How to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone 6s / 6s Plus

Bought a new iPhone 6s or the iPhone 6s Plus and want to transfer all your data from your old iPhone such as iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, or even older devices? You have come to the right place. Getting your data transferred from your old iOS device to a newer one such as an iPhone 6s has never been easier. No matter what old device you have, you can easily transfer your personal settings and data either using iCloud over an internet connection or the iTunes using a data cable. In his guide, we’ll walk you through the complete process step by step.

This tutorial covers both the iTunes and iCloud methods:

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How to transfer data to your new iPhone using iCloud

If you are going to use iCloud to backup your data on your old iPhone, then you’ll need a WiFi connection to accomplish that. To make sure that you have the latest data backed up in your iCloud account, you’ll have to manually trigger the backup process.

Backup your old iPhone

The first step is to backup your old iPhone on iCloud:

  1. Connect your device to a WiFi network
  2. Follow our step by step guide on how to Backup iPhone on iCloud and then come back here to continue.

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Set up your new iPhone

First thing you need to do on a new iPhone is to go through its setup process:

  1. Slide to set up
  2. Choose your language and country
  3. Decide if you want location services enabled or not
  4. Set up a Wifi network
    If you have already set up your new iPhone, you can reset it to factory default to get back to set up iPhone process and restore from iCloud from there. To reset your new iPhone, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
    * Do this only when you have a backup of your stuff on the new iPhone.
  5. Choose Restore from iCloud backup
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  6. Enter your iCloud account/Apple ID credentials (here is how to create an iCloud account)
  7. Tap on Next
  8. Accept the Terms and Conditions and confirm
  9. Select your most recent iCloud backup from the given list
  10. Backup restore process should now begin.

Transferring your iCloud backup to your new device may take from several minutes to hours depending on the size of your backup and the WiFi network speed. Make sure to stay connected to the WiFI network as much as possible to finish the process as soon s possible.  Your device may feel warm due to a heavy use of network radios and Spotlight indexing system.


How to transfer data to your new iPhone using iTunes

If you do not want to backup of transfer your data using iCloud dues to a slow internet connection or any other reason, you can always use iTunes and transfer your data through a USB cable over iTunes. Just make sure that you are running the latest version of iTunes which can be downloaded from here.

Backup your old iPhone with iTunes

  1. Connect your old iPhone to your computer via USB cable
  2. Follow our detailed guide on how to backup iPhone using iTunes to take the latest backup of your personal data and then come back here and continue.

Set up your new iPhone

You must first set up your new iPhone 6s:

  1. Connect your device to your PC or Mac
  2. Slide to set up
  3. Choose your language and country
  4. Decide if you want location services enabled or not
  5. Set up a Wifi network
    If you have already set up your new iPhone, you can reset it to factory default to get back to set up iPhone process and restore from iCloud from there. To reset your new iPhone, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
    * Do this only when you have a backup of your stuff on the new iPhone.
  6. Choose Restore from iTunes backup
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  7. On your computer, turn to iTunes, select Restore from this backup, and select your most recent backup from the drop-down list.
  8. Click on Continue
  9. Enter your password if the selected backup was encrypted.
  10. iTunes will now begin transferring your backup to your new iPhone.

The data transfer using iTunes may take a while depending on the size of your backup. Keep your iPhone connected to your computer until iTunes finished the backup restore process.