By AOMEI / Last Updated February 7, 2021

Need to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone 12

I have a lot of photos on my iPhone 8. In fact, there are more than 10GB of photos on it. I want to send all of them to my new iPhone 12 so I would like to hear the fastest way to transfer photos.

- Question from Apple Community

iPhone camera makes users easily take beautiful pictures without professional skills so that users love to record the moments of life. These photos would be precious, especially when you want to memorize someone or something.

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iPhone 12 has come. If you have upgraded your old iPhone, don’t forget to take care of the previous photos. Some users simply erase your iPhone without any data backup or transfer, but they feel very regretful and want the photos back later.

To continue using them, you can transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone 12. The next sections will show you the detailed steps to transfer photos in every way.

Section 1. Transfer photos to iPhone 12 with AOMEI MBackupper

You could store thousands of photos of your journeys and parties during the years. None of them should be left or gone. You can quickly get them off iPhone or send them to your iPhone 12.

AOMEI MBackupper is the fastest iPhone data transfer owing to its professional way to transfer iPhone data. What’s more, this software is free that means you could transfer all your photos to iPhone 12 at a time.

● Select Photos: Don’t want to transfer all the photos? AOMEI MBackupper lets you easily filter unwanted photos.

Widely Compatible: AOMEI MBackupper supports iOS 14/13 and iPhone 12 Pro Max/12 Pro/12/12 Mini/11/XS/XR/X/8/7.

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper and connect iPhone

Download AOMEI MBackupper for free and connect old iPhone to computer with USB cable. Trust this computer if you are asked on iPhone.

Step 2. Select the feature

Open AOMEI MBackupper and select Photos Backup on the home screen. If you also wish to transfer more data like videos, music, contacts, or messages along with photos, select Custom Backup.

iPhone Photos  Backup

Step 3. Click Photos

Click the icon of Photos to preview all the photos on iPhone.

Click Photos Icon

Step 4. Select photos

View iPhone photos and select the needed items. Click OK.

Select iPhone Pictures

Step 5. Save photos

Select the storage path and click Start Backup to save all the photos to computer. Disconnect the old iPhone. You can keep the copy of your photo’s backup on computer. Maybe someday you need it to recover iPhone data.

Click Start Backup

Step 6. Transfer photos

Connect iPhone 12 to AOMEI MBackupper and select Photos Backup or Custom Backup. Click Back to enter iPhone Backup Management. Select your backup and click Restore. Click Start Restore to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone 12.

Transfer Photos to iPhone 12

Section 2. Download photos to iPhone 12 from iCloud

iCloud is a cloud service for Apple users to backup and share iPhone data from the remote server. The biggest disadvantages are that you have only 5GB of free storage and the transfer speed depends on your network condition. If you have many photos to transfer. AOMEI MBackupper in section 1 is recommended.

1. Go to Settings and connect old iPhone to Wi-Fi.

2. Still in Settings, tap [your name] > iCloud > Photos.

3. Enable iCloud Photos and wait for all the photos been uploaded to iCloud.

4. Set up your new iPhone 12 and enable iCloud Photos in the same way.

5. Wait for the photos to be downloaded to iPhone 12.

Turn on iCloud Photos

Section 3. Transfer photos to new iPhone 12 by AirDrop

AirDrop makes sharing data between iOS devices easy and you can transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone 12 without iCloud or computer. It is used like Bluetooth, but much faster than it. You can also transfer music from iPhone to iPhone using AirDrop.

How many photos can you AirDrop at once?
Sending more than 100 photos at a time might let the process fail or some photos wouldn’t be transferred successfully.

1. Set up iPhone 12, then turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on both iPhone and put them near together. You don’t have to connect iPhone to an available Wi-Fi.

2. On iPhone 12, go to Settings app > General > Airdrop.

3. Select Everyone to let iPhone 12 receive files.

4. On old iPhone, go to Photos app, tap select multiple photos you need.

5. Tap the name of you iPhone 12 to send photos by AirDrop.

6. Tap Accept on iPhone 12 receive these photos.

AirDrop Photos

Section 4. Sync photos to iPhone 12 with iTunes

iTunes could only be used to send photos to iPhone but could not extract specific items from iPhone. You need the help of Windows Photos on Windows 10 to get photos off iPhone first.

Note: Using iTunes to sync photos will force you to turn off iCloud Photos. If you turn on iCloud Photos again after the process, photos synced from iTunes will be removed.

1. Connect old iPhone to computer with USB cable and keep the screen on during the whole process.

2. Open Photos on computer. If it doesn’t prompt up automatically, you can input the text in search bar to open it.

3. Click Import in the upper-right corner and then select From a USB device.

4. Select iPhone photos you want to transfer and then click Import Selected. Disconnect the old iPhone.

Import Selected

5. Download and install the latest iTunes to computer. Connect iPhone 12 to iTunes with USB cable.

6. Click the device icon on the upper-left corner of iTunes.

7. Select Photos section in the sidebar.

8. Check Sync Photos and then select the folder of your photos.

9. Click Apply to transfer photos to iPhone 12.

Sync Photos Using iTunes


Your old photos and memory won’t disappear if you keep them on your new iPhone 12. Follow this guide to use the 4 ways to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone 12.

AOMEI MBackupper is the best tool for you to move old photos because it is free, fast, and easy-to-use.

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