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How to Transfer Data From Your Old iPad or iPhone to a New One Without Using iCloud January 3, 2023

Posted by Maniac in How To, Site Videos.

The Holidays are ending and I’m sure many of you are sitting on brand new iPhone or iPad models. For those of you who already possess iPhones or iPads, this can be a concerning time, as your personal data is very important and (barring legacy software incompatibility with new hardware) you can carry your data, settings and applications over from one Apple device to another. The best part is, you don’t need to have iCloud involved in this at all.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Apple Watch owners will need to use iCloud during this process. Before performing this backup make sure to enable a sync of your Health application to iCloud, as due to privacy reasons, Watch data is not included in a standard iPhone backup.

To start, you’ll need the following:

  • A Mac or PC with iTunes installed that has enough free space to accommodate your device’s data.
  • Your new iPad or iPhone and your old iPad or iPhone. Both must be functional.
  • Charging cables that fit your new device, your old device, and can plug into your PC/Mac.

To start, open Finder on your Mac or iTunes on your PC, plug your old device into your computer, instruct the computer and device to trust each other, and perform a complete backup of your device onto your computer. You do not need to encrypt your backup, and if you do encrypt your backup there is no way to reset the backup encryption password if you forget it.

When the backup is finished, hit the eject button on iTunes or Finder next to your device’s name and unplug it. I recommend putting your old device into airplane mode and powering it off after this so it won’t accumulate new information after the backup.

Power on your new device and plug it into the same computer. iTunes on PC or Finder on Mac will notify you of the new device once trust is established between the two. Instead of setting up as a new device, tell the computer to load a backup with your old device’s name onto your new device.

Mac users may notice that Finder may ignore your prompt to load a backup onto your new device the first time your new iPad or iPhone is plugged into your Mac, even if your backup is good. If this does happen, the only way to fix it is to perform a RESTORE on your new device by pushing the RESTORE button in Finder. This will update your device to the latest system software version, and after it reboots you will have the chance to try again.

Once the restore completes, make sure to check your device to conclude any setup processes not usually backed up, such as Wi-Fi setup, iTunes password verification, as well as Face ID or TouchID setup.

Once you’ve made it to your new device’s Home Screen, your applications should start redownloading on their own automatically. Once they conclude, you can begin signing back into all of your applications. You may also need to reconnect third-party Bluetooth devices, but AirPods users will be happy to know that their pods will transfer in this process.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Apple Watch owners MUST transfer the use of their Watch to their new iPhone. After a new iPhone has all its data restored and the user is signed into their iTunes account, open the Watch app on your new iPhone and tell the app you wish to transfer an existing Watch to your phone. This process typically takes around five minutes. DO NOT WIPE OR TRADE IN YOUR OLD PHONE UNTIL THIS PROCESS FINISHES!


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