How to Transfer Photos from iPhone 4/5/6/7/8 to iPhone SE

Want to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone SE but do not know how? Here are 3 ways that can help you transfer photos from iPhone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 to iPhone SE.


By Lena / Updated on June 6, 2023

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How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone SE?

I have ordered the new iPhone SE in Apple Store and hope it would be soon delivered to me. I love photographing and have more than 2K pictures on my iPhone 6. Anyone could tell me the easiest way to import them to my new iPhone SE?

- Question from an Apple User

The new iPhone SE 2022 finally comes. It’s time to upgrade your iPhone 4/5/6/7/8. Like the old iPhone SE 2020, the price of the new iPhone SE is still very affordable. You might have noticed that camera has become more and more important on the smartphone, so Apple has devoted a lot of energy to improving iPhone’s performance of photographing.

The new iPhone SE has a 12MP rear camera with ƒ/1.8 aperture and a 7MP front camera, which stays the same as iPhone SE (2020). But the new iPhone SE is equipped with a more powerful sensor.

Photos Taken By iPhone SE 2020

If you got a new iPhone SE, your photos need to be properly handled. You could save them to computer, or transfer them to new iPhone SE. The following content would give you some advice on how to transfer photos from iPhone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 to iPhone SE.

Method 1. Quickly Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone SE

If you keep reading this passage, you would find that this is the safest and fastest way to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone SE.

You should know and control everything about your photos when transferring photos, so you need a professional tool. FoneTool is a professional iPhone data transfer tool for Windows PC users. You could use it to save all the photos to computer and transfer photos as many as you like to iPhone SE.

  • Preview all the photos on old iPhone and save all of them or a part of folders

  • Transfer every 100 photos in 2 seconds

  • Transfer selected photos from computer to new iPhone

  • Support all iPhone modes including iPhone 4/6/7/8/X/11/SE/12/13

  • Support the latest iOS 15/14

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone 4/5/6/7/8 to iPhone SE

Step 1. Connect iPhone to FoneTool

Download FoneTool to computer for free. Connect the old iPhone to computer with USB cable and tap “Trust”.

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Step 2. Select Photos on Old iPhone

• Select Phone Transfer on the left pane. Move the mouse to iPhone to PC. Click Start Transfer.

Transfer to Computer

• Click the Photo icon to view all the pictures on your iPhone. You could unselect some photos or folders to not save them. After all the operations, click OK to return.

Select Pictures

Step 3. Save Photos from Old iPhone

Click Start Transfer to transfer all the selected pictures to computer in seconds.

Transfer Photos to Computer

Step 4. Transfer Photos  to iPhone SE

Disconnect the old iPhone and then connect the iPhone SE to computer. Click Phone Transfer > PC to iPhone option to select the photos exported before. Finally, click Start Transfer to transfer all the photos to iPhone SE.

Transfer Photos to iPhone SE

☞ Tips: You could leave the copy of your photos on computer. You can view them at any time or copy them to flash drive as backup.

● Pros: It is the fastest iPhone photo transfer tool and lets you select photos to transfer.
● Cons: You need to use a computer to transfer photos.

Method 2. Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone SE with iCloud

If both your old iPhone and new iPhone SE are using the same Apple ID, you can let iCloud help you transfer all photos. However, there are only 5 GB of free storage space for you to store your data. When the storage is full, the transfer will fail.

How to Sync Photos from Old iPhone to New iPhone SE with iCloud

Step 1. Turn on iCloud Photos on Old iPhone

Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos to enable iCloud Photos. Wait until all the photos are uploaded to iCloud.

Turn on iCloud Photos

Step 2. Sync iCloud Photos on iPhone SE

Enable iCloud Photos in the same way in step 1. When iPhone SE is connected to the Internet, all the iCloud photos would be automatically downloaded.

Note: You have just 5GB of free iCloud storage, if you have too many pictures, you might need to purchase extra space. If you store pictures in a full iCloud backup, the incompatibility of different iOS might let the restoration fail or cause other problems.

Pros: You could wirelessly transfer photos between iPhones.
Cons: You might need to pay for more iCloud storage and good network conditions are necessary.

Method 3. Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone SE with iTunes

You might often use iTunes on your computer to purchase songs of your favorite singers. It could also be used to transfer photos to iPhone SE. First transfer photos from iPhone to computer and then let iTunes help you sync photos to iPhone SE.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone SE with iTunes

Step 1. Transfer Photos from Old iPhone to Computer

Connect old iPhone to computer > Go to This PC or Computer > Find your iPhone and open it > Go to Internal Storage DCIM > Click the folder and you will see the pictures > Copy them to computer.

Export iPhone Photos to PC

Step 2. Sync Photos to iPhone SE

Plug in iPhone SE > Click the Device icon > Choose Photos > Select Sync Photos > Choose the photos you need > Click Apply.

Sync Photos to iPhone

Note: Before the sync, you can first put your photos in one folder. In this way, you can easily sync all the pictures.

Pros: You can transfer as many photos as you want.
Cons: The whole process is time-consuming and it will erase the existing photos on iPhone SE.


That's all about how to transfer photos from iPhone 4/5/6/7/8 to iPhone SE. This article has given you 3 easy ways to help you save and transfer iPhone photos.

Every method has its pros and cons but FoneTool is considered the best iPhone photos transfer tool because it lets you know and control everything when you transfer photos to iPhone SE. Besides photos, it also can help you transfer videos, songs, contacts, messages, etc. Download FoneTool and discover more.

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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.