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How to Sync iPhone to iPhone: All Amazing Methods

Axel Nash

Written By Axel Nash |

"Hello,I just purchased an iPhone 15 for my child as a present. However, the issue is she's trying to sync data from her old iPhone to the new one. Is there any way you think she can sync data from iPhone to iPhone without disrupting the device? Please, assist."

Unsurprisingly, lots of iPhone users globally still don't know how to sync iPhone to iPhone when they get a new iOS device. But, the truth is, nobody would want to let go of his/her essential data.

Well, syncing iPhone to iPhone is as easy as taking a walk in the park. Perhaps you're in a similar situation, or someone close to you is, several tricks can come in handy to help you perform the task, and all it takes is a few clicks. So, read on to find out more.

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Part 1: How to Sync Old iPhone to New iPhone During Setup

If you just purchased a new iPhone, there are different methods you could use to sync old iPhone to new iPhone with the same Apple ID during setup, and here we'll teach you.

Method 1: Sync iPhone to iPhone with iCloud Backup

Any iPhone user should be familiar with iCloud backup. Yes, as we all know, iCloud allows users to back up data including, photos, videos, and messages to cloud storage, thereby making it easy to sync and transfer data across different iOS devices. Also, the iCloud sync feature allows you to sync from old iPhone to new iPhone, which will be explained in the next part.

If you're not familiar with how to sync iPhone to iPhone with iCloud backups, the simple steps outlined below will walk you through the process;

Step 1: On your old iPhone, open the Settings app and tap on your Apple ID banner.

Step 2: Tap iCloud.

Step 3: Scroll to iCloud Backup on the same page and tap on it. Then, turn on its toggle and tap Backup Now to back up the iPhone's data to iCloud. Make sure you connect your iPhone to a stable WiFi network for the operation to be executed smoothly.

scroll to icloud backup

Step 4: Get your new iPhone and turn it ON. Set it up until you reach Apps & Data screen.

Step 5: On the Apps & Data screen, tap Restore from iCloud backup.

data screen

Step 6: Sign in to iCloud on your old iPhone. Then, select the most recent Backup and complete the operation.

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Method 2: Sync iPhone to New iPhone using iTunes Backup

Apple iTunes can also be used to sync iPhone to iPhone. Yes, it just involves backing up the data on your old iPhone to iTunes, then restoring the data from iTunes backup to your new iPhone. For this operation, you need a PC with iTunes installed on it to operate seamlessly.

Follow the steps illustrated below to use iTunes backup to sync iPhone to iPhone;

Step 1: Install the latest version of iTunes on your Windows computer and launch it.

Step 2: Get your old iPhone and connect it to the PC using a compatible USB cable.

Step 3: On your PC, move the cursor to the top left corner of the screen and click the iPhone icon. Select Summary from the left-hand side, then click on Backup Now to back up your data to iTunes.

back up your data

Step 4: Wait for the backup process to complete. Afterward, turn on your new iPhone and set it up until you reach Apps & Data screen.

Step 5: Select Restore from Mac or PC and tap on Next to proceed.

select restore

Step 6: Connect your new iPhone to your PC and launch iTunes. Again, Click the iPhone icon, then select Summary. Afterward, click on the Restore Backup button.

click the iphone icon

Method 3: Sync Old iPhone to New iPhone via Quick Start

Quick Start can also sync old iPhone to new iPhone. But unlike other previously mentioned methods that require you to back up your iPhone first, this method just needs you to place both iPhones next to each other and connect them via Bluetooth.

The process to sync iPhone with Quick Start is explained below.

Step 1: Get both iPhones and turn them on.

Step 2: Now, on your new iPhone, complete the required setup until you reach the Quick Start screen.

Step 3: Once you reach the Quick Start screen, place the old iPhone next to the new one. By doing so, a pop-up will appear on the old iPhone screen. Just tap on Continue.

tap on continue

Step 4: A blue animation will appear on your new iPhone. Hold your old iPhone above the new one and ensure that the Animation is at the center of the viewfinder.

  • A notification will appear on your new iPhone saying Finish on New iPhone.

Step 5: Finally, provide your old iPhone password when requested on your new iPhone. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to sync old iPhone to new iPhone.

