By Dylan / Last update September 13, 2021

Why do you want to clone an iPhone?

People often ask the same questions in the forum How to clone an iPhone or “how to clone an iPhone to a new iPhone”. For example:

“My iPhone 8 is too old and the system runs slow. With the 64GB storage I can save only a few pictures, videos and I can’t install enough apps, too, so I want to change my iPhone into iPhone 12 with 256GB. I want to know, how to clone an iPhone to a new iPhone easily? Because I want to keep my old contacts, messages, pictures and so on.”

Usually, you will need to clone an iPhone mainly for the following main reasons:

◆ You just buy a new iPhone, like the iPhone 13/12/11/XR/XS. And you would like to keep all the old data on the new one.

◆ After you input the wrong password many times, your iPhone is disabled. Before you erase your iPhone, you must clone the locked iPhone.

◆ Your iPhone may be get stolen unexpectedly, and to protect your precious personal information, it would be a wise move to back it up ahead of time.

How to clone an iPhone effectively with 3 methods?

Normally, iPhone can finish the clone job itself. The internal tools - iCloud and iTunes can do the clone job. Unfortunately, you will fail to clone iPhone when you tried to work with iCloud or iTunes. So, you can turn to another way to do the clone, such as third-party software like AOMEI MBackupper.

Now, let’s show you how to clone an iPhone step by step:

Method 1. Clone an iPhone with iCloud?

We all know that iCloud is one of the internal tools of iPhone. We can use iCloud to clone the iPhone, but there is just it has 5 GB of storage, and this method requires a lot of time to download the package. And before you can clone the content from the old iPhone to the new device, the iCloud backup must have been enabled.

✍ Note:
1. You can’t use iCloud to clone all the content, iCloud can only clone some important data, such as contacts, SMS, pictures, and so on.
2. Please make your iCloud storage have enough space. If your iCloud storage is full, please turn to method 2 or method 3.

1. After you turn on the new device, you can follow the screenshots to get to the App & Data screen.

2. Then choose the “Restore from iCloud Backup”, tap your Apple ID and Password to sign in to your iCloud account.

3. At last, choose the backup to restore your iPhone.

With only three steps you can restore your data from old iPhone to the new one.

Method 2. clone an iPhone with iTunes?

With the help of iTunes, you can also clone your iOS device. To clone your iPhone with iTunes, you must connect the iPhone with your computer, and backup the iPhone data on the computer. Compared with iCloud, you need a shorter time to do the clone. And you can clone all the data, including some settings.

Firstly, you must backup your old device to the iTunes library. Then launch iTunes, connect the old iPhone to your PC/MAC via a USB cable.

Secondly, click “Device icon > Summary > Back Up Now”.

Backup with iTunes

After the backup, you can restore it now.

Step 1. Connect your new device to the PC.

Step 2. Click on the device in iTunes, and click “Summary > Restore Backup”.

Restore with iTunes

Step 3. Then choose the correct backup and click “Restore”.

Method 3. Clone an iPhone to new iPhone in one click?

AOMEI MBackupper, a free iPhone transfer and backup expert for Windows PCs, is easy-to-use software. You can easily migrate all content from an iPhone to another iPhone. Besides, it supports custom backup allowing you to select items like "Photos", "Videos", "Messages", "Contacts" to transfer.

Now, click the download button to download and install this tool. Refer to the following content to see how to clone an iPhone to a new iPhone.

Download Freeware Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 1. Connect your old iPhone with USB cable. Tap “Trust This Computer“ on your iPhone.

Step 2. Run AOMEI MBackupper, click "iPhone to iPhone Transfer" on the main interface.

Iphone To Iphone Transfer

✍Note: You can click "Custom Backup" to backup your videos, messages, photos, contacts, and restore them to the target iPhone so that you can selectively transfer items.

Step 3. Make sure the source iPhone and the destination iPhone are placed in the correct places. Then click "Start Transfer".

Start Transfer

Then wait for the process to get finished.


Now, you have known how to clone an iPhone to another iPhone easily. You can choose one according to your need.

iCloud requires only a WIFI to build the connection, but it takes more time to clone the files and restore them. iTunes needs a shorter time, but the operation is too complex. By contrast, AOMEI MBackupper is easier to use and provides a much fast transfer speed. And it also helps you select data to clone, like transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone.