How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone in 5 Ways

Want to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone but do not know how? Read on this guide to get 5 efficient ways to transfer pictures from iPhone to iPhone effortlessly.

By Joy Taylor | Posted on: Dec. 17, 2018, Last Updated: Aug. 16, 2019
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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:

No matter which situation you are in, you are totally on the right page. Transferring photos from one iPhone to another is quite easy. In this post, we focus on how to transfer pictures from iPhone to iPhone and offer you 5 different ways: with an iPhone to iPhone Transfer Tool, iTunes, iCloud, or AirDrop.

Method 1: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone in 1 Click

To get full control on your iPhone photos, an iPhone photo manager tool AnyTrans for iOS can be your best choice. It makes it easy & fast to transfer a few or a large number of photos between iPhones. Now you can have a basic learning of it and then try to transfer pictures from one iPhone to another without iTunes or iCloud.

Now, Free Download AnyTrans for iOS firstly, and then follow the two methods below to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone effortlessly.

Option 1. How to Transfer Photos from one iPhone to Another Selectively with AnyTrans for iOS

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.

Step 1. Connect your devices to transfer photos.

Free Download AnyTrans for iOS and install it on your Mac or PC > Run it > Connect both of your iPhones to the computer (PC or Mac) with its USB cable > Go to the category page.

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Go to Category Page in AnyTrans for iOS - Step 1

Go to Category Page in AnyTrans for iOS – Step 1

Step 2. Select the photos you want to transfer.

Select Photos > Pick up the album with the photos you want to transfer.

Pick up Album in AnyTrans for iOS - Step 2

Pick up Album in AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

Step 3. Transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone.

Select the specific photos you want to transfer > Click To Device button to transfer photos to another iPhone.

Transfer Photos to Another iPhone in AnyTrans for iOS - Step 3

Transfer Photos to Another iPhone in AnyTrans for iOS – Step 3

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.

Option 2. How to Transfer All Photos from iPhone to iPhone in One-Click

Step 1. Connect your devices and choose Phone Switcher.

Free Download AnyTrans for iOS and install it on your computer > Launch it > Connect both of your iPhones to the computer with USB cables > Go to Phone Switcher Page.

Go to Phone Switcher Page in AnyTrans for iOS - Step 1

Go to Phone Switcher Page in AnyTrans for iOS – Step 1

Step 2. Confirm your target iPhone.

Click on Phone to iPhone. Confirm your target iPhone, and then click the “Next” to continue.

Confirm Target iPhone in AnyTrans for iOS - Step 2

Confirm Target iPhone in AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

Step 3. Transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone.

Select the items you want to transfer to another iPhone > Click on the “Next” to start transferring photos.

Click on “Next” to Transfer Photos in AnyTrans for iOS - Step 3

Click on “Next” to Transfer Photos in AnyTrans for iOS – 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: How to Transfer Photos from Old iPhone to New iPhone Using iCloud

iCloud Photo Library 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 old iPhone to new iPhone via iCloud:

Before the sync, some shortcomings you should know:

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 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.

If you cannot stand anyone of them, you can refer to Part 1 to get another solution.

Step 1. Log in iCloud

Launch the Settings > Tap on your account > Tap on iCloud > Tap on Photos.

Step 2. Enable iCloud Photo Library

Toggle the “iCloud Photo Library” ON.

Step 3. Photo Quality Settings

Choose “Optimize iPhone Storage” or “Download and Keep Originals”.

Step 4. Upload Photos

It takes a while to upload photos to the iCloud Photo Library. After it is done, you will be able to access them from an All Photos album in the iPhone’s Photos app.

 How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone Using iCloud

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone Using iCloud

Method 3: How to Transfer Photos from One iPhone to Another Using iTunes

Important info you should check:

1. iTunes will erase the existing photos in Photo Library when you try to transfer photos to your new iPhone.

2. 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 shows to you that “iCloud Photos is On. XXX can access photos in iCloud. Photos can be downloaded to your device via Wi-Fi or cellular network”.

That’s to say 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. So, if you want to transfer pictures from the old iPhone to the new one without data loss, just go to Part 1.

Step 1. Transfer photos from iPhone to computer

For Mac users: You can import photos from iPhone to Mac with Photos: Connect your iPhone to Mac with USB cable > Launch Photos app if it doesn’t open automatically > Pick up the photos you want to transfer > Click Import or Import Selected to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac. Except for Photos, you also can transfer photos from iPhone to Mac with Preview, Image Capture or Aperture.

For Windows user: You can export iPhone photos to computer with AutoPlay with the following steps: Connect your iPhone to the computer with USB cable > Click Import Pictures and Videos when AutoPlay appears > Choose a destination for your iPhone photos > Click Import.

Step 2. Transfer photos from computer to another iPhone with iTunes

Connect your new iPhone, family or friends’ iPhone to computer with USB cable > Launch iTunes if it doesn’t run automatically > Click the Device button in the upper right corner of iTunes > Click Photos > Select Sync Photos from Application or Folder > Click Apply.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

Method 4. How to Transfer Photos from One iPhone to Another with AirDrop

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. You can check Part 1 to find a quicker way.

Step 1. Enable AirDrop on two iPhones

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

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with AirDrop

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with AirDrop

Step 2. Select photos you want to transfer from Photos app

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

Step 3. Receive photos from the target iPhone

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

Method 5. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with 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 do it.

Step 1. Compose a new email in your favorite email client on your iPhone. When the compose screen opens, tap on the option to add a new attachment and add all the photos that you want to transfer to your new iPhone. Send the email once all the photos have been attached.

Step 2. On your target iPhone, open the same email inbox and download the attachments. Your photos are now available for viewing on your target iPhone. Your task is done.

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. Why not free download it and have a try now >

Joy Taylor

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