By AOMEI / Last Updated December 22, 2020

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone 12?

Just ordered a new iPhone 12 in Apple Store. I have a lot of contacts on my old iPhone 7 and want to transfer all of them to my new iPhone 12. Anybody could tell move the contacts in the shortest time?

- Question from Apple Community

iPhone 12 series have come in October. It is time to upgrade your old iPhone. To make your data safe and let you better use your new iPhone 12. This guide will give you useful advice to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone.

Contacts are one of the most important parts of data on iPhone. They are indispensable when you want to make a call, or send a message or Email. Therefore, you can’t lose such important data.

iPhone Contacts Icon

How to copy all the contacts or just some of them to another iPhone? This guide will give very detailed ways to do that.

Section 1. Transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone 12 in a blink

The best way to protect your old iPhone contacts is exporting contacts from iPhone to your computer. Sometimes users reported that they lost some contacts after restarting iPhone or updating iOS, so backing up iPhone contacts is very necessary and AOMEI MBackupper can help you to do this.

At the same time, AOMEI MBackupper is the fastest iPhone contacts transfer. You will be very satisfied with it.

  • Transfer 3000 contacts in 9 seconds

  • Transfer unlimited contacts for free

  • Preview and select contacts on iPhone

  • Support all the iPhone (iPhone 12/11/SE 2020 supported)

Step 1. Download and connect

Download AOMEI MBackupper and connect old iPhone to computer with USB cable. If this is the first time you connect old iPhone to computer, you need to tap Trust This Computer on it.

Step 2. Select feature

Select Custom Backup on the home screen. AOMEI MBackupper could also let you do photos backup to transfer photos from old iPhone to iPhone 12.

Custom Backup iPhone

Step 3. View Contacts

Click the icon of Contacts and then you could view all the contacts on old iPhone.

Choose Contacts

Step 4. Select Contacts

Select contacts while viewing all the contacts on iPhone. Click OK.

Preview and Select Contacts

Step 5. Save Contacts

Click Start Backup to save all the selected iPhone contacts to computer. Disconnect your old iPhone.

Start Backup Contacts

Step 6. Transfer Contacts

Connect your new iPhone 12 to AOMEI MBackupper. Click Custom Backup and then click Back to enter Backup Management. Select the backup and click Restore to transfer contacts to iPhone.

View Contacts Backup

Section 2. Sync contacts from iPhone to iPhone 12 with iCloud

iCloud is a very convenient application on iPhone. You can use it to sync contacts on all your Apple device signed in with the same Apple ID. The disadvantage is that you cannot keep different contacts on different devices. iPhone contacts and iCloud contacts will be merged and all the devices will keep the same contacts if you turn on iCloud Contacts. Connect both iPhone to the Internet and follow the steps:

1. Go to Settings on old iPhone > tap [your name] > select iCloud > turn on the button of Contacts.

2. Repeat the same procedures on your new iPhone 12.

Enable Contacts Sync

Section 3. Restore contacts to new iPhone 12 from iCloud backup

If you have a complete iPhone backup in iCloud, it would be convenient to start to use your new iPhone 12, but your contacts might not be in that backup. According to the rule of iCloud backup, if you have turn on the button of Contacts in iCloud before you make that iCloud backup, the contacts will not be saved to the backup. If you are not sure for that, you can download iCloud backup to computer to see whether your contacts have been saved.

If your new iPhone 12 has been set up, you need to erase this iPhone and then you can use iCloud backup to restore iPhone. After you restart the new device, sign in your Apple ID and select Restore from iCloud Backup.

Restore From iCloud Backup

Section 4. Send contacts to iPhone 12 via iCloud (different Apple ID)

What if you want to use new iPhone with different Apple ID? The best way is using AOMEI MBackupper in method 1, and iCloud can still do this for you. You can even use this way to access iCloud if iPhone is broken.

Step 1. Switch on the button of Contacts in iCloud on your old iPhone as in Section 2.

Step 2. Go to and sign in the Apple ID of your old iPhone. Select the contacts you want to transfer and click Export vCard to download contacts from iCloud to iPhone.

Transfer Contacts From iPhone

Step 3. Sign in the new Apple ID on the site. Click Import vCard to upload contacts to iCloud.

Import vCard

Step 4. Switch on iCloud Contacts on your new iPhone 12.

Section 5. Import contacts to iPhone 12 using iTunes

iTunes is able to sync contacts from computer to iPhone. You could use it to transfer contacts from old iPhone to iPhone 12. If you saved contacts from iCloud to computer like in Outlook, you can use iTunes to sync contacts from computer to iPhone.

1. Get contacts off iPhone from iCloud as in section 4 and save them to Outlook.

2. Connect iPhone to the latest iTunes and tap the device icon in the upper-left corner.

Device Icon iTunes

3. Select Info in the sidebar, check Sync Contacts and click Apply.

Sync Contacts to Outlook via iTunes

Section 6. Share contacts between iPhone with AirDrop

Want to send contacts to your new iPhone 12 immediately? You can send the digital business card to another iPhone via AirDrop. You could also use it to transfer songs from iPhone to iPhone.

Step 1. Enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both iPhone. Swipe down from the upper-left corner to enable AirDrop on the target iPhone.

Step 2. Select contact on the source iPhone and select Share Contacts.

Step 3. Tap the name of the target device and it would receive the information of the contact.

Airdrop Contacts from iPhone to iPhone


You have got 6 ways about how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone 12 to transfer selected or all the contacts to your new iPhone.

AOMEI MBackupper is the best choice for you to share all contacts. It’s free and transfer contacts in the shortest time. Besides, you leave the copy of contacts on computer to give the insurance of iPhone data.

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