By Lena / Last update September 26, 2022

Can You Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without WiFi?

Nowadays, we can easily transfer data from iPhone to iPhone wirelessly. The Quick Start helps us transfer everything to new iPhone during the setup process while iCloud helps us sync certain types of data after the setup.

However, both of these methods require an Internet connection. In addition, the transfer speed can be affected by the network. If the Wi-Fi is poor, it may take a long time to complete the transfer. Therefore, you want to find a way to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without WiFi, right? Then you are in the right place!

We have collected 3 ways that can help you transfer files from iPhone to iPhone without Internet. All these methods can be applied to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone 14, iPhone SE 2022, iPhone 13, iPhone 12.

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without WiFi

Let’s start to see how to transfer files from iPhone to iPhone without Internet. Here are some comparisons that may help you choose the right way.




FoneTool Desktop App

Wireless Transfer


Selective Transfer

Full Transfer



Multiple Transfer


Transfer Meida Files


Way 1. Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without WiFi - AirDrop

AirDrop is one built-in utility for Apple products, which lets users share photos, videos, contacts, Voice Memos, Map location, etc. between two devices. It’s a good choice if you want to transfer one or two items because it does not support multiple transfer for certain types of data. If you want to share multiple contacts on iPhone, please go to Way 2 to get the solution.

Step 1. Turn on AirDrop on both iPhones

Go to Control Center > Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth > Press and hold on the wireless control box > Tap AirDrop > Choose Contacts Only or Everyone.

Turn on AirDrop

Step 2. AirDrop Contacts on Source iPhone

Go to Contacts app and find the contact you want to share > Choose Share Contact option > Tap AirDrop > Select the target iPhone.

AirDrop Contacts

Step 3. Receive Contacts on Target iPhone

Tap Accept to receive the contact and it will be saved to Contacts app.

Above are the steps to AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone. If you want to AirDrop photos or other files, just go to the corresponding app and select the files you want to transfer.

Way 2. Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone without WiFi - FoneTool

FoneTool is one is a file transfer application especially for iPhone and iPad users. You can let it help you transfer photos, music, videos, contacts or any other files stored in Files app from iPhone to another one. The transfer does not require a Wi-Fi connection and does not consume cellular data. 

1. Scan the QR code or go to App Store to get FoneTool.

QR Code

2. Open FoneTool on both iPhones and allow the tool to use WLAN & access photos, contacts, music, etc. on your device.

3. Go to Connect Device and tap the avatar on either iPhone to establish a connection.

Connect iPhone

Make sure Wi-Fi option is enabled. FoneTool connects other devices through the WLAN service.

4. . Go to File Transfer > Choose the files you want to transfer > Tap Send to start.

Send Contacts

You can go to Transfer List to check the progress of receiving and sending.
Please keep FoneTool in the foreground on both iPhones during the transfer, otherwise, the transfers will be interrupted.
The transferred photos and contacts will be saved in Photos app and Contacts app. Other files such as songs are saved in Files > Received Music and you can tap to play.

Way 3. Transfer Data from Old iPhone to New iPhone without WiFi but via USB Cable

If you want to transfer everything from old iPhone to new iPhone, you may the desktop app of FoneTool. No need to connect to WiFi, the transfer can be done via USB cable.

You can let it help you transfer photos, contacts, call history, text messages, memos, calendars, Safari (history, bookmarks), applications (data files, preference), system settings, etc. But please note that it will erase all existing content on the new iPhone.

1. Click the download button to get the tool.

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2. Launch FoneTool and connect two iPhones to computer via the USB cable.

If there is only one USB data cable, you can use the "Full Backup" function in FoneTool to back up old iPhone to PC, and then restore the backup to the new iPhone to realize the switch.

3. Choose iPhone to iPhone option.

iPhone to iPhone Transfer

4. Confirm the source device and the target device > Enable enable backup encryption if you want to encrypt data in old device.

Enable Backup Encryption

5. Finally, click Start Transfer. When the transfer is done, the new iPhone will be restarted automatically.

Start Transfer

If you want to transfer music from iPhone to iPhone, you can first transfer music from source iPhone to computer and then import music to target iPhone. It supports transferring both purchased and non-purchased music.
Just in case you may need the data of old iPhone one day, you can choose to transfer files from iPhone to computer as backup. If you want to save storage space, you can let the Full Backup or Selective Backup feature create image files for your important data.
If you want to sell your old iPhone or give it to someone else, you can use the Erase iPhone tool to wipe iPhone clean to prevent personal data leakage.

Final Words

That’s all about how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without WiFi. You can let AirDrop or FoneTool help you transfer selected files wirelessly. If you have a computer at hand, you can try FoneTool desktop app to transfer everything from old iPhone to new iPhone at once.

For any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact us!

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