Things to Do before Changing iPhone 15 – Don’t Lose Anything!

This article is about things to do before changing iPhone. If you are about to switch to a new iPhone, refer to this guide to switch and keep all of your data.


By Lora / Updated on May 31, 2024

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Things to do before changing iPhone

Every year users are eagerly waiting for new Apple products to release, especially iPhone. Now many users are switching to the new iPhone 15 and 14, but many of them don’t know things to do before changing iPhone to prevent them from any data loss.

Apparently, all you need to do is to keep you’re your data transferred without losing anything important.


My iPhone 7 has approx. 60GB of content, mostly photos/videos, and I will be buying the new iPhone 12, I only have the standard 5GB iCloud storage for contacts, emails, etc. What’s the best way of transferring my photos over to a new iPhone 12?


- Question from MacRumors


With a bunch of users are not aware of how to change to new iPhone painlessly, this tutorial is about to help with detailed info and instructions.


All users who need to switch to a new iPhone painlessly could refer to these two solutions in the next subsection.

In general, you could transfer iPhone to iPhone directly, or, to your preferences, you could also back up the iPhone data first, then restore the backup to the new iPhone.

Relevant edges and shortcomings will be discussed. Check them out.

Solution 1. Transfer iPhone to iPhone

How to switch iPhones without losing anything? Apple has offered a new feature named Quick Start to help users transfer iPhone data wirelessly. The transfer speed depends on the network condition. If you want a faster iPhone to iPhone transfer, move on to Method 2.

Method 1. Utilize Quick Start

Quick Start facilitates users to quickly set up new devices. If you have already set up the new iPhone, please go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Erase All Content and Settings > set up your iPhone.


  • Connect the old iPhone to a stable WiFi.
  • Enable the Bluetooth on the previous device.

Step 1. Power on the new iPhone > set up iPhone (Language, Location, etc.) > put the two devices together > check the Apple ID on the old iPhone screen > Continue.

Step 2. Hold the old device above the new device > position the image/animation in the viewfinder > input the passcode of the old device > Transfer from iPhone.


✔ Edges:

  • Wireless transfer, convenient, and free.

✘ Shortcomings:

  • It requires iOS 11 software. Any devices lower than iOS 11 cannot use this tool.
  • The transfer speed relies much on the network condition and is prone to fail in a poor WiFi connection environment.
  • It will occupy both two devices for processing. During the process, you cannot operate them until the processing finishes.

Method 2. Transfer iPhone to iPhone faster using Fonetool

What are the most important things to do before changing iPhone? Undoubtedly it is to prevent any data loss. But Apple Quick Start is very picky about the network condition.

Some users have reported Quick Start failure when the WiFi connection is unstable. On the contrary, transferring data via cables will be more steady and safe.

Also, transferring through cables can provide a faster transfer speed. Then how to switch iPhones without losing anything and stably & quickly? Using a professional iPhone data transfer tool is a good choice.

Fonetool is your second-to-none choice. It is embedded with multiple useful transfer features, like one-click iPhone to iPhone Transfer, Transfer to iPhone, and Transfer to Computer.

It supports all iOS devices and models, including iPhone 15/14/13/12/11, etc. Also, it works perfectly with the newest iOS 15 software.

Now please download Fonetool to transfer iPhone to iPhone quickly and steadily.

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Step 1. Run Fonetool > connect the two devices to your PC > Phone Transfer >  iPhone to iPhone > Start Transfer.


Step 2. Specify your source device and the target device > enable Backup Encryption to not omit anything > Start Transfer.


Thus you could easily solve the problem of “what to do before getting a new iPhone”.

✔ Edges:

  • Provides a very fast speed of transfer.
  • The transfer process is very stable.
  • 100% safe, virus-free, and privacy-protective.
  • 0 data loss.

✘ Shortcomings: it needs cables to transfer data.

Solution 2. Backup and restore data to the new iPhone

If your iPhone is under iOS 11, then Quick Start is not available. For those who cannot use Quick Start or need a more flexible choice, you could backup and restore iPhone.