Part 2: How to Sync iPhone to iPhone After Setup

The methods discussed above can only be used to sync data from one iPhone to another iPhone during setup. So, if you've set up your iPhone, you need to carry out the data syncing operation via iCloud from the settings on your phone. However, you must ensure the two iPhones you want to sync data between are using the same Apple ID.

Method 1: Sync Old iPhone to New iPhone - Contacts

You can easily sync your old iPhone contacts to your already set up new iPhone from your Settings app. The steps to use this method is explained below;

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your old iPhone and tap on your Apple ID banner.

Step 2: Tap on iCloud, then scroll down to Contacts and turn on the toggle next to it.

Step 3: Next, on your new iPhone, repeat Step 1. Then scroll down to Contact and turn it ON.

scroll down

  • By doing so, a pop-up will appear asking you to Merge or Cancel. Select Merge to sync contacts from the old iPhone to the new iPhone.

Note: For contacts stored on Google, just add the Google Account on your old iPhone to the new iPhone.

Method 2: Sync iPhone to New iPhone - Files

Files on an old iPhone can also be synced to an iPhone you've already set up. But it depends on where you stored the files. So, to save you from stress, we've explained three different ways to sync files from iPhone to the new iPhone quickly and easily.

For Cloud-based app

If you have any cloud-based app to store your files on your old iPhone, you can easily install the same app on your new iPhone and log into the same account, you shall see your files.

For iCloud Drive Files:

To sync files saved in your iCloud drive between your old iPhone and the new iPhone, the follow the following steps will help you complete the action;

Step 1: Open Settings app on the old iPhone and tap on the Apple ID banner.

tap on the apple id banner

Step 2: Select iCloud and turn on iCloud Drive.

turn on icloud drive

Step 3: Now, login your old iPhone Apple ID on your new iPhone. Then, go to settings and turn on iCloud drive.

Your files should successfully sync within a few minutes.

For Files Stored in Local Storage:

If you want to sync files stored in your old iPhone local storage, the best way to execute the operation is by airdropping the files to your new iPhone via Airdrop.

Step 1: Turn on Airdrop on the two iPhones.

turn on airdrop

Step 2: Find and select the files you want to sync to your new iPhone on the old iPhone.

Step 3: Tap on the Share icon, then from the pop-up, select Airdrop and choose the new iPhone from to sync the files.

tap on the share icon

Method 3: Sync iPhone to iPhone - More Data

There are lots more iPhone data you can sync from iPhone to iPhone after setting up. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to get the job done.

data supported: photos, videos, notes, reminders, calendars, messages, passwords, health data

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your old iPhone and tap on your Apple ID profile at the top.

open the settings app

Step 2: Tap on iCloud and turn on the toggle next to the above-mentioned data types.

tap on icloud

Step3: Up next, on your new iPhone, go to Settings > iCloud and enable the same sync settings.

Step4: you'll be given the option to Merge data. Tap Merge to sync iPhone to iPhone data instantly.

Note: If you only have 5GB of free iCloud storage, you can skip iCloud photos and use Google Photos to back up iPhone photos(as photos take up large space). and install the app on the other iPhone.

Part 3: How to Sync Data from iPhone to iPhone with Different Apple ID

The methods introduced above are effective for syncing iPhones with the same Apple ID. But what if you want to sync data from iPhone to iPhone with a different Apple ID? Well, this is when robust data transfer software like MobileTrans becomes a necessity.

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Step 1: Install the latest version of MobileTrans on your computer, then connect the iPhones to the PC and launch the app.

install the latest version

  • Click the 'Phone transfer' module and select 'Phone to Phone from the option.

Step 2: Tick the checkbox of the category of data you intend to transfer from your old iPhone to the new iPhone. Then, click Start to begin the transfer process.

tick the checkbox

Step 3: MobileTrans will start to transfer your files from iPhone to iPhone. Afterward, you can disconnect both devices from the PC.

disconnect both devices


A while ago, you must have been considering the process of syncing iPhone to iPhone difficult. But if you've read the article above, we believe you have gained enough knowledge to use different methods to sync iPhone to iPhone.

Besides, regardless of whether the iPhones you want to transfer data between have the same Apple ID or not, chances are you'll find the right iPhone syncing method to get the job done quickly and efficiently. It is advisable to use MobileTrans as it's faster and it allows syncing of data between two iPhones without necessarily having the same Apple ID.

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Axel Nash

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