Have you just received a newor ? Pretty nice, right? New ! Faster performance! Longer battery life! There is enough to be excited about. That is, until it is time to transfer all your information from your old and you realize that you have no or that there are no backups in weeks made up of your phone. Ugh.
Starting withyou can forget all that iCloud nonsense and use the simple new transfer tool that moves your data directly from one iPhone to another. Keep in mind that using an iCloud backup is faster, but if you refuse to pay for storage or if your phone has not been backed up recently, this is the easiest way to install your new iPhone .
Using the new data migration tool is easy. Be sure to allow some time to transfer all your photos, messages, and other important information.
You can follow step by step with our video at the top of this article that shows you how to transfer your data from an old iPhone to a new one.
What you need
You need two iPhones – your old one and the new one you set up – both with iOS 12.4 and access to a Wi-Fi network.
Go to Settings > General > Software update to check if you are using the latest version of iOS 12. If your new iPhone is not running iOS 12.4 yet, go through the installation process on the phone, but do not select the option to restore from a backup source. Instead, select "Do not transfer apps and data" and go through the rest of the installation steps. Once you are on the home screen, update it to iOS 12.4 and then reset it to the factory settings. I know, it's a hassle, but if you do this, you can make sure that you can transfer all your data from your old iPhone.
What is being transferred
By the time you finish setting up your new phone (step-by-step instructions below), it is essentially a direct copy of your current phone. Apps are in the same place on your home screens, settings are the same, e-mail accounts … everything.
Using the new transfer function
With your old and new iPhones turned on, unlocked, and side by side, your old phone should display a prompt asking if you want to set up a new phone. Tap Continue through and point the camera of the old iPhone at the screen of your new phone.
Follow the instructions on your new phone, complete tasks such as entering an access code, setting Face ID and agreeing to Apple's terms and conditions. Eventually you will end up on a screen asking if you want to transfer data directly from one phone to another, or if you want to recover from iCloud.
Select Transfer from iPhone and follow the instructions, after which your iPhones will take care of the rest. Make sure you keep the two telephones close to each other, otherwise the transfer may be delayed or stalled.
It takes a while for the transfer to complete, depending on the speed of your Wi-Fi network and the amount of data you are transferring. Of course, it takes more than 2,000 photos to transfer over 500. If you have a lot of apps and photos, be patient – it will take a while. It took me about 25 minutes to transfer all my data, which is exactly how much time the tool estimated.
The standard method is to use a wireless connection for transfer. Alternatively, if you have a Lightning to USB 3 camera adapter and a spare Lightning USB cable, a wired transfer is possible and should be faster. But it's not worth going out and buying the adapter to save yourself a few minutes.
After the transfer is complete, your new phone will be restarted and your apps will be downloaded. All your photos, e-mails, contacts, appointments and messages are present.
After setting up your new phone, take a few minutes to familiarizethe and even the new .
Originally published last month. Updated with iPhone 11 information.
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