How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone 12/13/14/15

Old photos are precious memories. Don't want to leave them behind? This passage will tell you how to transfer photos from old iPhone to iPhone 12, iPhone 13, iPhone 14, iPhone 15.


By Lena / Updated on September 12, 2023

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How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone 12

I have a lot of photos on my iPhone 8. In fact, there are more than 10GB of photos on it. I want to send all of them to my new iPhone 12 so I would like to hear the fastest way to transfer photos.

- Question from Apple Community

iPhone camera makes users easily take beautiful pictures without professional skills so users love to record the moments of life. These photos would be precious, especially when you want to memorize someone or something.

Transfer Photos to iPhone 12

If you have upgraded your old iPhone to new iPhone 12, don’t forget to take care of the previous photos. Some users simply wipe iPhone clean without any data backup or transfer, but they feel very regretful and want the photos back later.

Here in this guide, we will focus on how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro (Max), iPhone 12 mini. Whether you want to transfer photos without iCloud or without computer, you will find a way to make it.

All the methods in this article can also help transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone 15 (Plus)/Pro (Max).

Way 1. How to Transfer Photos from Old iPhone to iPhone 12/13/14/15 via FoneTool

FoneTool is one fast iPhone data transfer tool owing to its professional way of transferring iPhone data. It can help you transfer photos, videos, songs and more between two iPhones, between iPhone and computer.

● Select Photos: Don’t want to transfer all the photos? It lets you easily filter unwanted photos.
● No Data Erase: The photos and any other data stored on the target device will not be removed.
● Widely Compatible: It supports iOS 17/16/15/14 and iPhone 15/14/13/12 Pro Max/12 Pro/12/12 mini/11/XS/XR/X/8/7.

FoneTool is the best choice if you want to transfer a large number of photos to iPhone 12. You can easily complete the conversion in a few clicks.

FoneTool also has a mobile app that can help you transfer photos wirelessly. If you do not have a computer at hand, you may click here to learn more.

Example: Transfer Photos from iPhone 8 to iPhone 12

Step 1. Download FoneTool and Connect iPhone

Download FoneTool for free and connect old iPhone to computer with USB cable. Trust this computer if you are asked.

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Step 2. Transfer Photos from Old iPhone to Computer

• Click Phone Transfer > Choose iPhone to PC option and click Start Transfer.

Transfer to Computer

• Choose the photos you want to transfer > Select the storage space from Transfer Settings > Click Start Transfer to transfer photos from iPhone to computer.

Transfer Photos to Computer

Step 3. Transfer Photos to New iPhone 12

• Unplug old iPhone and connect iPhone 12 to computer.

• Choose PC to iPhone option.

• Click the Plus button to locate your photos.

Choose Photos

• Finally, click Start Transfer to transfer photos to iPhone 12.

Transfer Photos to iPhone 12

Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone 12/13 Wirelessly

The mobile app of FoneTool can help you easily transfer data from iPhone to iPhone wirelessly. It's possible to transfer hundreds or thousands of photos at once.  In addition, the transfer can be done even without network.

1. Get FoneTool from App Store.

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

3. Go to Connect Device and tap the name of the device on any iPhone to establish a connection.

Connect Device

4. Go to File Transfer > Choose Photos > Select photos and tap Send to start transferring photos.

Send Photos

You can go to Transfer List to check the process. Please let FoneTool run in the foreground of the system, otherwise, the transfer will be interrupted.

Way 2. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone 12/13 with iCloud

iCloud is a cloud service for Apple users to backup and share iPhone data from the remote server. However, you have only 5GB of free storage and the transfer speed depends on your network condition. Besides, both iPhones need to be logged into the same Apple ID.

If you have many photos to transfer or you want to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone with different Apple ID. FoneTool in Way 1 is recommended.

1. Go to Settings and connect old iPhone to Wi-Fi.

2. Still in Settings, tap [your name] > iCloud > Photos.

3. Enable iCloud Photos (or iCloud Photo Library) and wait for all the photos to be uploaded to iCloud.

4. Set up your new iPhone 12 and enable iCloud Photos in the same way.

5. Wait for the photos to be downloaded to iPhone 12.

Turn on iCloud Photos

Way 3. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone 12/13 by AirDrop

AirDrop makes sharing data between iOS devices easy and you can transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone 12 without iCloud or computer. It is used like Bluetooth, but much faster than it.

How many photos can you AirDrop at once?
Sending more than 100 photos at a time might let the process fail or some photos wouldn’t be transferred successfully.

1. Turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on both iPhones and put them near together. You don’t have to connect iPhone to available Wi-Fi.

2. Enable AirDrop on both iPhones: Go to Settings app > General > AirDrop > Select Everyone.

3. On the old iPhone, go to Photos app, select photos you need.

4. Tap the name of your iPhone 12 to send photos by AirDrop.

5. Tap Accept on iPhone 12 to receive these photos.

AirDrop Photos

Way 4. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone 12/13 with iTunes

iTunes could only be used to send photos to iPhone but could not extract specific items from iPhone. You need the help of Windows Photos on Windows 10 to get photos off iPhone first.

Note: Using iTunes to sync photos will force you to turn off iCloud Photos. If you turn on iCloud Photos again after the process, photos synced from iTunes will be removed.

1. Connect old iPhone to computer with USB cable and keep the screen on during the whole process.

2. Open Photos app on computer. If it doesn’t prompt up automatically, you can input the text in the search bar to open it.

3. Click Import in the upper-right corner and then select From a USB device.

4. Select iPhone photos you want to transfer and then click Import Selected. Disconnect the old iPhone.

Import Selected

5. Download and install the latest version of iTunes. Connect iPhone 12 to iTunes with USB cable.

6. Click the device icon on the upper-left corner of iTunes.

7. Select Photos section in the sidebar.

8. Check Sync Photos and then select the folder of your photos.

9. Click Apply to transfer photos to iPhone 12.

Sync Photos Using iTunes


You could store thousands of photos of your journeys and parties during the years. None of them should be left or gone. With the above 4 methods, you can quickly transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone 12/13/14/15.

If you want an easy, quick and safe way to transfer photos. FoneTool is the best choice. It can help you transfer selected photos with amazing speed. Besides, you can also let the iPhone to iPhone Transfer tool transfer photos as well as other data to new iPhone 14/15 at once.

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.