By Lena / Last update September 16, 2022

Want to Transfer Photos from Old iPhone to New iPhone?

Last week, I got a new iPhone on my birthday. Now I want to transfer all my precious family photos from my old iPhone to the new one. But I have no idea how to complete this task. Does anyone have any clues? Thanks a lot!

- Question from Apple Community

If you get a new iPhone, you may need to move your important photos, videos to it, just like the scenario. To do so, you can check out the following 4 methods and choose a proper one based on your requirements and preference.

How to Transfer Photos from Old iPhone to New iPhone?

  • Way 1 can help you transfer selected photos from old iPhone to new iPhone with one click

  • Way 2 will tell you how to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone using AirDrop

  • Way 3 will show you how to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone with iCloud

  • Way 4 is able to transfer photos as long as other files from old iPhone to new iPhone

Way 1. How to Transfer Photos from Old iPhone to New iPhone via FoneTool

If you want to transfer a large number of photos from old iPhone to new iPhone, you can complete the task with the help of the professional backup & transfer tool - FoneTool

It allows you to choose what you want to transfer by folder or files from iPhone to another iPhone, iPhone to PC and PC to iPhone. And its interface is clean and intuitive, easy-to-operate for experts and beginners.

It's a good choice if you want to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone after setup because it will not erase any existing data on the new iPhone.

FoneTool Free Download

FoneTool is fully compatible with all iPhone models, including iPhone 14/13/12/11, and also supports iOS 16. See how to share photos between iPhone with this software:

Step 1. Download, install and run FoneTool on your Windows PC.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 2. Connect your old iPhone to the PC via USB cables and make sure it is recognized successfully.

Step 3. Click Phone Backup on the left pane. Move the mouse to Selective Backup, and click Get Started.

selective backup

Step 4. Then, you can click the Photos icon and select which photos to transfer.

Click Photos

Select Photos

Step 5. You can choose Backup Storage path to change the destination location to save the backup. After all are done, click Start Backup to save pictures to computer.

Select Path

Step 6. When the backup is done, you can remove the old iPhone and plug the new one into the computer > Go to the Backup History screen and click Start Restore, and the photos will be transferred to the new iPhone.

Restore To New Iphone

● If you want to transfer photos from old iPhone to computer for other use, you can click the Transfer to Computer option to make it.
● If you want to transfer photos as well as other data to new iPhone with one click, the iPhone to iPhone Transfer tool is the way to go.
● If you want to sell or give your old iPhone away, you can wipe your iPhone clean to make sure all important files are 100% unrecoverable.

Way 2. How to Transfer Photos from Old iPhone to New iPhone Using AirDrop

AirDrop is available on iPhone 5 or newer, iPad (4th generation or later), an iPad mini, 5th generation iPod touch. If your old iPhone and new iPhone both support this feature, you can easily share photos, videos, music, and other files between them.

However, you may meet problems when you try to AirDrop multiple photos. Some users have reported that not all photos have been transferred. To make sure a smooth transfer, you may send the files in smaller groups.

See how to AirDrop photos from iPhone to iPhone:

Step 1. Turn on AirDrop on old iPhone and new iPhone.

Step 2. On the old iPhone, tap Photos app.

Step 3.Tap Select on the top corner of the Photos. And choose all photos you want to send.

Step 4. Tap Share icon on the bottom, and choose AirDrop. And choose the device your want to send.

Then you will see the photos on the new iPhone.

Add Photos

Way 3. How to Transfer Photos from Old iPhone to New iPhone with iCloud

We usually transfer everything on the old phone when we have a new phone via iCloud. iCloud will move everything on the iCloud backup to your destination phone. Besides, it can also help you only sync photos between two iPhones.

However, iCloud only offers 5 GB of free storage space. You may be asked to purchase more storage if the iCloud is full. And sometimes, you may encounter Photos can't be transfer to new iPhone problem.

Step 1. Open Settings on your old iPhone and tap the Apple ID banner.

Step 2. Then choose iCloud. Once you enter the iCloud, make sure the iCloud Photos function is enabled.

Step 3. Enable iCloud Photos on your new iPhone. Photos are automatically synced when the iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi.

iCloud Photos

Way 4. How to Transfer Photos from Old iPhone to New iPhone Using iTunes

iTunes is another backup service provided by Apple. It will help you transfer all old iPhone content and settings from old iPhone to new iPhone. If you just want to transfer photos, you can go back to Way 1.

Step 1. Launch iTunes and click the iPhone icon in the menu bar.

Step 2. Go to Summary > Select This Computer > Click Back Up Now.

Backup iPhone with iTunes

Step 3. Unplug the old iPhone when it is done.

Step 4. Connect your new iPhone to computer and click Restore Backup.


So, with the 4 methods introduced, now you must have learned how to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone. By contrast, FoneTool is more suitable for most people by its high transferring speed. It can help you transfer all kinds of pictures without any limitaion.

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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