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Transfer content from your previous iOS device to your new iPhone


Use Quick Start feature:

You can use an iPhone that's already running iOS 11 to automatically set up a new device. This process uses both devices to transfer data.


Transfer your SIM card or contact your carrier:

If your new device needs a SIM card, here's what you need to do:

  • If your carrier gave you a new SIM card, put it in your new device. 
  • If your new device uses the same kind of SIM card as your previous device, transfer the SIM to your new device (See below for details).
  • If your new device needs a different kind of SIM card than what you have, or if you aren't sure, contact your carrier.

Find your model below to locate the SIM tray. To pop open the SIM tray, insert a paper clip or a SIM-eject tool into the hole beside the tray. Push in, towards the iPhone, but don’t force it. If you're having difficulty ejecting the SIM tray, take your device to your carrier or an Apple Store for assistance.

After you remove your SIM card from the tray, place the new SIM card so that the card's notch in one corner fits into the tray. Then insert the tray into the device completely and in the same orientation that you removed it (the tray fits only one way).


Find the SIM tray on the side:

  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 4 (GSM model)



Find the SIM tray on the top:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3G
  • Original iPhone

Bring the two devices close together to begin:

  1. Turn on your new device and place it near your current device running iOS 11. The Quick Start screen appears on your current device and offers the option of using your Apple ID to set up your new device. Make sure it's the Apple ID that you want to use, and tap Continue. If you don't see the option to continue on your current device, turn on Bluetooth.
  2. Wait for an animation to appear on your new device. Hold your current device over the new device, then center the animation in the viewfinder. Wait for a message that says Finish on New [Device]. If you can't use your current device's camera, tap Authenticate Manually, then follow the steps that appear. 
  3. When prompted, enter your current device's passcode on the device you're setting up.
  4. Follow the instructions to set up Touch ID or Face ID on your new device.
  5. When prompted, enter your Apple ID password on your new device. If you have multiple devices, you might also need to enter their passcodes.
  6. Your new device offers the choice of restoring apps, data, and settings from your most recent iCloud backup, or updating your current device's backup and then restoring. After you select a backup, you can choose whether to transfer some settings related to location, privacy, Apple Pay, and Siri. If you want to update the backup on your device, make sure that Wi-Fi is enabled on your device.
  7. If you have an Apple Watch and you're setting up a new iPhone, you'll also be asked if you'd like to transfer your Apple Watch data and settings.



Finish up

  • Keep the two devices close to each other as your information, settings, and passwords are transferred.
  • If possible, keep your new device connected to Wi-Fi and plugged into power after setup. This allows content like your photos, music, and apps stored in iCloud to automatically download to your device.

Use iCloud

Use the steps in this section to back up your previous device in iCloud and to transfer the backup to your new device.

Make an iCloud backup

  1. Connect your old iPhone to 
  2. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Backup.
  3. Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on.
  4. Tap Back Up Now. 
  5. Stay connected to Wi-Fi until the process finishes.

Transfer your iCloud backup to your new device:

  1. Turn on your new device. A "Hello" screen should appear. If you've already set up your new device, you need to erase it before you can use these steps.* 
  2. Follow the steps until you see the Wi-Fi screen.
  3. Tap a Wifi network to join. Follow the steps until you see the Apps & Data screen, then tap Restore from iCloud Backup.
  4. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password. 
  5. When asked, choose a backup. Make sure it's the correct one by checking the date and size of each. If asked to update to a newer version of iOS.
  6. If you purchased iTunes or App Store content using multiple Apple IDs, you'll be asked to sign in to each. If you can’t remember the passwords, you can skip this step by tapping "Don't have an Apple ID or forgot it." 
  7. Stay connected and wait for the restore process to finish, then complete the rest of the onscreen setup steps. If possible, keep your device connected to Wi-Fi and plugged into power after setup. This allows content like your photos, music, and apps stored in iCloud to automatically download back to your device.


Resources from Apple | https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201269



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