By Demi / Last update May 30, 2023


How to transfer files from iPhone to iPhone without reset

I have an iPhone 7 plus and want to transfer my files to iPhone 13. My iPhone 11 has files already and don’t want to delete the files. Is there any way to add my files from iPhone 7 to iPhone 13 without resetting both devices?

- Question from Apple Community

Generally speaking, during the setup process of your new iPhone, you can easily transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone. You can either transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without backup but with a transfer tool or restore your iCloud/iTunes backup to new iPhone.

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While if the target iPhone has files already, you may need to know how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without resetting it to factory settings. In this guide, you can get three ways to make it.

How to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without reset by FoneTool

It is suggested to try the professional transfer tool for iOS devices - FoneTool. It supports to transfer files from iPhone to iPhone, iPhone to computer, and vice versa. Not only that, but it can also work well with iPad and iPod.

FoneTool can provide you with:
• Simple transfer process. The user-friendly FoneTool helps you transfer data in one click.
• Selective transferred data. You’re free to preview and choose the files you’d like to transfer.
• Fast transfer speed. It just takes three seconds to transfer 100 photos.
• Original data quality. The fast transfer process does not degrade the quality of your files.

Click the icon below to get the powerful tool on your computer. To transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without factory reset, follow the two steps below.

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Step 1. Transfer files from the source iPhone to computer
1# Connect the source iPhone to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool, click Phone Transfer on its main interface. Go to iPhone to PC and click Start Transfer.

Transfer To Computer

2# Click the plus icon > Preview and choose the files you want to transfer. Here taking Photos as an example > Click OK to continue if you have selected all wanted files.

Choose Photos

3# Choose a destination to save these files (You could choose to transfer photos to external hard drive, local folders on computer, etc. as you like) and adjust other settings > Click Start Transfer to begin.


Step 2. Transfer files from computer to the target iPhone
When the transfer is finished, you can unplug the source iPhone and connect the target iPhone to computer.

1# Back to the homepage of FoneTool, click Phone Transfer and go to PC to iPhone > Open the folder and select the files you just transferred to computer.

Choose Photos

2# Check whether you have added all wanted files to the box > Click Start Transfer.


To keep your data safe, you can also rely on the Phone Backup function to backup iPhone to computer and restore the data to the source iPhone.

How to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without reset with iCloud syncing

The iCloud server allows you to sync files among different iOS devices as long as they are signed in with the same Apple ID. If you prefer transferring data from iPhone to iPhone wirelessly, you can try this way by following the steps below.

On both of your iPhones, go to the Settings app > Tap [your name] > Choose iCloud > Toggle on the switch of the data you want to sync. You may need to choose Merge on the target iPhone if asked.

Turn On The Sync Toggle

It is uncertain when the sync process will complete since the duration depends on many aspects, such as the amount of the synced data, the Internet condition, and so on.

How to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without reset using AirDrop

AirDrop data from iPhone to iPhone is also a nice try transfer from iPhone to iPhone without resetting. Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both iPhones, and follow the steps below to make it.

Turn on AirDrop on both iPhones
On the Control panel, press and hold the network settings box in the upper right corner > Tap AirDrop > Choose Contacts Only or Everyone as per your need.

Access AirDrop

Share files on the source iPhone
1# Open the apps and select the files you want to transfer. For example, open the Photos app to select the photos and videos.

2# Locate and tap the Share button > Choose AirDrop and choose your target iPhone.

Receive the airdrop files on the target iPhone
When a window prompts on your target iPhone, tap Accept to let the airdrop process  start. Then, you can go to relative apps to check these files.

Accept Photo


That’s all for the three ways how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without reset. You can utilize iCloud or AirDrop to transfer files from iPhone to iPhone wirelessly. For a stabler and faster transfer service, you can also let FoneTool help you.

FoneTool Runs Perfectly on

iOS Versions
  • iOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
  • iPadOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
iOS Devices
  • iPhone 14/14 Pro (Max), 13/13 mini/Pro (Max), iPhone 12/12 mini/Pro (Max), iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max)
  • iPhone X/XR/XS/XS Max, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s/6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st, 2nd, 3rd generations)
  • iPod touch 1/2/3/4/5/6/7
  • All models of iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro and iPad