How to Transfer Notes from iPhone to iPhone

Seeking for an easy way to transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone? This detailed post will tell you 4 simple ways to copy notes to new iPhone.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jan. 04, 2021

Q: I have a lot of notes on my old iPhone 8, and recently I’ve gotten a new iPhone. I don’t want to re-type the text notes on my new iPhone, so how to transfer notes from old iPhone to new iPhone?”

– One iPhone User from Apple Forum

Apple has postponed the release of iPhone 12, but it comes to us this October. Some iPhone fans would change their iPhones once they can reach them. Therefore, the data transferring from iPhone to new iPhone is already to go ahead. Especially the note, which maintains lots of ideas and notes,  is quite a necessity that can’t miss in the new iPhone.

How to transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone? You can transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone via iTunes backups, iCloud backups, and also via AirDrop with great ease. Also, 2 much labor-saving and time-saving methods are listed in this post. Keep on reading and figure out the most reliable and efficient way to transfer your notes from iPhone to iPhone.

Transfer Notes from iPhone to iPhone

Transfer Notes from iPhone to iPhone

Method 1. Transfer Notes from iPhone to iPhone via AirDrop

AirDrop is quite the same as Bluetooth but only works between Apple devices. You can transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone with AirDrop. AirDrop requires to share the stuff with other Apple devices that are sure nearby. And there are some settings you need to set up before or while you are transferring notes.  Follow the next steps to transfer notes from the old iPhone to the new iPhone.

Step 1. Adjust AirDrop settings on the new iPhone.

  1. Go to the Control Center > Long press on the Internet window which presents AirPlane, Mobile Data, Wlan, and Bluetooth.
  2. Here it will pop up a window > Long press on the AirDrop option.
  3. Choose Everyone. ( You can choose the Contacts Only if you already saved the old phone in your contacts.)
Adjust AirDrop Settings

Adjust AirDrop Settings

Step 2. Choose notes to transfer from the old iPhone.

  1. Open the Notes > Click on the … on the up-right corner.
  2. Choose the Send a Copy.
  3. Tap on the AirDrop.
  4. Click on the target iPhone to transfer the note.
How to Use AirDrop to Transfer Notes from iPhone to iPhone

How to Use AirDrop to Transfer Notes from iPhone to iPhone

Step 3. Accept AirDrop.

  1. A window will pop up on the new iPhone.
  2. Click on the Accept to accept the note you sent from the old iPhone. Now you will see a Sent below the iPhone you choose on the old iPhone.
Accept AirDrop

Accept AirDrop

Method 2. Transfer Notes to New iPhone with AnyTrans

Sure, you can choose notes on your old iPhone to transfer one by one via AirDrop. Or you can choose to restore all the data from iTunes backup and iCloud backup. All of these methods are working out well on notes transfer.

However, sometimes, using iTunes or iCloud to transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone would be knotty and confusing for some people, as it is a little complicated, time-consuming, and also maybe failed in the midway due to some unknown reasons. Unlike these solutions, AnyTrans can save you time and labor. As the most professional data management tool, it also supports transferring the notes you want with just one click.

AnyTrans – iPhone Notes to iPhone

  • Transfer over 3000 notes from iPhone to iPhone within 32 SECONDS.
  • Transfer notes to the new iPhone directly, with no backup and restore process.
  • Support transferring other 28+ types of data from iPhone to iPhone
  • Work on all iPhone and iOS systems(iPhone 12 & iOS 14 supported).

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Free Download100% Clean & Safe

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Now, Free Download AnyTrans to your computer, then follow the steps below to copy notes to the new iPhone quickly.

Step 1: Launch AnyTrans and connect your iPhones to computer with USB cables > Click on “Phone Switcher” mode > Choose Phone to iPhone.

Choose Phone to iPhone on Phone Switcher

Choose Phone to iPhone on Phone Switcher

Step 2: Click on “Notes” > Tap on “Next” to transfer Notes from the old iPhone to the new iPhone.

Transfer Notes to New iPhone in 1 Click – Step 1

Transfer Notes to New iPhone in 1 Click – Step 2

Minutes later, you will see all the notes on the old iPhone were transferred to the new iPhone. Download AnyTrans and give it a try which won’t let you down.

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If you just get one new iPhone, and also want to transfer other important content to your new iPhone except for notes, then you can refer to this complete guide: How to Transfer Data from iPhone to New iPhone >

Method 3. Transfer Notes from iPhone to iPhone via iTunes Backup

To transfer notes between iPhones via iTunes, firstly you need to back up the content on your old iPhone to a computer. After the backup process is finished, it’s time to restore the backup you just created to the new iPhone.

When using iTunes or iCloud to move notes, some important info you must clear:

1. All supported file types on your iPhone will be backed up together with the notes at once, you can’t back up notes only.

2. All files have been backed up will be restored to your new iPhone, you can’t restore notes only. All the existing files on your new iPhone will be erased and replaced by the files in iTunes or iCloud backup.

