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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.

We show you how to make a backup of your iPhone with iCloud.

  1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone.
  2. Click on your name / image at the top, then on iCloud.
  3. Check the list of applications that use iCloud to make sure that all the applications you need will have their copy.
  4. Scroll down to iCloud Backup and select the option.
  5. Make sure that iCloud Backup is enabled (shown in green).
  6. Then, tap Back up now to force the copy.

In previous versions of iOS, go to Settings> iCloud> Backup and tap 'Make backup now'.

Apple Watch owners

If you own an Apple Watch, before changing iPhone, you will have to restart your Apple Watch. Its applications and settings will be backed up in the Watch application of your iPhone before the watch restarts.

Do not worry about storage, since the backup copies of your smart watch will occupy only between 100 or 200 Kb. If you have health data, you should make a backup of your iPhone through iCloud or use an encrypted copy from iTunes.

For legal reasons, Apple cannot store personal health-related data in unprotected backups. If you choose not to encrypt your copy in iTunes, your backup will restore Apple Watch applications, but not transfer health data.

Step 2: Turn on your new iPhone

Once you have turned on the new iPhone, you simply have to follow the instructions on the screen to configure the device.

Step 3: Restore from iCloud / iTunes backup

Once you have logged into your new iPhone with the Apple ID, the system asks you if you want to configure your iPhone as a new iPhone or if you want to restore an existing backup via iTunes or iCloud.


From here, select iCloud Backup or iTunes Backup and choose the most recent backup of your old iPhone.

Step 4: Wait while your data is restored

After selecting the backup from which you want to restore, your data and preferences will be transferred from your old iPhone to the new one. The time it takes to vary depending on the size of the backup (iTunes and iCloud) and the Wi-Fi connection used.

Once completed, you will be done. You should be able to access all the photos, contacts, messages and other data from your previous iPhone.

How to transfer data to a new iPhone

The method explained above is fine for those who have not configured their iPhone as 'new' iPhone, but what about those who have already started using the new iPhone and do not want to restore from a backup?

Fortunately, there is a way to transfer some data, even if you have launched your new iPhone without using a backup.

The following method uses Apple's iCloud and allows you to transfer all photos, contacts, notes, calendars and passwords from Safari from your previous iPhone to the new one.

Step 1: Activate iCloud on your previous iPhone

On your previous iPhone, open the Settings application, make sure you have logged in to your Apple ID account, and that the iPhone is connected to the Wi-Fi network.

Once you've logged in, click on your Apple ID information and then click on iCloud. Activate everything you want to transfer to your new iPhone (photos, contacts, etc.). Leave your iPhone connected to the Wi-Fi network and your data will start synchronizing with iCloud.

Step 2: Enable iCloud on your new iPhone and sync data

Once you've synchronized your old iPhone with iCloud, it's time to transfer all your data to the new iPhone. As with the previous iPhone, go to Settings and make sure you have logged in with the same Apple ID / iCloud account.

Then open the iCloud configuration and activate everything you want to download. After a few minutes, you should find your previous data in relevant applications, such as Photos and Contacts.

Step 3: Download purchased applications

Although the previous step successfully transfer the data, including images, videos and contacts, do not transfer everything; If you want to download your purchased applications, you can go to the application store, touch the Updates tab and find the Shopping page.

This will show you a list of all the applications that you have previously downloaded, both paid and free, all available for download on your new iPhone.

Indicate that if you want to access your previous preferences (Wi-Fi logins, settings, etc.), data from third-party applications (saved games), health / exercise data or text messages, you will have to delete your new iPhone and configure it again.

This time you should select a backup of your previous iPhone to restore all of it. And that's it!. Your new iPhone should now be a mirror of the previous one, except for all the updates of hardwareof course

We leave you the link for the tutorial on how to set up a new iPhone step by step.

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