How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to New iPhone (iPhone 11 Supported)

Got a new iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro? Want to transfer your precious photos from old iPhone to the new iPhone? Read on this guide to get 5 efficient ways to transfer pictures from iPhone to iPhone effortlessly. Applying to all iPhone models: iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6/5/4.

Roger Smith Last Updated: Jan. 12, 2020
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AnyTrans for iOS – Full-Way iPhone Photos Transfer Tool

Free download AnyTrans to transfer all photos (Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, and Albums) from old iPhone to new iPhone simply.

According to our users’ report, they usually have the plan to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone in the following cases:

  • Get a new iPhone 11/iPhone 11 Pro (Max)/XR/XS (Max), and want to transfer photos to the new iPhone.
  • Have some interesting photos, and want to share photos between your iPhone and your families’ or friends’ iPhone.
  • Or just want to transfer photos from one iPhone to another for an extra backup.

No matter which situation you are in, you are totally on the right page. Transferring pictures from one iPhone to another is quite easy. In this post, we will show you how to transfer pictures from iPhone to iPhone iPad iPod touch with 5 different ways: using iTunes, iCloud, AirDrop, and professional iPhone photos transfer tool.

Method 1: Transfer Photos Videos with AnyTrans for iOS

Since transferring photos with other ways have many annoying limits, here we would like to share the simplest way firstly. According to our test, the iOS photos transfer tool – AnyTrans for iOS can be the quickest and easiest way to do the task, even transfer a large number of photos between iPhones.

AnyTrans – iPhone Photos Transfer

  • Just a few minutes and 1 click to move all photos.
  • The ONLY way to transfer photos in all albums.
  • Copy everything to new iPhone in 1 click as you prefer.
  • Work well with all iPhone models as well as iOS systems.

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Now, Free Download AnyTrans for iOS, then follow the steps below learn how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone effortlessly.

Option 1. Selectively Transfer with AnyTrans

Step 1. Connect your devices to transfer photos.

Install AnyTrans on your Mac or PC > Run it > Connect both of your iPhones to the computer (PC or Mac) with USB cables > Click on the “Photos” category.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with AnyTrans - Step 1

Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with AnyTrans – Step 1

Step 2. Transfer photos to new iPhone.

Pick up the album with the photos you want to transfer > Select the specific photos you want to transfer > Click on the “To iPhone” button to transfer photos to another iPhone.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with AnyTrans - Step 2

Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with AnyTrans – Step 2

Since iOS 11 and iPhone 7, Apple started using HEIC photos to replace JPG for saving photos on iOS devices and Macs. While this new file format is remarkably more efficient in terms of storage space and high quality, it is not yet widely compatible. But, don’t worry, AnyTrans fully supports this image format.

We have prepared a video tutorial here to show you how to transfer photos between two iPhones with AnyTrans 7.5.0. After watching this video, you might have a better idea of how AnyTrans works.

Option 2. Transfer All Photos in 1-Click

Step 1. Connect your devices and choose Phone Switcher.

Free Download AnyTrans for iOS and install it on your computer > Connect both of your iPhones to the computer with USB cables > Choose “Phone Switcher” mode > Click on the “Phone to iPhone” option.

Transfer All Photos from iPhone to iPhone at Once - Step 1

Transfer All Photos from iPhone to iPhone at Once – Step 1

Step 2. Confirm your target iPhone.

Confirm your source iPhone and target iPhone, and then click the “Next” button to continue.

Confirm Your Target iPhone

Confirm Your Target iPhone

Step 3. Transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone.

Uncheck the “Select All” button and check the “My Photos” category only > Click on the “Next” button to start transferring photos to your new iPhone.

Transfer All Photos from iPhone to iPhone at Once - Step 3

Transfer All Photos from iPhone to iPhone at Once – Step 3

Option 1 is perfect when you want to transfer part of photos from one iPhone to another, and Option 2 is suited for you when you need to transfer all photos from iPhone to iPhone.

If you just get a new iPhone, in addition to only transfer photos from an iPhone to another, you can actually transfer more data from old iPhone to new iPhone with AnyTrans for iOS.

Method 2: Sync Photos to New iPhone Using iCloud Photos

iCloud Photos allows you to sync photos across all iOS devices. It replaced the traditional Camera Roll and Photo Stream options with an All Photos section. There is no 30 days or 1,000 photos restriction either. There are some tips to know before starting the tutorial about how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud:

  • The two iPhones need to be iOS 8.3 or later.
  • You need to enable iCloud Photo Library on both iPhones.
  • The two iPhones should log into the same Apple ID.
  • You will need to be connected to a wireless network to upload the photos.
  • You need to make sure there is enough iCloud storage space since iCloud Photo Library uses your iCloud storage allotment.

