By Demi / Last update April 7, 2022

Switching to new iPhone

I have a new iPhone coming tomorrow. Any tips on how to get everything from old to new iPhone? Do I simply just back up old phone using iTunes? I don't want to lose anything! Thanks.

- Question from Apple Community

Whenever Apple releases a new series of iPhone, the search result about how to transfer everything from one iPhone to another will increase dramatically on all kinds of web browsers. Indeed, no one wants to take the risk of any data loss when they indulged in the happiness of buying a new iPhone.

iPhone 13

No matter you have backed up your previous iPhone or not, your needs to switch to new iPhone can be fully satisfied with one of the four ways mentioned in this guide in every detail.

Part 1. Switch to new iPhone 13/12 without backup

It cannot be simpler to transfer everything from one iPhone to another without backup. You don't need to spend extra time backing up your previous iPhone and restoring it to the new one. 

Solution 1. The easiest way to switch to new iPhone with AOMEI MBackupper

It is highly recommended one of the best iPhone to iPhone transfer apps, AOMEI MBackupper, which is a professional backup and transfer tool for iOS devices, helping you utilize the new iPhone as soon as possible. You can also be free to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone after setup with it.

Features and advantages of AOMEI MBackupper
No data loss. It will transfer your photos, contacts, call history, text messages, memos, calendars, Safari (history, bookmarks), applications (data files, preference), system settings.
 Clear interface and simple steps. There are not many things to do for you if you want to switch data from the old iPhone to a new iPhone.
• Transfer between different Apple ID. You can transfer data from one Apple ID to another fully or selectively with the help of AOMEI MBackupper.

Steps to switch to new iPhone via AOMEI MBackupper
Step 1. Download and install AOMEI MBackupper > Connect both your old iPhone and new iPhone to a computer > Tap Trust This Computer on the two iPhones.

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Secure Download

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

iPhone To iPhone Transfer

Step 3. The source and target iPhone will be listed. You can enable Backup encryption to encrypt the data in your source iPhone.

Backup Encryption Not Enabled

Note: If you enable backup encryption, you will be asked to enter the backup password to access the backup files.

Step 4. Click Start Transfer to begin the transfer > Wait for the transfer to completing, and the target iPhone will be restarted automatically.

Start Transfer

After restarting, you can check whether all the contents have been copied to your new iPhone. Optionally, you can also transfer selective photos, contacts, etc. between two iPhones using AOMEI MBackupper. If you don't need the old iPhone any more, the Erase iPhone function in AOMEI MBackupper can offer you a professional service to deeply wipe your iPhone clean.

Solution 2. Switch data to new iPhone by Quick Start

Apple’s Quick Start feature offers an automatic way to switch data to new iPhone which is using iOS 12.4 or later. You just have to make sure that the Apple ID is that you want to use. Then you can make use of Quick Start to directly transfer your data to new iPhone. Follow the steps below to know how to transfer everything from one iPhone to another with Quick Start.
Step 1. Place your two iPhones close to each other > Connect them to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. Turn on the target iPhone > On the source 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 if you 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 target iPhone using the camera of your source iPhone > If asked, you need to enter the passcode on the target iPhone.

Enter Passcode On Target Iphone

You will be asked to set up Touch ID or Face ID, which you can do now or wait until later. Then it’s time to transfer your data.

Step 4. On your target iPhone, select Transfer from iPhone > Agree to the terms and conditions > Choose whether you want to transfer the settings in Siri, Maps, and other apps to the target iPhone or customize them yourself > Tap Continue.

Wirelessly Transfer Data With Quick Start

Sometimes, Quick Start may not working due to poor connection between two iPhones or any other unknown errors, you may need this guide to help yourself out.

Part 2. Switch all data to new iPhone with backup

You can also choose to switch all data to new iPhone by restoring the iTunes or iCloud backup files. However, to some degree, your data may be at the risk of loss this way.

Solution 3. Switch data to new iPhone from iTunes backup

If you choose to restore iTunes backup to your new iPhone, it's suggested to backup the source iPhone first to avoid data loss. Follow the steps below to backup the previous iPhone and restore to new iPhone with iTunes.

Backup iPhone via iTunes
Step 1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on computer > Connect the source iPhone to the computer.

Step 2. Click the Device tab > Select This Computer > Click Back Up Now to start the backup.

Restore iTunes backup to the target iPhone
Step 1. Turn on your new iPhone > Follow the steps until you see Apps & Data screen > Choose Restore from Mac or PC.

Restore From Mac Or Pc

Step 2. Connect your new iPhone to the computer that you used to backup your old iPhone > Open iTunes or Finder (iTunes on Windows PC while Finder on Mac) > Select your iPhone > Select Restore Backup

Restore Itunes Backup

Step 3. Pick the latest version of backup > Enter the password if asked > Click Restore and wait for the restore time to finish.

Click Restore Itunes

Note:
▶ If your iTunes backup isn’t encrypted, your Health and Activity data won’t be switched to the new iPhone.
▶ If you’ve already set up your new iPhone, you need to erase it before you can use these steps. Besides, make sure your new iPhone has the latest iOS version.

Solution 4. Transfer data to new iPhone using iCloud

iCloud is another professional backup app issued by Apple. However, many users give up using it because of its limited storage space. If you have paid for extra space to backup iPhone to iCloud, you can try this way. If not, you may lose many data. The following are the specific tutorials.

Step 1. Turn on your new iPhone > Follow the steps until you see Apps & Data screen > Choose Restore from iCloud Backup.

Choose Restore Option

Step 2. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID > Choose a backup then the transfer start.

Note:
▶ If you’ve already set up your new iPhone, you need to erase it before you can use these steps. Besides, make sure your new iPhone has the latest iOS version.
▶ During the process, a Wi-Fi connection is required. Once you disconnect from Wi-Fi, the process will pause until you reconnect.
▶ Depending on the amount of data, content such as your apps, photos, music, and other information will continue to restore in the background for the next hours or days.

Conclusion

That’s all about how to switch to new iPhone. In a nutshell, to save your time, you can choose to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone directly without backup using AOMEI MBackupper or Quick Start. You can also restore iTunes or iCloud backup to your new iPhone if you don't mind some data losing. If this guide  helps you, please share it with others.