How to transfer data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c

How to transfer data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c

If you've just upgraded to a new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c from an older generation iPhone, transferring your data including contacts, calendars, photos, and more couldn't be any easier if you've been good about creating backups in either iCloud or iTunes. Both make it incredibly easy for you to get the data from your old iPhone onto your new one with little effort on your part.

Here's how:

How to transfer data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone with iCloud

If you have been backing up to iCloud on your old iPhone, bringing down all your data to your new iPhone couldn't be any easier.

  1. After your new iPhone powers on, you'll see a welcome screen, Slide your finger across the bottom where it says slide to set up.
  2. Now choose your language from the choices presented to you.
  3. Select the country or region you are in.
  4. Now choose your WiFi network and enter the password for it if there is one. If you don't have access to WiFi, you can choose Use Cellular but keep in mind, only some things in your iCloud backup will be restored without WiFi. Others won't be triggered until you're on WiFi. Or you can choose to restore from an iTunes backup if you have access to one.
  5. Now on the Location Services screen, choose whether you'd like to have location services on by default. Make sure you read the description of what location services are before deciding whether or not you'd like to enable or disable them. Keep in mind that certain apps like Maps need location services to operate properly.
  6. On the next screen, tap on Restore from iCloud backup and enter your credentials when asked.
  7. Now agree to the Terms and Conditions. You will be asked to verify that you agree to them a second time.
  8. If you have iCloud backups, your iPhone will now show them. Tap on the backup name that you'd like to restore from.

The backup process could take quite a while depending on how much stuff you're transferring. It's also worth noting that certain items such as apps, photos, and videos will only restore when on WiFi in order to not eat through your data plan. If you have to leave WiFi range before the restore is complete, don't worry, it will pick up where it left up when you enter WiFi again.

How to transfer data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone with iTunes

How to transfer data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone with iTunes

Coming from an older iPhone but kept your backups in iTunes instead? Not a problem. We understand that not everyone trusts the cloud yet and if you prefer traditional hard backups in iTunes over using iCloud, that's fine too. We can help you get all your data to your new iPhone just as quick.

Just remember to make sure you're on the most current version of iTunes 11 before continuing.

  1. After your new iPhone powers on, you'll see a welcome screen, Slide your finger across the bottom where it says slide to set up.
  2. Now choose your language from the choices presented to you.
  3. Select the country or region you are in.
  4. Now choose your WiFi network and enter the password for it if there is one. If you don't have access to WiFi, you can choose Use Cellular but keep in mind, only some things in your iCloud backup will be restored without WiFi. Others won't be triggered until you're on WiFi. Or you can choose to restore from an iTunes backup if you have access to one.
  5. Now on the Location Services screen, choose whether you'd like to have location services on by default. Make sure you read the description of what location services are before deciding whether or not you'd like to enable or disable them. Keep in mind that certain apps like Maps need location services to operate properly.
  6. On the next screen, tap on Restore from iTunes backup.
  7. If you aren't already connected to your computer containing your iTunes backups, your iPhone will prompt you to do so now.
  8. Follow the prompts in iTunes in order to select your most recent backup.

That's all there is to it. Once iTunes starts bringing your stuff down, just let it do its thing. Depending on how much data you have, especially apps, the restore process could take a while. Just make sure you don't unplug your iPhone from your computer until iTunes tells you that the restore is complete.

Allyson Kazmucha

Help and how to editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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Is any benefit from starting fresh with the new phone instead of restoring from iCloud backup? I've wondered for my previous two upgrades if carrying these settings over from phone to phone is really just as good as getting the new phone and them installing all of you apps and transferring data to it manually.

In other iMore articles they claim that it's better to set it up as a new phone although I am skeptical. Bear in mind that, depending on what you do on your phone, it could be a LOT of work to get everything configured to your liking again. You'd have to go thru all the settings, resetup mail, wireless passwords, dropbox & other online solutions. Then you're going to lose all your progress in many games. I probably forgot a bunch of other stuff too.

