How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone (iPhone 12 Supported)

Got a new iPhone 12, but do not know how to transfer contacts from old iPhone to new iPhone? This guide will show you 6 ways to transfer contacts from one iPhone to another with ease, iPhone 12/11/XS (Max)/XR/X/8/7/6s/6/5 included.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Nov. 23, 2020

AnyTrans – iPhone Contacts Transfer Tool

Free download AnyTrans to transfer your important contacts from old iPhone to new iPhone (iPhone 12 included) in just 1 click.

The new iPhone 12 in 2020 has been released, bringing plenty of excellent features. It’s awesome to upgrade to the new iPhone 12. When switched to a new iPhone, the first thing you may need to do is sync the important info especially contacts on your old iPhone to the new iPhone. And here in this guide, we will show you some ways to do the task.

Transfer Contacts to New iPhone

Transfer Contacts to New iPhone

Since transferring contacts with iCloud/iTunes will erase all existing data on iPhone, here we will not only show you how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iTunes/iCloud but also share with you another quick way to transfer contacts from one iPhone to another with AnyTrans without wiping any data. Keep reading and choose one way that suits you most.

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud

AnyTrans is a professional and easy to use iPhone data manager which helps you transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without hassle. Get it to have a try after checking its top features:

  • Transfer contacts between iPhones in 1-click – You can check the Select All option to transfer all contacts to your new iPhone in 1-click with AnyTrans.
  • Transfer more data to your new iPhone – AnyTrans helps you make a smooth upgrade to a new iPhone, you can easily transfer contacts, messages, photos, music, notes, and more from iPhone to iPhone.
  • Super fast transferring speed – You can transfer over 3000 contacts between iPhones within 32 SECONDS.
  • No data erase and selective transfer – Unlike iCloud or iTunes, no data will be erased when transferring contacts. And you can preview and choose the contacts you want to transfer without full restore.
  • Support all iOS device models and iOS versions – AnyTrans supports the latest iPhone 12 and iPhone 11, iPhone SE, iPhone XS/XR/X, iPhone 8/7/6 etc., as well as iOS 14.

Now, Free Download AnyTrans on your computer, and then follow the steps below to move contacts to your new iPhone with ease.

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Option 1. Preview to Transfer Selected Contacts to New iPhone

Step 1. Run AnyTrans on your computer > Connect your two iPhones to the computer with USB cables.

Step 2. Click on the “Device Manager” mode > Choose your source device > Click on “More” to get contacts on your source iPhone.

Click More Tab under Device Manager of AnyTrans

Click More Tab under Device Manager of AnyTrans

Step 3. Select the contacts you want to transfer (you can click the “Select All” button to check all the contacts) > Click on the “To Device” button at the top-right corner to transfer the selected contacts to your target iPhone.

Select Contacts and Click To Device

Select Contacts and Click To Device

Option 2. 1-click to transfer Contacts and Other Data to iPhone

Step 1. You also need to connect your two iPhones and choose Phone Switcher in AnyTrans > Choose Phone to iPhone > Confirm the source iPhone and the target iPhone.

Confirm the Source and Target iPhone

Confirm the Source and Target iPhone

Step 2. Choose Contacts or any other data you want to move to your new iPhone.

Choose Contacts to Transfer to New iPhone

Choose Contacts to Transfer to New iPhone

Here is a video tutorial that illustrates the method of transferring contacts between two iPhones with AnyTrans. You might have a better understanding of the steps after watching it.

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Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud Syncing

  1. Connect both of your iPhones to the Wi-Fi.
  2. Log in to the same Apple ID on your two iPhones.
  3. On both iPhones, go to Settings > Tap on your Apple ID > Click iCloud > Select Contacts.
  4. Tap on it to turn it on > Select Merge when it asks if you want to merge contacts.
  5. Wait for the contacts on the old iPhone syncing to the new iPhone.

Contacts will sync between iPhones as long as you log in with the same Apple ID on your iPhones and the Contacts syncing option is turned on.

How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud Syncing

How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud Syncing

1. If you haven’t synced the contacts to iCloud on the old iPhone, you need to sync them first:

For iPhones running with iOS 9 or older: go to Settings App > iCloudContacts > Turn it on if it is closed.

For iPhones running with iOS 10 or later: go to Settings App > Tap on your Apple ID’s profile part > Choose iCloud > Select Contacts > Tap on it to turn it on if it closed.

