How to Transfer iPhone to New iPhone (Selectively or Completely)?

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When you upgrade to a new iPhone, the first thing that probably comes to mind is how to transfer all your settings and data, including photos, videos, music, contacts, and more, to the new iPhone. There are several ways how to go about doing this, and, in this article, we describe three of them and help you pick the one that best fits your needs. Don't worry: you don't have to be an expert to follow the instructions in this article.

1. Transfer iPhone to New iPhone using Quick Start

The first method you can use is the Quick Start feature, which is present in all iPhones with iOS 11 or iOS 12. The Quick Start feature allows you to wirelessly transfer your settings from your old device to your new one.

  • To begin the data transfer process, all you have to do is bring the two devices close together and tap Continue on the Quick Start screen, which should automatically appear within a few seconds.
  • After the data transfer process is over, you will be asked to authenticate on your new device using your current device's passcode.
  • The first time you use your new device, you will be given the option to restore apps, data, and, settings from your most recent iCloud backup.

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Depending on whether you own an Apple Watch or not, you might also be asked to transfer your Apple Watch data and settings to your new device, which can save you a few minutes down the road.

If you experience any issues initializing the data transfer process, verify that Bluetooth is activated on both devices and try again. You should keep the two devices as close to each other as possible otherwise the data transfer process might interrupt, forcing you to start from scratch.

Pros and Cons

The Quick Start feature is a perfect way to set up a new iPhone as quickly as possible. However, it only transfers the basic setup to your new iPhone, instead of  all the data from old iPhone. Relying on Bluetooth technology, it's not as reliable as the other methods described in this article, which is why we don't recommend it for complete data transfers unless you have a backup or are willing to risk losing your messages, 3rd-party apps, and contacts.

2. Transfer iPhone to New iPhone using iCloud

Another way how you can move data from your old iPhone to the new one is using iCloud, Apple's cloud storage and cloud computing service. To start, the first thing you need to do is back up your previous device.

  • Go to Settings → iCloud → iCloud Backup and make sure the iCloud Backup option is turned on.
  • Click on the Back Up Now button.
  • Your iPhone will initiate the data backup process and tell you how much time is remaining until it completes. It's important that you stay on connected to Wi-Fi during the whole process otherwise you may have to start from scratch.

With your previous device backed up on iCloud, it's time to transfer your iCloud backup to your new iPhone.

  • Turn on your new iPhone and join a reliable Wi-Fi network.
  • On the Apps & Data screen, select the Restore from iCloud Backup option.
  • You will be asked to sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password.
  • Choose the latest iCloud backup available and stay connected to Wi-Fi until the restore process is over.

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Pros and Cons

Freely offered by Apple, iCloud is guaranteed to work on all recent Apple devices and iOS versions. It can transfer iPhone to new iPhone wirelessly. However, iCloud cannot choose specifically what you would like to back up and restore, making the transfer process a All or Nothing deal, and very slow. With 5GB free space, iCloud has been known to fail due to insufficient storage to back up.

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3. Transfer iPhone to New iPhone with iTunes

If you would rather not transfer your data wirelessly and upload it to Apple's cloud storage for you don't have enough iCloud storage, you can also use iTunes to transfer iPhone to new iPhone without iCloud. To use this method, you will need access to a computer with macOS or Windows and a charging cable.

  • Connect your old iPhone to a computer.
  • Wait until the device is recognized and then open the latest version of iTunes.
  • Select your device and click on the Back Up Now button. If you also want to back up your Health and Activity data from your iOS device or Apple Watch, make sure the Encrypt iPhone backup option is selected.

Depending on your computer, it may take a while for the backup process to finish. When it does, you can verify that a backup of your previous device has been created by going to iTunes Preferences → Devices.

  • With a backup of your previous device created, it's time to connect your new device to the computer and wait for it to be recognized.
  • Open the latest version of iTunes and select your device.
  • Click on the Restore Backup…button, which is located right next to the Back Up Now button and choose the backup you've just created. Depending on which version of iOS your new iPhone came with, you might be asked to update to the newest version available. If you've selected the Encrypt iPhone backup option, you will be asked to enter your password.

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Again, the data restore speeds depends largely on your computer, so be prepared to wait a while if your machine is older.

Pros and Cons

iTunes is officially supported by Apple and it is free, also. However, just like iCloud, iTunes can't give you the option to selectively transfer data from iPhone to new iPhone. Errors occur often during iTunes restore, which lead to data loss, especially with backup encryption turned on.

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4. Transfer iPhone to New iPhone with Transfer Application

The two above-described methods have one major limitation: they are unable to selectively backup and restore an iPhone. That's where iMyFone iTransor comes in. This iOS data backup and restore tool gives users the option to selectively transfer iPhone to new iPhone – you can transfer all data, or transfer what you need only from old iPhone. Works on all iOS versions and devices, including iOS 12 and iPhone X, it can restore data without any data loss.

For example, you can use iMyFone iTransor to back up only contacts, text messages, or WhatsApp data from your old iPhone. You can then choose exactly what you would like to restore to your new iPhone without affecting other data on the device.

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How to Transfer iPhone to New iPhone with iTransor?

Selectively transferring data from an iPhone using iMyFone iTransor is easy. You just need to back up the data on your old iPhone and then restore what you need to the new one:

  • Launch iMyFone iTransor.
  • Go to Acquire Backup from Device & iCloud and click on Back Up Device.
  • Connect your iPhone to your computer and wait for the "iPhone Has Been Connected" message to appear.
  • Choose to "Make a Full Backup" or "Select one or More Data Type(s)" option from the right column.
  • When you're ready to back up your data, click on the Back Up button located in the bottom-right corner.

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The following steps tells how to restore a backup selectively using iMyFone iTransor:

  • Go to the Restore Backup to Device tab and choose a backup. It can be an iTunes backup or iMyFone backup you just created. You can download an iCloud backup to restore also.
  • Click on Next and then choose Restore Partial Backup.
  • Connect your iPhone to your computer and choose which data types you would like to restore from the list on the left.
  • When you're ready to begin the data restore process, click either on Preview & Restore or Directly Restore to start the restore process.

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Pros and Cons

Out of all the ways how to transfer data from an older iPhone to a new one that are described in this article, only iMyFone iTransor can selectively back up and restore only certain types of data, including contacts, text messages, WhatsApp or WeChat, just to give a few examples, earning it our sincere recommendation.

iMyFone iTransor can also fully back up all the data and settings on one device and restore them to another one, like what iTunes or iCloud can do. With iMyFone iTransor, you can view your backup locally before restoring it to another device, which can be tremendously useful when comparing multiple backups. What may surprise you is that iMyFone iTransor's backup feature is completely free and works across different iOS versions, including iOS 12.

5. Good to Know about Transfer iPhone to New iPhone

Even with iMyFone iTransor, there are certain types of data that cannot be transferred to a new iPhone. This includes progress in many offline games and music downloaded from the internet. While it's very unlikely that you would consider the data of this nature to be essential, you might want to go through your phone and manually verify that your iPhone data transfer method of choice can really transfer everything you need.

In this article, we explained three distinct methods how to transfer iPhone new iPhone (iPhone X included), with iMyFone iTransoremerging as the winner. Regardless of which method you choose, always follow the instructions as closely as possible, and don't interrupt the data transfer process unless you're willing to risk losing your data.

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