Buying a new iOS device to replace an aging model? Congrats, you’re one of the millions around the word who’ve decide to upgrade to a new model! Now, if you *do* have a new iPhone or iOS device, you’re going to want to transfer your personal data from your old iPhone to your new one. If you thought it wasn’t possible or that it’s too complicated, well, you’ll be happy to know how easy it is. Let’s get down to brass tax, shall we?
Things to Do Before You Transfer Your Data
Before you even start the process of transferring your data, there are a couple things you’re going to have to do. These steps will ensure that your data is saved and secure, making the transfer as simple as possible:
• If you have an Apple Watch connected to your old iPhone, you’re going to have to unpair your Apple Watch from your old iPhone. Unpairing your Apple Watch will automatically backup your Apple Watch so that you’ll be able to restore it when you pair it with your new iPhone. Of course, all your personal data will be transferred effortlessly.
• Make sure all your data is backed. This is usually automatic with your iPhone since it’s connected to iCloud. We’ll show you how to do this later on.
• If you’re selling your old iPhone, make sure you’re logged off of all your accounts and that your data is erased.
How to Transfer Your Data from Your Old iPhone Using iCloud
Before you transfer your data, you’re going to have to backup your data. This means all your information from your old iPhone will be sent to your new one.
To backup your information on iCloud, you’re going to have to connect your iPhone to the internet via Wi-Fi. One that’s done, you’ll be able to start the transferring process. Go to settings, click on your name and tap on iCloud. Once you’re in that section, tap on iCloud Backup. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, you’ll tap on settings, then iCloud and then Backup.
Check that iCloud Backup is turned on. Then, tap on Back Up Now. It’ll start the transferring process, so you’ll want to make sure that you remain connected to Wi-Fi until the process is completed.
Transferring Your iCloud Backup Data to Your New Device
With your new iPhone, you’re going to turn on the device. If you’ve already set up the phone, you’ll have to erase your data and start over again. To do this, go into settings > general > reset > Erase All Content and Settings. This will erase all the data that’s currently on the device. If you did it correctly, you’ll want to see “Hello” appear on your screen when you restart it.
Press the Home button when you see the “Hello” appear on your screen. Follow the steps shown until you reach the Wi-Fi screen. Once you get to the Wi-Fi screen, connect to a Wi-Fi network. After that, you’re going to follow the steps until you see Apps & Data screen. Once there, tap on restore from iCloud Backup and then hit next.
You’re then going to have to sign-in to your iCloud account, using your Apple ID and password. You’ll be asked to choose a backup. Make sure you choose the correct one by looking at the size and date.
Stay connected to Wi-Fi until it completes the process. Once finished all your personal data such as music, photos and apps will be transferred to your new iPhone.
How to Transfer Your Data from Your Old iPhone Using iTunes
Connect your old iPhone to your computer then open iTunes on your desktop, selecting your device. Under summary, click on back up now. Then the back up process will begin, this may take a while depending on the size.
Connect your new device to your computer and open your iTunes, selecting your device. Then, click on Restore Back up. Choose a backup, make sure you pick the right one by looking at the size and date. Then, the process will start, make sure your new phone remains plugged into the computer until it’s finished. This may take a while depending on the size of your data.
Once you open up your iTunes on your iPhone and you’ll see all your data transferred. It’s really just that simple!