How to Transfer Apps and Data Directly from iPhone

The article describes 4 methods of how to transfer apps and data directly from iPhone. Beyond that, there is also an additional bonus tip here.


By Kathy / Updated on May 31, 2024

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Transferring data or apps has become a common thing in our daily life, because mobile phones have become an indispensable part for a long time, and we often store numerous crucial data on them. Some people asked how to transfer apps and data directly from iPhone. Now, we will discuss this issue in the accompanying text.


Method 1. Directly transfer apps and data from iPhone with Quick Start

If both of your iPhone use iOS 12.4 or later versions, transferring data with QuickStart is an easy solution. Putting the new phone and the old phone together, and then activating the new phone, the iPhone will jump out of the QuickStart interface, click Get Started to transfer. Transmission takes a long time, so you need to be patient for a while.

Quick Start

However, sometimes, the transfer with QuickStart is not always successful. The explanations behind the failure might be that the version of the iPhone is too low, the Bluetooth isn't turned on, and so forth.

Method 2. Directly Transfer data and apps from iPhone without the Internet

If you want to transfer all apps and data directly from iPhone faster, it’s recommended you use FoneTool. Here are several significant advantages of it.

• High-speed transfer: Its transmission speed is very fast, which greatly saves the user's time.
• Stable and safe: The transfer process only relies on a USB connection, so it is very stable and all your data will not be leaked.
• Support multiple devices: Various iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch models are supported, including the latest ones.
• Easy to use: It provides users with a graphical interface, so users can intuitively understand the operation steps, and transfer data with just a few mouse clicks.

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Step 1. Install and run the FoneTool and plug in two devices; and then click Phone Transfer, go to iPhone to iPhone and click Get Started.

▪ You must enter the password, otherwise, this tool won’t be allowed to access the iPhone.
▪ A prompt window will appear on the computer screen when your iPhone connects to the computer, you should click Trust.

transfer apps and data from iphone to iphone

Step 2. Two devices will appear in the interface, click the Start Transfer button.

Transfer 2

Just wait for a while, your apps and data will be completely transferred to the target iPhone.

FoneTool also has an iOS app, which can selectively transfer data from iPhone to iPhone.

Download it by scanning the QR code below or going to the Apple Store. It can help iPhone and iPad users to transfer files between two devices without Wi-Fi and cellular data.

MBackupper iOS App

Method 3. Apps and data transfer directly from iPhone by Using AirDrop

If you just only transfer specific apps and some data to iPhone from iPhone, you can use AirDrop. Before using, you need to set the visibility.

Swipe down or up to open Control Center > Find AirDrop > Press and hold it >  Choose Contacts Only or Everyone.

Access AirDrop

Note: To be precise, AirDrop is not transferring apps, but sharing. Because when AirDrop transfers the apps, it just jumps to the Apple Store page for you to download the software. If you're transferring apps while syncing the data inside, you'll need to switch an approach.

AirDrop Transfer App

Now, let’s see how to use it to transfer specified items from iPhone to another iPhone, taking photos as an example.

You should open Photos on your iPhone > Select the photos that you want to transfer > Tap the Share icon > Choose the target device.

Transfer Photos Via AirDrop

After the transfer request is accepted by the other party, the photo transfer can be carried out.

Accept Photos

Method 4. Transfer data and apps with iTunes

If you have iTunes on your computer, you can use iTunes to transfer data and apps from iPhone to iPhone as well. To be honest, the whole process is complicated because you need to backup all the apps and data of the original iPhone to iTunes first, and then connect the target iPhone to restore the backup.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes.

Step 2. Tap the Device icon in the upper-left corner > Select the Summary > Click the Back Up Now > Unplug your iPhone.

Step 3. Connect the target iPhone to your computer > Click the Device button in the upper-left corner > Choose Restore Backup > Click Restore to allow iTunes to transfer your apps or other files into the target iPhone.

Restore iTunes Backup


4 methods for transferring apps and data directly from iPhone are mentioned in the text. I prefer to use FoneTool because it is simpler to use, faster to transfer, and also supports transfer between different devices.

Kathy · Editor
Kathy is an editor of FoneTool, who prefers to help more users address a series of iOS-related problems. She likes traveling and being close to nature makes her relax. She is also keen to engage in social activities and spend much free time with her friends.