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How To Transfer Data From Your Old iOS Device To Your New One

Apple makes the process easy When it comes to transferring data to a new iOS or iPadOS device, 

There’s nothing better than opening a new iPad or iPhone, but before you start using it, you want to make sure to transfer all your important data over! 

There are a few ways of getting this done, whether you want to use iCloud, Quick Start, or a wired connection.

This guide will show the iPhone transfer method but can be used on the iPad as well.

Here’s what you need to do to get started.

Transfer Data Using Quick Start

  • Before your turn on the new device, make sure Bluetooth is on, on your old device.
  • Turn on the new device and place it near your current device. The QuickStart screen should appear. 
  • Check the Apple ID and be sure it’s the one you want to use
  • Tap on Continue

  • Wait for the animation to appear on the screen. Hold your current device over the new device, center the animation in the viewfinder. Wait for the message that says, “Finish on New [Device].
  • When prompted, enter your current device’s passcode on your new device.
  • Follow instructions to set up Face ID or Touch ID
  • When asked, enter your Apple ID password on your new device.
  • Choose whether to restore your new iPhone or iPad by transferring data from one device to another, restoring apps, data, and settings from your most recent iCloud backup, or choosing “Other Options” and migrating your data using a wired connection. Here’s a link to Apple Support walking you through this procedure.

Manually Transfer Data Using iCloud

If you use iCloud to backup your iPhone or iPad, which you should be doing, you can transfer everything to your new device wirelessly. Before doing that, you’ll want to back up your old device one last time. Settings > tap on your name at the top > choose iCloud > scroll to iCloud Backup and tap > select Back Up Now.

  • Turn on the new iPad or iPhone the “Hello” screen appears
  • Follow the steps until seeing the Wi-Fi screen
  • Join your Wi-Fi network, proceed until you reach the Apps & Data screen
  • Tap on Restore from iCloud Backup
  • Choose the correct backup for this device
  • If asked to update to a newer version of iOS or iPadOS, click the link and follow these directions https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203434
  • Finish your setup by following the on-screen instructions.


Your iPad or iPhone will now restore from your iCloud backup. This may take some time if you have lots of data stored. You may need to finish up a few steps to complete the process. Launch your mail app to see if you need to re-enter your password. Check to see if your Contacts have transferred, and finally, open the Calendar to make sure your events transferred. If you’re using iCloud to back up and have your Contacts and Calendar turned on to back up, everything should be there.

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