Published on September 18th, 2023
Don’t fret about losing your cherished photos during the transition from your old phone to the new iPhone 15.
When it comes to transferring data from one iPhone to another, you have several options to choose from based on your specific circumstances.
One approach involves setting up the new iPhone as if it were completely new, which means none of your previous settings, messages, photos, apps, or accounts will carry over.
Alternatively, you can seamlessly migrate everything from your current phone, including Android users who are making the switch to the iPhone 15.
In the following sections, we’ll explore four methods for restoring your new iPhone from a recent backup of your existing iPhone.
Let’s take a closer look at the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro.
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1. Restore iCloud Backup To New iPhone
The most straightforward and swiftest way to configure your new iPhone is by restoring it from a recent iCloud backup. During the initial setup process, simply tap on “Restore from iCloud Backup,” log in with your Apple ID, and choose the most recent backup of your previous iPhone.
If the backup is more than a day or two old, I recommend taking a few extra minutes to create a fresh backup. To do this, access the Settings app on your old phone, locate “iCloud Backup” (by clicking its icon), and then select “Back Up Now.”
Once the backup process is complete, return to your new iPhone and select the recently created backup as the source for restoration.
Your phone will proceed to reinstate your preferences and settings, allowing you to start using it in approximately 15 minutes, during which it will also download your previously installed apps.
After everything is restored, you’ll need to sign back into any accounts you’ve added to your phone and review your apps to ensure you’re still signed in as needed.
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2. Direct Transfer With Apple’s Method
As you set up your new iPhone, you’ll encounter an option to directly transfer apps and data from your previous iPhone. This feature was introduced with iOS 12.4, so if it’s been several years since your last phone upgrade, this may be your first encounter with this feature.
Using this tool is quite straightforward. Ensure that both phones are available, preferably connected to power sources to prevent battery depletion, have access to a Wi-Fi network, and allocate enough time for the process to complete—this could take more than an hour.
The duration of the transfer is influenced by the amount of data on your phone, such as photos in your camera roll.
When the transfer initiates, the phones will provide you with an estimated completion time.
In my experience, this estimate has consistently been accurate within a couple of minutes. This method is especially valuable if you don’t rely on Apple’s iCloud service for backing up your phone.
3. Transfer Data To iPhone via Mac or PC
The method I personally employ with every new iPhone is to perform a restoration from an encrypted backup using a Mac or PC. This approach not only transfers all your apps, settings, and preferences seamlessly but also eliminates the need to log in to numerous apps on your phone.
To utilize this method, you’ll first need to generate an encrypted backup of your existing iPhone. Although it may sound intimidating or overly complex, it merely involves ticking an additional box and creating a password.
On a Mac, use Finder to back up your old iPhone. Ensure that you select the “Encrypt backup” option and set a memorable password when prompted. Allow your Mac to carry out the backup process, and it will notify you when it’s finished.
If you’re using a PC, you’ll need to employ iTunes (yes, it’s still around) to create a backup. The process is explained here. Again, make certain to check the “Encrypt backup” box and set a password.
To restore your new phone, launch Finder or iTunes and connect your phone to your computer. When prompted, click “Trust,” and then follow the on-screen instructions, choosing the backup you recently created as the source for restoring your phone. Remember, you’ll need to enter the backup’s password before the process commences, so be sure not to forget it.
Once the restoration is complete, your new phone will mirror your old phone precisely, eliminating the need to spend time signing in to various apps or accounts.
4. Android User? This App Has You Covered
Apple’s presence on Google’s Play Store is limited, but you can find “Move to iOS” among the offerings. This complimentary application facilitates the connection between your Android phone and a new iPhone, enabling the seamless transfer of crucial data between the two devices.
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