Buying a new iPhone is exciting but you can’t deny the fact that no one likes to manually transfer the data one by one. Not only is it tiring, it is time-consuming and not a necessity anymore, thanks to the advanced data transfer technology.

If you are upgrading to a new iPhone and want to transfer your data from the older iPhone, there are a few different ways to do that.

This article will walk you through the best tips that are free, hassle-free, and gets the job done in no time at all.

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Why would you transfer data to a new iPhone?

Our smartphones are the primary digital device that we use daily and holds all our important information, including phone numbers, photos, videos, and documents.

When you are upgrading to a new iPhone, it could be because you want a device with more storage, a better camera, or a better processor. This doesn’t mean that you will want to ditch the data that was previously on your device.

In that case, knowing how to transfer the data from one iPhone to the other is something that you need to be aware of without any worries.

How to Transfer Data to a New iPhone?

When it comes to transferring data from an older iPhone to a newer one, there are different ways you can sort this out. For your convenience, we have sorted out some of the best methods worth trying out:

Using Quick Start

For data transfer using Quick Start, you need to ensure that both your old and new iPhones are placed in front of you. 

Following are the steps you need to follow:

  • Keep both your iPhones beside each other and enable Bluetooth in the devices.
  • Switch on the new iPhone and then tap on Continue.
  • An animation will pop up, which you need to scan with the camera of your old iPhone. Doing so will connect the two iPhones.
  • On the new iPhone, a prompt will appear asking for your passcode. Once you enter the verification codes, tap on “Transfer from iPhone”.
  • Lastly, it is all about waiting patiently to prompt the data transfer without any hassle.

Using iCloud

If you have an iCloud where you have backed up your data, that’s another way you can transfer the data from your old to your new iPhone.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • The first step is to ensure that you have backed up all your data from the previous iPhone into iCloud.
  • Turn on your new iPhone and complete the set-up process from there.
  • Ensure that you are connected to a Wifi.
  • Go to Apps and Data.
  • Tap on “Restore from iCloud backup” and then sign into your iCloud account.
  • From the list of backups available, you can choose which backup you wish to restore in the new iPhone.

And, that’s it. From there, you’d have to wait for the data restore to happen and you should have all your data in one place.

Using iTunes

The third method is via iTunes. This particular method isn’t everyone’s first choice since it is a bit more complex and requires you to have access to a PC on the side.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Start by backing up all the data from your old iPhone into your iTunes account.
  • Under Apps and Data, find “Restore from Mac or PC” 
  • Connect your iPhone to the Mac or PC.
  • On your computer, launch iTunes.
  • Tap on Restore Backup.
  • Choose the backup you wish to restore.

Once you have selected the relevant files, it is again time to wait for the restore to happen, following which you can disconnect the new iPhone from the Mac or PC.

Using Mac

If you use a Mac and want to transfer the data seamlessly, there are steps to sort that out as well. You start by creating a copy of your old iPhone on your Mac. This will include all the data.

  • Connect the old iPhone to the Mac.
  • Launch Finder
  • Choose the associated iPhone.
  • Tap on “Back up all data” and “Back up now.”
  • Once the backup is complete, you can disconnect the old iPhone and connect the new one to the Mac.
  • Next, find Apps and Data and click on “Restore from Mac or PC”
  • Again, launch Finder and tap on Restore backup.

Then again, it is a waiting game until all the data has been copied to your new iPhone and you are good to use it.

Without Wi-Fi

What happens when you don’t have internet or Wifi connectivity but need to urgently transfer the data? Well, that’s where AirDrop comes into play.

Follow the steps:

  • Turn on both Bluetooth and WiFi
  • Long press the wireless control box
  • Select AirDrop
  • Tap on Contacts Only or everyone
  • Select the specific file, document, etc. that you wish to AirDrop
  • Accept the file on your new iPhone

Technically, this method works for small files and data transfer but if you wish to transfer a big amount of data, this isn’t a practical option at all.


Transferring data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone isn’t rocket science. If you follow the methods we mentioned, the process is a walk in the park and the best part is that none of them are paid methods. You can do them by yourself without paying a dime for it.