How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone 5/6/6s/7 to iPhone 8/X

Get a new iPhone 8 or iPhone X as the Christmas gift and want to transfer contacts from old iPhone 6/6s/7 to new iPhone 8 or iPhone X? Check on this article and get 4 ways to make it.

By Stephen Wilson | Posted on: Dec. 14, 2017, Last Updated: Oct. 19, 2018
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Contacts are indispensable for everyday use, we use them to make phone calls or send messages. So when you get one new iPhone 8/iPhone X, you may want to transfer contacts from old iPhone to your new iPhone in first time. Here in this guide we will tell you four ways that can help you transfer contacts from iPhone 7/6s/6/5s/5/4s/SE to the new iPhone 8/8 Plus or iPhone X. You can first read and then choose the method you prefer. Let’s get it on.

1. Transfer Contacts from Old iPhone to iPhone 8/X with AnyTrans for iOS
2. Transfer Contacts from Old iPhone to iPhone 8/X via iCloud Sync
3. Transfer Contacts from Old iPhone to New iPhone 8/X from Backup
4. Transfer Contacts from Old iPhone to New iPhone 8/X via SIM Card

Part 1. Transfer Contacts from Old iPhone to New iPhone 8/X with AnyTrans for iOS

If you prefer an easy and quick way, then AnyTrans for iOS can be a good choice. It is one iPhone to iPhone transfer tool that can help you move data to new iPhone directly.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans for iOS on your Mac or PC computer > Launch it and connect your old iPhone and new iPhone 8/8 Plus or iPhone X to computer via USB cables.

Step 2. Choose Device Manager > Go to category management page > Click Contacts.

How to Transfer Contacts to New iPhone 8/X with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

How to Transfer Contacts to New iPhone 8/X with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

Step 3. Preview and select the contacts you need > Click Send to Device button.

How to Transfer Contacts to iPhone 8/X with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 3

How to Transfer Contacts to iPhone 8/X with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 3

Part 2. How to Sync Contacts to New iPhone 8/X via iCloud

If you share the same iCloud account on your old iPhone and new iPhone 8/X, and have connected to Wi-Fi network. Then you can try this method. It will sync all the contacts from iPhone 7/6s/5s/SE to your new iPhone 8/X, and if you want to transfer contacts selectively, please go to Part 1.

Step 1. Log in the same iCloud account on both iPhones and connected to Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. On old iPhone: Settings > Your account > iCloud > Turn on Contacts sync.

Step 3. On new iPhone 8/X: Settings > Your account > iCloud > Also enable Contacts sync.

Sync Contacts to New iPhone 8/X via iCloud

Sync Contacts to New iPhone 8/X via iCloud

Wait for some minutes for the contacts syncing, and go to Contacts app to have a check.

Part 3. How to Import Contacts to iPhone 8/X from Backup

As for this method, it will not only transfer contacts to your new iPhone 8/8 Plus or iPhone X, but also other types of data like messages, photos, notes and more. It will also erase the existed data on the new iPhone. If you just want to transfer contacts or don’t want any data loss, then please prefer to Part 1 to get the solution.

1. Restore from iCloud Backup

Backup your old iPhone with iCloud: Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi > Open Settings app on iPhone > Your account > iCloud > iCloud Backup > Turn on iCloud Backup > Back Up Now.

Restore backup to iPhone 8/X: Set up your iPhone until you access the Apps & Data screen > Choose Restore from iCloud Backup. If you have already set up your new iPhone, you can go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to start over.

2. Restore from iTunes Backup

Backup your old iPhone with iTunes: Install the latest version of iTunes and open it > Plug in your old iPhone > Click Device tab > Summary > Choose Back Up Now.

Restore from iTunes backup: Plug in your new iPhone 8/X and open iTunes > Click Device tab > Summary > Restore Backup… > Select the right backup.

Transfer Contacts from Old iPhone to New iPhone 8/X via iTunes Backup

Transfer Contacts from Old iPhone to New iPhone 8/X via iTunes Backup

Part 4. How to Transfer Contacts to New iPhone 8/X via SIM Card

If your SIM card contains the contacts you need, you can just remove the SIM card from your old iPhone, and then insert the SIM card into your new iPhone. Then go to Settings > Tap Contacts > Tap Import SIM Contacts to move contacts to new iPhone 8/X.

But iPhone doesn’t store contacts on the SIM card, so there is no contact on many users’ iPhone. If you want to transfer contacts from iPhone 5/6/6s/7 to new iPhone 8/X, then just go back to Part 1.

How to Transfer Contacts to iPhone 8/X via SIM Card

How to Transfer Contacts to iPhone 8/X via SIM Card

Part 5. Comparison Chart

iCloud Sync Backup Restore SIM Cards AnyTrans for iOS
Selective Transfer
Internet Connection
Apple ID Limit
Efficiency
One-Click Transfer

The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to transfer contacts from iPhone 7/6s/6/5s/4s/SE to iPhone 8/X. And if you prefer an easy and quick way, AnyTrans for iOS is the better one. Besides that, it can also help you transfer many other types of data from old iPhone to new iPhone 8/X, messages, photos, music, ringtones etc. from old iPhone to new iPhone 8/X. So why not give it a try?

Stephen Wilson

Member of @iMobie_Inc., a die-hard fan of Apple and MOBA games, is always passionate about offering and sharing solutions to any Apple related problems, as well as Android.