2. With iCloud syncing, you can’t select what to transfer or not, or you may find not all your contacts are synced to the new iPhone, and some contacts disappeared. If you just want to transfer some contacts instead of all the contacts on the iDevice or want to transfer all contacts to the new iPhone without losing any existing data, move to Method 1 to get another method.

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud Backup

If you have backed up your contact with iCloud, then you can transfer the contacts to your new iPhone by restoring from the iCloud backup you made before.

    1.  On your Old iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup.
    2. Turn on “iCloud Backup” if it is closed > Tap on Back Up Now.
    3.  on your new iPhone, Settings  > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings > Erase iPhone.
    4. Set up your new iPhone until you access the Apps & Data screen and choose to Restore from iCloud.
    5. Select the backup you just created to restore.

      Restore from iCloud Backup

      Restore from iCloud Backup

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

  1. Connect your old iPhone to a computer and open iTunes.
  2. Choose your iPhone and click Info, and then select the Sync Contacts option.
  3. Click Apply to sync your iPhone as well as the contacts with your computer.
  4. After the sync, unplug your old iPhone and plug in your new iPhone.
  5. Choose your new iPhone in iTunes and click Info.
  6. Make sure that the Sync Contacts option is checked.
  7. Scroll down to the Advanced menu.
  8. Check Contacts under Replace information on this iPhone.
  9. Finally, click Apply to sync contacts to your new iPhone.
Transfer iPhone Contacts Using iTunes

Transfer iPhone Contacts Using iTunes

Some tutorials also advise you to restore your new iPhone with the old iPhone’s iTunes backup. But you must clear that your contacts will be transferred to the new iPhone as well as all the other data on your old iPhone. This means all the existing data and files on the new iDevice will be replaced by the contents in backup, and the contents in the backup you may don’t want to restore also will be transferred to your new iPhone.

If you want to keep all your contacts safe, please move to Method 1 to get the solution. Next, we will show you how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes.

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone Contacts Using AirDrop

AirDrop is a feature that lets iOS users share files wirelessly between Macs and iOS devices. So, you can AirDrop contacts to a new iPhone:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen or swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen on iPhones to launch Control Center.
  2. Press and hold on the wireless control box on the upper left side of the Control Center and tap AirDrop.
  3. Tap the AirDrop button to reveal the permissions: Receiving OffContacts Only, or Everyone.

    Turn on AirDrop on iPhone

    Turn on AirDrop on iPhone

  4. Open the Contacts app on your old iPhone.
  5. Find the contact that you want to transfer to the target iPhone. 
  6. Tap on the Share Contacts button and tap AirDrop.
  7. Choose your new iPhone > Hit the Accept button on your target iPhone to receive the shared contacts.
AirDrop Contacts from iPhone to iPhone

AirDrop Contacts from iPhone to iPhone

However, AirDrop only allows you to transfer one contact at a time. When you want to move all the contacts from iPhone to iPhone via AirDrop, there would be a lot of weary and tiresome duplication. To transfer all your contacts at a time from iPhone to iPhone quickly, jump to Method 1

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Transfer iPhone Contacts by Importing from SIM Card

If you have stored your contacts in the SIM card on your old iPhone, then you can transfer contacts to your new iPhone by removing the SIM card from the old iPhone.

  1. Insert the SIM card to the new iPhone.
  2. Go to Settings, tap on Contacts.
  3. You will see the Import SIM Contacts option.
  4. After the process completes, the contacts on your old iPhone should be transferred to the new iPhone.
Import SIM Contacts

Import SIM Contacts

However, the iPhone iPad iPod touch doesn’t allow users to backup contacts to SIM, and contracts have to be stored in the iPhone’s memory. So, if there’s no contact on your SIM card, refer to the other ways in this article to move contacts to the new iPhone.

If you have needs of transferring contacts from iPhone to Mac/PC, from computer to iPhone, from iPhone to iTunes, it also helps you make it easier.

Besides contacts, AnyTrans also supports transferring others up to 25 types of data from iPhone to iPhone, like messages, photos, videos, music, voice memos, etc.

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone. As you can see, if you prefer a quicker way to make it, then AnyTrans is a better choice, lets you just transfer needed contacts directly. It would also be the best answer to”how do I transfer my contacts from my old phone to my new one?”. Also, if you also want to transfer other data, AnyTrans can help you finish the job. Just give it a try by yourself!

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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.