By Dylan / Last update November 7, 2022

Need to transfer your number to a new iPhone?

It is so exciting to unbox a new iPhone. Yet we all know that phone number is an indispensable part of phone data. To keep the old phone number and recognize the call from your friends, colleagues, and family and never lost iPhone contacts, you must know how to transfer phone number to new iPhone.


How can I transfer my phone numbers to new iPhone?

I bought a new iPhone 14 and I need to transfer my phone number to the new device so that I can reach out to my boyfriend and friends. I don’t want to enter every number manually on my new iPhone, how can I easily transfer my phone number to my new iPhone?

- Question from Apple Community

When changing a new iPhone you must transfer your old phone number to your new iPhone. In this post,  we will provide you 3 methods:

Part 1. Transfer phone number to new iPhone with SIM card

If you switch from Android to iPhone, you might find that there are huge differences between them. It is convenient on Android phones to save or import contacts with a SIM card, but you can only import contacts from your Android phone.

Now follow the steps below to safely place SIM card.

Note: Please make sure that you have saved your phone number on the SIM card.

I. Before you remove the SIM card from the old phone, please switch it off.

II. Find out the SIM Card tray on your old phone and then insert the SIM ejector tool in the pinhole to extract the SIM Card.


III. Use the same SIM ejector tool to eject the SIM tray on the new iPhone.

IV. Then remove the SIM Card from the old SIM tray and place the SIM Card in the new iPhone’s SIM tray.

V. At last, place the SIM tray back in the new device and ensure that, the SIM tray is perfectly locked in place.

If you didn't use an iPhone before and have stored the phone number of your contacts in SIM card, you should go to "Settings" > "Contacts" > "Import SIM Contacts" on your iPhone to transfer phone number to new iPhone.

If you used an old iPhone before, the phone number of your contacts would not be stored in SIM card, you need to sync them with iCloud or you can read the following passage to get an easy and safe way to transfer phone number to new iPhone.

Part 2. Sync phone number to new iPhone without SIM via iCloud

Another answer to how to transfer phone numbers to new iPhone to use iCloud. iCloud is a cloud-based service provided by Apple to store and sync data with the same Apple ID. If your contacts are sync to your iCloud storage, the phone number will be downloaded to your new iPhone.

Step 1. Open your old iPhone Go "Settings" > Tap [your anme] > iCloud > Turn on "Contacts"

Step 2. Then it will ask you if you want to merge the local contacts, tap "Merge".

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Step 3. Open your new iPhone, make sure you sign in with the same Apple ID. Then perform the same steps above to enable the Contacts on the iCloud feature.

Then wait for the phone number syncing to the new iPhone.

Transfer SIM phone number to eSIM using eSIM Quick Start 

iPhone X models and later models, iPhone uses eSIM (Embedded-SIM) allowing you to activate a mobile data plan without using a physical SIM card. iPhone 14 models in USA even remove SIM slot with eSIM. 

If you are a customer of AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, C Spire, U.S. Cellular, you can directly transfer SIM eSIM during the setup process. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Place your old iPhone and new iPhone near each other.

Step 2. Turn on your new iPhone, and follow the setup process to choose languages and Wi-Fi. Then you will enter the Setup eSIM screen.

Step 3. Tap "Transfer from another iPhone" on the Transfer-Your-Phone-Number screen. And tap Transfer number on the new iPhone.

Step 4. You will get a message to confirm the process on your current iPhone. Then the new iPhone will show a six-digit verification code. Just type the code on the old iPhone. 

Transfer eSIM

Step 5. After the activation, tap "Continue" on the new iPhone. And wait for the transfer to get finished.

Tip: If you didn't transfer SIM to eSIM during the setup, you can go to "Settings" > "Sellular" to add the new eSIM. To get more information you can go the this page: [2022 Guide] How to Transfer eSIM to New iPhone 14/13/12

Part 4. Best Way to transfer phone number to new iPhone

You might have tried Quick Start to copy iPhone data to new iPhone, but find iPhone migration not working. Actually, there is a simple way to quickly transfer number to new iPhone with a different Service Provider.

A third-party backup software - FoneTool is a good solution for you. With this transfer tool, you can transfer any phone numbers to a new iPhone, no matter you have saved the phone number on the SIM Card in advance or not.

FoneTool supports the latest iPhone 14, iPad 10/Air 4, and also supports iOS 16.

Step 1. Download, install and launch the software. Connect your old iPhone with a USB cable and unlock it.

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Step 2. Then press Trust on the iPhone if you are asked. Then run FoneTool, and choose “Phone Transfer" > "iPhone to PC".

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Step 2. Check the Contacts option, and you can click the icon to choose the specific phone number to transfer. Then click "OK".

select contacts

Step 3. Click "Start Transfer" > Choose the destination on your computer on Transfer Settings > click "Transfer" to save the selected contacts to your computer.


Step 4. Connect the new iPhone with the computer. Go to "Phone Transfer" > "PC to iPhone".

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Step 5. Click the "Contacts" icon and select the phone number you just saved on the computer.

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Step 6. Now, click "Start Transfer" to transfer the phone number to your new iPhone.

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Directly transfer contacts to another iPhone

In addition, FoneTool also has an app available on App store to directly transfer some contacts to another iPhone/iPad. You can scan this QR code or search "FoneTool" to install it.

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Now, here we would like to guide you on how to use this app. Just follow the content below.

Step 1. Install and run FoneTool app on both source and targeted iPhone. 

Step 2. Make sure Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are enabled on the devices. Then choose the "Connect Device" tab. And tap the other iPhone to make a connection.   

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Step 3. Select a contact (phone number), and tap "Send" to transfer data.

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Then you can go to the new iPhone to see if the contacts are on your iPhone.


This is how to transfer phone number to new iphone without or without SIM card, you would better confirm that if you want to transfer the phone number with the same or different Service Provider, then choose the proper way to do the job. You could transfer phone number to new iPhone by importing from SIM card directly, or you could use FoneTool to transfer phone number whether you use the same carrier or not.

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