Fromyou can forget all the nonsense of iCloud and use the new, absolutely simple transfer tool that transfers your data directly from one iPhone to another. Keep in mind that restoring your phone using iCloud backup is faster. However, if you refuse to pay for the storage or your phone has not been backed up lately, this is the easiest way to set up your new iPhone.
Using the new data migration tool is easy. Take some time to transfer all your photos, messages and other important information.
What you need
You need two iPhones – your old one and the new one you set up – both with iOS 12.4 and access to a Wi-Fi network.
Go to Settings > General > Software Update to make sure you're using the latest version of iOS 12 Run Setup on iOS 12.4 On the phone, but do not select the option to recover from a backup source. Instead, select "Do not transfer apps and data" and skip the rest of the setup steps. When you get to the splash screen, update it to iOS 12.4 and reset it to factory settings. I know it's hard work, but this way you can transfer all your data from your old iPhone.
What is transmitted?
When you finish setting up your new phone (step by step instructions below), it's essentially a direct copy of your current phone. Apps are in the same place on your home screens, settings are the same, e-mail accounts … everything.
Using the new transfer feature
If you have your old and new iPhone side by side, you can start the setup process on the new phone. Your old phone should display a prompt asking if you want to set up a new phone. Tap Next and point the camera of the old iPhone to the screen of your new phone.
Follow the instructions on your new phone, complete tasks such as entering a passcode, setting up the Face ID or Touch ID, and agree to Apple's terms and conditions. Finally, a screen will ask if you want to transfer data directly from one phone to another or restore it from iCloud.
Select Transfer from iPhone and follow the instructions. After that, your iPhones will take care of the rest. Make sure you keep the two phones nearby, otherwise the transfer may be slowed down or blocked.
The transfer may take some time, depending on the speed of your Wi-Fi network and the amount of data you transfer. Of course, the transmission of 2,000 photos takes longer than 500. If you have many apps and photos, you should be patient – it will take a while. It took me about 25 minutes to transfer data, as much time as the tool estimated.
The default method is to use a wireless connection for transmission. Alternatively, if you have a Lightning to USB 3 camera adapter and a replacement Lightning USB cable, wired transmission is possible and should be faster. But it's not worth buying the adapter to save a few minutes.
When the transfer is complete, your new phone will restart and the download of your apps will stop. All your photos, emails, contacts, appointments and messages are there.
The timing of this new feature is perfect, with September just around the corner. At this time, Apple is expected to introduce several new iPhones (we believe) and this will definitely eliminate one of the biggest potential issues with upgrading devices.
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