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How to Transfer Contacts from One iPhone to another

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Michael Watson

September 14, 2017 (Updated: November 30, 2017)• Filed to: Backup & Restore iPhone

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“Hi, I bought a new iPhone after my old iPhone 6 was damaged. Can I transfer my contacts from my old iPhone to this new one? Both the new iPhone and the old iPhone are running iOS 11. They are very important and I don’t have time for manual and one by one transfer. Is there any suggestions for how to transfer contacts from one iPhone to another?”

Dissimilar to Google Android, an iOS device doesn’t help in backing up contacts in the SIM card. And therefore, transferring contacts from iPhone to iPhone is not a cake walk for many users. This is the reason we are writing this post. We will update you with how to transfer contacts from one iPhone to another easily.

1 Transfer Contacts from One iPhone to another without Restoring iPhone

The first thing which is required is to create a backup of the contacts that are in your phone. And for this, we recommend you to use iMyFone D-Port Pro which is a fantastic program to backup and restore your data without overwriting the existing data. The tool is perfectly compatible with iOS 11 and can support more than 20 files in exporting from iTunes/iCloud or iOS devices.

iMyFone D-Port Pro iPhone Backup and Restore Tool

Key Features:

  • D-Port Pro is a flexible tool which helps in the whole backup as well as partial backup of your device. For instance, you can back up the whole device and if you only want WhatsApp or WeChat backup, this tool can help in that also.
  • The best thing is it doesn’t affect the existing backup files. If you’ve made an old backup, the new backup will not replace it.
  • You can view the backup after creating it.
  • Also, you can easily and selectively restore the backup you made before with the help of iMyFone D-Port Pro. For example, you can just restore WhatsApp, contacts, messages or WeChat data from the iTunes, iCloud or iMyFone backup.

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Note: The current version of iMyFone D-Port Pro doesn't support to restore only contacts from the backups. It will be supported in the later version.

1.1 Back Up Your iPhone with iMyFone D-Port Pro or iTunes

As mentioned above, to transfer your contacts from one iPhone to another, let’s learn to make the backup of your data and then transfer it to the other iPhone. To backup your data you can either use iTunes, the official iDevice manager app, or use iMyFone D-Port, a more flexible tool. The major drawback in performing a backup using iTunes is that it overwrites the previous backup with the new backup data. However, using D-Port Pro is 100% risk free as it doesn’t overwrites the pervious data backup files.

Back Up Your iPhone Using iMyFone D-Port Pro

Here is the step guide to safely backup your iPhone with iMyFone D-Port Pro.

Step 1 – Launch the software and connect your device

Download the iMyFone D-Port Pro from the official website and launch it after it is installed on your PC. Next, connect your PC and iPhone with the help of a USB cable.

Step 2 – Select the backup option

On the main interface, hit the tab on the left side that says “Backup & Export from Device”. Now click on the option “Make a Full Backup” from the available options.

make a full backup of iPhone

Step 3 – Initiate the backup of your iPhone

Next, hit the “Back Up” option to initiate the process.

back up iPhone

Make sure the device remains connected to the PC until the process is completed.

succesfully back up device

Back Up Your iPhone Using iTunes

Step guide to perform backup with iTunes is as follows:

Step 1 – Launch iTunes on your computer. Now, connect your device to the PC with a USB cable and move to the next step.

Step 2 – As soon as your device is detected by iTunes, hold the Ctrl button and hit on your iPhone which is listed under Devices panel. Or alternatively, simply right click on your iPhone.

Step 3 – Tap on the Back Up option from the list and you're done. Your data will then be backed up on your device. But remember your previous backup file will be overwritten with the new one at the completion of the backup process.

Back up iPhone using iTunes

1.2. Transfer Only Contacts to another iPhone without Restoring the iPhone

iMyFone D-Port Pro is able to restore full or partial backup. It is an excellent alternative to restore, because none of your other data except the contacts on your device will be overwritten with this tool. Here is the tutorial on how to transfer contacts to another iPhone.

Step 1 – Launch D-Port Pro

Firstly launch the program and from the left panel, select “Restore Backup to Device” panel. You can then select the backup file showing on the screen. In other words, select iTunes if you want to restore from it and similarly iCloud or iMyFone.

choose a backup

Step 2 – Select Data Type

Now, from the next interface, there is a requirement to choose restoring a full or partial backup. Since you want only contacts, so select “Restore Partial Backup”

click restore a partial backup

Then, choose “Contacts” from the data types listed in order to restore them. (Contact is not supported temporarily in the version 3.0.0.)

choose to restore partial backup

Step 3 – Transfer contacts from one iPhone to another

Your contacts will be scanned by the program and you are required to click on “Restore” and wait for the process to get complete. Your contacts will be easily transfered to another iPhone now without overwriting any other data on the iPhone.

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2 Transfer Contacts from One iPhone to another Using iTunes or iCloud

You can also transfer contacts from one iPhone to another by using iTunes or iCloud to restore your iPhone. First of all, make sure that you have iTunes or iCloud backup containning the contacts. We would like to remind you again that if there is some other important data on your device, it is not suggested way to restore your iPhone using iTunes or iCloud since this method is able to overwrite the other contents in your device. Here we are giving the step guide for iTunes.

Step 1 – Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch the official device manages app, iTunes on your PC.
Step 2 – Hit on your iPhone in the iTunes window and then tap on the button that says “Restore Backup”.
Step 3 – Select the backup file that you’ve made recently with the other iPhone and hit “Restore”. Once the restoration process completes, all your contacts will be transferred to the new iPhone.

Restore iPhone using iTunes

To transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone is top important thing whenever we buy a new device. And now you are familiar with the most flexible way to transfer contacts without disturbing existing data in any way. Thank you for reading this article and we would like to know your experience of transferring process.

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