How to Transfer From One iPhone to Another

You can transfer all of your data and settings from your current iPhone running iOS 8 to a new one using either iCloud or iTunes 12. Both methods involve backing up your current iPhone and then loading this backup onto the new device. Both methods work equally well. Use the iCloud method if you don’t have access to a computer.

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Transfer over a Wi-Fi connection when using iCloud.
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Transferring Using iCloud

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Connect the iPhone to a Wi-Fi connection.

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Touch the “Settings” icon on the Home screen to open the Settings app.

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Touch “iCloud.” If this is the first time you’ve used iCloud, you may need to sign in using your Apple ID.

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Select “Backup” or “Storage & Backup” on the iCloud screen and toggle the “iCloud Backup” switch to the On position.

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Touch “Back Up Now” to back up the iPhone to your iCloud account. This may take several minutes.

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Turn on your new iPhone to initialize the Setup Assistant. Follow the prompts to choose your language and country, enable location services and join a local Wi-Fi network.

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Touch “Restore from iCloud Backup” on the Set Up iPhone screen, select the backup you created on your old iPhone and touch “Restore.” [refs 1, 2]

Transferring Using iTunes

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Connect the iPhone to your computer via USB or Wi-Fi and launch iTunes 12 on the computer.

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Select your iPhone on the list of available devices in iTunes, click the “Summary” tab and click the “This Computer” radio button under the Automatically Back Up heading.

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Click the “Back Up Now” button to back up your iPhone’s contents onto your computer. This may take some time depending on how much data is stored on the iPhone.

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Turn on the new iPhone to initialize the Setup Assistant.

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Follow the prompts until you reach the Set Up iPhone screen and then touch “Restore from iTunes Backup.”

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Connect the new iPhone to your computer and open iTunes. Make sure you use the same computer you used when backing up your old iPhone.

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Select "Restore From Backup," select your backup on the provided list and click “Continue.” After the backup is loaded onto the new iPhone, use iTunes to sync any additional music, apps and other content onto the device. [refs 1, 2]