Upgrading To The iPhone 5S or 5C? How To Transfer Your Content From Your Old iPhone

Upgrading To The iPhone 5S or 5C? How To Transfer Your Content From Your Old iPhone

If you’re one of the lucky ones that have already managed to get your hands on either the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 5C, no doubt you’re jumping out of your seat, ready to dive into your new phone and the brand new operating system as we speak.

Whether you’re moving from an iPhone 3 or an iPhone 5, chances are you’d probably like to move across your data and settings. The good news is that unlike moving from another OS like Android to iOS, transferring your content to another iPhone is super easy!

You have two options available to you:

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Note: If possible, do not turn on your new phone until you’ve taken the steps to back up your old one. If you’ve already activated your new iPhone and set it up as a new phone, you can tap on Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to restore it to factory settings. Just keep in mind this will erase all of the content and settings on your phone.


Before We Start…

It is generally easier to transfer your data from your old phone to your new one, by first backing up all of the content and settings on your old phone before you turn on or activate your new phone. However, if you find yourself having jumped the gun a bit in your excitement, you will need to return the new iPhone back to its factory settings by going to:

Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings

Be aware that this erases all of the content and settings on your phone. This will allow you to more easily transfer the data across by allowing you to set up the iPhone as a new phone.

Before backing up your old iPhone, you will need to ensure that:

  • Your device is connected to a power source
  • Your device is connected to a Wi-Fi Network
  • You have the latest version of iTunes installed on your PC or Mac.


Using iCloud

Upgrading to iOS7

If you haven’t already, you will need to backup your data and settings to iCloud.

Backing Up Your Data and Settings To iCloud

1. Go to : Settings > iCloud > Storage and Backup. 

2. Make sure iCloud Backup is switched to on.

3. Select Back Up Now to manually back up your data and settings.


Syncing Your Data To Your New iPhone

You can now pick up your shiny new iPhone 5S or 5C and begin transferring your data onto it.

1. Turn on the new iPhone.

2. The Setup assistant will guide you through the process. When you reach the screen that says Set Up iPhone, select Restore from iCloud Backup and select the backup you just created from your old iPhone.

3. You will be prompted for your Apple ID and password to continue.


Using iTunes

Backing Up Your Data To iTunes

1. Connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac and launch iTunes.

2. Select File > Devices > Back Up and select Back Up Now. You can check whether the back up has been completed, by going to Edit > Preferences and then selecting the Devices tab. The name of your iPhone and the time of the backup should appear if it has been completed.

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3. Disconnect your old iPhone from the computer.

Syncing Your New iPhone

1.Turn on your new iPhone and complete the setup assistant.

2. When you reach the screen that asks how you would like to set up your new iPhone select Restore From iTunes Backup and select the most recent backup for the phone.

3. Connect your new iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes select the backup of your old device and click on Continue

4. Wait for the restore to complete. The device will restart when it has successfully completed the restore process.

5. Keep your iPhone connected to iTunes to sync any data such as purchased music and video that weren’t included in the backup.


Your New Device Is (Nearly) Ready!

Whether you used iTunes or iCloud to create the backup and set up your new iPhone, make sure your phone has completely finished the restore process before you start using it. The phone will restart itself when the restore process is complete.

All that’s left to do is to sync any data that wasn’t backed up by iCloud or iTunes (such as music or videos you didn’t purchase via iTunes), by connecting your phone to iTunes.

Now all you have to do is set up your email account(s) and go explore iOS 7!