Transfer information from your old to your new iPhone

If you've bought a new iPhone, you obviously want to transfer your photos, videos, apps and other data easily. Fortunately, Apple offers that option, but you have to know how it works. In this article, we'll take a closer look at that.

Apple offers two options for transferring data to a new iPhone: via iCloud or via iTunes. It is only possible to transfer data via iCloud if you have an iCloud account. For both backup methods, both your old and new iPhone must have a recent version of iOS installed. So in some cases you have to use the device first Configure as new iPhone, then update it and reset it completely to restore a backup.

Pay attention! A backup stored in iCloud does not include music, movies and TV shows not purchased from the iTunes Store, podcasts and audio books, or photos copied from your computer to iPhone. Do you also want to save this data? So always choose to transfer your data via iTunes.

Transfer information via iCloud

Transferring information via iCloud is relatively easy, but it does take a lot of bandwidth since all data from your iPhone is placed on the iCloud servers via the internet. So only perform the following steps if you are connected to a WiFi network. It is also wise to connect the device with the charger to the mains to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down.

First, backup your old iPhone to iCloud. Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup. Put the option here under the heading Backup iCloud backup at.

By default, iCloud backs up once a day. In this case, however, it is more convenient to enable the backup manually. So click on the button Back up now. The backup is now copied to iCloud. The amount of data on your iPhone and the speed of your internet connection determines how long the iPhone is working on this.

Back up your iPhone to iCloud

Once the backup is placed on the iCloud servers, the data can be copied to your new iPhone. Don't forget to transfer your SIM card to the new device first! To do this, turn on your new iPhone and go through the first steps of the configuration by indicating in which country you live and in which language you want to use the iPhone. In addition, indicate which WiFi network you want to use. This step is important, as an Internet connection is required to download the iCloud backup.

The iPhone will now ask you how you want to configure the iPhone. You have the choice of the options Configure as new iPhone, Restore iCloud Backup and Restore iTunes Backup. Choose the option Restore iCloud Backup and select the correct backup. click on recovery to place the backup on your iPhone. Once the backup is fully loaded on your iPhone, the device will reboot and be ready to use.

Transfer information via iTunes

Before transferring information via iTunes, Apple always recommends installing the latest version of both the iPhone operating system iOS and iTunes. Then connect your iPhone to your Mac or computer using the USB cable and launch iTunes. iTunes automatically recognizes your iPhone and displays it in the menu on the left side of the window. Click on your iPhone while holding the Control key press and hold and select the option Make backup. iTunes will now start copying all data from your iPhone to your Mac or PC. How long this process takes depends on the amount of data on your iPhone.

Back up your iPhone in iTunes

Once iTunes has created the backup, you can disconnect the old iPhone from the Mac or PC. To do this, always click on the eject icon that appears behind your iPhone on the left side of the screen. Transfer your SIM card to your new iPhone and turn on the device. Indicate in which country you live and in which language you want to use the iPhone and select a WiFi network.

The iPhone will now ask you how you want to configure the device. You can choose from options Configure as new iPhone, Restore iCloud Backup and Restore iTunes backup. Choose the option Restore iTunes Backup and then connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC. Open iTunes and wait for iTunes to detect your new iPhone. iTunes will now ask you how you want to configure the iPhone. Choose the option Restore backup from: and select the backup you created. click on Continue to place the backup on your iPhone. Once the backup is fully loaded on the iPhone, the device will reboot automatically. You can use the iPhone after this.

iPhone migration

For several years now, it has also been possible to transfer your data via iPhone migration. This only works for phones with iOS 12.4 or later. In addition, both your old and new phone must run on this or a higher version of the operating system. If this is the case, put your SIM card in the new device and start it up with your old device nearby. Then on your new iPhone you will see your Apple ID and if this is indeed your account, tap Continue. By then pointing the camera of your old phone at the screen of the new model, you can transfer your data after entering your access code.

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