3. According to the user’s feedback, sometimes, the restoring process will get stuck on the Apple logo. If the process failed, you may lose all the files, and these files can’t be recovered anymore.

Step 1. Back up your old iPhone firstly.

  1. Connect your old iPhone to the computer via a USB cable.
  2. Launch iTunes on your computer.
  3. Click on the Device button in iTunes.
  4. Choose the Summary option on the left side of the panel.
  5. Click on This computer.
  6. Click on the Back Up Now button under the Backups section.
  7. Choose Apply to start backing up the content on your old iPhone to iTunes.
Back Up iPhone with iTunes

Back Up iPhone with iTunes

Step 2. Restore iTunes backup to your new iPhone.

  1. After the backup process completes, just disconnect your old iPhone.
  2. Connect your new iPhone to the computer and run iTunes again.
  3. Click on Summary.
  4. Choose the Restore Backup… option to restore the backup you just created.
  5. When the restoring process is done, you can check the notes from your old iPhone on your new iPhone.
Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

Method 5. Transfer Notes from iPhone to iPhone with Selectively Restore [No Data Erase]

With PhoneTrans, an Phone to Phone Transfer and Backup Restore Tool,  you can easily restore the notes from backups to your new iPhone. Unlike restoring from iTunes/iCloud backups to overwrite the new iPhone, you can retrieve data selectively with PhoneTrans. Go ahead and check out how to restore notes from the old iPhone to the new iPhone.

Step 1. Back up the iPhone with iTunes.

Firstly, you have to back up the old iPhone with iTunes if you haven’t one. You can follow method 3 to do that.

Step 2. Run PhoneTrans on Computer.

Download PhonTrans and launch it on your computer. Connect your new iPhone to the computer. Choose Phone Restore > iTunes Backup.

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Click iTunes Backup to Restore

Click iTunes Backup to Restore

Step 3. Choose the Right Backup.

Now choose the Phone Restore on the left panel. 5 options you can see, choose the right backup which contains the notes you want to restore to the new iPhone.

Choose Selective Restore

Choose Selective Restore

With the following instruction on the screen, you can choose between Selective Restore and Full Restore. Selective Restore supports data selection. Full Restore will restore all these contents your backup owns to your new iPhone.

Step 4. Restore Notes to the New iPhone.

Unselect and click on Notes. And then tap on Restore Now to go on note transferring.

Selectively Restore iTunes Backup Data to iPhone

Selectively Restore iTunes Backup Data to iPhone

You can turn on your new iPhone and find out the notes are already restored on it in minutes. As one of the most efficient iPhone data transfer tools around, transferring whatever you want from old devices to new ones becomes possible with PhoneTrans. No matter you want to transfer data, back up, or restore the device, PhoneTrans can meet every need while you are switching phones. Some highlights of PhoneTrans:

  • A quick transfer supports everything or just the exact data you want migration, like the notes, photos, contacts, and so on.
  • If you need, you can also clone the old iPhone data and settings to the new one without any missing.
  • Sure, PhoneTrans can help merge the content of two iPhones while transferring. No manually delete the duplicated contacts anymore.
  • Bring along the Apps you need, like WhatsApp, Line, Viber, etc.
  • Also, the Phone Backup option on PhoneTrans will avoid data loss while the Phone Restore can easily restore data to a new device.

Go ahead and give it a try.

Method 4. Transfer Notes from iPhone to Another Using iCloud Backup

Like using iTunes, you first need to make a backup of your old iPhone content, then restore your new iPhone from the iCloud backup you made. You’ll need to make sure that you have enough iCloud storage available for all of your notes. Also, to use this method, both iPhones need to be signed in with the same Apple ID and connected to a stable Wi-Fi.

Step 1. Make a backup of your old iPhone.

  1. Go to “Settings”  > [your name] > iCloud.
  2. Choose “iCloud Backup” and turn on “iCloud Backup” if it is closed.
  3. Tap on “Back Up Now”.
Back Up iPhone with iCloud

Back Up iPhone with iCloud

Step 2. Erase your new iPhone.

  1. Go to “Settings” > Tap on “General” and choose “Reset”.
  2. Choose “Erase All Content and Settings” > Tap on “Erase iPhone”.
Erase All Content and Settings on New iPhone

Erase All Content and Settings on New iPhone

Step 3. Restore your new iPhone from the iCloud backup.

  1. Set up your new iPhone until you access the “Apps & Data” screen.
  2. Choose to “Restore from iCloud Backup”.
  3. Select the backup you just created with your old iPhone.
  4. After it finishes, you can check the notes on your new iPhone.
Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone. You can go through all the methods firstly, and then choose the one you prefer to do the job. Actually,  AnyTrans also does a great job of transferring other data, like photos, contacts, videosmusic, ringtones, messages as well as other files from iPhone to iPhone. Feel free to let us know in the comments section below if you have any questions.

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.