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How to transfer data from your old iPhone to a new iPhone

One of the great advantages of being an iPhone user and changing to a new model is how easy it is to configure it exactly the same as your old mobile. Apple has been perfecting the process for years and with the successive versions of iOS everything has become easier.

When you have finished following the steps in this tutorial, check that your new phone will look exactly like the previous one. You will have the same wallpaper as well as the same applications sorted and stored in the same folders.

In addition, you will be surprised to see that all your photos appear equally under the Photos application; email set up the way you like it; old text messages in your Messages application; and all other preferences and display settings.

The key lies in the use of iOS and iCloud, a tandem that makes it possible for the information on your old iPhone to be replicated in the new model (as long as you have access to a Wi-Fi network).

In this article we are going to show you how to configure a new iPhone from the backup of a previous phone and how to transfer key data if it is not possible to restore from the backup.

Transfer applications from one iPhone to another

If you have come here it is because you have a new iPhone and want to transfer all your data from your old phone. It is quite simple to do by following these steps:

Step 1: Backup

The first thing you should do is create a backup of your old iPhone. You can create the backup in iCloud or use both iTunes and Finder on your Mac or PC.

We prefer to use iCloud since it means we can access it from anywhere and we don't need to have the computer with us (use iTunes / Finder to be faster).

Backup via iTunes

If you are running a PC or Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier, you can use iTunes. Here is the method:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC.
  2. Open iTunes
  3. You may have to unlock your iPhone before you can access it through iTunes.
  4. A warning also appears: "Do you want to allow this computer to access your iPhone information?" Click Continue and, if necessary, enter the iPhone password.
  5. It is also possible that an update of software on your Mac or PC. If this is the case, click Install.
  6. iTunes should now display your iPhone in the Devices section in the right column. You also see an iPhone icon next to the Music menu. Click on the iPhone icon.
  7. Vers information about your iPhone and a section entitled Backups. Here you can choose to make a backup on this computer.
  8. Click on 'Back up now' to proceed.

Backup via Finder

If you are using a Mac with macOS Catalina or later, Finder assume the role of iTunes in the previous process (because iTunes was suspended in Catalina and no longer exists). This is how it works:

  1. Connect your iPhone to the Mac.
  2. Open the Finder application. If you were not using it before, it is likely that this opens a new window that we can use for this purpose. If that doesn't happen, open a new window with Command + N.
  3. Find your device in Locations in the left column of the Finder window and click on it.
  4. On the right side of the window, you should see information about your iPhone, in fact, the same information we would have seen on iTunes. Click on the General tab at the top.
  5. In the Backup section, select the option to back up your iPhone data on the Mac. We recommend encrypting the backup by checking 'Encrypt local backup' and creating a password.
  6. Click Back up now.

Backup via iCloud

The third alternative is to choose to make a backup through iCloud. It is an excellent option if you need to configure a new iPhone without your Mac, and if you want to make sure that the backups are done daily (without connecting your iPhone to your Mac).

Keep in mind that as storage increases, your iCloud account will be associated with one of the storage plans with associated cost. This is what does iCloud cost in Spain, starting from that it is free for less than 5 GB.