Thorough Quick Start Guide for iPhone to iPhone Transfer

You may need Quick Start to transfer everything to new iPhone from the old one. Here in this guide, you can get a comprehensive Quick Start guide for iPhone to iPhone transfer.


By Demi / Updated on September 20, 2023

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Does Quick Start transfer everything? And how long does it take for Quick Start to finish the transfer task? Any answers will be appreciated.

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Since iOS 11, Apple offers you a new option to set up your new iOS deivces which is called Quick Start. Later in iOS 12.4, you are given an easier way to transfer data to new iPhone with it. Without backing up your old iPhone, Quick Start can help you get everything migrated from your old iPhone to the new one during setup.

Then, how can you utilize Quick Start when switching to new iPhone? Keep reading this guide, you will get a thorough Quick Start guide for iPhone to iPhone transfer.  

Part 1. Quick Start guide for iPhone 15/14/13

As mentioned at the very beginning of this guide, Quick Start is released with iOS 11 and helps transfer data to new iPhone without backup since iOS 12.4.  Thus, make sure your old iPhone is running iOS 12.4 or later. If the version of the iOS on your old iPhone is lower than iOS 12.4 and you don’t want to update it, it is suggested to try the method in Part 2 to achieve iPhone to iPhone transfer without backup.

How to set up Quick Start

The transfer process via Quick Start takes place during the setup process of your new iPhone. Follow the steps below to set up your new iPhone and Quick Start.

Step 1. Place the two iPhones close to each other > Connect them to the same Wi-Fi network. It is also suggested to plug the two iPhones into charge.

Step 2. Turn on the new iPhone > On the old iPhone, Set Up New iPhone will be displayed, which will ask you if you want to use your Apple ID to set up your new iPhone > Tap Continue to confirm. (Turn on Bluetooth if you can’t see the option to continue.)

Enable Quick Start Source iPhone

Step 3. Scan the swirling blue pattern on the new iPhone using the camera of your old iPhone > If asked, you need to enter the passcode on the new iPhone.

Enter Passcode On Target iPhone

After pairing with the two iPhones, you will be asked to set up Touch ID or Face ID, which you can do now or wait until later. Then, the transfer process can start.

Transfer data to new iPhone using Quick Start

Step 1. On your new iPhone, select Transfer from iPhone > Agree with the on-screen terms and conditions to continue.

Step 2. Choose whether you want to transfer the settings in Siri, Maps, and other apps to the new iPhone or customize them later > Tap Continue.

Wireless Transfer Data With Quick Start

Since the wireless transfer sometimes makes Quick Start not working, it also provides you with a wired way to iPhone to iPhone migration. If Quick Start doesn’t work wirelessly, you can get a Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adaptor and a Lightning to USB cable to make it in a wired way.

Part 2. iPhone to iPhone transfer without Quick Start

If Quick Start doesn’t work properly, you can try the professional iOS transfer software - FoneTool to complete the iPhone to iPhone transfer fully or selectively.

What you can benefit from FoneTool
Transfer between different Apple IDs. Quick Start doesn’t allow you to transfer files between different Apple ID. While FoneTool can help you make it.
Transfer after setup new iPhone. It allows you to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone after setup without erasing your iPhone.
Simple and fast transfer process. Without a complicated setup task, you can finish the transfer process with it in one click in a short time.

What will be transferred to new iPhone
Just like Quick Start, the iPhone to iPhone Transfer function in FoneTool transfers everything from iPhone to iPhone, which includes your photos, contacts, call history, text messages, memos, calendars, Safari (history, bookmarks), apps (data files, preference), system settings.

While you can also transfer only selective photos, music, videos, and contacts from one iPhone to another.

How to transfer everything to new iPhone with FoneTool
Step 1. Download, install and run FoneTool on your computer > Connect two iPhones to computer with USB.

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Step 2. Click Phone Transfer > Get to iPhone to iPhone and click Start Transfer.

iPhone To iPhone Transfer

Step 3. Make sure your two iPhones are in the right place > If needed, enable backup encryption to encrypt data on your old iPhone > Click Start Transfer to begin.

Start Transfer

When the transfer is finished, the new iPhone will restart automatically. Then, you will find everything has been copied to your new iPhone and the corresponding data in your new iPhone is overwritten.

To wipe your old iPhone clean, FoneTool provides you with the iPhone Eraser function, which helps you erase iPhone without password and the data on the old iPhone cannot be recovered any longer.


That’s all for the thorough Quick Start guide for iPhone to iPhone transfer. You can transfer data during the setup process using Quick Start. While you can also rely on FoneTool to transfer more wanted files without data losing. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.