Change iPhone: Transfer data to the New iPhone

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Switch data and settings from the old iPhone to the new one in two easy steps. With iTunes or iCloud, you set up your new iPhone the way you are used to. Apps, music, data, and settings remain the same. We present you with all possible way to transfer data to the new device to change your iPhone.

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Transfer data conveniently to new iPhone

If you use the operating system iOS 11 or higher on both your old iOS device and the new iPhone, you can now transfer your data particularly easily. If one of the two devices uses an older iOS version, read on in the next paragraph.

  • Pick up the new iPhone and turn it on. If you place your old iPhone or iPad right next to it, the Quick Start function will appear on the new device.
  • And, if it doesn’t, place both devices on top of each other. If you are shown the correct Apple ID, tap “Continue.” If you cannot use the option, turn on Bluetooth on the old device.
  • On the old device, it will activate the camera. Hold the device over the new device to scan the animation on the new device. Without the camera, you can use the “Authenticate manually” option.
  • Log in to your Apple ID and follow the further instructions. Then you can choose which data you want to transfer from the last iCloud backup.
  • It may take a few minutes until all data is on the new iPhone. Always keep the two devices next to each other during the complete process.
  • Afterward, you will usually have to enter your Apple ID and password again in the settings to finish loading all content, such as apps. If individual apps do not load as desired, it can help to log in to the App Store or iTunes Store again or to press and hold the affected app and then select “prioritized loading.”

Setting up a new iPhone with iTunes or iCloud

For backup, to Change your iPhone you can either use iCloud or your computer (via iTunes):

  • Cloud: the advantage of Apple’s iCloud is simply convenience. Simply activate the function, and it will back up your pictures, contacts, calendars, emails, and much more. Once the process is complete, you can copy the data to your new device.
  • PC: You can also backup your data via PC and then transfer it to the new device. For this, we recommend you to use Apple’s official software, iTunes.
  • In this comparison, you can find out exactly where the advantages of backing up to iTunes and the cloud lie. Our tip: Use iCloud to synchronize data like contacts and calendars and fall back on iTunes for photos and music.
  • We will show you how to create the backup in the cloud or iTunes and then transfer it to your new iPhone in the following paragraphs. The backup via the cloud is much easier.

Change iPhone: Create a backup in the iCloud

To create an iCloud backup, go to the settings on your old iPhone, tap your name at the top and select the menu items iCloud and iCloud backup. To create a backup, proceed as follows:

  • Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone and select the “iCloud” category at the bottom.
  • If iCloud is not yet activated, simply log in with your Apple ID and password. You can reset both if you have forgotten your Apple ID or don’t remember the password.
  • After that, you can activate the individual categories that you want to store in the cloud.
  • After that, it will upload the data. To check whether the process has been completed, scroll all the way down and select the “Storage & Backup” item there. Here you will also find the current backup status at the very bottom. If you wish, you can also start a manual backup there.

Important: Since the release of iOS 15 on September 20, 2021, Apple has been giving users unlimited cloud storage for moving to a new iPhone. The free storage expires within 21 days after the start of the backup. Those who have ordered a new iPhone have to wait longer than 21 days to arrive. Normally, only 5 gigabytes of free iCloud storage is available. Those who need more storage pay $0.99 per month for 50 gigabytes, $2.99 for 200 gigabytes, $9.99 for 2 terabytes.

Transfer iCloud backup to the new iPhone

When setting up your new iPhone, you will be asked directly if you want to import the backup from the cloud.

  • Alternatively, you can also log into iCloud manually, as in the previous paragraph. After that, it will transfer the data as well.
  • If you transfer some data via iTunes, first create the iTunes backup and play it to the new iPhone. After that, select the data you want in the iCloud settings on the new iPhone as described above.

Create a backup with iTunes to Change iPhone

First, back up all the data from your old iPhone to your computer using iTunes.

  • Connect the iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes.
  • Once iTunes has detected your iPhone, click on it at the top of the bar.
  • On the left, under “Settings,” select each item individually and decide whether to back up each data.
  • If you sync some data with iCloud, you can uncheck them now. They will be transferred automatically via iCloud later.
  • Switch back to the overview and click “Backup now” to create the backup.
  • Disconnect iPhone from PC once the backup is complete.

Transfer iTunes backup to new iPhone

Connect your new iPhone to the computer.

  • If the iPhone hasn’t been set up with iTunes yet, the program will detect the device as new. iTunes will then ask you if you want to restore the iPhone from a backup. Select the backup you just created and start the process.
  • Otherwise, click “Restore Backup” on the overview page in iTunes and select the most recent backup.

Create Backup on your PC via Finder or iTunes

You can also store an iPhone backup on a computer before you Change iPhone. This has several advantages: You are independent of the connection to the Internet and do not pay a monthly fee for more storage space. And: After the restore, you don’t have to re-enter your access data on the iPhone – provided the backup is encrypted.

  • Connect the old iPhone to the computer via cable.
  • If the message Trust this computer? It will ask you to enter a code and follow the iPhone’s instructions.
  • On a Mac running macOS Catalina 10.15 or later, open the Finder and select the iPhone in the left pane under Places.
  • Open iTunes on older macOS versions and Windows PCs and click the iPhone icon in the bar at the top.
  • You will find the backup function under General (Finder) or Overview (iTunes). Check Encrypt local backup and create a secure password.
  • When selecting via the Finder, click on Create a backup of all data of your iPhone on this Mac; with iTunes, this step is not necessary.
  • Clicking “Create Backup Now” will create an up-to-date backup of your iPhone on the computer.

Transfer Backup files to the New Device

To transfer the backup to the new device,

  • Select Restore from a Mac or PC on the Apps & Data screen during setup.
  • Connect the iPhone to your computer and launch the Finder or iTunes.
  • A window will appear automatically. Here, select Restore from this backup and the desired backup and click Continue.
  • Enter the password of the encrypted backup and click OK.

After successfully restoring your data, follow the final setup steps on the iPhone.

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