By AOMEI / Last Updated March 10, 2021

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!

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If you get a new iPhone, you may need to move your important photos, videos to it, just like the scenario. To do so, you can check out the following three methods and choose a proper one based on your requirements and preference.

► You probably have backed up all data on your iCloud or iTunes, if so, and want to only transfer photos to the new phone, you can turn to Way 3 or Way 4.

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

We usually transfer everything on the old phone when we have a new phone via iCloud. iCloud will move everything on the iCloud backup to your destination phone. So if you want to perform this, follow the specific steps below:

First of all, if you didn't backed up data your need, enable iCloud as these steps:

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

Step 2. Then choose "iCloud". Once you enter the iCloud, make sure the "iCloud Photos" function is enabled.

Turn off your old iPhone when the backup is finished. Remove the SIM from the old iPhone and insert it to your new iPhone.

Step 3. Turn on your new iPhone. And follow the onscreen instructions to choose your preferred language and set up the Wi-Fi network.

Step 4. Then tap “Restore from iCloud backup”. And log in your iCloud account/Apple ID. And follow prompts that would be “Next” > “Agree” > “Agree”.

Then wait for the process to get finished. But you may be asked to purchase more storage if the iCloud is full. You can buy more space or try the following methods to transfer photos.

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

iTunes is another backup Service provided by Apple. If you have a Macbook or Windows PC that installed iTunes for Windows. refer to the following procedure:

Step 1. Launch iTunes on your Mac or 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 Airdrop

Generally, we use Airdop feature to share photos, videos, music, and other files between friends and different Apple devices. And you can send photos to another iPhone that completed the setup. For example, share photos to your friends.

Before we get started, make sure your iPhone running with iOS 7 or later. And AirDrop is available on iPhone 5 or newer, iPad (4th generation or later), an iPad mini, 5th generation iPod touch.

Step 1. On the old iPhone, tap "Photos" on the home.

Step 2. tap "Select" on the top corner of the Photos. And choose all photos you want to send.

Step 3. Tap "Share" icon on the bottom, and choose "Airdrop". And choose the device your want to send.

Then your will see the photos on the new iPhone.

Way 4. Transfer photos from old iPhone to new 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 sending a large mount of space using these methods can be time-consuming.And sometimes, you may encounter "Photos can't be transfer to new iPhone".

Actually, more people would like to complete that task with the help of the professional backup tool-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. More importantly, AOMEI MBackupper support erasing iPhone clean which is very important for your personal data if you want to sell or give your old phone away.

AOMEI MBackupper is fully compatible with iPhone, including 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. Tap "Trust" This Computer on your iPhone.

Step 3. Click “Photos Backup” in the main interface.

Backup Only Photos

Step 4. Then, you can click the Photos icon and select which photos to transfer.

Click The Icon

Select Photos

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

Select Path

Step 5. When the backup is done, you can remove the old iPhone and plug the new one into the Windows computer. Click "Start Restore", and the photos will be transferred 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 4 methods introduced, now you must have learned how to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone. By contrast, AOMEI MBackupper is more suitable for most people by its high transferring speed. And don't forget to wipe the old iphone clean with MBackupper if you want to sell or abandon your old iPhone.

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