By AOMEI / Last Updated February 3, 2020

“How do I transfer photos from my old iPhone to my new one?”

“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 of how to complete this task. Anyone has any clues? Thanks a lot!”

If you get a new iPhone, you might want to move as much of the data, including the contacts, photos, mails, etc, from your old iPhone over to your new device as you can. In this guide, we will share 3 ways with you guys to accomplish the data transfer between two iOS devices.

The best 3 ways of transferring photos from old iPhone to new iPhone

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.

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

First of all, you can use iCloud to sync photos on the old iPhone to the new one. The specific steps are listed as 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. Send photos from old iPhone to new iPhone with iTunes

To transfer photos from old iPhone to new 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

Note: this will back up all data on the old iPhone.

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. Move photos from old iPhone to new iPhone with mBackupper [recommend]

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. This freeware 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. See how to transfer photos from old iPhone to new 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, which is an obvious advantage over iTunes and iCloud.

So, when you are eager to transfer photos, contacts or other data from iPhone to iPhone without iTunes and iCloud, please go for AOMEI MBackupper which supports most popular iOS device such as iPhone 6 plus/6s plus/SE/7/7 plus/8/8 plus/X/XS/XS Max/XR/11/ 11 Pro /11 Pro Max iPad /iPad mini/iPad Air/iPad Pro and iPod touch 1/2/3/4/5/6/7.