How to transfer data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

How to transfer data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

So you've finally got your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in your hand. Now all that's left to do is transfer all the data from your old iPhone over to your brand new one. No matter what model iPhone you have previously, getting data over to your new one is a dead simple process, thanks to both iCloud and iTunes. Which one you choose to use is completely up to you, and we can walk you through each option every step of the way!

How to manually back up your old iPhone to iCloud one last time

If you plan on restoring from an iCloud backup on your new iPhone, it's a good idea to do a manual backup right before so you ensure all messages and any other content that you may have added since your last automatic backup are included. However, if you're planning on using iTunes in order to restore, skip down to the very last section.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your old iPhone.
  2. Tap on iCloud.
  3. Tap on Backup.
  4. Tap on Back Up Now and wait for it to finish.

As a side note, the directions above are assuming you're already running iOS 8 on your old iPhone. However, if you're still running iOS 7, the process is almost the same but varies slightly, and those directions can be found at this link:

Once you have a completely up to date iCloud backup made, you can proceed to the next section.

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. On the next screen, select Restore from iCloud backup.
  6. Sign into your iCloud account and tap next.
  7. Agree to the terms and conditions, and then confirm by agreeing a second time in the popup menu.
  8. Choose the backup you'd like to bring down to your new iPhone.
  9. Type in any iTunes or iCloud passwords you're asked for and tap Next.
  10. Wait for your iPhone to restore from iCloud — this process could take quite a bit of time depending on how much stuff there is to bring down, so it's a good idea to plug into a charger if you don't have a full battery.

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

Some people still feel iTunes is a safer way to backup and restore, and they're probably right. It's also the only option for some people with older devices. Whatever the reason, restoring from iTunes is just as easy!

Just remember to make sure you're on the most current version of iTunes 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. On the next screen, select Restore from iTunes backup.
  6. If you aren't already connected to your computer containing your iTunes backups, your iPhone will prompt you to do so now.
  7. 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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How to transfer data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

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What if you have the 2 step verification set up with Apple. Will their be a request on your new device or another device to verify that you can download the backup to your new device.

If you have your number set-up they will send ask to send a txt with the code to your phone as you set-up iCloud on your phone. Just enter the code that they send and you are good to go.

For my last phone (5s) I had trouble with iTunes. It wouldn't restore the apps. It wasn't until I reconnected my old phone to iTunes with a USB cable, right clicked it in the Device list and chose "Make Backup" (don't just click Sync on the lower right), that the restore worked on the 5s with all the apps.

Thanks Allyson i was looking for a Video/Article on how to transfer the sim card as well as data and found your article, i still need a bit of help with the sim card so i made this youtube video to help people that goes along with your post, i hope it helps people! Thanks again for the great Tips!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OevyPXW5O1k

Today my daughter and I both made iCloud backups before switching to new phones (me to the iPhone 6 and her to my old gold 5s). My music was on my device when I was finished (although some songs had the cloud symbol next to them so I had to download them-- but only a small number). My daughters music app says "no content". Does anyone know why my music restored from backup but hers didn't?

However......if you are a victim of the bug from ios7 where your phone was wasting space for TXT that isn't really there and can't be deleted, you will need to edit the backup file to remove the waste first, otherwise you propagate the waste to the new phone.

Tlo7, the same thing happened to me. I had to sync with iTunes on my computer. Restoring from my iCloud backup when I picked up my iPhone 6 restored everything except my music.
I think if you use iTunes Match you wouldn't have to sync but since I'm not using iTunes Match I needed to sync with my pc. Hope this helps.

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Hi! I just got iphone6 and I want to transfer my games from old iphone4 without loosing any data of the games I ve been playing. Can you help me with?

Hi! Just upgraded to Iphone 6 from Iphone 4s. Only half of my contacts came over when I used ITunes. I think the problem is that I had set them up with my me.com account (mobileme), now I can't add that account in the new iphone. Any ideas on how to get them transferred?