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Transfer from Old iPhone to New iPhone

Moving from an old iPhone to a new one no longer has to be a stressful experience...

With all the personal data, photos, and memories we store on our phones these days, being able to quickly and easily transfer information from your previous device to your most recent iCloud backup or your current iPhone is a must.

In a hurry? Then you have four options to choose from:

  • iCloud backup
  • iTunes
  • Quick start feature
  • Third-party tools

Not sure where to start? Read on as we provide you with step-by-step instructions and key tips to make the transfer like a pro.

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How to Transfer Data from iPhone to New iPhone: Data Migration Process Explained

There are several ways to transfer data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone:

  • Using iCloud: This method requires you to have an iCloud account. On your old iPhone, go to Settings > iCloud > Backup, then turn on iCloud Backup and tap "Back Up Now." On your new iPhone, during the setup process, select "Restore from iCloud Backup."

  • Using iTunes: Connect your old iPhone to your computer, open iTunes, and click on the "Back Up Now" button. Then, connect your new iPhone to the same computer and select "Restore Backup" in iTunes.

  • Using the Quick Start feature: If your new iPhone is running iOS 11 or later, you can use the Quick Start feature to transfer data wirelessly. Simply hold your old iPhone near your new iPhone and follow the on-screen instructions.

  • Using a third-party tool: There are several third-party tools available that can help you transfer data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone, including AnyTrans, MobileTrans, and more.

It's recommended to backup your old iPhone before transferring data, to ensure you don't lose any important data in the process.

What Should I Do Before Changing Phones? - 10 Considerations

Ready to upgrade to a shiny new iPhone?

Follow these 10 essential steps to ensure a smooth and seamless transition from your old device to your new one!

Step 1: Back Up That Old iPhone!

Don't risk losing precious memories! Secure your data by backing up your old iPhone through iTunes or iCloud:

  • iTunes: Hook up your iPhone to your computer, fire up iTunes, choose your device, and hit "Back Up Now."

  • iCloud: On your iPhone, head to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup, then tap "Back Up Now."

Step 2: Disable Find My iPhone

Get ready for the transfer by turning off Find My iPhone. Pop into Settings > [Your Name] > Find My > Find My iPhone and flick the switch off.

Step 3: Say Goodbye to iMessage (For Now)

Avoid text message hiccups during the transfer—disable iMessage on the old iPhone. Settings > Messages, and toggle that iMessage switch off.

Step 4: Break Free from Your Apple ID

Sign out of your Apple ID on the old device to dodge conflicts. To do this, tap Settings > [Your Name], then "Sign Out" at the bottom. You'll need to enter your password.

Step 5: Tidy Up the Old iPhone

Remove any digital clutter—unwanted apps, old photos, random files—from your old iPhone. This speeds up the transfer and ensures you only move essential data.

Step 6: Stay Updated!

Make sure both iPhones have the latest iOS version. To check, dive into Settings > General > Software Update and follow any update prompts.

Step 7: Pick Your Transfer Method

Choose the best transfer method for you:

  • iCloud: Syncs data automatically when both iPhones are on Wi-Fi and charging.

  • iTunes: Connect your old iPhone to a computer for manual data transfer.

  • Quick Start: Set up your new iPhone fast with your old one nearby.

  • Third-party tools: Explore various tools offering custom features for iPhone data transfer.

Step 8: Wi-Fi Is Your Friend

Connect both iPhones to Wi-Fi for seamless data transfer. If using iCloud, ensure they're on the same network.

Step 9: Power Up!

Keep those iPhones charged or plugged in to avoid interruptions during the transfer.

Step 10: Apple ID and Password, Ready!

Have your Apple ID and password on hand to set up your new iPhone and transfer data from the old one.

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Here are some of the key benefits of buying a refurbished iPhone from ur:

1. Savings vs Buying a New iPhone

Refurbished iPhones are sold at a lower price than new iPhones, making them a more affordable option for those who want to upgrade to a new iOS device. At UR, we offer a deal where ALL refurbished phones come with FREE 12 Months’ worth of Award-Winning insurance, £45 worth of accessories, and a 12-month warranty.

2. Environmentally Friendly

Buying a refurbished iPhone helps reduce e-waste, which is a major environmental concern. At UR, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint, and we plant trees with every device purchased. If our customers sell their previous iPhone back to us when they upgrade, we will plant even more trees.

3. High-Quality Devices

Our refurbished iPhones undergo rigorous testing and certification by Phonecheck certified standards to ensure that they are in good working condition and work as well as a new iPhone.

4. Access to the Latest Technology

UR offers refurbished iPhones for any budget, so iPhone users can still get access to the latest technology without breaking the bank.

5. Warranty Equivalent to a New iPhone

Our refurbished iPhones come with a 12-month warranty, giving our customers peace of mind in case of any issues with the device. This warranty is equivalent to the warranty offered with a new iPhone.

6. Customer Support

At UR, we offer 5-star support and customer service, just like with a new iPhone. Our team is always available to assist our customers with any questions or concerns they may have about their current device or refurbished iPhone.

7. Trustworthy

We are rated "Excellent" on Trustpilot for our products and service, giving iPhone users the confidence they need to choose a refurbished iPhone from UR.

Transfer from Old iPhone to New iPhone: Final Thoughts

Migrating data to a new iPhone isn’t always easy. But the process is totally worth it - all your data, apps, and settings are on your shiny new device, ready for use.

Before you transfer your data, remember to back up the old device and choose the right connection to move over data with ease.

For ultimate success in transferring iPhone data, follow our foolproof guide, and you’ll be using your new iPhone in no time!

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Do I put my SIM card in new iPhone before transferring data?

When transferring data from your old iPhone to a new one, you don't need to insert the SIM card. Your contacts, apps and other content will be transferred over Wi-Fi or iCloud. However, if you want to keep using the same phone number on the new device, make sure you insert the SIM card before transferring data.

How to transfer everything from old iPhone to new iPhone without iCloud?

It's possible to transfer data from your old iPhone to your new one without iCloud. You can use a third-party program such as the aforementioned AnyTrans, which supports a comprehensive range of iOS devices and lets you selectively backup, extract, and restore all data you need.

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