Contacts are one of the most important data on iPhone. To transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone, you can first backup old iPhone with iTunes and then restore the backup to new iPhone. However, it’s impossible to only restore contacts. So here in this guide, we will show you 4 ways that can help you transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iTunes.
Way 1. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iTunes but via FoneTool
FoneTool is one professional iOS data transfer tool that is able to help users transfer contacts, messages, songs, photos, and videos from one iPhone to another.
You can preview and then select the contacts you want to transfer. There is no need to reset your iPhone and no data will be erased during or after the transfer.
It is only a matter of making a few clicks of the mouse to transfer contacts from iPhone to another one. Download the tool on your computer and follow the steps below to make it.
Steps to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via FoneTool
1. Launch FoneTool > Connect the source iPhone to computer via the USB cable. (Enter passcode on iPhone so that the software can access your device.)
2. Click Phone Backup option > Go to Selective Backup and click Get Started.
3. Click Contacts icon to view and select the contacts you want to transfer > Click OK to continue.
4. Select a storage path to save the contacts > Click Start Backup.
5. Unplug the source iPhone and connect the target iPhone to computer > Go to the Backup History screen > Click the three-dots icon and click Restore.
6. Click the icon to choose the contacts you want to restore > Click Start Restore to make it.
Note: To save time and storage space, we use the backup and restore method to transfer contacts. If you want to view contacts on computer, you can go to Phone Transfer > iPhone to PC to export iPhone contacts to CSV or VCF.
Way 2. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iTunes but via iCloud
You can take advantage of iCloud to transfer all contacts from iPhone to iPhone. Note that selected transfer is not supported.
1. Login with the same Apple ID on both iPhones > Connect iPhone to Wi-Fi network.
2. On the source iPhone: Go to Settings > Tap your name > Tap iCloud > Turn on Contacts > Tap Merge if asked. Then it will start the syncing.
3. On the target iPhone: Do the same above to turn on the contacts sync > Wait for the sync and you can go to Contacts app and pull down from the top of the screen to refresh the contacts list.
Way 3. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iTunes but via Gmail
Some email services can help users backup iPhone contacts and you can utilize this option to transfer contacts from iPhone to another one. First import source iPhone contacts to Gmail, Yahoo, Exchange, etc., and then turn on the contacts sync on target iPhone. Here we take Gmail as an example.
● On source iPhone: Go to Settings > Tap Accounts & Passwords > Tap Add Accounts > Tap Google > Enter the required information to add your account > Tap Next > Tap Save when your account is verified > Turn on Contacts sync > Tap Save to confirm.
● On target iPhone: Do the save above to turn on the contacts sync > Then back to Settings > Tap Fetch Data > Slide the Push button.
Way 4. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iTunes but via AirDrop
If you want to transfer one or two contacts, then you can choose to AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone. Only one item can be transferred each time.
● Turn on AirDrop on iPhone: Open Control Center > Press and hold on the wireless control box > Tap AirDrop and choose Contacts Only, or Everyone.
● On the source iPhone: Go to Contacts > Find and tap the contact you want to share > Tap Share Contact > Tap AirDrop > Choose the target iPhone name.
● On the target iPhone: You will see three options: Save, Create New Contact, Add to Existing Contact. Choose one according to your needs.
That’s all for how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without using iTunes. To transfer selected contacts easily and quickly, FoneTool is the best choice. Besides, it can also help you transfer messages, videos, photos, etc. without effort. Download FoneTool and discover more!
FoneTool Runs Perfectly on
- iOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
- iPadOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
- 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