After getting the new iPhone, some people would like to transfer all data to new
iPhone while some just want to move some important data and you're in the latter
category. To some extent, the contacts may be the most important data stored on iPhone and you
definitely want to transfer them to the new one. After all, the phone number is one of the
immediate ways to let you get in touch with others by making a phone call or sending a message.
iCloud is the official cloud storage and cloud computing service provided Apple to help users
store iOS data as well as sync data among device so you are planning to transfer contacts to
new iPhone with the help of it. Well, indeed you can transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone
using iCloud but it also has shortcomings. So here in this guide, I’ll not only detail the
iCloud way but also introduce another quick way to transfer contacts from iPhone to
How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud?
There are two ways you can try to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone using iCloud. You
can turn on the iCloud sync to only sync contacts or restore from an iCloud backup that
contains the contacts.
● Log in with the same Apple account on two
devices. Or if you have created a new account for the new iPhone, refer to this Transfer
Contacts from One Apple ID to Another guide to get the method.
● Connect the two
iPhones to a stable Wi-Fi network.
● Plug in your iPhone if the battery is low.
Method 1. Sync Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud
Once you have turned on the Contacts in iCloud, all your iPhone contacts will be synced to
iCloud server. If you turn on Contacts on other devices that logged in with the same Apple
ID, the contacts on that device will also be merged to iCloud. When you add or update a
contact, iCloud makes the change everywhere.
On your old iPhone:
Go to Settings > Tap [your anme] > iCloud > Turn
on Contacts > When you're asked if you want to Merge or Cancel, tap
On your new iPhone:
Do the same above to turn on the Contacts in iCloud.
Wait for the contacts on old iPhone syncing to new iPhone. If there are lots of contacts that
need to be synced to iCloud server, it may take a while to finish. You can go to the
Contacts app and pull down from the top of the screen to refresh the contacts.
Method 2. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud Backup
You can also choose to restore a whole iCloud backup that contains the contacts. First backup
your old iPhone with iCloud and then restore the backup on new iPhone. If you do not mind
restoring all old iPhone contents and settings, see the steps below.
On your old iPhone:
Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud
Backup > Turn on iCloud Backup > Tap Back Up
Note: It may take a while to finish the backup since it will backup the
whole device. If there is no enough iCloud storage space, the backup may fail. (5 GB free
On your new iPhone:
Set up your new iPhone until you see the Apps & Data screen, choose
Restore from iCloud Backup and follow the prompts to finish restoring the
iPhone backup and copy your old contacts to the new phone.
Or if you have already set up the device, you can go to Settings >
General > Reset > Erase All Content and
Settings > Erase iPhone > Set up your new iPhone until
you see the Apps & Data screen and choose Restore from iCloud
An Easy Way to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone
From the above, you know how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud. However,
neither the two methods would allow you to transfer selected contacts but all of them. So
here comes another easier way to help you transfer needed iPhone contacts. That’s mBackupper.
It’s one free iPhone backup manager and also offers a way to help you transfer data between
two iDevices. Supports contacts, messages, music, photos, videos.
Two steps to complete the transfer:
① Backup contacts on old iPhone
② Restore the backup
files to new iPhone
You can select the contacts
you want to backup and restore. Most of all, there is no need to reset your new iPhone and
it will not erase any existing data.
It supports all models of iPhone from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 11 and would be perfectly
compatible with the latest iOS 13. Download the tool on your PC and follow the steps below
to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone.
1. Launch mBackupper > Connect old iPhone that contains the contacts you want to transfer
to computer > Tap Trust on the home screen to give your computer access
to your iPhone.
2. Click Custom Backup > Choose Contacts > Select the
contacts you want to transfer and click OK to confirm.
3. Select the backup path > Click Start Backup button to start backing up
4. Unplug the old iPhone and connect new iPhone to computer > Go to the Backup Management
screen > Click the Advanced option to choose Restore.
5. You can click the icon to choose the contacts you want to restore > If everything is
ok, click Start Restore to make it.
That’s all for how to copy contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud. You can choose to sync
all iPhone contacts to new iPhone or restore the whole iCloud backup that including the
contacts. Or if you only want to transfer selected contacts, mBackupper is the way to