How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone
Dec. 25, 2016 by Lincoln Spector
Just got a brand new iPhone, and want to know how to transfer contacts from old iPhone to new iPhone? As we know, iPhone users can't transfer contacts from the old iPhone to the new one by transferring the SIM card, but don’t worry as you can use iCloud, iTunes or third-party software to transfer Contacts from iPhone to your new iPhone. We’ll show you the three methods.
1. There's some otential risks with using iCloud. When it comes to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone or other iDevice like iPad or iPod touch, for most people, maybe the first choice is iCloud syncing. All you need to do is signing in the same Apple ID on both of your iPhones, and turning on Contacts in iCloud settings. However, you never know when all your contacts will be synced to new iPhone, and whether you will lose some important contacts during this process.
2. If you restore your new iPhone with the old iPhone's iTunes backup, and during restoring, your contacts will be transferred to new iPhone as well as all the other data on your old iPhone. You can't transfer iPhone Contacts only. If you just want to seek a safe solution to transfer only contacts to new iPhone, third-party software like MobileTrans or AnyTrans is what you are looking for.
Method 1: How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone - Transfer contacts using iCloud
To transfer contacts from one iPhone to another via iCloud syncing, you need to sign in on both of your iPhones with the same Apple ID, and connect them to the Wi-Fi network.
Now follow us to transfer contacts from old iPhone to new iPhone with iCloud syncing:
On your old iPhone: go to Settings > iCloud > Contacts > Turn it on if it is closed.
On your new iPhone: go to Settings > iCloud > Contacts > Turn it on if it is closed > Select Merge when it says Your contacts will be merged with iCloud. And then wait for the contacts on old iPhone syncing to new iPhone.
If you want to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud backup, you can follow the steps below:
1) Make a backup of your old iPhone: Settings > iCloud > Backup > Turn on “iCloud Backup” if it is closed > Tap on Back Up Now.
2) Restore your new iPhone with old iCloud backup: Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings > Erase iPhone > Select Restore from iCloud > Select the backup you just created.
Method 2: How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone - Transfer contacts using iTunes
When transferring contacts to new iPhone with iTunes, not only contacts but also other data on old iPhone will be transferred. If you just want to transfer contacts from one iPhone to another, you can move to Method 3.
Step 1: Make a backup of your contacts on your old iPhone: Connect your old iPhone to the computer > Open iTunes > Click Device tab > Click Summary > Select This Computer in Backups column > Click Back Up Now. If you already have one backup of your iPhone contacts, you can skip to next step.
Step 2: Restore new iPhone with old iTunes backup: Connect your new iPhone to computer > Run iTunes > Click Device tab > Click Summary > Click Restore Backup > Turn off Find My iPhone on your new iPhone > Select the backup your just created > Click Restore.
Method 3: How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone - transfer contacts using third-party software
For this tutorial, we’ve chosen to use MobileTrans to transfer contacts between two iPhones. There are other options available, but the Contacts transfer feature of MobileTrans is and available for any phone, iOS to iOS, iOS to Android, Android to Android, etc., and costs $39.95.
MobileTrans is an powerful data transfer and backup tool which helps you upgrade to new iPhone easily. It provides easiest and direct way to transfer data from any phone to another phone quickly, and without any data overwrite. Besides contacts, it also supports transferring photos, videos, music, notes, messages, apps, etc.. Moreover, it enables you to fully or selectively backup iPhone data to computer. If you have created backup files, it also could help you to restore backup file to your new phone with a few clicks. MobileTrans is a desktop software, so you need to download the right version and install on your computer according to the operating system of your computer. Now separate version for Windows and Mac are both available.
Step 1: Install MobileTrans on your computer
After running the program, you will see the primary window as follows. Then, connect your two iPhones with your computer respectively with its USB cable. This software will detect your iPhones automatically. After that, choose "phone to phone transfer".
Step 2: Transfe contacts from iPhone to iPhone
In the main window of MobileGo you can see that your two iPhones are displayed side by side, with all the data that can be transferred checked. To transfer contacts from one iPhone to another, just uncheck other files and click "Start Copy".
Note: the contacts are copied from the iPhone in the left side to the right side. You can click the "Flip" button to change the position of the two iPhones.
In the pop-up dialog, you can check the transfer progress. When it's finished, the contacts on your old iPhone will be transferred to your new iPhone.
As you can see, with MobileTrans you can easily transfer contacts from old iPhone to new iPhone without erasing any existing data, and with it you also can transfer contacts from iPhone to computer, or from computer to iPhone. What's more, not only can you transfer contacts, but also you can transfer music, photos, videos, apps, messages, notes and other data and files between any phones. Why Not Download It and Try It Now.
Lincoln Spector, is a senior editor for giveumore studio and is enjoying discovering most useful Tips and Tricks in the iOS world.
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