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Transfer passwords to new iPhone 12

I need my password from my old iPhone 8 but I don’t want to type all my accounts and passwords again on my new iPhone 12. How can I transfer all my iPhone passwords at a time?

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When iPhone is released, you can immediately get the new device from Apple Store. You must not want to abandon all the apps on your old iPhone to use an empty iPhone so that you need to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone.

Except for transferring photos, messages, apps, and etc. you also need the passwords on your old iPhone. After all, you need to sign in to your accounts to get the information from your server. Do you need to write download all your passwords to remember them and type them one by one in all your apps on new iPhone? Of course not.

Can you transfer iPhone passwords to new iPhone? Apple has provided an easy solution to save and transfer your passwords. You will know how to transfer passwords to new iPhone in the next sections.

Section 1. How to transfer passwords with iCloud Keychain?

The most convenient service of sharing data between iPhone is iCloud sync. It allows you to upload iPhone data to the server and easily access and download the data on all of your iOS devices.

Passwords are very important and private data, so iCloud would protect your passwords very carefully and won’t read your passwords. You could easily download passwords from iCloud.

> Steps to import passwords to iPhone with iCloud Keychain:

1. Connect your old iPhone to the Internet.

2. On your iPhone, open Settings app.

3. Tap your profile.

4. Select iCloud.

5. Select Keychain.

6. Turn on iCloud Keychain and input your passcode or Apple ID password. Wait for a few minutes.

iCloud Keychain

7. Activate your new iPhone and connect it to the Internet.

8. On your new iPhone switch on iCloud Keychain in the same way. Wait for several minutes to download passwords to new iPhone.

Every time you open the app and the account and password are asked, you can use the touch ID or Apple ID password to autofill the account and password.

Which passwords would be transferred and how to view your passwords on iCloud?

iCloud Keychain saves your credit card number, user names and passwords in Safari, Wi-Fi passwords, and accounts and passwords in other apps.

The simplest way to view your password is using Siri. Just ask Siri to show your password of specific site or all your passwords. Of course, you could manually check your passwords.

> Steps to view your passwords on iPhone:

1. Open Settings app on your iPhone.

2. Select Passwords & Accounts.

3. Select Website & App Passwords and use Touch ID to access all of your accounts and passwords.

View Passwords

Section 2. How to transfer passwords with encrypted iTunes backup?

Your passwords could be transferred to new iPhone when you do full iPhone migration with iTunes. You need to save the encrypted iPhone backup to iTunes and then transfer them to your new iPhone.

There is one thing you need to know is that you can’t transfer data from new iOS to the previous iOS or the process could not be finished.

> Steps to transfer iPhone passwords with iTunes:

1. Download and install the latest iTunes.

2. Connect your old iPhone to computer with USB cable.

3. Click the device icon of your iPhone in iTunes.

Device Icon iTunes

4. Check Encrypt local backup, create a password and then click Back Up Now. Wait for a few minutes to complete the process and then disconnect your old iPhone.

iTunes Encrypt Local Backup

5. Connect your new iPhone to iTunes and click the device icon.

6. Click Restore Backup, select your encrypted backup, enter the password and then transfer everything include passwords to new iPhone.

Section 3. Easy-to-use transfer tool to transfer passwords to new iPhone

You may feel the iTunes interface is not intuitive, and the steps are sort of complicated. Here we recommend a powerful iOS transfer tool named FoneTool. With just one click, you can easily transfer keychain/passwords, as well as other data like photos, videos, messages, and contacts to your new iPhone. 

In addition, you may want to selectively transfer some items like photos, videos, and contacts to computer, FoneTool comes with "Transfer to PC" and "Custom Backup" features can perform it.

You can hit the download button to install FoneTool. Then connect your old and new iPhones to computer with USB cables. We will guide you on how to use this tool. 

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Step 1. Click the "Phone Transfer" on the main interface. Go to "iPhone to iPhone" and click "Start Transfer".

iphone to iphone transfer

Step 2. The source and the targeted iPhones will be shown in this window. Make sure the operation is encrypted, so your keychain passwords can be transferred. Then click the "Start Transfer" button. 

transfer encryption

Selectively transfer other data to new iPhone

Sometimes, you need to only migrate photos, videos, contacts to another iPhone. Follow the guide below.

Step 1. Select Phone Transfer on the home screen. Choose iPhone to PC.

Transfer to Computer

Note: To transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone, you can go to Phone Backup > Selective Backup to backup your messages on iPhone to computer, and restore them to your new iPhone.

Step 2. Click the plus icon to view the data on your old iPhone. Preview and select photos, videos, and music. Click OK then.

Choose Photos

Step 3. Click Start Transfer to get the files from iPhone to computer.

Transfer

Step 4. Disconnect old iPhone from computer and connect your new iPhone to FoneTool. And select PC to iPhone this time.

Transfer to iPhone

Step 5. Click any area in the box to add files you want to transfer.

Select Files

Step 6. Click Start Transfer to import the files to your new iPhone.

Transfer

You can keep these files on your computer.

Section 4. How to transfer passwords with AirDrop

AirDrop makes you easily share content to another device face to face, like transferring songs from iPhone to iPhone. You can transfer passwords after setting up new iPhone.

> Steps to transfer passwords with AirDrop:

1. Enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both iPhone. Put the two iPhone near together.

2. View your passwords as in section 1.

3. Select the password you want to transfer.

4. Tap the password and hold for a while. Select AirDrop.

Share Password

5. Select another device as the recipient.

Select Contacts

6. Receive the password on your new iPhone.

Conclusion

Apps and sites on your new iPhone still need your account and passwords on the old iPhone. To avoid typing them one by one, you can use the 4 ways in this guide to directly transfer passwords to new iPhone.

Also, you could transfer other data like photos, videos, and music to new iPhone with FoneTool.

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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