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Transfer data to a new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with Quick Start

Set up your new iOS device automatically with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

The "Quick Start" function allows you to set up a new iOS or iPadOS device quickly and easily using the information on your current device. * You can then restore the rest of the data and content from your iCloud backup to the new device.

If you're setting up a new device with your current device - and if your current device uses iOS 12.4 or later or iPadOS 13.4 - "Quick Start" offers the option of device-to-device migration. This allows all data to be sent wirelessly from your current device to the new device.

Both devices are used for "quick start". So choose a time when you don't have to use your current device for a few minutes.

Use the "Quick Start" function

  1. Turn on the new device and place it on your current device. You will see the Quick Start screen on your current device. This gives you the opportunity to set up the new device with your Apple ID. Make sure it's the correct Apple ID, then tap Next. If you don't see the option to continue on the current device, make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  2. An animation will now be displayed on the new device. Hold your current device over the new device, then center the animation in the viewfinder. Wait for the "Complete on the new [device]" message. If you can't use your current device's camera, tap Authenticate Manually and follow the instructions that appear.
  3. Enter your current device's passcode on the new device when prompted.
  4. Follow the instructions to set up Face ID or Touch ID on your new device.
  5. Enter the password for your Apple ID on the new device when prompted. If you have multiple devices, you may also need to enter the appropriate codes.
  6. Your new device gives you the option of transferring data from one device to another or restoring apps, data and settings from your last iCloud backup. You can also tap More Options to restore from a backup on your computer. After you've selected a backup, you can choose to transfer some of your location, privacy, Apple Pay, and Siri settings.
  7. If you have an Apple Watch and want to set up a new iPhone, you will also be asked whether you want to transfer your data and settings from the Apple Watch.

Direct data transfer from one iPhone or iPad to another

If you are using iOS 12.4 or later or iPadOS 13.4 on your current iPhone or iPad, you can use the device-to-device migration to transfer your data directly from your previous device to your new one. This can be done wirelessly or by connecting the devices with a cable.

To transfer your data wirelessly, hold your previous device to the new one during the entire process and follow the steps below. Make sure that both devices are connected to the mains.

How to use device-to-device migration

  1. Turn on your new device and place it near your current device using iOS 12.4 or later, or iPadOS 13.4. The "Quick Start" screen appears on the current device and offers the option to use your Apple ID to set up your new device. Make sure it's the correct Apple ID, then tap Next. If you don't see the option to continue on the current device, make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  2. An animation will now be displayed on the new device. Hold your current device over the new device, then center the animation in the viewfinder. Wait for the "Complete on the new [device]" message. If you can't use your current camera, tap Authenticate Manually and follow the instructions that appear.
  3. Enter your current passcode on the new device when prompted.
  4. Follow the instructions to set up Face ID or Touch ID on your new device.
  5. Tap "Transfer data from [device]" to send the data from your previous iPhone or iPad to the new device. If you are using the wired method, the broadcast icon will show indicates that your devices are connected. You can also transfer settings from your previous device to the new iPhone or iPad (e.g. for Apple Pay or Siri).
  6. If you have an Apple Watch and want to set up a new iPhone, you will be asked if you want to transfer your data and settings from the Apple Watch.
  7. Make sure the devices are close to each other and plugged into a power source until all of the iPhone data has been completely transferred. How long this transfer takes depends on various factors, such as the type of connection, network conditions and the amount of data to be transferred.

Migrate data from your iPhone over a wired connection

If you have a slow or busy WiFi connection, you should opt for the wired method. To migrate data from one iPhone to another over a wired connection, use a Lightning to USB 3 camera adapter and a Lightning to USB cable. Then do the following:

  1. Connect the Lightning cable to the USB 3 camera adapter to power it through the Lightning connector. Use a power adapter of 12W or more.
  2. Connect the Lightning to USB 3 camera adapter to your current iPhone.
  3. Connect the Lightning to USB cable to your new iPhone and the other end to the adapter.
  4. Then follow the steps below.

Migrating data over a wired connection is only supported on iPhone.

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* If your new iPhone is registered with Apple School Manager or Apple Business Manager, you will not be able to use the Quick Start feature to transfer data from the current iPhone.

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