How to Sync iPhone to iPhone in 5 Ways

Still perplexed about how to sync one iPhone to another? Still consider it as something troublesome? Get ready to read this guide which will eliminate all your worries about syncing iPhone to iPhone with several great methods!

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Dec. 31, 2020

AnyTrans – Data from iPhone to iPhone

Free download AnyTrans to sync your old iPhone files and data to the new one in just 1 click. There would be no data erasing as iTunes and iCloud do during the syncing process.

iPhone 12 has come, many iPhone fans would love to change their old one to the shiny new one. The syncing of data from old iPhone to iPhone 12 is quite necessary. Moreover, you may try to have a backup on another iPhone, or just share something funny or important with the one who has an iPhone, too. With all these needs, syncing is a really vital process in transferring your data. So how can we achieve it simply and correctly? This guide will display several ways on how to sync the iPhone to the iPhone with detailed steps.

Method 1. Sync iPhone to iPhone with Data Transfer Tool

Traditionally, syncing iPhone to iPhone requires restoring from your iTunes or iCloud backup. However, it only allows you to sync a few types of files. And the sync will unavoidably erase certain data on your current iPhone and takes a lot of time in the process. Therefore, in this part, we listed 2 great iPhone sync tools to help complete data sync between iPhones easily.

#1. PhoneTrans – Committing to Migrating iPhone to iPhone with Clicks

PhoneTrans has committed itself to make iPhone switching easier and safer. No matter you want to sync iPhone selectively or wholly, you can achieve this within clicks. PhoneTrans provides 3 options for data transfer between iPhones. Quick Transfer supports data sync selectively and wholly. Clone Phone will 1:1 clone your old iPhone as exactly it is. Merge Phone can remove duplicates while moving the data from the old iPhone to the new one.

Here let’s check out how to sync iPhone to iPhone with PhoneTrans.

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Step 1. Launch PhoneTrans.

You need to download PhoneTrans and run it on your computer while connected both of your iPhones to the computer. Choose the Phone to Phone on the left panel.

Select Quick Transfer

Select Quick Transfer

Step 2. Start to Sync iPhone to iPhone.

You will see there are 3 options. In this section, we recommend you chose Quick Transfer as it supports data syncing selectively and wholly. That means you can choose whatever you want to sync. Follow its instructions and it will lead you to start data transfer.

Click on Transfer Now to Go on Transfer on PhoneTrans

Click on Transfer Now to Go on Transfer on PhoneTrans

Step 3. Transfer Completed.

Once PhoneTrans completed the transfer, you will see the screen like this. Now you can unplug your iPhones and see all the content you need have already synced to the new iPhone.

Successfully Data Transferred from iPhone to iPhone

Successfully Data Transferred from iPhone to iPhone

#2 AnyTrans – All-in-one Data Management Tool

AnyTrans, which is a professional data manager, is highly recommended once you need a management tool on iPhone iPad iPod. it provides several ways to manage the iOS device in different scenarios. No matter you want to sync iPhone to iPhone, back up/restore iPhone from backups, or manage the iCloud/iTunes backups, etc.

Here we get a better way to help you sync iPhone to iPhone. AnyTrans, which is recognized as one of the best iTunes iCloud alternatives, allows iPhone users to do iOS data transfer and management.

AnyTrans – iPhone to iPhone Data Transfer

  • No need to use iTunes or iCloud, saving you from many troubles.
  • One-click to transfer all data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone.
  • Super fast transferring speed, greatly save your time.
  • Unlike iTunes or iCloud, no data will be erased on your iPhone.

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AnyTrans is available both for Mac and Windows PC. Now, download AnyTrans on your computer, and then follow the under-mentioned steps to sync iPhone to iPhone with ease.

Step 1. Launch AnyTrans > Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable > Click on the “Phone Switcher” mode > Choose the “Phone to iPhone” option.

Choose Phone to iPhone to Migrate

Choose Phone to iPhone to Migrate

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

Select Source iPhone and Target iPhone

Select Source iPhone and Target iPhone

Step 3. All available categories will be listed below, select the categories you need and click the “Next” button to sync the selected files to your new iPhone.

Migrate All Data iPhone to iPhone

Migrate All Data iPhone to iPhone

If you want to selectively transfer certain files in a category, you can follow these steps:

Step 1. Click on the “Device Manager” mode on the left panel > Click on one category or choose the “More” option to see all the categories.