While this might not be the best method, I have found it best served what I needed when transferring my iphone contacts to my iPhone 5S:

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First, I don't have a Gmail account, and even if I had, I would not wish to mix my email addresses with my iphone address book by syncing Gmail with my iphone address book. As a result, I used the above method in order to manually export my iphone contacts to my computer and in turn import them to my new iphone.

I am just coming from the world of Android to iPhone (because I feel in love with my wife's iphone and really want the future of 64-bit, etc.) As I play say for example, Angry Birds, is my progress backed up and can that be restored to a subsequent phone. Only one Angry Birds game has cloud sync and really want to save progress from phone to phone.

Thanks...

It should as long as you have backed up the app data to iCloud or you computer. If you are backing up to iCloud you can check if Angry Birds is being backed up by going to Settings>iCloud>Storage&Backup>Manage Storage>name of your iPhone>Show All Apps> then check if the Angry Birds toggle is on (will be green if you're on iOS7).

Edit: Like a dummy I just realized you said you were switching from Android so obviously you have not backed up to iCloud so you are probably out of luck with your progress and will have to start over with iOS. Anyone correct me if I'm wrong.

You did indeed answer my questlon. I'm going to start Angry Birds anew on iPhone and when the day comes to change phones, I just wondered if the iphone backup would have my progress saved. Thanks.... you answer did help me much.

We had a small scare during the update if my daughter's iPad wherein none of her apps were installed on her mini... Then I remembered that I forgot to allow for app installation via the Restrictions Settings (Doh!) - After a few taps here and there, all is happy on her iPad mini once again - with a wonderful new iOS, I must add.

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Transfer of info like contacts and calendar went swimmingly well. After setting up emails accounts all my just appeared.
Its been years since I've had an iPhone, I was surprised all my previous music was still there in iTunes!!!!!!!!!!

I just received my 5S. I had been using the 3G. I backed up the contents of my 3G on my MacBook via iTunes. I then connected the 5S to iTunes in my Mac, and selected the 'Restore from iTunes Backup' option as mentioned above. I was prompted to download an update to the iOS, which I allowed. While this download was taking place, the sync failed repeatedly while displaying a message saying something to the effect of "the sync cannot continue because the iPhone cannot be found". My iPhone would then restart, and the process would begin again. As I mentioned, this happened repeatedly. I'm trying to figure out how to sync my latest backup to my new phone. Has anyone else encountered this?

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There is an iOS app that lets you bluetooth transfer files between iOS devices without Wifi.
It's called File Manager (Tap Media, LTD) http://goo.gl/pY6jr

I was looking for an iOS app to bluetooth transfer Pages files and PDFs from a non-cellular iPad 3 to an iPhone 5. Basically, I want to write a document on my iPad, transfer it via bluetooth to my

iPhone, and email it to my editor--all without using Wifi.
Seems simple, but it's actually hard to find an iOS app that does it
-Bump is cool, but it wouldn't work because it requires a Wifi or cellular connection for both devices.
-File Manager (from TapMedia, Ltd.) will do the trick. You need to download File Manager on both devices, and the transfer isn't as simple as Bump, but it did work for me.

Here's the File Manager transfer process

On your iPad
-Open document in Pages
-Share document to File Manager
-Share document via Bluetooth

On your iPhone
-Open File Manager
-Go to Transfers screen, press "Receive" to download file
-Open file in File Manager
-Share file to Pages
-Share file in Pages via email, convert to Word
-Email file to recipient

Back up your old device to iCloud by going to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup and toggling iCloud Backup on. For example, Ensure that your device is connected to Wi-Fi and connected to a power source before backing up. Then restore that backup on your new iPhone.

my iphone 5c is work issued so I did not do the setup. I noticed my new IPhone 5c has a different ICloud account name from my old IPhone. The instructions do not address my issue. How to transfer ICloud information from old phone to new phone. Help.

Hi I just tried bringing my old photos accross using I cloud backup but as my old phone was upto date in software I had to start new phone ignore I cloud update software then erase phone which still leaves new software on
Then start again
Problem 1200 photos are now 100
Help