By Nick / Last Updated April 30, 2020

How to transfer photos from my iPhone 8 to my new iPhone SE?

I have ordered the new iPhone SE 2020 in Apple Store and hope it would be soon delivered to me. I love photographing and have more than 2K pictures on my iPhone 8. Anyone could tell me the easiest way to transfer them to my new iPhone SE?

- Question from an Apple User

The new iPhone SE 2020 finally comes. It’s time to upgrade your iPhone 6/7/8. Like the old iPhone SE 2016, the price of the new iPhone SE is still very affordable. You might have noticed that camera has become more and more important on the smartphone, so Apple has devoted a lot of energy to improving iPhone’s performance of photographing.

The new iPhone SE has a 12MP rear camera with ƒ/1.8 aperture and a 7MP front camera. The new Portrait Mode and the Next‑generation Smart HDR technology would help you take more beautiful pictures.

Photos Taken By iPhone SE 2020

How can you lose precious photos? If you got a new iPhone SE, your photos should be properly handled. You could save them to another place, or transfer them to new iPhone SE. The following content would give you some advice on how to transfer photos from old iPhone to iPhone SE.

Method 1. How to safely transfer all the photos from iPhone to iPhone SE?

Why “safely”? If you keep reading this passage, you would find that this is the safest and fastest way to transfer photos to your new iPhone SE.

You should know and control everything about your photos when transferring photos, so you need to professional tool. mBackupper is a free professional iPhone photos transfer. You could use it to save all the photos to computer and transfer photos as many as you like to iPhone SE.

  • Preview all the photos on old iPhone and save all of them of a part of folders

  • Transfer every 100 photos in 2 seconds

  • Transfer selected photos from computer to new iPhone

  • Support iPhone 4s/5/5s/6/6s/6 plus/6s plus/SE/7/7 plus/8/8 plus/X/XS/XS Max/XR/11/ 11 Pro /11 Pro Max

  • Supported the latest iOS 13

Step 1. Connect iPhone to mBackupper

Download mBackupper to computer for free. Connect the old iPhone to computer with USB cable and tap “Trust” on it.

Step 2. Select photos on old iPhone to transfer

Select Photos Backup. Click the photo icon to view all the pictures on your iPhone. You could unselect some photos or folders to not save them. After all the operation, click OK to return.

Select Pictures

Step 3. Save photos from the old iPhone

Click Start Backup to transfer all the selected pictures to computer in seconds. After the task is over, disconnect the old iPhone and then connect the iPhone SE to computer.

Click On Start Backup

Step 4. Transfer photos to iPhone SE

Select the task in Backup Management and then select Restore. You could also click the photo icon to view and select photos. Click Start Restore to transfer all the photos to iPhone SE.

Restore To Device

Tips: You could leave the copy of your photos on computer. Someday you might need to recover photos from this backup.

Method 2. How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone SE with iCloud?

If you have saved photos on your old iPhone to iCloud, you could just restore photos from iCloud to iPhone SE. Follow the steps to sync iCloud photos to your new iPhone SE:

Step 1. Turn on iCloud Photos on old iPhone

Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos to enable iCloud Photos. Wait until all the photos are uploaded to iCloud.

Turn On iCloud Photos

Step 2. Sync iCloud Photos on iPhone SE

Enable iCloud Photos in the same way in step 1. When iPhone SE is connected to the Internet, all the iCloud photos would be automatically downloaded.

Note: You have just 5GB of free iCloud storage, if you have too many pictures, you might need to purchase extra space. If you store pictures in a full iCloud backup, the incompatibility of different iOS might let the restoration fail or cause other problems.

Method 3. How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone SE with iTunes?

You might often use iTunes on your computer to purchase songs of your favorite singers. It could also be used to transfer photos to iPhone SE.

Step 1. Connect the old iPhone to iTunes

Launch iTunes and connect iPhone to computer with a USB cable. Click the device icon in the upper-left corner of iTunes to connect iPhone to iTunes.

Device Icon iTunes

Step 2. Save the old iPhone to computer and restore the backup to iPhone SE

Click Back Up Now in the window. It would take a few minutes. After the process is completed, disconnect the old iPhone and then connect iPhone SE to computer. Click the device icon and click Restore to transfer everything from the old iPhone to iPhone SE.


Note: You should know what iTunes backup include. If you have already saved pictures from old iPhone to iCloud, iTunes would not save these pictures again.


You should take care of the photos on your old iPhone. The recommended way is to save them to computer or transfer them to your new iPhone SE. This article has introduced 3 common ways to help you save and transfer photos. Every method has its pros and cons. mBackupper is considered the best iPhone photos transfer tool because it let you know and control everything when you transfer photos to iPhone SE.

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