iPhone 13: Transfer your data to your new phone

iPhone 13: Transfer your data to your new phone

If you want a smoother transition to your new iPhone, here’s what you should do first! […]

Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a new iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max. Or maybe you have already ordered one and are eagerly waiting for delivery. You probably want to pounce on the phone immediately as soon as you hold the cardboard in your hands, but try to curb your excitement and prepare yourself a bit first!

We have a few setup tips that you should take to heart. Sure, it seems like an unnecessary hassle, but these things will save you a lot of time and frustration later on.

While you wait for backups and updates, you can check out our guide to iOS 15 to familiarize yourself with the latest iPhone operating system.

Back up your old iPhone

That’s right, you should make a backup of your old iPhone after you hold your new iPhone 13 in your hands so that the backup is as up-to-date as possible. You can back up via iCloud, iTunes (on a Windows PC or older Mac), or Finder (on macOS Catalina or later).

For a Mac backup (macOS Catalina or later): Connect your old iPhone to your Mac, open a new Finder window and select your iPhone in the left column in the “Locations” section. In the “Backups” section, select “Backup all data on your iPhone to this Mac”. Select the “Encrypt local backup” check box so that your account passwords and health data are also backed up. Just choose a password that you will not forget. Click the “Back Up Now” button.

If you need to restore your iPhone or want to restore this backup to your new iPhone 13, just connect it as described above and tell your Mac that you want to restore from the backup you just created. Later, you can switch back to iCloud backups under “Settings” > “iCloud” > “Backup” if you want to. But it can never hurt to make a backup on your own Mac every now and then.

For a Mac backup (macOS Mojave or earlier): The backup process is similar to the one described above for Catalina, but you use the iTunes app instead. After backing up your old iPhone, connect your new iPhone if you want to restore it from there. iTunes will guide you through the steps to setup.

For an iCloud backup: You don’t need to connect your old iPhone to your Mac. Just launch the settings and tap the entry for your Apple ID profile at the top. Then go to iCloud & gt; iCloud Backup and select “Back Up Now”.

If you are setting up your new iPhone 13, you can restore your iPhone from this backup once you have signed in with your Apple ID on your new device.

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If you come from an Android phone, there is the “Android Move to iOS” app that can help you take all the data of your Google account to Mail, Calendar and Contacts, move your camera roll and even transfer your Chrome bookmarks to Safari.

Update your old iPhone and then use Quick Start

While it’s always a good idea to make a backup of your iPhone before transferring, the absolute best method to switch to a new iPhone is the Quick Start feature. It’s practically child’s play. You simply hold your new phone next to your old one and a message will appear asking if you want to transfer all your data to the new device. Then point your old phone’s camera at your new phone (which displays a cloud of small dots) and enter your old phone’s 6-digit passcode.

iOS Transferthe built-in iPhone transfer feature is the best way to move to a new iPhone (c) IDG

You go through the rest of the setup process, such as activating Face ID, and then your phone is ready to use and set up just like your old iPhone. You will even be asked to update the backup copy of your old iPhone if it has not been backed up for some time.

Setting up your phone in this way will take over most of your settings, the arrangement of the home screen and much more. This saves a lot of time. If you’re coming from a really old iPhone, you’ll need to update iOS first because iOS 11 or newer is required. You can also update your old iPhone before you get your new one-you don’t want to wait for a long update process once you have your iPhone 13 in hand.

After setting up your phone in this way, you should give it a little time to download all your apps again. First of all, your phone will show placeholders for your apps, which are arranged in folders just like on your old iPhone. But your new phone actually needs to reload the apps, because every time you load an app from the App Store, your phone gets its own version optimized specifically for this iPhone model. But your user data and settings are transferred, and this is the most important part.

This is by far the fastest, easiest and most complete way to transfer everything from an old iPhone to a new one. This function has evolved a lot in recent years. However, we still recommend a full manual backup as described above, just in case something goes wrong.

* Jason Cross has been writing professionally about technology for over 20 years. His goal is to find out how complicated technologies work and explain them so that everyone understands them.

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