The Best Way to Transfer your Data from an Old iPhone to a New iPhone
Getting a new iPhone is very exciting! The packaging, the fresh, untarnished screen – ahh. At the same time, if you don’t know hot transfer your data from your old phone to your new one, it can be stressful.
You’ve probably seen friends post that they lost all their contacts or music when they got a new phone – to this we say: there is a better way!
There was a time when setting up a new iPhone was somewhat complicated and required that you use a computer and iTunes to do so. No longer. Apple’s upgraded to iCloud and iOS means that transferring your old data to your new phone can be done practically anywhere.
We’ll show you how to transfer your data from a backup (which you definitely should have) and what to do if you cannot transfer from a backup.
One thing to note: if you have an Apple Watch, you will have to reset it. Your apps and settings on the Watch will be backed up to the Watch app before it’s reset, and everything should transfer. We’ll get into details later.
How to Transfer Using iTunes
Transferring data using iTunes is preferable when setting up a new phone, although it is not required.
Restoring from iTunes is faster and you can encrypt the backups so as to retain health and exercise activity from your Apple Watch.
Here are the step by step instructions for transferring your data via iTunes. If you want to use iCloud instead, skip to the next section.
1.Back up your old iPhone. If you haven’t already done this, it’s your first step. To do this, plug your iPhone into your computer and click on the iPhone logo in the top left hand corner.
2.Then, click on Back Up Now. Your iPhone will begin backing up.
3.Turn on your new iPhone. Follow the steps on screen until you are asked for your Apple ID and password. Enter this.
4.You’ll then be asked if you want to restore from an existing backup via iTunes or via iCloud. Select iTunes.
5.Then, click on Restore. Select the most recent backup (probably today’s date) and click on Restore.
6.Your data will now be transferred. The amount of time that it takes will depend on how large the files are and how much information needs to be transferred. When it’s done, you should have all of your old data – messages, photos, contacts, etc.
How to Transfer Using iCloud
If you do not have access to iTunes or are away from a computer, you can still set up your iPhone!
You’ll just have to do it using iCloud. This means you’ll need a few things.
• You’ll need to have your iPhone plugged in to power – you’ll be downloading a lot of data and that takes a lot of energy. Your iPhone won’t allow you to do it if it’s not plugged in.
• You’ll need to have sufficient space in iCloud to fully back up your old iPhone. If you have a lot of data, Apple’s free 5 GBs won’t cut it. You may need to buy more.
• You need to be connected to Wi-Fi. Your phone will not let you download this much data over cellular.
• You’ll need about an hour and a half. If you don’t have very much data, you won’t need this much time, but it’s good to allow it just to be safe.
If you’ve got all of that in order, here’s how to transfer via iCloud:
1.Back up your old iPhone via iCloud. To do this, go to settings and tap on your Apple ID. Then, tap on iCloud.
2.Tap on iCloud Backup.
3.Tap on Back Up Now. Wait for your phone to complete the back up before proceeding.
4.Turn on your new iPhone. Follow the steps on screen until you are asked for your Apple ID and password. Enter this.
5.You’ll then be asked if you want to restore from an existing backup via iTunes or via iCloud. Select iCloud.
6.Find your most recent iCloud backup, it will have today’s date on it. Tap on it.
7.Your data will now transfer to your new iPhone. The amount of time that it takes will depend on how large the files are and how much information needs to be transferred. When it’s done, you should have all of your old data – messages, photos, contacts, etc.
How to Transfer Essential Data If You’ve Already Set Up Your Phone
Both of the above methods will set up your phone to look exactly like your old phone with everything exactly as it was. For most of us, this is what we want. That said, there are some of us who would rather start from scratch.
To do this, you’ll tap Set Up as A New iPhone when prompted. It can be nice, setting up from a fresh screen.
However, you’ll probably want to transfer at least some of your data. Contacts, photos, calendars, and Safari passwords are all extremely convenient things to keep. It’s a lot of work getting all of your contacts back!
There is a way to use iCloud to get all of your essential data back on your brand-new phone while keeping it set up as such. Make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi for this to work. Here’s how to do it:
1.On your old phone, open up the Settings app and tap on your Apple Id. Then tap on iCloud.
2.Now, select all the things you want to transfer. For me, I’ve selected Calendars, Contacts, Notes, and Safari.
3.Allow your phone to sit for half an hour. This will allow your phone to sync with iCloud.
4.On your new phone, head to iCloud and make sure you’re signed in. Your phone will now sync whatever you’ve synced from your old phone.
This will only sync the things you’ve selected. One thing you may want to sync with your newly set up iPhone are your purchased apps – after all, you’ve paid for them! To get your apps back, follow these steps:
1.Open the App Store. Tap on Purchases.
2.This will bring up every app you’ve ever downloaded. If you find one you want to download onto your new phone, tap the download button.
How to Keep All Apple Watch Data When Switching iPhones
You will have to reset your Apple Watch any time you upgrade your iPhone. Most of us use our Watches for exercise and Health data, but the problem you’ll run into, is that this will not sync when you reset your Watch.
The reason for this, is Apple legally cannot keep Health data in an unencrypted backup. So, you need to take specific steps to ensure that this info gets synced, you need to take specific steps:
1.If you back up your phone with iTunes, it must be an encrypted backup. To do this, select Encrypt Backup on your computer when you’re backing up your phone.
2.If you back up to iCloud, you’re good. Apple automatically encrypts these backups.
3.Connect to Wi-Fi on your phone, otherwise this will not work.
4.Restore any info you need on your phone using the steps outlined in the first part of the guide.
5.Open the Settings on your Apple Watch. Tap on General > Reset > and then tap Erase All Content and Settings.
6.Your Apple Watch will reset.
7.Open the Watch app on your phone. Tap ‘Start Pairing’. Follow the setup process as normal.
8.Tap on Restore from Backup, and select the Apple Watch backup you want to restore from. All of your data including your Health data should be there!
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