stay connected to the Wi-Fi as restoring the backup may take some time depending upon the file size.

Once the back has been restored you will have to follow a few additional steps to finally complete the process which is outlined below.

  1. Set up your Apple Pay, Siri, and Apple Analytics.
  2. Check True tone display
  3. Download software update if available.
  4. You will get a “Hello” screen. Swipe up to enter the passcode.
  5. You will get a message “Restore Complete”.
  6. Now enter your account credentials of Gmail, Yahoo & Outlook etc. when prompted to complete the setup. You will get a “Welcome to iPhone screen” and you are finally good to use your new iPhone.

You can also switch from iPhone to iPhone using “Quick Start” if both of your devices are running on iOS 11 and above. This is the fastest method available which quickly transfers all your apps and data using a P2P protocol created when both the devices are held close to each other.


We hope that this article has helped you in setting up the new device and all your queries regarding how to switch from iPhone to iPhone  have been answered out. If you still have any issues, feel free to ask us anytime.


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