Transfer Your Apps and Data to New iPhone: 3 Methods Explained
Gone are the days when moving data from one iOS device to the other used to be a hassle. Now, Apple has made it so much easier to transfer apps and data from one iPhone to another. What’s more, you can even transfer the existing settings to the new device for a seamless experience.
So, if you have bought a new iPhone and are wondering how to migrate all your essential data including contacts, photos, videos, music, and apps from one iOS device to the other, we have got you covered with this hands-on guide. So, let’s get started!
Keep These Points In Mind Before Going Ahead With The Process
- Make sure to unpair your Apple Watch from your old iPhone before transferring the data.
- Unpairing automatically backs up the Apple Watch and lets you restore it after you pair with a new iPhone. So, you shouldn’t worry about losing your Apple Watch data.
- Ensure that you have a backup of your iOS device.
- Make sure to transfer your SIM card. Just in case, your new device needs a different SIM card or an eSIM, contact your carrier in advance.
Method 1: Use Your iPhone or iPad Running iOS 12.4 or Later to Automatically Setup Your New iDevice
If your iPhone is running iOS 12.4 or later, you can take advantage of the device-to-device migration system to transfer your entire data wirelessly from the old iPhone to the new one.
To get going, turn on your new iPhone and place it near the old device. Ensure that Bluetooth is enabled on your current device.
Now, the Quick Start screen will show up on the current device, offering you the option to set up your new device using the Apple ID. Tap on Continue. When the animation appears on your new iPhone, hold your current device over the new one. After that, make sure to centre the animation in the viewfinder.
Next, you will get a message saying “Finish on New Device”. Go through the on-screen instructions to set up your new iPhone. Make sure to keep both the devices close to each other for the duration of the entire transfer process. Besides, ensure that they are sufficiently charged.
Interestingly, you can also take advantage of the device to device data transfer feature to migrate data from Android to your iOS device using the “Move to iOS” Android app.
Note: Just in case you are unable to use your current iPhone’s camera, authenticate manually by entering the PIN. Then, follow the instructions to proceed.
Method 2: Use iCloud Backup to Transfer Your Apps and Data from Old iPhone to New iPhone
With iCloud backup, transferring data and content to the new device is pretty seamless. To get going, turn on your new iPhone.
Then, go ahead with the onscreen steps until the Wi-Fi screen appears. Now, join a Wi-Fi network. Next, keep following the instructions until you have found the Apps & Data screen.
Up next, tap on Restore from iCloud Backup. Then, sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password. Then, select the most recent backup.
Note: Depending on your needs, you can enable/disable iCloud backup for specific apps. To back up the data of any app, head over to Settings app > profile > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups. Now, turn on/off the switch for the app in question.
Method 3: Transfer Your Data from Old iPhone to New iPhone Using iTunes or Finder
Another reliable method of moving data from one iPhone to the other is to use Finder or iTunes. It’s worth pointing out that Apple has shut down iTunes with the introduction of macOS Catalina. So, if your Mac is running macOS Catalina or later, you will need to use Finder to transfer your data.
If your Mac is running macOS Mojave or earlier, or if you have Windows PC, you will need to use iTunes to move the data from one iOS device to the other.
To begin with, connect your iPhone to the computer, and open iTunes/Finder. Then, select your device and click on Restore from Backup. After that, select the most recent backup of your iOS device.
- Finder/iTunes backup of iPhone consists of almost all the data and settings.
- However, it doesn’t include content from the iTunes and App Stores, or PDFs downloaded directly to Apple Books.
- It won’t include content synced from Finder or iTunes i.e imported MP3s or CDs, videos, photos, and books.
- The Finder/iTunes backup won’t consist of data that has already been stored in iCloud. For instance, it won’t feature iCloud Photos, iMessages, and text (SMS) and multimedia (MMS) messages.
- If you want your computer backup to include Activity, Health, and Keychain data, make sure to encrypt your backup.
As to how much time it will take to restore the device from the previous backup, all depends on the quantity of the data. So, grab a hot coffee and wait for the entire process to finish successfully.
So, these are the three most reliable ways to migrate data from one iPhone to another. It’s always good to have multiple options for more flexibility. Therefore, you can choose the desired method depending on your convenience.
Just in case you face any complexity while transferring data, contact us to help you sort out the issue. Driven to offer the best and cost-effective iPhone repair service, we excel in troubleshooting both the hardware and software issues.
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