By Demi / Last update August 3, 2021

Transferring notes to new iPhone

Hello, I just recently purchased an iPhone 12 and chose to set it up as a new phone without remembering that I wanted all of the notes that were on my iPhone 7. is there a way to transfer just the notes and not everything else? 

- Question from Apple Community

In the past, people always carried a hand-note book and a pen or pencil with them everywhere. But now, thanks to technology, people can take advantage of the Notes app on their phone to record anything mean to them, so that any important dates, inspirations, schedules, etc. won’t be forgotten.

However, you should know that any data on your iPhone have the risk of losing. For example, when you buy a new iPhone, you may wonder how to transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone. Read this guide, and you will find what you want.

Part 1. How to transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone without computer?

For the question of how to send notes from iPhone to iPhone, you can make it without or using computer. If there is no computer available, AirDrop or iCloud will be a nice try.

Solution 1. Transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone using AirDrop

If you are in the same situation as the user from Apple Community shown above, you can try AirDrop. AirDrop provides Apple devices a wireless transfer process to airdrop photos, music, contacts, etc. Once you enable Bluetooth and connect both iPhones to the same Wi-Fi network, you can transfer notes in a short distance.

Airdrop Icon

Follow the steps below to know how to transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone using AirDrop. Before all specific steps, turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both iPhones. If either of them enables Personal Hotspot, turn it off.

Turn on AirDrop on both iPhones

Step 1. Swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone screen to open Control Center > Press and hold the wireless control box.

Step 2. Tap AirDrop > Choose Contacts Only or Everyone. Perform the steps on both iPhones.

Access Airdrop

Contacts Only. Contacts Only means you can only share files with the person who is in your contacts.
Everyone. If you choose Everyone, all nearby Apple devices using AirDrop can see your device.

Transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone using AirDrop

Step 1. On the source iPhone, Go to Notes app > Browse and select the note you intend to transfer.

Step 2. Tap the share icon in the top-right-hand corner of the screen > Choose AirDrop > Choose the target iPhone to transfer the note.

Transfer Notes From Iphone To Iphone Airdrop

Step 3. On the target iPhone, a window will pop up > Hit Accept to receive the note.

Now, you can go to the Notes app on the target iPhone to check whether it has received the note. Repeat the steps above if you have more than one note to transfer.

Solution 2. Transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud

If you are using the same Apple ID on both iPhones, you can make use of iCloud syncing to transfer notes between iPhones. If you turn on iCloud syncing for Notes, all the notes will be updated to iCloud, and you can view them on any device using the same Apple ID.

Tutorials about how to transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud are as follow.
Step 1. On the source iPhone, go to Settings > Tap [your name] > iCloud > Scroll down to find Notes > Toggle it on if it is not.

Notes Sync

Repeat the steps above on the target iPhone, and it will start syncing. It always takes time, so you need to wait patiently.

The notes synced in iCloud aren’t included in iCloud backup, they are just uploaded to iCloud.

Part 2. How to transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone using computer?

If you have a computer on hand, you will know how to transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone using computer. However, the prerequisite is that you haven’t done any settings on your new iPhone. If you’ve already set up your new iPhone, you’d better make a full iPhone backup before the process and restore it later.

If you are ready, you can try two methods below to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone, of course, notes are included.

Solution 3. Transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes

When it comes to backup or transfer data among Apple devices, iTunes must be one of the choices. You’d better know what iTunes backup include, and let’s get started to backup notes to computer and transfer them to the new iPhone.

Step 1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes to computer > Connect the source iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. Click the device icon in the upper-left corner and click Back Up Now > Wait for the process to complete and disconnect it.

Backup Using Itunes

Step 3. Connect the target iPhone to the computer > Click the device icon and click Restore Backup.

Restore Itunes Backup

When the process is over, you can check whether you have what you want on the target iPhone. When you encounter any iTunes problems on Windows PC, fix them or try the iTunes alternative below.

Solution 4. Transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone via AOMEI MBackupper

It is acknowledged that iTunes is not an ideal backup and transfer tool. Here, I’d like to propose AOMEI MBackupper to transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone.

With a clear interface and simple operations, AOMEI MBackupper is getting popular among more and more Apple users. It works well with iPhones from iPhone 4 to the latest version, as well as kinds of versions of iPad and iPod. It’s also perfectly compatible with Mac.

Can’t wait to start? Let’s download AOMEI MBackupper first.

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Before all the procedures, there is something you need to check and be aware of.
What AOMEI MBackupper transfer. Besides notes, it will also transfer photos, contacts, text messages, call history, Safari (history, bookmarks), apps (data files, preference), and system settings.
System version. To avoid any glitches, you need to make sure that the system version of the target iPhone cannot be lower than that of the source iPhone. If necessary, update iOS of the target iPhone.
Storage space. As we mentioned before, besides notes, AOMEI MBackupper will transfer other files as well. Hence, make sure your new iPhone has enough storage space remained to contain all the data of the source iPhone.

If you are OK with these notes, learn how to share call logs on iPhone with AOMEI MBackupper step by step.

Step 1. Launch in AOMEI MBackupper > Contact both your old iPhone and new iPhone to a computer > Tap Trust This Computer on the two iPhones.

Step 2. Click the iPhone to iPhone Transfer function in the Tools bar in the Home interface.

Iphone To Iphone Transfer

Step 3. The two iPhones will be list. Enable Backup encryption, and you can make your private data encrypted.

Backup Encryption Not Enabled

※ You will be asked to enter the password when you want to access the encrypted backup files.
※ If the password of the backup files is modified, the files can only be available with the new password. Similarly, if you delete the password, the backup files will not be encrypted.

Step 4. Click Start Transfer to begin the transfer. When the process is finished, the target iPhone will restart automatically, then you can check whether you have what you want.

Start Transfer


That’s all about how to transfer notes from iPhone to iPhone. You can choose to send notes to iPhone with or without computer depending on your needs. You can choose AirDrop or iCloud syncing if you just want to transfer notes. If your target iPhone is a new one, both iTunes and AOMEI MBackupper is available. Hopefully, this guide can help you. If it does, share this guide to help more people.