How to transfer data to another device

Whether you're transferring your data from iPhone to iPhone, to an Android device or iPad, we've got you covered! 

Read on to learn more about how to transfer your data, including photos and contacts from your iPhone to another device!

How to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone

There are three super easy ways to transfer everything to your new iPhone from your old iPhone. Choose which one you prefer to use and follow the steps:

Use QuickStart – If your old iPhone runs iOS 12.4 or later, all you need to do is place your old and new iPhone together to automatically transfer data and set up your new device. 

Use iCloud – Create an iCloud backup on your old iPhone and then use it while you're setting up your new device. Just follow these steps:

  • Connect to Wi-Fi
  • Go to Settings, choose your name at the top of the page and then iCloud
  • Choose iCloud Backup
  • Choose Back Up Now 
  • Under Back Up Now you'll see the date of your last backup. You'll get an alert if you've not got enough iCloud storage, you'll need to follow the on-screen instructions to buy storage 

Use iTunes – You'll need to use a MacBook or computer to create an iTunes backup and then connect your new iPhone to the same computer or Mac to transfer data.  Just follow these steps:

  • Open iTunes and connect your iPhone to your computer
  • If your device asks you for your passcode or if you trust the computer, select yes 
  • Select your device in iTunes 
  • In the summary panel, you'll be able to see and manage your backups
  • You will be able to see your recently backups and manually back up your iPhone

How to transfer data from iPhone to Samsung

If you're unsure how to transfer data from iPhone to Android, we're here to help! Both operating systems for Android and iOS aren't compatible, so here are a few alternative ways to transfer. 

Before you start transferring, here are a few things you'll need to check you have:

  • A stable Wi-Fi connection
  • Access to the App Store and Google Play Store
  • Both devices need to be turned on 
  • Google password
  • Screen unlock code 
  • iCloud password 

USB Transfer

With your new Samsung, you will get a Type-C to USB transfer adapter which lets you connect both devices using a wired connection. All you will need is the Samsung adapter and your iPhone transfer/charger cable. Just follow these steps:

  • Plug the iPhone cable into your iPhone and plug the USB end into the adapter
  • Plug the adapter into the Samsung's charging port
  • Choose "˜Trust' on your iPhone and enter your unlock code
  • Tap "˜Allow' on your Samsung and the transfer should begin automatically

Use Smart Switch

Another option is using Smart Switch, all you need to do is use the Samsung Smart Switch app or  the setup wizard on your Samsung. Both your iPhone and Samsung need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi too. Just follow these steps:

  • Open Smart Switch and choose get data from iCloud instead
  • Sign in to iCloud and enter the verification code
  • Your iPhone data will automatically transfer
  • Once complete, the data will appear on your Samsung

How to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop 

You don't have to use iTunes to be able to transfer your photos from an iPhone to a laptop! If you've got a PC or laptop which runs Windows 10, follow these super easy steps:

  1. Use your USB cable to plug into your laptop 
  2. Open the photos app which you can find in the search bar at the bottom left corner of your screen
  3. There is an import button on the top right corner of the photo app 
  4. Choose import photos 
  5. Your photos will now be transferred from your iPhone to Windows 10  

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac

Before you start transferring your photos from your iPhone to a Mac, make sure your Mac is protected from viruses so no one can access the photos you're importing. There are a few different ways to carry out this process, find which one suits you: 

Use Photos: 

Just follow these steps: 

  • Connect your iPhone to the Mac using a USB 
  • Open the Photos app on your Mac
  • Choose Import in the Photo apps menu
  • Click import all new photos or select those you need
  • Click Import Selected
  • Once the transfer process has been completed, you'll receive a notification

Use AirDrop 

Just follow these steps:

  • Make sure your iPhone and Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi and within Bluetooth range
  • Open the Photos app and select the pictures you want to send 
  • Choose Share and select AirDrop from the menu
  • The app will display all Apple users close to you
  • Tap the device you want to send the picture to and choose Done
  • The transferred files can be located in the Downloads folder on your Mac

Use email

Just follow these steps:

  • Go to Photo Gallery on your iPhone and select what you want to transfer
  • Click the Share icon 
  • Select Email from the menu that appears, but make sure you're logged in
  • Send the email 

How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad

If you have an iPhone and iPad, you'll want to send files between them, including photos as it's more convenient to edit on a larger screen. Here are the different ways to transfer photos to your iPad using an iPhone!


Just follow these steps:

  • Turn on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on both devices 
  • Install and open Documents on both your iPad and iPhone
  • On the folder you want to share, choose More
  • Tap the icon of the device you want to share with 


Just follow these steps:

  • Connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi
  • Open Documents on iPad and iPhone
  • Enable WebDav in Documents by going to Settings > WebDav Server > Enter any username and password you like > Start WebDav
  • Open Documents 
  • On your iPad, in the sidebar choose + Add Connection
  • Select WebDav and choose the purple icon Available Devices
  • Find your iPhone, then enter your username and password for WebDav on your iPhone and tap Done
  • You can now see the files from your iPhone
  • To get the photos from your iPhone onto your iPad, choose More on the file and select Download
  • If you want to Download multiple files at once, choose Select on the top right, choose files and on the sidebar choose Download

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to SIM

The only problem with transferring contacts from iPhone to SIM is a lot of the latest iPhone models don't allow this. However, there are different ways, which include backing up to an Android device. 

Use iCloud 

  • Go to Settings and select iCloud
  • The toggle next to contacts needs to be on to sync contacts 
  • Use a computer to log into iCloud with your Apple ID and password
  • Choose Contacts and hold the CTRL key to select the ones you want to transfer 
  • Click on the Settings option on the screen and choose "˜Export vCard'
  • All the contacts you've selected will download onto your computer
  • Connect Android Phone to the computer with USB and choose import from USB storage in the phones contact app
  • Go to contacts to see if they are available 


  • Open the contacts app on iPhone and find the contacts you want to save 
  • Select a contact and choose Share Contact, then choose the Mail icon
  • Use a computer to download the vCards you shared through Mail 
  • Connect an Android Device to the computer using a USB 
  • Go to the Contacts app on your Android and choose Import from USB storage 
  • Confirm if the contacts have been transferred to the Android OS Phone 
  • Go to import/export contacts and select the option Export to SIM card 

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