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How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone

By Wian LJ, Last updated: August 16, 2019

Got a new iPhone? We’ll help you transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone easily using different methods in this brand new article. Read along.

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Contacts are the basic foundation of mobile smartphones. This is because we can easily connect, convey and share details with our contacts every now and then. SMS and calls have become the main mode of communications since then.

If we lose contacts, we feel like there is nothing much we can do about it. Good thing, with today’s technology we can already ensure that our contacts are safe and can be backed up at any time. There is no more fear of data loss. iPhone is the best device to use when it comes to fire safety and security.

So if you are planning to buy a new iPhone and sell the old one, you can easily transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone by choosing the best method that we will be discussing below!

Part1. How to Transfer Contacts using iCloud?

From the old iPhone

go to Settings

Tap iCloud, make sure it is enabled

Find Contacts and make sure it is toggled on

Scroll down and find Backup

Tap Backup Now

Get the new iPhone

go to the Set Up screen

Tap Restore from iCloud Backup

Sign in with your iCloud account

Find and tap the recent iCloud backup

Once done setting up, go to Settings

Tap iCloud and turn on Contacts

Tap Contacts and refresh app

Wait until all contacts are downloaded from the backup

Both iPhones will have the same contact so which means if you plan to sell the old iPhone then better make sure you erase all the data stored in there.

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Do you think you are able to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud?

Yes, you can! This is possible with the help of programs or software that are dedicated to providing backup and storage to most mobile data. One of the highly recommended programs is FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Backup & Restore.

Part2. How to Quickly Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone?

FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Backup & Restore allows you to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone even without iCloud. This is third-party software that is mainly used to create the backup for all files in the entire iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

It has the following features

  1. Creates the backup and restore conveniently
  2. Able to selectively create and restore the backup
  3. No data loss during the backup and restore process

If you are looking for ways to make either a selective backup of your contacts or the entire phonebook then download a free version of FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Backup & Restore.

Download your free version today to discover how well you can backup your data without the fear of data loss. And then transfer your contacts to other devices.

How to Use Fonedog Toolkit?

Step1: Download and install FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Backup & Restore. Run program, connect the device and click on iOS Data Backup

Choose iOS Data Backup Option

Step2: Choose a Backup Mode

Choose Backup Mode

Step3: Select the types of files you want to backup, for example, contacts

Select file to backup

Step4: Wait until process is complete

wait for backup complete

How to transfer contacts to New iPhone?

The process is similar to creating backup except that you can simply choose the backup file among the list and extract them fully or selectively to a new device.

#1: Connect iPhone to the computer. Launch FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Backup & Restore. Click on iOS Data Restore and click "view now" button to start to san your backup file.

scan contacts from backup file

#2: Select desired backup file. Extract desired file types. Selectively choose contacts to restore. Wait until process is completed

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Video Guide: How to Backup iPhone Data and Transfer data to other iPhone.

FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Backup & Restore is so easy to use. It is pretty much easier compared to other methods in this article. Check out the rest!

Here is an article to introduce "How to Backup iPhone Contacts to Google"

Part 3. How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone via Bluetooth?

The most common and easiest way to transfer contacts in between iPhone devices is via Bluetooth. Bluetooth technology allows easy file transfer in between compatible devices as long as they are paired and within range.

Here are the steps on how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone via Bluetooth:

Turn on Bluetooth on both devices

Scan and connect both iPhones

Launch Contacts app on the primary phone

Choose all the contacts that you need and tap share. Choose vCard option

Share via Bluetooth and accept the file transfer on the secondary phone

Wait until the entire process is complete

However, it might be a problem as well getting both devices paired and the transfer might be slow or interrupted.

Part 4. How to Transfer contacts in between iPhone devices via iTunes?

iTunes is another tool to easily transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone. Apart from providing backup, iTunes can also be a medium of restoring files.

You can transfer contacts backing up the old iPhone first and follow these steps:

Make sure you have created the backup of the old iPhone to iTunes

Restore iTunes backup on the new iPhone by going to the Summary pane once the iPhone is connected to iTunes

Click on Restore and wait until the restoration is finished

The entire iTunes backup will be applied on the new iPhone. However, this process is not convenient at all since it will not only restore contacts but the entire backup too. We all know that we don’t need the entire backup content from iTunes. It can even cause further data loss because the new data might be overwritten by the previous backup.

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Part 5. Conclusion.

I hope that by following the methods we suggested above you have successfully transferred the contacts from the old iPhone to the new one.

Among the different ways to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone, the easiest and convenient option is by using FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Backup & Restore. This program is safe to use and very much effective.

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