Migrate Data from One iPhone to Another

Edited by Train Wreck, VisiHow, Eng, Alma

In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to migrate data from one iPhone to another. Specifically we will be migrating from an iPhone 6 to an iPhone 6s plus. Migrating your data is a lot like cloning the phone. You will backup your old phone and then restore the data to your new phone. All of the applications, settings, and even open web pages from the old phone will be transferred to the new phone.

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Backup Your Old iPhone

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    In order to perform a data migration, we will need to plug our iPhone 6 into any computer running Windows or Mac OS X.
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    After our phone has been plugged in, we will need to open the iTunes application.
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    Once iTunes has been opened we will be able to see our phone.
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    The first thing we will do is to select summary at the top from the left panel.
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    Then, we will select 'Back up now'
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    This is a button on the lower right-hand side as indicated in the screenshot below.
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    Once we have clicked on back up now, we can look up to the top of our screen, where we will see a progress indicator of the backup.
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    Once the backup has completed, we will know it by viewing the timestamp of the last backup.
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    At this stage we will unplug our old iPhone.
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Locating and Copying Your iPhone Backup Data

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    In order to locate our backup file, we will need to navigate down to the Windows start button
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    This is in the bottom left-hand corner of our screen as shown in the image below.
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    Next, we will right-click the start button and then move up to the search option, where we will click on 'Search'.
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    This will bring up the search window, where we will type %appdata% and then press 'Enter'
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    Now, click on 'Apple Computer'.
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    Next, click on 'MobileSync'.
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    Here, you will see a file, or a series of files, which have a hash-string of numbers
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    You will want to copy the most recent file, as this is your backup.
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Migrating Data to your New iPhone -- Part One

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    Plug in your new iPhone.
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    You will see a pop-up menu
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    This menu will ask if you would like to allow the computer to access data on the phone. Click on 'Continue'.
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    You will now see a screen welcoming you to your new phone.
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    Select 'Restore from this backup' and you will see a drop-down menu.
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    Choose the backup you wish to restore from
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    Note that we only have one backup available in the example shown, however, you may have several backups. This will depend on you and how often you backed up your previous phone.
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    Press the 'Continue' button
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    Skip the section below if your phone is already up to date. Note that if your new iPhone has not been updated to the latest software, you will need to update it.
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Updating your New iPhone

If your iPhone is up to date, you will not need to perform the steps in this section. If this is the case, skip to the next section. Otherwise, read on for how to update your iPhone.

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    As shown in the screenshot below, you cannot update a newer iPhone backup to an older iPhone software
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    If you are at this stage from the previous section of our tutorial, then you need to click 'OK'.
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    Select 'Set up as new phone' and click 'Continue'.
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    Click the 'Get Started' button one time.
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    Make sure that you have selected 'Summary' on the left side of the menu.
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    Then look over to the right side of your screen and press once on 'Update'.
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    After you have pressed on 'Update', you will receive a pop-up window asking if you would like to update or cancel
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    You will want to press once more on 'Update'.
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    You will then see a window giving information about the update
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    Simply click 'Next' to proceed.
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    After this, you will be taken to a legal notice window
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    Read it carefully. If you decline, you will not be able to set up your phone. Therefore, you may wish to click 'Agree' to proceed.
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    Then, you will receive a message that iTunes is downloading a software update for the phone
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    Further, it will inform you that the update will be installed when the download is complete. Note that if your phone has a passcode or fingerprint lock it may not allow the update process to proceed.
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    In order to see the progress of your download simply click the download icon in the upper-right corner of the screen
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    This will show you how much is downloading and how long there is for it to continue. While you do have the option to pause the download, we do not recommend doing that, as it can create problems or cause you to receive iTunes errors.
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    Once you have completed the update process, you will see a message indicating that your phone is now up to date, at which point you can click the restore backup option as discussed at the end of the previous section.
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Migrating Data to your New iPhone -- Part Two

Before proceeding, note that if you have Find My iPhone turned on, you may not be able to restore from backup. Likewise, if you have a fingerprint lock or a passcode lock on your new phone, you may also not be able to restore from backup. Therefore, it is important for you to disable or temporarily turn off these options while you update your new phone.

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    Once you have clicked 'Restore from backup', you will be given a selection of several backup files to choose from.
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    Choose the one you would like to use and then click once on restore
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    You will then receive a pop-up message letting you know how long it will take to restore your data to the new iPhone.
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    While your phone is in the process of being restored you will see a message on screen indicating that there is a restore in progress
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    Once the restoration process is completed, your iPhone will restart; and then you will receive a hello message on the screen of your phone
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    This message will also tell you to slide to set up the phone.
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    Additionally, this message will continue to cycle through different languages
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    It does not matter which language you are on when you slide up to set up the phone. The default language will be that of your region. In this case, that language is English.
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    Next, you will see a message that the update has been completed.
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    Tap once on the 'Continue' button.
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    Then, you will need to choose your WiFi network
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    You may use an existing WiFi network or choose a different one. That is up to you.
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    If you elect to choose your existing WiFi network, which we recommend, then click next in the upper-right side of the phone.
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    From here, you will be required to set up a six-character pin code
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    Note that the iPhone previously only required a four-character pin code. Now that security standards have been increased, a six character pin code is a requirement. If you do not like the security codes, you may later turn them off for your phone. Once your PIN codes have been set up, the phone will automatically take you to the next screen.
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    Next, you will be asked to set up Touch ID
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    You may tap on 'Set Up Touch ID Later'.
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    If you elect to set up Touch ID, as we will, then you want to place your finger on the fingerprint sensor at the bottom of the phone.
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    Place your finger and lifted repeatedly waiting in between presses for the phone to buzz.
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    Then, you will be asked to adjust your grip.
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    When you are ready, tap on 'Continue'.
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    Then, place your finger on the fingerprint sensor and remove it each time the phone buzzes.
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    When you have been finished, tap on 'Continue'
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    You will be taken to a screen welcoming you to your iPhone.
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    Click on the blue 'Get Started' option.
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    Once you tap on 'Get Started', you'll be taken into your new iPhone
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    Congratulations! You have migrated data from one iPhone to another, and your new phone has now successfully been restored.
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See other tutorials on iPhone smartphones: Set Up iPhone after Updating, Set Up an iPhone 6s Plus, Set Up Parental Control on iPhone, Set Up and Manage Location Services on iPhone 6, Set Up APN on iPhone, Perform Factory Reset on the iPhone 6s Plus, Do Hard Reset on iPhone 6s Plus, Manage Fingerprints on iPhone 6, and Turn Off the Lock Screen Passcode on an iPhone 6s Plus.

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Recent edits by: Eng, VisiHow, Train Wreck

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