Now, let’s check how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone using iCloud:

  1. Launch the Settings on your iPhone > [your name] > Tap on iCloud.
  2. Tap on Photos, then toggle the “iCloud Photos” to enable the iCloud Photos features.
  3. Choose “Optimize iPhone Storage” or “Download and Keep Originals”.
  4. It takes a while to upload photos to the iCloud Photo Library.
  5. After it is done, you will be able to access them from an All Photos album in the new iPhone’s Photos app.

 How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone Using iCloud

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone Using iCloud

Some shortcomings you should know about transferring photos to a new iPhone using iCloud:

  1. It will sync all photos from old iPhone to your iPhone, you cannot preview and choose the pictures you need.
  2. Make sure there is enough iCloud storage, the free storage is 5 GB. If you have a lot of photos to transfer, you may need to upgrade the iCloud storage plan.
  3. Speed is slow. It requires a good Wi-Fi network, and according to users, the sync process might be stuck during the uploading.

Method 3: Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone Using iTunes

iTunes can be one of the most common ways for iOS users to transfer files. But iTunes will erase the existing photos in Photo Library when you try to transfer pics to your new iPhone. Also, if you have turned on iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone when syncing photos from iDevice to iDevice with iTunes, you may get a pop up: “iCloud Photos is On. XXX can access photos in iCloud. Photos can be downloaded to your device via Wi-Fi or cellular network”.

In this case, you have to turn off iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone, or you can’t finish the sync process via iTunes. But if you turn off iCloud Photo Library on your device, all the photos stored in iCloud but not on your device will be erased.

Here’s how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes:

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.
  2. For Mac users, launch the “Photos” app if it doesn’t open automatically.
  3. For Windows users, click Import Pictures and Videos when AutoPlay appears.
  4. Pick up the photos you want to transfer.
  5. Click “Import or Import Selected” to import photos from iPhone to your PC or Mac computer.
  6. Connect your new iPhone, family or friends’ iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.
  7. Launch “iTunes” on your computer.
  8. Click the “Device” button in the upper-right corner of iTunes.
  9. Click on the “Photos” option at the left panel.
  10. Select “Sync Photos” from Application or Folder.
  11. Click the “Apply” button to sync photos to your new iPhone.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

Method 4. AirDrop Photos from iPhone to iPhone

The AirDrop requires iOS 7 on iPhone 5 and later, if you have a few photos to transfer, it’s a good choice. But if you have hundreds or thousands of photos need to transfer, this method is not recommended. Now, let’s check how to transfer pictures from one iPhone to another using AirDrop:

Enable AirDrop on two iPhones

  1. Launch Control Center by swiping up from the bottom bezel of your iPhone.
  2. Press and hold your finger on the upper-left box with the airplane buttons.
  3. Tap AirDrop > Choose Contacts Only or Everyone to turn AirDrop on.

Select photos you want to transfer from Photos app

  1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone and find the pictures you want to send.
  2. Tap the Share icon in the lower-left corner.
  3. The AirDrop option will show and tap on it.

Receive photos from the target iPhone

  1. AirDrop will pop up and ask if you want to receive photos just send from the iPhone.
  2. Receive the photos and they will be saved to the Photos app.
How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with AirDrop

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with AirDrop

Method 5. Send Photos from One iPhone to Another via Email

When there were no other transfer options available, people used to use the email feature to send and receive content including photos. In this method, what you do is that you email yourself all the photos you want to share and then you access your email account on the device where you want your photos. Since all it requires is sending an email, you should be done in no time.

Here’s how to send photos to new iPhone using Email:

  1. Compose a new email in your favorite email client on your iPhone.
  2. When the compose screen opens, tap on the option to add a new attachment.
  3. Add all the photos that you want to transfer to your new iPhone.
  4. Send the email once all the photos have been attached.
  5. On your target iPhone, open the same email inbox and download the attachments.
  6. Your photos are now available for viewing on your target iPhone.
  7. Your task is done.

Bonus Tip

Our users sent us letters saying that they want some other info about how to transfer files to the new iPhone, and how to import photos to their Mac. So, here we would like to add a part to talk about these two topics.

For those users who want to import photos from iPhone to the Mac or PC, you have many options to do the task, like iCloud Photos, the Photos app on your computer, Email, etc. And the guide How to Import Photos Videos from iPhone to Computer with 7 Ways collected all the possible ways to help you send your iPhone photos to your computer.

For the users who want to get the ideas to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone, you can refer to this guide to get more details: How to Transfer Data from iPhone to New iPhone 11 >

The Bottom Line

Apparently, compared with the iCloud and iTunes way, AnyTrans for iOS offers you a much easier way to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone. Except for photo transfer, it also supports transferring more 20+ files from iPhone to iPhone, including contacts, messages, voice memos, notes, music, etc.

Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.