By Lena / Last update September 28, 2022

Contacts and photos may be the most important data stored on iPhone. The phone numbers let us get in touch with others by sending a message or making a phone call. The photos recording all memorable moments in daily life. So instead of transferring all data from old iPhone to new iPhone, you just want to move contacts and photos. Keep reading to see how to transfer photos and contacts to new iPhone in three methods.

Part 1. How to Transfer Contacts and Photos from iPhone to iPhone Easily and Quickly

Indeed you can transfer photos and contacts to new iPhone using iTunes or iCloud. However, both two methods have shortcomings. So here come's another tool to help you make it easier, that’s FoneTool. It’s one professional iPhone backup & transfer tool that can help you transfer what you want with amazing speed.

★ It lets you transfer contacts and photos only instead of the whole iPhone content.
★ It allows you to preview and select the contacts and photos you want to transfer.
★ There is no need to reset the target iPhone and it will not erase any existing data on the device.

The tool supports all models of iPhone from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 14/13/12/11/iPhone SE 2022/2020 and would be perfectly compatible with the latest iOS 16/15. Download the tool on your PC and we take transferring contacts from iPhone to new iPhone as an example.

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Steps to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone

Two steps are needed: first transfer contacts from source iPhone to computer and then transfer contacts from computer to target iPhone.

Step 1. Transfer Contacts from Source iPhone to Computer

• Launch FoneTool > Connect your old iPhone to computer via USB cable.

• Click Phone Transfer in the left side of interface. Move your mouse over iPhone to PC. And click Start Transfer.

Transfer to Computer

• Select the contacts you need >  Click Start Transfer to save contacts to computer. Then you can choose a storage path and format to save the contacts on Transfer Settings.

Transfer Contacts to Computer

Step 2. Transfer Contacts from Computer to Target iPhone

• Unplug your old iPhone and then connect your new iPhone to computer.

• Click Phone Transfer > PC to iPhone option.

Transfer to iPhone

• Select the contacts you exported before > Click Start Transfer to add contacts to iPhone.

Transfer Contacts to iPhone

★Bonus Tip:
Besides selective transfer, you can transfer all data and settings quickly via the iPhone to iPhone Transfer feature.
 iPhone X and later iPhone models now support eSIM. And iPhone 14 even removed the SIM card slot. You may want to transfer contacts from SIM to eSIM, you can backup iPhone contacts with FoneTool in advance. Just in case unexpected errors happen during the conversion.

Part 2. How to Transfer Contacts and Photos from iPhone to iPhone Using iTunes

iTunes is a computer-based iDevice management tool and it offers a way to help users transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone. You can transfer photos and contacts from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes, however, there are some points that you should pay attention to:

● Not only contacts and photos but all the other data on the old iPhone will be transferred to the new one.
● Your new iPhone will be erased firstly and then replaced with all the content from your old iPhone.
● It will take a long time to complete the process because it will backup and restore the entire iPhone content.

If you have already set up the new iPhone and do not want to erase it or you just want to transfer contacts and photos, you can go to Part 1 to get the solution. Or if you do not mind restoring the whole backup, see the steps below:

1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

2. Connect your old iPhone to computer and run iTunes.

3. Click the Device tab > Select backup to This Computer > Click Back Up Now. Wait for the backup to be finished.

Backup Using Itunes

4. Unplug your old iPhone and plug in your new iPhone.

5. Click Restore Backup... at the Summary page > Choose the backup that contains the contacts and photos you need > Click Restore to start.

→ Note: You may need to switch off "Find My iPhone" on your new device when performing the restore: Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Scroll down to Find My iPhone and tap it > Turn it off and you will need to enter your Apple ID and password to confirm.

Part 3. How to Transfer Contacts and Photos from iPhone to iPhone Using iCloud

iCloud is another official utility developed by Apple to help users manage iOS data. It provides a way to backup iDevice data and also lets you sync data among devices. However, it only offers 5 GB of free storage space to store the iOS data which is far from enough for most users.


1. Connect your two iPhones to a stable Wi-Fi network.

2. Log in with the same Apple account on both iPhones.

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone Using iCloud

On your old iPhone: Go to Settings > Tap [your anme] > iCloud > Turn on Contacts > When you're asked if you want to Merge or Cancel, tap Merge.

Enable Contacts Sync

On your new iPhone: Do the same above to turn on the Contacts sync in iCloud.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone Using iCloud

On your old iPhone:

1. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud >Photos.

2. Turn on iCloud Photos (or iCloud Photo Library) > Select either “Optimize iPhone Storage” or “Download and Keep Originals”.

Turn on iCloud Photos

3. Your iPhone will start uploading photos to iCloud.

On your new iPhone:

Do the same above to turn on iCloud Photos. You can access them from the All Photos album in the new iPhone’s Photos app.


That’s all for how to transfer contacts and pictures from iPhone to iPhone. As you can see, no matter iTunes or iCloud does not provide an easy way to make it. You’d better let PhoneTool help you transfer needed contacts and photos without data erase. Go for it now to discover more!

FoneTool Runs Perfectly on

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