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How to Transfer Data from iPhone 4/4s 5/5s 6/6s to iPhone 7/ 7 Plus

Get Ready to iPhone 7

Apple releases its new iPhone on the 2016 WWDC event on September 7th -the iPhone 7. The new iPhone 7 is smarter and faster than its previous generations iPhone 5/5 and iPhone 6/6s. More importantly the new iPhone runs on iOS 10. If you want to switch from iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPhone 6/6s, iPhone SE to the new iPhone 7, there are several ways to sync old iOS device to the new one.

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Solution 1: Setup iPhone 7 via iCloud

Turn on the WI-FI connection on your old iPhone and coonect it to power source. Then, tap on Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup to enable iCloud Backup. By default, it backs up notes, photos, bookmarks, contacts, calenars, etc. Of course you can manually set what to be backup, but make sure that notes is checked!

Step 2: Restore iCloud Backup on your new iPhone 6s.

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Now turn on your new iPhone 7, start to set up your new phone, navigate to " Restore from iCloud Backup", sign in your iCloud account, then choose backup.

Limitations: Apple offers only 5GB for free backup to iCloud. The restoring process might take long time it denpends on the data size and network speed.

Solution 2: Sync iPhone 4/5/6 to iPhone 7 via iTunes.

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  • Back up the older iPhone with iTunes by connecting it to the Mac/PC via USB, launching iTunes, then right-click on the iPhone in the iTunes sidebar and choose Back Up
  • Wait for the backup to finish, then disconnect the old iPhone from the computer
  • Now turn on the new iPhone 7, and at the "Set Up iPhone" screen, select "Restore from iTunes Backup", tap Next, then connect the new iPhone 7 to the computer
  • Select the most recent backup you just made from the restore menu in iTunes, then click "Continue".
  • Wait, and when the transfer is finished the iPhone 7 will reboot itself and everything from the old iPhone 4/4s, 5/5s/5c, 6/6s or iPhone SE will be on the new one and ready to go.

Limitations: If you are not restoring to a totally new iPhone, iTunes properly will clear thing that you need while restoring.

Solution 3: One-click transfer old iPhone data to New iPhone 7

These methods above are helpful for transferring data from old iPhone to new iPhone 7, but they won't help you transfer to the non-purchased files, like CD copies, ripped videos and so on. In this method, we will show you an easier way to transfer all data from old iPhone to iPhone 7, including the non-purchased files with Syncios Data Transfer. This software is used for transferring files among iOS devices, iTunes and computers with only one click.

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Step 1: Run the iPhone to iPhone Data Transfer Tool on your PC

Launch the mobile data transfer. Connect your old iPhone and iPhone 7 to PC via USB cable. The program supports also iOS 12 and is available for macOS 10.14. To sync old iPhone to iPhone 7, click Transfer.

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Step 2: Transfer SMS, Contacts, Calendar, Photos, Video, Ebooks and Music from iPhone 4/5/6 to iPhone 7

The old phone will be showed on the left, and the iPhone 7 would be detected as target device on the right panel. Click "Flip" button to change the source device. Then, select items on middle checbox, including photos, music, video, contacts, bookmarks, notes, e-books, Whatsapp messages, etc.

select data to transfer to iphone 7

Step 3: Click on 'Start Copy'

During synchronizing process, never disconnect either phone. After a while, the data you chose will be transferred to your new iPhone.

Copying data to iPhone 7

Syncios Data Transfer is helpful for various kinds of data transfers for iPhone 7, iPad and iPod without quality loss, and users can take advantage of the programs to backup iPhone, iPad and iPod data, restore iTunes backup to handset selectively without erasing old data.

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Note: If you need to switch from your Android device to the new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, you can also check our tutorial here.

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