What’s the easiest and best way to transfer all your data from your old iPhone to your brand new iPhone 7? This way!
When you get your shiny — or matte! — New iPhone 7, you’ll need to move all your old data to its new home. Whether you’re using iTunes a cable, or iCloud and the internet, the first thing you’ll need to do is backup your old iPhone, then restore everything to your new iPhone. The process is straight forward but I’ll walk you through it every step of the way!
Here’s the deal: If you make an encrypted backup of your old iPhone using iTunes, then restore it to your new iPhone, it’ll bring most — if not all — your password information along with it. That’ll save you a lot of time and effort getting set back up. You do need a Lightning to USB cable (or 30-pin Dock to USB if you have an iPhone 4s or earlier), and you’ll still have to re-download apps — the App Store gives you slightly different versions for each device, optimized to run best on that specific hardware — but overall I still find it to be much, much faster.
- Make sure you’re running the most recent version of iTunes.
- Plug your old iPhoneinto your Mac or Windows PC.
- Launch iTunes.
- Click on the iPhone iconin the menu bar when it appears.
- Click on Back Up Now.
- Click on Encrypt Backupand add a password.
- Skip Backup Apps, if asked. (They’ll likely re-download anyway.)
- Unplug your old iPhonewhen done.
- Turn off your old iPhone.
- Take your SIM cardout of your old iPhone. (If you don’t have a new or separate SIM card for your new phone.)
Wait for the backup to complete before proceeding.
- Put your SIM cardinto your new iPhone. (If it didn’t come with a new or different SIM card.)
- Turn on your new iPhone.
- Plug your new iPhoneinto your Mac or Windows PC.
- Slide to set upon your iPhone.
- Follow the directions to choose your language and set up your Wi-Fi network.
- Select Restore from iTunes backup.
- On iTuneson your Mac or Windows PC, select Restore from this backup.
- Choose your recent backupfrom the list.
- Enter your passwordif your backup was encrypted and it asks.
Keep your iPhone plugged into iTunes until the transfer is complete, and on Wi-Fi until all re-downloads are complete. Depending on how much data you have to re-download, including music and apps, it might take a while.
Your iPhone might feel warm or even hot, and you might burn a lot of battery life for the first few hours or even a day or due to the radios working and the Spotlight search system indexing. Just let it finish.