After getting a new iPhone like the newest iPhone SE, the first thing you
may need to do is to transfer important
data to new iPhone especially the contacts. After all, it’s one of the most important
ways that lets you get in touch with other people. When it comes to transferring contacts to the
new iPhone, the built inside utility iCloud is always the first option.
However, iCloud only offers 5 GB free storage space which is far from enough to store the
whole data. Besides, it’s also possible to meet the iCloud contacts not
syncing issue. So instead of using iCloud, you may wonder “Can I transfer contacts
from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud?” Well, the answer is YES. Here in this guide, you will
get 5 different ways about how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud.
Keep reading and choose one way to follow according to your case.
Method 1. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud but via mBackupper
Let’s start with the simplest method. You want to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone
without iCloud mainly because: there is no enough cloud storage space, you do not want to
erase the existing data on new iPhone, or you may want to transfer
iPhone contacts to another one with different Apple ID.
one reliable iPhone backup and restore tool can help you transfer contacts from iPhone to
iPhone without effort no matter you’re in either case described above.
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.
The tool 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 your iPhone to computer via USB cable > Tap “Trust” on
the home screen to give your computer access to your iPhone.
2. Click Custom Backup option > Click
Contacts icon to view and select the contacts you want to backup > Click
OK to continue.
3. Select the storage path to save your contacts > Click Start Backup
button to make it.
4. Unplug your old iPhone and then connect your new iPhone to computer > Go to the Backup
Management screen to select Restore option > You can click the icon to
preview your contacts, if everything is ok, click Start Restore.
Method 2. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud but via iTunes
iTunes is also one common way to help users transfer data to the new iPhone. You should first
make a backup for your old iPhone and then restore the backup files to your new iPhone. But
you should clear that:
● Not only the contacts but also all the
other data on your old iPhone will be transferred to the new iPhone.
● Your new iPhone
content will be erased firstly and then replaced with all the data as well as settings from
your old iPhone.
● Since it will backup and restore the whole iPhone content, it may
take a long time to complete the whole process.
Therefore, if you prefer a safe way to only transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone, please
move to Method 1 to get the solution. Or if you do not mind
restoring the whole backup to new iPhone, see the steps below:
1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.
2. Connect your old iPhone to computer and run iTunes.
3. Click the Device tab > Select backup to This Computer > Click
Back Up Now. Wait for the backup to be finished.
4. Disconnect the old iPhone and plug in your new iPhone.
5. Click Restore Backup… at the Summary page on iTunes >
Then choose the backup contains the contacts you want to transfer > Click
Restore to make it.
→ Note: You
may need to switch off "Find My iPhone" on your new device when
performing the restore: Settings > [your name] >
iCloud > Scroll down to Find My iPhone and tap it >
Turn it off and you will need to enter your Apple ID and password to confirm.
Method 3. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud but via Gmail
Gmail is the email service provided by Google and it offers a way to help sync contacts
between devices. This is another method to go if you want to copy contacts from iPhone to
iPhone without iCloud.
On the Source iPhone:
1. Go to Settings > Scroll down a little to choose Passwords
& Accounts. (Mail, Contacts, Calendar in iOS 8/9.)
2. Tap Add Accounts > Tap Google > Enter the required
information to add your Gmail account and click Next.
3. Click Save when your account is verified.
4. Turn on Contacts sync > Click Save to confirm.
On the Target iPhone:
Do the same above to add the account and turn on Contacts sync. Then go to
Settings > Tap “Fetch New Data” button. After that, slide the “Push”
Method 4. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud but via AirDrop
AirDrop is a useful feature that lets users share contacts, photos, videos and more
wirelessly between two iOS devices. But it will only transfer one item each time. If you
have lots of contacts to copy, you’ll need to repeat the steps again and again. Turn on the
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both the two devices and follow the steps to AirDrop contacts
from iPhone to iPhone:
Turn on AirDrop on iPhone
1. Open Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the iPhone screen or from the top if
your iPhone has Face ID.
2. Turn on AirDrop: Press and hold on the wireless control box > Tap
AirDrop and choose Contacts Only, or
AirDrop Contacts to iPhone
1. Go to Contacts app on the source iPhone > Find and tap the contact you
want to share.
2. Tap the Share Contact option > Tap AirDrop >
Choose the target iPhone.
3. Tap the Accept button on the target iPhone to receive the contacts.
Method 5. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud but via SIM Card
If your contacts stored on the SIM card, it’s a piece of cake to transfer contacts to new
iPhone without iCloud. You can simply import contacts from the SIM card to the iPhone.
1. Take the SIM card out of the old iPhone and insert it into the new one.
2. Go to Settings > Choose Contacts.
3. Choose Import SIM Contacts option.
Note: iPhone only allows you
to store contacts in iPhone internal storage and you cannot copy contacts to SIM card. If
there are no contacts on the SIM card, try the other 4 ways above to transfer contacts to
the new iPhone.
That’s all for how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud. You can choose
one of the 5 methods to make it:
◆ mBackupper offers a quick way to transfer
all or selected contacts from iPhone to iPhone without data erase.
◆ iTunes will help
you move contacts as well as other content. It’s a kind of time-consuming method.
you have a Gmail account, then you can turn on Contacts sync to sync contacts between iPhone
◆ If you just want to copy one or several contacts, AirDrop provides a
wireless way without using a computer.
◆ With a SIM card that stored the contacts, you
can simply import those contacts to iPhone.
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