How to Transfer iCloud to New iPhone During or After Setup

This guide will show you how to transfer iCloud to new iPhone. Whether you want to transfer data during or after setup, you will find a way to do it here.

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By Lena / Updated on June 18, 2024

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iCloud is the default cloud service for Apple products, which allows you to store and access files across your devices. With iCloud, you can always access the latest version of your important data and never worry about losing them. In addition, you can transfer data to new iPhone via iCloud syncing or iCloud backup.

Transfer iCloud to new iPhone

Here in this guide, we will focus on how to transfer iCloud to new iPhone. You will know all the possible ways to transfer iCloud to new iPhone in different situations.

If you want to change your Apple ID, you can go to this guide to get the solution: How to transfer data from one Apple ID to another one.

How to transfer iCloud to new iPhone during setup

When setting up your iPhone, you will be given the option to restore data from iCloud backup. You can choose this option to perform an iCloud transfer to new phone. It will restore the entire backup to your new iPhone.

If you haven't backed up your old iPhone, you can go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup to create a backup immediately. If the backup is ready, just read on to see how to transfer iCloud backup to new iPhone.

Step 1. Set up your new iPhone > On the Wi-Fi screen, tap a Wi-Fi to join.

Step 2. On the Apps & Data screen, choose Restore from iCloud Backup.

Restore from iCloud backup

Step 3. Enter your Apple ID and passcode > Select the backup you need by checking the date and size.

? When the restore process is done, proceed to complete the setup steps. You’d better keep your iPhone connected to Wi-Fi because it will continue to download photos, videos and apps to your iPhone.

How to transfer iCloud to new iPhone after setup

If you have already set up your iPhone, then you may want to know how to transfer iCloud to new iPhone after setup. Unfortunately, the truth is that you can only restore iCloud backup during the setup process.

To transfer data from iPhone to iPhone after setup, there are two options for you to choose from:

Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone and choose Erase All Content and Settings to reset your iPhone and restart the setup process.
Use a third-party transfer tool to transfer data to new iPhone. You do not need to reset your iPhone and it will not erase any existing data on the device.

If there's nothing important on your iPhone, you can simply reset your iPhone and transfer iCloud to new iPhone; If there is, you can click the download button to get FoneTool and let it help you transfer data to new iPhone.

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FoneTool is one professional iPhone data management tool for Windows PC. It provides three ways to help you transfer data to new iPhone after setup.

Selective Transfer. You can preview and select the files you need and transfer them to your new iPhone. It will not erase any existing data on the device.

Full Transfer. You can transfer everything from old iPhone to new iPhone. You do not need to reset your iPhone.

Wireless Transfer. You can transfer selected data from your old iPhone to new iPhone wirelessly.

Let’s learn more about how to use this tool to transfer data to new iPhone.

Transfer data to new iPhone without data erasing

Step 1. Launch FoneTool > Connect your old iPhone to computer via USB cable.

Step 2. Choose Phone Backup > Go to Selective Backup.

Selective Backup

Step 3. Choose the files you want to transfer. You can click the icon to select the files you need > Select a storage path > Click Start Backup.

Start Backup

Step 4. Unplug your old iPhone and plug in your new iPhone.

Step 5. Choose Backup History > Click the three-dots icon > Select Restore.

Restore

Step 6. Confirm the data that will be transferred to iPhone > Click Start Restore.

? To save time, we use the backup-and-restore way to transfer data. If you want to manage your data on computer, you can go to Phone Transfer. First transfer data from old iPhone to PC and then transfer data to your new iPhone.

iPhone to PC

Transfer everything in one click

Step 1. Launch FoneTool and plug in two iPhones.

If you only have one USB cable, you can first backup your old iPhone with Full Backup and then restore that backup to your new iPhone to realize the transfer.

Step 2. Choose Phone Transfer > Go to iPhone to iPhone.

iPhone to iPhone

Step 3. Confirm the source iPhone and the target iPhone > Enable backup encryption to protect your personal data > Click Start Transfer.

Start Transfer

When the process is done, your new iPhone will automatically restart and you can enjoy it.

Transfer data to new iPhone wirelessly

If you do not have a computer hand, you can go to App Store to download FoneTool for iOS. This app can help you transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without WiFi. All you have to do is open the app on both iPhones and you're ready to start transferring.

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How to transfer iCloud to new iPhone without old phone

If you can't access your old iPhone when your new one arrives, then you may want to how to transfer iCloud to new iPhone without old phone. In this case, you have two options.

To transfer specific types of data, you can go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud to turn on the sync. When all the files haven been uploaded to iCloud, you can turn on the sync on new iPhone at any time.
To transfer entire iPhone data, you can first backup your old iPhone and then restore that backup on your new iPhone. Generally speaking, iCloud backups will always be stored on the server unless you delete them manually.

Not all backups will be saved permanently. Since iOS 15, Apple offers free and unlimited iCloud space to help users backup old iPhone. However, this backup will only last for a maximum of 42 days. You should be aware of that if you want to use temporary iCloud storage.

Temporary iCloud storage

iCloud is not the only option for data transfer. You can learn more ways from this guide: How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without Old Phone.

How to transfer iCloud photos/messages/contacts to new iPhone

Instead of transferring your entire iPhone, you may only want to transfer some important data. Well, you can turn on the sync to transfer iCloud photos, messages, contacts to new iPhone.

On your old iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Tap the switches to turn on the sync for photos, messages, or contacts.

Turn on iCloud sync

When your iPhone is connected to WiFi, it will automatically upload these files to iCloud. However, it won’t tell you if all of them have been uploaded. If needed, you can go to iCloud.com to check the files that have been uploaded.

On your new iPhone, do the same above to turn on the sync > tap Merge when asked. When connected to WiFi, it will automatically download files from iCloud. You can give it a little time to finish all the downloads.

FAQs about transferring iCloud to new iPhone

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about transferring iCloud to new iPhone.

Q: How do I transfer iCloud from one iPhone to another?

There are two options. You can first backup the source iPhone to iCloud and then restore that backup to the target one. Or you can turn on the iCloud sync to transfer specific types of data.

Q: How to transfer iCloud backup to new iPhone after setup?

If you want to transfer iCloud backup to new iPhone after setup, you have no choice but to reset the device.

Q: How to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without resetting?

If you do not want to reset your iPhone, you can use a third-party tool to help you. Related guide: How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone Without Reset.

Q: Can you transfer everything from one iPhone to a new one without using iCloud?

The answer is YES. You can use FoneTool or iTunes to transfer data to new iPhone.

Q: How do I restore my iPhone from iCloud without resetting it?

You can only access the “Restore from iCloud Backup” option during the setup process. Therefore, it’s impossible to restore iPhone from iCloud without resetting it.

Q: Can you transfer data to iPhone after initial setup?

You can transfer data to iPhone at any time. If you want to transfer data to iPhone after initial setup, you can reset iPhone and transfer data via QuickStart/iCloud backup. Or you can use FoneTool to help you transfer data without resetting.

Final words

That’s all about how to transfer iCloud to new iPhone. With iCloud, you can easily set up new iPhone from backup. During the setup process, you can choose Restore from iCloud Backup to transfer iCloud backup to new iPhone. If you want to transfer iCloud backup to new iPhone after setup, you should reset your iPhone to restart the setup process. Or you can use FoneTool to transfer data without resetting.

Lena
Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.