How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone with/without iCloud/iTunes

This post aims at telling you 5 practical methods to transfer various iPhone data, like contacts, messages, photos, songs, and more, to another iPhone. Check this post now and easily grab how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone, with or without iCloud/iTunes.

By Joy Taylor | Posted on: Apr. 24, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 19, 2018
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Want to transfer various data, like contacts, text messages, photos, etc. from old iPhone to your new iPhone 6/6s/7/8/X/XS (Max)/XR? This article is intended to show you five ways to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone. Keep reading on this post to learn more.

If you just want to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone, you can refer to: How to Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to iPhone >

If you just want to sync contacts from iPhone to iPhone/iPad, you can read: How to Sync Contacts from iPhone to iPhone/iPad >

If you want to transfer more from iPhone to iPhone, please read on.

Honestly, transferring data from one iPhone to another can happen often in the daily life. When you plan to share the lovely photos taken by your iPhone and saved in your Camera Roll, to your iPhone friends, you need to work on it; Or when your old iPhone is shy on its storage, and you get another iPhone with much bigger storage, but the old one contains lots of your important and precious text messages, you need to work on it; Or when the Apple release the newest generation of iPhone, fascinating with so many funny features, and you cannot wait to upgrade your old iPhone to it, you need to work on it; ETC. See, there are so many situations where iPhone users need to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone. But the real question is how can you do it.

Often, or calling it always, iPhone users tend to ask for help from Apple official tools, like iTunes and iCloud. Truly, they can fix the issue of transferring data from one iPhone to another. But here we also need to tell you that neither of the two ways is perfect, with some annoying problems. Guess some of you, who usually use iTunes and iClooud, or are pretty familiar with them, must realize what it means. To begin with, iTunes and iCloud can’t back up all data, not to mention transferring all data from iPhone to iPhone. Besides, you can’t just selectively transfer messages, photos, files from iPhone to another via iTunes/iCloud. Moreover, it is quite hard to use iTunes and iCloud to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone.

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone

However, even though iTunes and iCloud have so many shortcomings, mentioned above, we will still show your the detailed steps about how to use iTunes/iCloud transferring data from iPhone to iPhone, for the newbies; Besides, a perfect method is also going to list with detailed steps, to help you transfer data from iPhone to iPhone easily and smoothly.

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Part 1. How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud/iTunes

Best way always goes first. To avoid iTunes/iCloud shortcomings, we would like to firstly show you an iTunes/iCloud alternative – AnyTrans for iOS, to help you with transferring data from one iPhone to another, since it is fitted with the following top features, like:

What’s more, AnyTrans for iOS supports both of Windows and Mac operating system. And it is also compatible with all the models of iPhone, like iPhone 6/6s/7/8/X and the latest iPhone XS (Max) and iPhone XR. Follow steps below to transfer everything from one iPhone to another wholly or selectively.

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Method 1. Transfer All Data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud/iTunes

Step 1Open AnyTrans for iOS and connect with your iPhones > Select your old iPhone. And Clone and Merge allows you to transfer data between two iPhones quickly. (But notice that Clone feature will wipe the selected files on your target iPhone).

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud/iTunes – Step 1

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud/iTunes – Step 1

Step 2Confirm the transferring direction and click the “>” button, select all types of data, AnyTrans for iOS will transfer the data from iPhone to iPhone.

How to Transfer All Data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud/iTunes – Step 2

How to Transfer All Data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud/iTunes – Step 2

Method 2. Transfer Selected Data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud/iTunes

Click the  button to choose a specific category like Photos, Notes, Messages, etc. Here we will take transferring photos from Camera Roll for example.

Step 1. Connect your two iPhones to the computer. Click on Device Manager.

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud/iTunes – Step 1

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud/iTunes – Step 1

Step 2. Select Photos >choose one album.

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud/iTunes – Step 2

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud/iTunes – Step 2

Step 3. Select the photos you want to transfer and then click on To Device button.

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud/iTunes – Step 3

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud/iTunes – Step 3

1. Before checking transferred photos in another iPhone, please click the fresh button as we show. Also, you can check them on your iPhone 8/X/7/6s/6/5s/SE/5/4s directly.

2. These 2 methods also work for transferring other kinds of iOS data between two iPhones, in addition, you can use it to transfer data among all iPhones, iPads, iPods.

