How to Transfer Files from iPhone to iPhone 7/7 Plus
"I stupidly dropped my iPhone 6s last week so that the screen became insensitive. Now, I'm getting a new iPhone 7 plus and wondering whether there is any way to move files from iPhone to iPhone. Due to some reasons, I cannot back up my 6s either via iTunes or iCloud. Any more ideas?"
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Statistically, mobile users would change their smart phones within average 2 years. However, there are quite a lot of people who upgrade to a new handset a bit sooner due to some reasons. Therefore, you might need to transfer the existing files on the old iPhone to a new one. Also, these methods are available on all models of iPhone including iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. There are three methods for iOS users to choose. Each one has its good and bad parts, so please read on for a further knowledge and get a full idea.
- Method 1: Move Files Between iPhones without iTunes
- Method 2: Transfer Content from one iPhone to another with iTunes/iCloud
- Method 3: Copy Files from iPhone to iPhone via AirDrop
Method 1: Move Files Between iPhones without iTunes
iPhone Transfer is a great helper in terms of data transfer. This reputable software allows user to transfer a variety of data between different iOS devices or computer with ease.
| Photos | Videos | Contacts | Music | Movies | TV Shows | Voice Memos |
| Music Videos| Podcast | iTunes U | Ringtones | Books |Audiobooks |
Step 1. Associate both iPhones with iPhone Transfer
At first, please install and launch the free trial of iPhone Transfer on your Win/Mac. Next, plug both the source iPhone and target iPhone into computer. When detected, you can see that both iPhones are connected on the interface as below.
Step 2. Select and Transfer Files to Another iPhone
Now, click and choose the kind of desired files on the left under the name of source iPhone. It would take a while to load all the content on your iPhone. You can preview or play those data before the transfer. Then, highlight those you want to export and click "Export to" > "Target iPhone".
Note that iPhone Transfer supports one-click transfer to iDevice as well. The function lies in the Main page and Tool page.
Method 2: Transfer Content from one iPhone to another with iTunes/iCloud
This method is also the Apple's recommended way. If you're looking for methods on Apple, you should rather check it out here with more details. Technically, the so-called transfer mainly depends on the backup files.
Data except Contacts, Calendar and so on. However, it would erase the current content on target iPhone.
Using iTunes/iCloud to Back up Source iPhone:
iTunes: Hook up iPhone to iTunes and head to "File" > "Devices" > "Back Up Now".
iCloud: On iPhone, go to "Settings" > "iCloud" > "Backup" > "Back Up Now".
Restore Backup to the Target iPhone:
Step 1. Power on the new iPhone. Then, press and hold down "Home" button.
Step 2. Follow the instructions until the "App & Data" screen shows.
Step 3. Choose "Restore from iTunes Backup" or "Restore from iCloud Backup".
Step 4. Follow the steps and wait until the process completes.
Note that if your iPhone has been set up, just connect it to iTunes and follow "File" > "Devices" > "Restore from backup", or try iPhone Data Recovery so as to avoid erasing data currently stored on new iPhone.
Method 3: Copy Files from iPhone to iPhone via AirDrop
| Photos | Videos | Notes | Contacts |
| Safari | Voice Memos |
Step 1. Turn on AirDrop on iPhones
In order to enable AirDrop, please swipe up from the button of bezel and launch "Control Center". Now, tap "AirDrop" and choose "Contacts Only" or "Everyone". (The former one is safer.)
Note that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will be enabled along the way.
Step 2. Tap to AirDrop Data to Another iPhone
Please check out the supported data above at first. Then, click and run the app on the source iPhone. Now, select an item and tap "Share" button. Then, a pop-up shows up where the target iPhone will be detected and showed in the middle. Please tap on the icon and choose "Accept" on the target iPhone. Your iPhone will receive the file in no time.
That's all it takes. Quite easy, right? With this step-to-step instruction, I'm sure you now know how to transfer data from one iPhone to another. However, if there is something that not quite clear, drop your comments below. Let me help you out.