How do you usually do to transfer all the contents on your old iPhone to a new one?

The fact is that the process of transferring is not difficult, no matter when are you just setting a brand new iPhone or when is your iPhone running without your data.

Here is how to transfer data from the old iPhone to the new one in iOS 12 version. The latest update is now iOS 12.4.

Update Your iPhone/iPad

It’s a great idea to update your iOS device to the latest iOS version before proceeding. This will make sure that your iPhone is compatible with the new version and minimize the issues during the process. Furthermore, there is a new iPhone Migration tool in iOS 12.4, so you should ensure both your old and new iPhone are up-to-date at one. To update your iOS device:

  1. Head to the Settings
  2. Tap General > Software Update
  3. If you see an update available, simply follow the on-screen instructions to download and install it.

Once your iPhone/iPad is up to date, you can choose one of three methods to transfer all your data from the old one to the new one. You can back up or restore your iPhone through iTunes software that was previously installed on your computer, or restore from iTunes, use the new Migration Tool in the latest iOS 12.4 version.

Back up and Restore through iTunes Software

You are going to back up all the data on your old iPhone after buying a new one, creating the newest backup is necessary. To back up all your data in the old iOS device, just follow the steps below:

  • Plug your iPhone/iPad into the computer with the iTunes already installed. Remember to update iTunes to the latest version first. When you see your phone icon inTunes, click on it in the toolbar. In the BackUp section, select This Computer. Enter a password if you want an encryption backup. If you are using Mac with the latest Mac Catalia version, your iOS device will be in Finder sidebar, instead of iTunes software. However, the rest of the process is similar.

  • As mentioned, you can choose to encrypt your Backup to protect your data better. Once an encryption backup is made, all your passwords as well as your Health data (if you use this app) will also be transferred. Note the password for the encryption so that you can install the backup later. Once done, click on Back Up Now

When the backup is done, connect your new iPhone and then select the Restore Backup option.

Use Quick Start option and restart data from iCloud

If you don’t want to connect your iPhone to your computer, just open Settings on your old iPhone, select your Apple ID profile at the top, and head to iCloud > iCloud Backup and tap on Back up now. However, make sure your phone has enough iCloud storage space so that you can back up all your data.

During the setup process of your new iPhone, you can opt to restore your iPhone from the backup from your old iPhone once you’ve signed into your new device using the same Apple ID. When you are in the setup process on your new iPhone, you will be asked to use the Quick Start option.

Simply put your new phone next to the old iPhone. There will be a popup up asking you whether you want to transfer all your data to the new device. Just open the camera on your old phone and put it at your new phone and then enter 6-digit passcode you receive.

Follow the rest of the setup process, like setting up Face ID/ TouchID, and then choose Transfer from iPhone or Download from iCloud. In this section, you should tap on the second option.

Wait for a few minutes and your new iPhone is now ready to go. You will be prompted to update the backup on your old iPhone if it has not been backed up in a while.

If you set up your new iPhone by this way, it can transfer almost your settings, like app arrangement on your screen, and other things. It will save a lot of your time.

Once you complete setting up your new iPhone, you just need a little time to down your favorite apps again. For the first time booting into the home screen, you can see placeholders for apps installed on your old phone. You will need to re-download apps on your new iPhone, since every time you download an app from the App Store, your iPhone will automatically get the latest version of that app that is optimized for an iPhone model. For example, the Facebook app for iPhone 7 Plus model is a little different from this app for iPhone Xs Max. Most of your data and customizable settings will be re-downloaded from iCloud.

Use iPhone migration tool

From iOS 12.4 version, you will find a new iPhone migration tool, which allows iOS users to directly transfer data from your old iPhone to the new one, through Wi-Fi or a lightning cable. You need to prepare a  lightning-to-USB-C kit adapter and a USB-C cable

Similar to the process above, put your old phone’s camera in the front of a cloud of dots on your new iPhone, and then set up your preferred security method. You will then be welcomed with two options, including Transfer from iPhone or Download from iCloud. Simply select the first option.

You can also choose whether or not you want to to transfer some settings in some apps like Apple Pay or Siri, from your old iPhone to the new one. If you are using an Apple Watch and are trying to pair it with your new iPhone, you’ll be asked whether you want to migrate all data and settings on your Watch to the new one.

Remember to keep your devices near each other and connect them to the adapter until the data transfer process between two iPhones is done. This can take up to hours if there are a lot of data saved on your old iPhone. But it’s the easy way to bring everything onto your new device.

When you restore your data from iCloud, your new iPhone will need to download apps from the App Store again for an optimized version for your new iPhone. On your iPhone home screen, you will see placeholders that were app arrangement on your old iPhone. Besides, all the data for those apps installed on your old phone will also be transferred.

Reset your old iOS device 

Once you make sure that all your data on your old iPhone is already copied to the new one, and you don’t want to store data on your old device anymore, you should factory reset your iPhone. Make sure to do so before you sell or give it away to your friends or a family member. Follow the following steps to factory reset your old iPhone

  1. First, you should toggle off Find My iPhone before proceeding. You can do this in Settings> your Apple name > iCloud.
  2. To erase your iPhone via iTunes, you can follow Apple’sinstructions here.
  3. If you want to directly reset on your device, just tap onSettings > General > Reset. From there, choose the second line: Erase All Content and Settings. Enter your device password when asked, and wait for the process to complete.

Which method do you use?

The easiest solution here is the iPhone Migration Tool when you choose Transfer from iPhone during the setup process. All your data from the old iPhone will be migrated to your new one, including all your photos and videos, Health app data, passwords, and other things. While the process might take up to an hour, it’s still a time saver.

If you choose Download from iCloud option, though it is faster than the iPhone Migration Tool method, you will not have everything on your new iPhone. And it can take hours to re-download installed apps in the background.

Restoring data from a backup in iTunes is secure and quite fast, and is the most ideal solution if you can do so. However, you’re not always near a computer or have enough storage space to make a backup.