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 ways to transfer pictures from iPhone to iPhone. Applying to all iPhone models: iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6/5/4.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Feb. 25, 2020
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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: 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. 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 2: 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 the 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 the iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone, or you can’t finish the sync process via iTunes. But if you turn off the 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 3. 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 4. Transfer Photos with AnyTrans for iOS

To transfer and manage all your iPhone photos, you can also try some third-party tools like AnyTrans for iOS. This tool allows you to manage your iPhone photos on the computer in a more flexible way: 1-click to transfer a large number of photos between iPhones; Transfer photos by Albums, People, or Places; Transfer 3000 photos in 2 minutes. Here are steps to transfer photos from one iPhone to another with this tool:

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1. Download the free trial of this tool on your PC or Mac.

2. Open it and connect with your two iPhones, and choose one of your iPhones as the source device.

3. Click on Photos and choose photos you want to transfer, and click the Send to Device button at the top right-hand corner of the window.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with AnyTrans

Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with AnyTrans

You can also transfer all photos from one iPhone to another in one-click:

1. Connect your devices and choose Phone Switcher.

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

3. Choose the photo category like “My Photos” and click “Next” to transfer photos to your iPhone in one-click.

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

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

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 the 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: How to Get iPhone Photos to Computer

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.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iPhone related issues.