Part 2: Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone Using iTunes Backup (Unstable & Data Loss Risk)

Transfer data from one iPhone to another isn’t a mystery with iTunes. That’s because before iCloud featured on iOS 5, iTunes was the only way to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone. But the story changed as many products and services offer more straightforward and convenient iPhone to iPhone data transfer solutions, which may turn this tedious job into a simple process. But if you still prefer this iTunes way to transfer everything from one iPhone to another, you can make it with the following steps:

Method 3. How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes Backup

1. Backup your old iPhone with iTunes firstly, if you haven’t: Open iTunes > Connect your old iPhone to the computer > Click Device tab > Click Summary > Click This Computer in Backups column > Click Back Up Now:

2. Connect your another iPhone to the computer that you have backed up your old device in Step 1.

3. Open iTunes on your computer and select the device tab.

4. Select Restore Backup. Then choose a backup. Please make sure it’s the correct one by looking at the date and size of each, if you have more than one iTunes backup.

5. If the backup file was encrypted, enter your password and unlock it when asked.

7. Wait for the restore process to finish, then complete the rest of the setup steps on your iOS device. Dozens of minutes probably will be needed. If possible, keep your device connected to an available Wi-Fi and in charge after setup, which allows photos, music, apps, and other contents stored in iCloud to automatically download back to your iPhone.

When transferring data from one iPhone to another with iTunes backup, all the content in the iTunes backup will be restored to the iPhone no matter whether you want to restore all of them; and some media files (like Apps, music, ringtones, movies, iBooks, etc.) won’t be transferred during this process. If you want to transfer all the contents to iPhone (even media files), and selectively, just the data items you want, you can move to Part 1 to make it.

Part 3: Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone Using iCloud (Slow & Blind Full Restore)

We notice that most of you are visiting this guide on iPhone or iPad, and you may want to find a method to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without computer. To be honest, you indeed can transfer data from one iPhone to another without computer, but the only way is using iCloud backup and iCloud syncing.

However, it has several shortcomings like: takes you 30 to 60 minutes to make it; requires your Wi-Fi network is enough fast; you may lose important data during transferring; media files (like Films, Apps, Music, Ringtones, iBooks, etc.) can’t be transferred, etc. Therefore, we recommend you to transfer data from one iPhone to another with computer as Part 1 does, all the contents will be transferred to iPhone, and all the contents on both of your two iPhones will keep safe.

Method 4. Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud Backup

Step 1. Make a backup of your old iPhone if you haven’t made one in advance.

  • For iPhones running with iOS 10 and later: go to Settings App > Tap on your Apple ID’s profile > Click iCloud > iCloud Backup > Click Back Up Now.
  • For iPhones running with iOS 9 or older: go to Settings App > iCloud > Backup > Turn on “iCloud Backup” if it is closed > Tap on Back Up Now.

Step 2. Restore your another iPhone with the backup you made above: on your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings > Erase iPhone > Set up your iPhone again > Select Restore from iCloud > Select the backup you just created.

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud Backup

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud Backup

Method 5. Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud Syncing

Transferring data from one iPhone to another with iCloud syncing only supports several kinds of iOS data, like Photos (only Photo Stream), Email, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, etc. Other files like Photos not in Photo Stream, Messages, Music, Ringtones, Apps, are not on the supported list. If you want to transfer more iOS content to your iPhone 8/X/7/6s/SE, please move to Part 1.

Before transferring everything from one iPhone to another with iCloud syncing, there are three things you need to know firstly:

1) Both of your iPhones can be connected to Wi-Fi network.

2) You need to log in the same Apple ID on both of your devices.

3) You need to repeat the steps on both of your iPhones.

Then follow the steps below to transfer data to iPhone with iCloud syncing.

Step 1: On your iPhone, tap on Settings apps > Click your Apple ID’s profile > Select iCloud.

Step 2: Select the categories you want to transfer like, Photos, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Notes, etc., and then tap on it to turn it on one by one. And then wait for the process to finish. How long this process will last depends on the size of the data you want to transfer to iPhone 6/6s/7/8/X/XS (Max)/XR and the speed of your network.

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud Syncing

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud Syncing

Part 4: Best iPhone to iPhone Transfer Solution – Comparison Chart

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The Bottom Line

With the help of the full guide on how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone, you must have transferred everything you want on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. If this post works for you, please share it with the people around you. If you have any question, be free to message us by clicking the Chat Window in the bottom right corner. Download AnyTrans for iOS to Explore More 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.