Go to Device Manager and Click Photos

Go to Device Manager and Click Photos

Step 2. Preview the files and then choose those you need to transfer (we take photos for example) > Click “Send to Device” to start transferring the files.

Select Photos and Send to iPhone with Ease

Select Photos and Send to iPhone with Ease

Method 2. Sync iPhone to iPhone with Quick Start

Quick Start is a new feature on iOS 11, which is designed to quickly transfer data, settings, and content from the old iPhone to a brand new one. But you must clear that this is available only if your two iPhones are running iOS 11 or later and placed at a close distance. If your two iPhones both have been set or are not both running iOS 11 or later, Method 1 could be a better option for you.

  1. Put your new iPhone at a close distance from your old one.
  2. The notification of setting your new iPhone with the Apple ID of your old iPhone will pop up.
  3. If not, please turn on your Bluetooth.
  4. Scan the image on the new iPhone by using the old one.
  5. Enter the password of your Apple ID.
  6. Set up your Touch ID or Face ID on the new iPhone.
  7. Choose to restore from your iTunes or iCloud backup.
  8. Set as a new iPhone or move data from Android.
Sync iPhone to iPhone Using Quick Start

Sync iPhone to iPhone Using Quick Start

Method 3. Sync iPhone to iPhone with iCloud

iCloud is a great service for you to backup your iPhone. This method on how to sync iPhone to iPhone requires you to backup and restore iPhone by using iCloud. You may need to have a new backup to make sure your data will be up to date. Syncing iPhone to iPhone with iCloud requires a stable network and takes a lot of time to back up. Also, it would be impossible for you to preview files and selectively choose some to transfer.

Now, let’s see how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud:

  1. Both you two iPhone should be logged in with the same Apple ID.
  2. Open Settings on your old iPhone.
  3. Tap your Apple ID and enter iCloud.
  4. Turn on the switch of the types of data you need to sync.
  5. Repeat this process on another iPhone.
  6. Select Merge.
  7. Your selected categories of data will sync from one iPhone to another.
Sync iPhone to iPhone with iCloud

Sync iPhone to iPhone with iCloud

Method 4. Sync iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

Before transferring data by iTunes, you need to make sure it’s the latest version. The types of files which can be transferred by iTunes are limited, and data on your current iPhone would be erased during syncing with iTunes.

Here are the steps to sync iPhone to iPhone with iTunes:

Step 1. Back up the old iPhone with iTunes

Plug the old iPhone into the computer > Generally, iTunes will launch itself > Click on the Device and then tap on Summary > Choose the Back Up Now. Then iTunes will start to back up the old iPhone immediately.  You can also sync iPhone to iTunes with WiFi which is much easier.

Back up iPhone with iTunes

Back up iPhone with iTunes

Step 2. Restore the new iPhone with iTunes

Plug the new iPhone into the same computer > Click on the device and then tap on the Summary > Choose the Restore Backup. Then the new iPhone will get the iTunes backup restored.

Restore iPhone with iTunes

Restore iPhone with iTunes

Step 3. Check the iPhone

Once the new iPhone completed the restore, you can unplug the device and check the device.

Method 5. Sync iPhone with WiFi

There is also a method that can be applied to sync iPhone with iTunes. Compare to use a USB cable, you can easily use WiFi to sync iPhone data, and it is much easier. It works on Windows and Mac. And only 2 steps you can complete iPhone sync. Follow the steps listed below the figure them out.

Step 1.  Select the Sync with this iPhone over WiFi

First of you need to connect your iPhone to the computer with a fine USB cable. Then you should click on the device and tap on Summary. Scroll down to the bottom, you will see there is an option listed which says Sync with this iPhone over WiFi. Select it and click on the Apply.

Step 2. Apply the Sync with this iPhone over WiFi

Once your iPhone and computer connected to the same WiFi network, your device would sync to the computer. When the computer and the device are on the same Wi-Fi network, the device appears in iTunes. Also, your iPhone will automatically sync when it was put in charging and iTunes opened.

How to Sync iPhone with WiFi

How to Sync iPhone with WiFi

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how you can sync iPhone to iPhone. As you can see in this guide, using AnyTrans is more efficient than others once you have tried. Aside from syncing between iPhones, AnyTrans can be used to transfer data from iPhone to iPad, from iPhone to iPod, or from Android to iPhone. Now come download it and give it a try!

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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.