How to Transfer Data from Old iPhone to iPhone SE

Need to migrate data to new iPhone SE 2022? You will know how to transfer data from old iPhone to iPhone SE in every way in this passage.


By Dylan / Updated on May 31, 2024

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Need to transfer data to new iPhone SE?

The new generation of iPhone SE 2022 is coming. Like the old iPhone SE 2020, it is released to attract users by affordable prices. The new iPhone SE is equipped with the most powerful iPhone chip, A15 Bionic Chip, which is the same as the one in iPhone 13 series. It looks really attractive. Let have an overview of its tech specs.

iPhone SE

In the time of the large-display mobile phone, Apple decides to release a small-display iPhone, which is equipped with a 4.7-inch display. It is the same large as the screen of iPhone SE 2020. When it comes to the cameras, it stays almost the same as the iPhone SE (2020) except a more powerful sensor.

Except for the A15 Bionic chip, iPhone SE (2022) is the first model in its line that supports 5G, which can be seen as a significant change over the iPhone SE (2020).

If you have got the new iPhone SE, you must consider to migrate old iPhone data. How to transfer data from old iPhone to iPhone SE? This passage would give an integrated guide to transfer what you want to your new iPhone SE.

Method 1: Transfer selected data from old iPhone to iPhone SE

It is important to select the data to transfer to save time. The professional iPhone backup software, FoneTool, would help you do that. It is a free tool, and you could use it to transfer photos, videos, music, contacts, and messages from the old iPhone to the new iPhone SE.

  • Preview files on old iPhone and select the wanted files to transfer

  • Transfer data within limited steps on the simple screen

  • Support iPhone 4s/5/5s/6/6s/6 plus/6s plus/SE/7/7 plus/8/8 plus/X/XS/XS Max/XR/11/12/13/14/15

  • Support the latest iOS 17/16

Now you can download FoneTool to computer for free. 

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Part 1. Transfer all data from old iPhone to iPhone SE

Step 1. Connect both old iPhone and new iPhone with the same PC with USB cables. Then download and install FoneTool, click Phone Transfer and go to iPhone to iPhone.

iphone to iphone transfer

✍ Tip: If there is only one USB data cable, you can go to "Phone Backup" on the left pane > Choose "Full Backup" function in FoneTool to backup the whole device to a PC, and then "Restore" to the new iPhone to realize the switch.

Step 2. Here you will see your iPhones will be listed. To transfer some private data, like Health, Fitness records, and Keychain, you can enable Backup Encryption > Click Start Transfer to perform the iPhone-to-iPhone process.

Start Transfer

Part 2. Selectively Transfer data to new iPhone SE

FoneTool provides selective backup and restore features, allowing you to partially transfer data to a new iPhone. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Connect the old iPhone to PC.

Step 2.  Click Phone Backup on the main interface and go to Selective Backup.

Custom Backup

If you want to preview files on your old iPhone, then click an icon on the home screen to view them in folders. After selecting everything you want, click OK to return.

Select Files

Step 3. Click Start Backup to save iPhone data to computer and connect the new iPhone SE.

Click Start Backup

Step 4. When the backup is complete, unplug the new iPhone to the computer > Go to My Backups > Click Restore. You could still check the files in that backup by clicking an icon. After that, click Start Restore to transfer everything you care about to the new iPhone SE.

restore backup

※ Why save iPhone data to computer?
You should know that data is always threatened by the potential harm from hardware and software. It would always be wise to leave a copy on computer so that one day you could retrieve the lost data.

Method 2: Copy old iPhone to iPhone SE with Quick Start

How to transfer data from old iPhone to iPhone SE? You just need to put the two iPhone together. If you are using iOS 11 or later (the iPhone SE 2022 would be preinstalled with iOS 15), you could use Quick Start to copy the old iPhone the iPhone SE when you set up iPhone.

Step 1. Put the old iPhone and the new iPhone SE together

Make sure the Bluetooth button on your old iPhone has been turned on. Turn on both iPhone, and wait until the Quick Start screen pops up on your old iPhone. Tap Continue on the old iPhone.

Quick Start

Step 2. Scan the animation on the new iPhone SE to migrate data

There would be an animated pattern of blue dots on your new iPhone SE and your old iPhone would ask you to scan the pattern by saying Hold Your New iPhone Up to the Camera. Scan the animation and set up the iPhone according to the instruction on your new iPhone SE.

Quick Start Animation

Method 3: Move data to new iPhone SE with iTunes

iTunes needs you to make an iPhone backup to computer and then restore the backup to the new iPhone SE. You might need to read this passage to know what iTunes backup includes and how it works.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to iTunes

Download iTunes to PC. Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable. Wait until the device icon appears in the upper-left corner of the window, and then click it.

Device Icon iTunes

Step 2. Backup the old iPhone and transfer data to new iPhone SE

Click Back Up Now to save the iPhone to computer. If you wish to save the Key Chain on the old iPhone, you need to check Encrypt local backup. Wait for minutes to let iTunes complete the backup.

When you are setting up iPhone, you could connect the new iPhone SE to iTunes and click Restore in the window to data or you could also this after you have finished setting up iPhone.


Method 4: Restore data to new iPhone SE from iCloud

iCloud is a convenient tool for data backup and transfer but it only works when Wi-Fi is connected so sometimes you might find that iCloud backup is stuck.

If you already have an iCloud backup, you could use it to restore data to your new iPhone SE. Follow the steps to backup the old iPhone to iCloud and import data to iPhone over the air:

Connect your old iPhone to the Internet and go to iPhone Settings > tap [your name] > select iCloud > select Backup > enable iCloud Backup > tap Back Up Now. Wait until this backup is finished and then you could set up your iPhone and select Restore from iCloud Backup when it asks.

Back Up Now


The brand-new iPhone SE 2022 has come with affordable prices. It’s time for you to upgrade your iPhone. This passage has introduced 4 methods about how to transfer data from old iPhone to iPhone SE. You could backup your iPhone and transfer iPhone data now.

FoneTool is recommended because you would know everything when you are transferring data and save iPhone data to computer at the same time.

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Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.