By Dylan / Last Updated June 2, 2021

Need to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone?

When you got a new iPhone like iPhone 12, 11, X, SE, you may wonder how to transfer old iPhone to new iPhone because you don't want to lose the previous data on the old iPhone.

You can directly migrate old iPhone data with QuickStart, or backup your old iPhone first and then transfer data to the another one. Usually, full iPhone migration will move all data including settings, photos, contacts, app data, etc. to the new iPhone. Or you just want to transfer some data like photos or contacts, you just need several minutes to complete that.

iPhone SE 2020

Method 1: Migrate data from iPhone to iPhone via Quick Start

How to transfer everything from iPhone to iPhone? Apple has allowed users to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone with official tool Quick Start. Before iOS 12.4 was released, Quick Start just lets you transfer a few settings, like WIFI and Apple ID. Apple has just made it easier for full iPhone migration. After iOS 12.4, you can transfer data like photos, contacts to your new phone without special preparation. You just need to position your old iPhone next to your new iPhone when activating it.

All the data on your iPhone will be copied to your new iPhone. The apps would be download later. It is convenient but sometimes you will find iPhone migration not working or it just failed, because wireless data migration can be affected by too many factors. You can try method 2 to stably transfer iPhone data.

1. Put your old iPhone near your new iPhone and toggle on Bluetooth of your old iPhone.

2. Choose Continue when your old iPhone asks you to set up your new iPhone with your Apple ID.

3. Scan the image on your new iPhone with your old iPhone.

4. Input your current password on your new iPhone.

5. Set up Touch ID on your new iPhone.

6. Choose to transfer from iPhone and connect the iPhones to the same Wi-Fi network.

Utilize Quick Start

Method 2: Import data to new iPhone with AOMEI MBackupper

If you want to transfer the selected data like pictures and videos to your new iPhone, AOMEI MBackupper would be a better choice.

It allows you to leave a copy of iPhone data including photos, videos, and music to computer and then transfer the data to another iOS device.

  • Select Data: You can preview and select the data to transfer to new iPhone.

  • Widely Compatible: AOMEI MBackupper supports the latest iPhone 12/11, iPad 8/Air 4, and also supports iOS 14/13.

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper to computer for free. Connect old iPhone to computer with USB cable and trust this computer.

Step 2. Select Transfer to Computer on the home screen.

Transfer to Computer

Step 3. Click the plus icon to preview old iPhone data and select the items on old iPhone, and then click OK.

Choose Photos

Step 4. Click Transfer to export data to computer. Disconnect the old iPhone.


Step 5. Connect your new iPhone to computer and select Transfer to iPhone.

Transfer to iPhone

Step 6. Click the plus icon to add the files you just exported from old iPhone.

Select Files

Step 7. Click Transfer to import data to your new iPhone.


P.S. It neccessary to backup iPhone in advance because data disasters had led to uncountable loss in recent years. There is the likelihood that if our device got lost or damaged and there were the photos about your old memory.

Method 3: Restore data from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

Can you transfer apps from iPhone to iPhone? You can use iTunes to transfer app data, but you can’t preview the data old iPhone, also have no chance to select iPhone data but you can know what iPhone backup includes in advance. Data like pictures, videos, music, and messages stored in iCloud, and Touch ID settings and information about Apple Pay can’t be backed up. You also need to save app data in a full iPhone backup and then restore the new device from that backup.

1. Download iTunes and connect old iPhone to computer with USB cable.

2. Click the device icon in the upper-left corner and then click Back Up Now. It will take minutes. After the backup is completed, disconnect old iPhone and connect new iPhone to computer.

3. Click the device icon and then click Restore Backup.



The data on your old iPhone might be still useful, and this guide tells you how to easily transfer iPhone to iPhone. To transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone, you can use Quick Start, AOMEI MBackupper or iTunes. The safest solution is to use AOMEI MBackupper because you can permanently store data of old iPhone on your PC.

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