By AOMEI / Last Updated November 18, 2020

How to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone?

Last week, I got a new iPhone from my daddy on my birthday. Now I want to transfer all my precious family photos from my old iPhone to the new one. But I have no idea how to complete this task. Does anyone have any clues? Thanks a lot!

- Question from Apple Community

If you get a new iPhone like the latest iPhone 12, you might want transfer data from iPhone to iPhone, including the contacts, photos, mails, etc. In this guide, we will share 3 ways with you guys to accomplish the photo transfer between two iOS devices.

To move photos from old iPhone to new iPhone, you can check out the following three methods and choose a proper one based on your requirements and preference.

► iTunes and iCloud will transfer your photos as well as other data. If you only want to transfer photos, Way 3 is your best choice.

Way 1. Transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone with iCloud

First of all, you can use iCloud to transfer photos from iPhone to another. The specific steps are listed below:

Step 1. Open Settings on your old iPhone and tap the Apple ID banner.

Step 2. Tap the Apple ID banner and then iCloud.

Step 3. Tap iCloud Backup and Back Up Now.

Backup Iphone On Icloud

Note: this will back up all contents on the old iPhone, not only the photos.

Step 4. Turn off your old iPhone when the backup is finished.

Step 5. Remove the SIM card from your old iPhone and insert it to your new iPhone.

Step 6. Turn on your new iPhone and press the Home button based on which device you are setting up now.

Step 7. Follow the onscreen instructions to choose your preferred language and set up the Wi-Fi network.

Step 8. Tap “Restore from iCloud backup”. And log in your iCloud account/Apple ID.

Step 9. Tap on “Next” > “Agree” > “Agree”.

Step 10. Choose the backup you just made.

Way 2. Transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone with iTunes

How to transfer photos iPhone to iPhone using iTunes? First you need to plug the old iPhone to a Mac or Windows PC. Then refer to the following procedure:

Step 1. Launch iTunes on your PC and click on the iPhone icon in the menu bar.

Step 2. Click on “Back Up Now”.

Backup Iphone On Itunes

Tips: You can keep this iPhone backup on computer. One day you might need the data.

Step 3. Unplug the old iPhone when it is done. Turn it off and take out the SIM card.

Step 4. Insert the SIM card into your new iPhone, turn it on and finish the settings and connect to Wi-Fi network.

Step 5. Select “Restore from iTunes backup”.

Step 6. On iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC, select “Restore from this backup”.

Step 7. Choose the target backup from the list and click “Continue”.

Way 3. Transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone via AOMEI MBackupper

As shown above, the first two methods will transfer all contents including photos, contacts, messages, and more from old iPhone to new iPhone. And you are not allowed to transfer only photos folder from the old iPhone to a new one. So how can you transfer only photos?

You can complete that task with the help of AOMEI MBackupper. It allows you to choose what you want to transfer by folder or files from iPhone to PC and vice versa. And its interface is clean and intuitive, easy to operate for experts and beginners. With AOMEI MBackupper, sending photos from iPhone to iPhone would be very easy.

AOMEI MBackupper is fully compatible with the latest iPhone 12/11, iPad 8/Air 4, and also supports iOS 14.

See how to share photos between iPhone with this software:

Step 1. Download, install and run AOMEI MBackupper on your Windows PC.

Step 2. Connect your old iPhone to the PC via USB cables and make sure it is recognized successfully.

Step 3. Tap Trust This Computer on your iPhone.

Step 4. Click “Photos Backup” in the main interface.

Backup Only Photos

Step 5. Then, you can click the Photos icon and select which photos to back up.

Click The Icon

Select Photos

Step 6. You can change the destination location to save the backup. After all are done, click “Start Backup” to start the task.

Select Path

Step 7. Then wait for the process to accomplish.

Backup Completed

When the backup is done, you can remove the old iPhone and plug the new one into the Windows computer. And restore them to the new iPhone.

Restore To New Iphone

Bonus feature: it supports backup only changed and added files to save time and space.


So, with the three methods introduced, now you must have learned how to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone. All of them are creating a backup of photos on the old iPhone firstly, and then restore them to the new one.

But AOMEI MBackupper enables users to choose specific folders and files to back up and restore. It is the best tool to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud.

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