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A new iPhone 15? Let’s talk about data transfer: simple tips for a smooth phone change

Are you buying the new iPhone 15 this holiday season? If so, it’s time to start preparing your current phone in advance. We know you’re probably excited to try out all the new features in iOS 17 (here are how to download it if you don’t buy the new iPhone 15), but you need to set up your phone and sync your information first.

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You have several options for transferring data from one iPhone to another, depending on your situation. For example, you can set up the phone as new, but none of your settings, messages, photos, apps or accounts will transfer. You can also move everything from your current phone to iPhone 15 – even Android users.

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1. Restore a recent iCloud backup to your new iPhone

The easiest and quickest way to set up your new iPhone is to restore from a recent iCloud backup. As you go through the initial setup process, tap Restore from iCloud BackupSign in with your Apple ID, then choose the most recent backup of your old iPhone.

If the backup is more than a day or two old, I suggest you take a few extra minutes to create a new backup. To do this, open the Settings app on your old phone and search iCloud Backup (click the icon), then select Back up now.

Once that’s finished, go back to your new iPhone and select the backup you just created as the one you want to restore from.

Your phone will then restore your settings and preferences, and you can start using it in about 15 minutes while it finishes downloading your installed apps.

Once everything is restored, you’ll need to sign back into any accounts you added to your phone, go through your apps, and make sure you’re still signed in.

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You have several options for setting up your new iPhone.

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2. Use Apple’s Direct Transfer Method

During the setup process, you will be asked if you want to directly transfer apps and information from your old iPhone to your new one. This feature first rolled out with iOS 12.4, so if it’s been several years since you upgraded your phones, this will be the first time you’ve seen this option.

The tool is simple to use. Make sure you have both phones, preferably plugged in and charging to ensure they don’t run out of battery, a Wi-Fi connection and enough time for the process to complete – it may take longer one hour.

The more information you have on your phone, like photos in your camera roll, the longer it will take. When the transfer starts, the phones will show you an estimated time. Every time I used this tool, this estimate was accurate within minutes. It’s worth taking the time if you don’t use Apple’s iCloud service to back up your phone.

3. Use a Mac or PC to Transfer Your Data to iPhone

The method I personally use with every new iPhone is to restore from an encrypted backup using a Mac or PC. Not only does this process transfer all your apps, settings, and preferences, but it also means you don’t need to log into the countless apps you have on your phone.

Before you can use this method, you will need to create an encrypted backup of your current iPhone. I know this might seem intimidating or overly complicated, but it just means you have to check an extra box and enter a password.

On a Mac, you’ll use Finder to back up your old iPhone. We have described the steps when Apple killed iTunes. Just make sure to check the Encrypt the backup and enter a password that you will remember when prompted. Let your Mac work by creating a backup file. He’ll let you know when it’s done.

On a PC you will need to use iTunes (this is not completely death) to create a backup. This process is explained here. Again, you will need to ensure that Encrypt the backup is checked and enter a password.

To restore your new phone, open Finder or iTunes and connect your phone to your computer. Click on Trust when prompted, then follow the prompts, selecting the backup you just created as the one you want to use to restore the phone. You will need to enter the backup password before the process begins – so make sure you don’t forget it!

Once done, your new phone will be an exact copy of your old phone and you won’t have to spend time logging into random apps or accounts.

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Apple has created an Android app called Move To iOS that makes it easy to move your messages, photos, videos and more from an Android phone to an iPhone.

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4. Android user? This app is your answer

Apple doesn’t have many Android apps listed on the Google Play Store, but Move to iOS is one of them. This free app will connect your Android phone to a new iPhone and allow you to transfer the most important information from one phone to another.

Here is the whole process step by step as well as a few caveats, like the fact that it won’t transfer any locally stored music or PDF files.

No matter what process you used to set up your new phone, you’ll experience excitement and fun exploring what it can do.

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