How to Transfer Contacts from One iPhone to Another


August 26, 2016 09:00 / Posted by Boey Wong

I have got a new iPhone SE. The first thing I need to do is transfer all my old contacts to my new iPhone, but how to export iPhone contacts from my old iPhone’s memory and transfer them to the new one? Please help, thanks a lot!

When upgrading your old iPhone to a new one, one of the most important things that comes to your mind is how to transfer contacts to new iPhone easily and quickly. Transferring iPhone contacts to new iPhone with iCloud or iTunes is not a big deal. If you don’t use iCloud or iTunes, don’t worry as you have another option to make it. Use a third-party software instead. Now I will show you how to transfer contacts from iPhone to another in these three ways.

How to Transfer Contacts

1. How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone Using iCloud

On your old iPhone, make sure that you are signed in your iCloud account and connected to a Wi-Fi network. If your name and Apple ID are displayed at the top of the page after you go to SettingsiCloud, then you are logged in.

Switch Contacts on and then go to Backup Back Up Now.

Backup Contacts to iCloud

Once the backup process is finished, set up your new iPhone with the latest iCloud backup you just created. After the restore has done, the new phone will restart and should be ready to use.

As a result, all files from the last iCloud backup will be packed to your new iPhone. If you don’t like that, you can also only sync contacts across iPhone.

Set up your new iPhone as a new iPhone during the initial setup. And make sure you are logged into the same Apple account on both iPhones and connected to Wi-Fi.

On the old phone, go to Settings iCloud – Turn on Contacts and everything else off.

Do the same steps on your new iPhone. This will enable your new iPhone to start downloading the saved contacts that you uploaded to iCloud. Never disconnect the wireless network during the process. Then wait and check if your contacts are appearing by opening the Contacts app on your new phone.

2. How to Transfer Contacts to New iPhone via iTunes

Open iTunes on your computer, make sure that it is running the latest version. Then connect your old iPhone to the computer via USB.

Click on the icon of your phone on iTunes. Navigate to Summary and check the circle next to This computer. Click Back Up Now. This will create a backup of your old iPhone.

Sync iPhone to Computer

Now you can start setting up your new iPhone. Make sure to log in with the same Apple ID that you used on your old iPhone. Select Restore from iTunes Backup and you will asked to connect your new iPhone to your computer in order to load the backup files from iTunes. Once it’s done, you will have all contacts on your new iPhone.

Restore from iTunes Backup

3. How to Transfer Contacts with FoneTrans

What makes FoneTrans for iOS is different from above methods is you can do a selective transfer with this tool. Let’s take a look at it.

First of all, download and install the software on your PC. When the installation is complete, it will automatically open.

Connect your iPhone to computer

Plug your two devices into the computer with USB. You will see your two devices are appearing on the left-hand side at the same time and the contents like Media, Playlists, Photos, Books, SMS are displayed under the device. Select Contacts under your old phone and click Import/Export on the top-right.

Select Export All Contacts or Export Selected Contacts, you will find your new phone is provided in the drop-down list. Choose it to export the contacts to.

export iPhone Contacts

FoneTrans for iOS can do much more than this, it is also able to export contacts from iPhone to Gmail, Outlook; sync iPhone to new computer; transfer photos, music, movies, books, ringtones, messages, etc among iOS devices, iTunes and computer.

With this tool, you can totally manage your iPhone data well.

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