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How to Transfer Data From an Old iPhone to a New iPhone After the Initial Setup

By Novak Bozovic / February 19, 2021

The first time you power on an iPhone, you'll face several options for transferring data from your old phone. However, if you decide to skip those steps, restoring your data might be somewhat tricky later on. Still, there's nothing to worry about, as you have several options in front of you. So, let's talk about how to transfer data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone – after the initial setup. 

3 Methods to Transfer Data Between Old & New iPhones – Even After the Initial Setup!

We will start with the most effortless method of the bunch, relying on third-party software. As backup options, we’ll use Apple’s own methods (which are a bit time-consuming, so keep that in mind). 

Method #1: Use a Third-Party Application to Transfer Data From an Old to a New iPhones

You’ll find many applications online promising to sync or transfer data between smartphones. However, make sure to be very picky about letting third-party software handle your personal information. With that said, make sure to go through the following steps.

Tip

This method can be done at any moment – which means your new iPhone won't be reset in the process. However, we recommend saving any critical data (if you've been using your new iPhone for a while) - to be on the safe side.

Dr Fone Phone Transfer
Selecting Data Types to Transfer Between Two iPhones
Transfering Data Between Old and New iPhones

Method #2: Use iCloud to Backup (Your Old iPhone) & Then Restore Your New Phone

Next, we'll show you how to transfer data between your old and new iPhones (after doing the initial setup) via iCloud. For this method to work, you need both of your iPhones nearby. First, you need to backup your old phone and then use that data to restore it to your phone.

Tip

The following guide will instruct you to access iCloud from different devices. With that said, make sure to use the same Apple ID throughout. We also recommend saving any important data from your new iPhone manually in case your device needs to reset. 

Steps to Backup to iCloud Manually on iPhone
Dr Fone Data Recovery
Dr Fone Logging Into iCloud
Extracting iCloud Backup Files
Downloading iCloud Backups from Dr Fone
Note

If you don’t wish to use Dr. Fone, you can reset your new iPhone and restore it from iCloud. So, once you create an iCloud backup on your old phone, reset your new iPhone (Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content & Settings). You can then set it up from scratch and use the latest iCloud backup to transfer data between your old and new iPhone. 

Method #3: Use iTunes to Transfer Data Between Your Old and New iPhones

Lastly, we will advise you to use iTunes. First, you will use this application to back up your old iPhone and then restore that file to your new phone. Here's how that is done. 

Tip

This method will prompt you to reset your new iPhone (before you restore from an iTunes backup, transferring your data from your old to your new device). If you’ve been using your new iPhone for a while, make sure to save any important data manually.

Backing Up iPhone via iTunes on macOS
Steps to Reset iPhone to Factory Settings iOS

Those would be the three methods of how to transfer data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone – after the initial setup. If you have any questions for us, don’t hesitate to post a comment below. And finally – thank you for reading!



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