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8 Ways to Sync All Data from iPhone 6/7/8/X/XS/11 to iPhone 12(Pro)

iPhone 12 is coming. As a fan of the latest technology, you might want to upgrade to the latest iPhone 12. However, when the time comes for you to get a new iPhone, transfer of data to a new iPhone from an old iPhone becomes essential. In the following article, we are going to show you ways to transfer everything from old iPhone to iPhone 12.

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Part 1: Transfer Data from Old iPhone to iPhone 12 via Quick Start

For iPhone 12, it's most probably running iOS 11 later. Since that, we suggest you use Quick Start when you need to set up your new iPhone 12. It helps you transfer files from your old iPhone to new iPhone 12 quickly. Quick Start is designed for a phone-to-phone transfer by Apple. Check all steps below to set up your new iPhone 12 quickly using information from your current device.

Note: Please check your battery conditions on both devices in case any interruption during the migration.

Step 1: Activate Quick Start on your new iPhone

Unlock your new iPhone 12 then get as to your old iPhone. Get them next to each other. Then the Quick Start screen will provide the option that allows you to use your Apple ID to set up your new iOS device.

Step 2: Pair your old and new iPhone

Tap Continue, then an animation display on your new iPhone 12. How the old device over the new iPhone 12, then put the animation on the center of the viewfinder. After a while, a message pops up and says Finish on New [Device Name]. Now, you need to enter your password of old device on the new iPhone 12.

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Step 3: Set up Face/Touch ID on iPhone

On your new iPhone 12, set up your Face ID and Touch ID. Then input your Apple ID account on the new iPhone 12. If you have multiple iDevices, you need to enter all their passwords here.

Step 4: Restore from iCloud backup

On the new device, there are multiple contents you can choose to restore from the latest iCloud backup or updating your current device's backup and then restoring. Apps, settings and other contents are available here. Choose one desired backup then use it to set up your new iPhone 12. You can also choose whether to transfer iPhone settings.

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Part 2: Copy Data to iPhone 12 via iPhone Migration

What do you know about the disclosure of iOS 12.4? The most appealing feature of this version is iPhone migration. You can transfer data from your old device to your new iPhone directly with the help of this function. But only both your old device and new device are running 12.4 later, you are able to use the data migration feature to set up your new device. You can learn from the detailed steps below.

Note: Please check your battery conditions on both devices in case any interruption during the migration.

Step 1: Unlock your iPhone 12 then get your old device. Get them next to each other.

Step 2: Log in with your Apple ID and follow the set-up instructions. Tap Continue. If you don’t see the option to continue on your current iPhone, make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.

transfer data from old iPhone to iPhone 12

Step 3: Wait for an animation and then hold the old iPhone over the new iPhone 12. Then center the animation in the viewfinder. After a while, on your new iPhone 12, you will see a message that says Finish.

Step 4: Enter the passcode of the old iPhone on the new iPhone 12 then follow its instructions to set up Face ID or Touch ID.

Step 5: Choose "Transfer from iPhone" then get two devices near each other and wait until the transfer completes.


Part 3: Switch to iPhone 12 without Using iCloud/iTunes

Besides Apple-designed data transferring tools, there are many third-party tools that are also able to help users switch from the old phone to the new iPhone. Syncios Mobile Manager is one of them. For most of the Apple tools, one shortcoming is that they can only transfer part of the content to the new iPhone. With third-party software, it won’t be a problem.

I believe you know there are many mobile products and services can be helpful besides Apple-designed data transferring tools. When switching to a new phone, Syncios Mobile Manager is your best choice. Why you need this program:

  🌱 1: You can selectively transfer photos, photo albums, songs, voice memos, ringtones, videos, contacts, call histories, messages, safari histories, ebooks, WhatsApp messages, notes between an old iPhone and a new iPhone.
  🌱 2: You can selectively transfer all files with detailed preview.
  🌱 3: You can preview, edit, delete files on your phones before the transfer.
  🌱 4: You can transfer data from an old iPhone to iPhone 12 without data ovewritting and without the help of iTunes.
  🌱 5: You can sync all data from phone to phone in one click with its "Phone Transfer" tool.
  🌱 6: You can get other handy tools: online video downloader, ringtone maker, audio converter, video converter.

🎬 1. Selectively Copy Data from Old iPhone to iPhone 12

Step 1: Connect your phones to computer

Start Syncios Mobile Manager after the installation. Do not get the wrong version since Windows version and Mac version are available. Unlock your phones and connect them to computer via USB cables. Wait for a message that says "Trust this computer or not". You need tap Trust. Then phones are recognized. Any iOS detection issue, check this tutorial.

Step 2: Backup old iPhone to computer

Now we create a backup of old iPhone. Choose any files after a detailed preview, then click on Export for media files and click on Backup for other contents.

For instance, go to Information > WhatsApp then choose chats you need, click on Backup. Then choose a proper saving path to backup the selected chats to computer.

backup iphone whatsapp to pc

Step 3: Restore backup files to iPhone 12

Under iPhone 12 device tab, find the corresponding content column, then click Import/Recover/Add button to restore backup from computer. Keep your device connected well and check files after the restore is completed successfully.

For instance, go to Information > WhatsApp then tap Recover. Syncios will load all previous backups. Choose the backup you created before according to the file name and date. Then click on OK to start restoring. Check all restored files on your iPhone 12. The new imported files will merge with the existing data on your iPhone 12.