Method 1. Back up iPhone via iCloud Backup

Official tool – iCloud Backup, provides a wireless backup & restore. It offers 5GB of free space, however, it is far from enough for an iCloud backup. If you have purchased iCloud storage space, then this method is suitable for you.


  • Connect the old device to a WiFi network and power supply.
  • If you have already set up the new iPhone, please erase it again. Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Erase All Content and Settings.
If restoring from iCloud backup not working, please get help.

Step 1. To avoid omitting anything, please first back up your iPhone manually.


Step 2. With an iCloud backup ready, you could set up your new iPhone > come to Apps & Data screen > choose Restore from iCloud Backup > log into your Apple ID > choose the latest backup to load backup on iPhone.


✔ Edges: Wireless.

✘ Shortcomings: Rely on a WiFi connection, low speed, data loss risk.

Method 2. Restore iTunes backup to new iPhone

How to switch iPhones without losing anything? If you are not using iCloud, you could also turn to iTunes. Lots of users utilize iTunes to restore iPhone data, sometimes they seek methods to restore iPhone apps from iTunes backup.

If iTunes cannot restore iPhone from backup, please get help.

Step 1. Start iTunes > connect the old iPhone to the PC > click the device icon.


Step 2. Click Back Up Now. It is recommended to toggle the Encrypt local backup to store all the data on your computer, including private data, like Keychain, Health, Activity, etc.


Step 3. When finished, disconnect the previous device > start the new device > Apps & Data > Restore from Mac or PC > connect the new device to the computer, click Restore Backup > choose the latest backup.


✔ Edges: Complete, 0 data loss, safe.

✘ Shortcomings: Low speed.

Method 3. Back up and transfer iPhone data flexibly

So many users want to figure out things to do before changing iPhone, but almost all the methods only support the whole device transfer, no matter whether you want it or not.

Sometimes, some users only want some vital parts of their data, e.g., photos, videos, contacts, messages, etc.

If you want to transfer iPhone data selectively and flexibly, Fonetool could be of great help. Using it, you could choose what you want to keep and restore iPhone from backup very quickly.

Step 1. Run Fonetool > connect the previous device > Phone Backup >  Selective Backup.


Step 2. Select the data you want to back up > specify the backup path if needed > Start Backup.


Step 3. When finished, disconnect the old iPhone > connect the new iPhone > click Back to go to the Backup Management interface > Backup History >choose the backup just made>  Restore.


Step 4. When completed, you could click View to check it,


Thus, you could solve the problem of what to do before getting a new iPhone with ease.

✔ Edges:

  • Back up and restore the iPhone at a very high speed.
  • 100% secure to protect your iPhone data firmly.
  • Offering flexible & selective choices.

✘ Shortcomings: It requires cables to backup & restore iPhone.


This article has given a comprehensive guide to help you figure out things to do before changing iPhone. In case you may need more help, here some more info is offered.

◆ How do I clear my iPhone if I want to sell it?

If you don’t need the old device anymore and plan to sell or send it, you must erase it to protect your private data. The feature Erase iPhone of Fonetool can do a 100% clean wipe to your old iPhone.

◆ Why do my photos not restore from iCloud backup?

If you found photos not restoring from iCloud backup after restoring, you could follow these instructions to troubleshoot.

  • Check if you have logged in to the correct iCloud account;
  • Check if the WiFi network is stable; then see if you have enabled iCloud photos – because thus your photos won’t be covered in the iCloud backup.
  • See if your iPhone is running low power.

What’s more, it indeed takes several hours to days to sync and download your photos from the cloud, please be patient.

◆ How can I retrieve notes from iTunes?

To retrieve notes from iTunes backup successfully, these conditions need to be met:

  • iCloud notes sync has never been enabled.
  • No notes are associated with email accounts.
  • You have made the iTunes backup before your notes got lost.

To solve this problem and get a detailed guide, please refer to the tutorial.

Lora · Editor
Lora is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is also a tester and editor of AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. -- "Keep testing, write the most useful tutorials for helping people recover the lost data for Windows and phones" is the most meaningful thing for her. Dedicated to creating helpful tutorials, she hopes her tutorial can assist users to effortlessly solve data loss problems on their personal computers and mobile phones.