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🎬 2. Directly Sync Data from Old iPhone to iPhone 12

Step 1: Connect phones to computer

Start Syncios Mobile Manager then connect both phones to computer. Wait for a message that says "Trust this computer or not". You need tap Trust. Go to Toolkit and find a Phone Transfer tool. Start this data transfer tool.

open phone transfer tool

Step 2: Choose "Transfer" mode

Choose Transfer mode on the main interface. Then check the positions of two phones. The source device (old iPhone) is located on the left panel and the target device (iPhone 12) is on the right panel. If you need to exchange their positions, tap the flip icon on the middle. Then hit Next button on the lower right.

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Step 3: Transfer data from an old iPhone to iPhone 12

Camera Roll, Photo Library, Audio, Video, Contacts, Messages, Call History, WhatsApp, Book, Notes, Calendar, Bookmarks, Safari History, Voice Mail options are available here. Choose contents you need to transfer, then tap Next to start loading data from the source device. After that, hit Next button again to start the transfer process. Check prompts on your iPhone timely in case any internet interrupt.

select contents to transfer from old iPhone to iPhone 12


🎬 3. Restore iTunes Backup to iPhone 12 without iTunes( No Data Overwriting)

Step 1: Connect phones to computer

Start Syncios Mobile Manager then connect both phones to computer. Wait for a message that says "Trust this computer or not". You need tap Trust. Go to Toolkit and find a Phone Transfer tool. Start this data transfer tool.

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Step 2: Choose iTunes backup

Navigate to Restore > iTunes Backup. If you synced your old iOS device with iTunes before, Syncios will load the backup from computer. Choose one backup you need according to the backup date and size. Then click on Next.

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Step 3: Restore iTunes backup to iPhone 12 without overwriting

Camera Roll, Photo Library, Contacts, Messages, Call History, WhatsApp, Notes, Calendar, Bookmarks, Safari History, Voice Mail options are available here. You can choose contents you need. Then tap Next to start loading data from the selected iTunes backup. After that, hit Next button again to start the restore process. Check prompts on your iPhone timely in case any internet interrupt.

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Step 4: Sync music and videos from iTunes Library to iPhone 12

If you want to sync music and videos from iTunes Library to your new iPhone 12. Navigate to Restore > iTunes Library. Then choose music and videos you need and start transferring directly.

transfer music and videos from itunes library to iPhone 12


Video Tutorial - Sync Old iPhone Data to iPhone 12


Part 4: Transfer Data from Old iPhone to iPhone 12 Using iCloud

If you are looking for a way to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without computer, you may want to know how to transfer data by using iCloud backup.

But it requires a fast Wi-Fi network during this migration. It takes about 30 to 60 minutes. And aware that you may lose important data during transferring. And media files such as videos, apps, music, ringtones, iBooks, etc. can’t be transferred.

🎬 1. Transfer Data from Old iPhone to iPhone 12 with iCloud Backup

Step 1: Make a backup of your old iPhone if you haven’t made one in advance

For iPhones running with iOS 10 and later: open Settings app on your old iPhone and tap on your Apple account, then go to iCloud > iCloud Backup > Back Up Now.

For iPhones running with iOS 9 or older: open Settings app on your old iPhone, then go to iCloud > Backup > Turn on "iCloud Backup" option, then choose Back Up Now.

Step 2: Restore iCloud backup to iPhone 12

On you new iPhone 12, open Settings app. Then navigate to General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to erase all data from your iPhone 12. Then you can set up your iPhone 12 as a new one. Follow its instructions to select the new created iCloud backup to restore to your iPhone 12. You will lose all existing data on your iPhone 12.

restore icloud backup to iPhone 12


🎬 2. Transfer Data from Old iPhone to iPhone 12 with iCloud Syncing

You can sync data like photos from Photo Stream, emails, contacts, calendars, notes, reminders, etc. by using iCloud syncing. And before the migration process, you should check if both your devices can be connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Step 1: Log in the same Apple ID

Log in with the same Apple ID on both the old iPhone and the new iPhone 12. And get both phones, go to Settings apps > Click your Apple ID’s profile > Select iCloud.

Step 2: Sync all data to iCloud

Then on both devices, select categories you want to transfer like Photos, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Notes, etc., and then tap on it to turn it on one by one. Once the process finishes, you can sync data from the iPhone to the new iPhone. And how long this process will last depends on the size of the data you want to transfer to your new iPhone and the speed of your network.

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Part 5: Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone Using iTunes

It's most common when you want to migrate iOS data via iTunes. But with the development of more and more mobile products and services, there are more straightforward ways to sync data from iPhone to iPhone, which makes this tedious job easily. But still many fans of iTunes, we also want to share the way to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone via iTunes. You can make it with the following steps.

Step 1: Make a backup of the old iPhone

If you haven't backed up your old iPhone with iTunes, then open iTunes, and connect your old iPhone to computer. Go to Device tab > Summary > This Computer > Back Up Now.. Now you will get a new backup of your old iPhone.

Step 2: Choose a backup to restore

backup iPhone 12 via itunes

If you don't want to lose existing data on iPhone 12, you can go to this part in this article to restore iTunes backup without data overwriting. If you don't mind, follow this step. Connect your iPhone 12 to computer, go to Device tab then select Restore backup. Choose the desired iCloud to restore.

restore itunes backup to iPhone 12

Step 3: Restore backup to iPhone 12 via iTunes

If the backup file was encrypted, enter your password and unlock it when asked. Wait for the restore process to finish, then complete the rest of the setup steps on your iOS device.

Note: When transferring data from one iPhone to another with iTunes backup, all the content in the iTunes backup will be restored to the iPhone no matter whether you want to restore all of them or not; and some media files (like Apps, music, ringtones, movies, iBooks, etc.) won’t be transferred during this process. All existing data will be overwritten.


Conclusion

The article has made it easier for old iOS users to move to a new iPhone without losing their data. Find a way you prefer and helps you to transfer data from old iPhone to iPhone 12 easily. If this guide helps, please share it with the people around you.