How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone

There are many reasons behind Apple’s Products are so much popular in the world especially the iPhones. Every iPhone user waits for the next generation iPhone to buy to get the upgraded features. For most people, iPhone acts like a digital cam and they capture the best of moments from their iPhone’s camera. If you bought a new iPhone or just want to transfer images or photos from iPhone to iPhone, then in this article, we will show you the best ways to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone.

Most iPhone users know about the ways to transfer photos between the iPhones except for the new users. If you just bought a new iPhone or just want to transfer the best of moments from your iPhone to your friend’s iPhone, then the following methods will help you to do so.

Thankfully, Apple has a built-in tool called AirDrop to transfer things between the Apple devices quickly. You can send images or pictures from your iPhone to any other Apple devices using AirDrop wirelessly within a few seconds. We have included the AirDrop method in this article as well.


Best Ways to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone

Method 1: Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone using AirDrop

AirDrop supports Apple devices running on iOS 7 or above version i.e. iPhone 5 or latest edition. If your iPhone is running on iOS 7 or above version then you can use the AirDrop method to transfer photos quickly between the Apple devices. Make sure both the iOS devices are running on iOS 7 or iPhone 5 edition, only then you can transfer photos between them.

The following steps will show you how you can enable AirDrop and how you can start transferring a large number of photos and video from one iPhone to the other iPhone quickly.

Step 1: 

The first thing you need to do is enabling the AirDrop feature on your iOS device. Make sure both the iPhones have the AirDrop feature enabled. To do so, follow these points:

On iPhone 8 or earlier, swipe down from the upper-right corner to open the Control Center. On iPhone X or later, swipe down from the upper-right corner to of the screen and then you can open the Control Center.

Step 2: 

You would see Network settings square at the upper left corner, press and hold this option and you will see two more options from which one will be of AirDrop.

Step 3: 

Press and hold on AirDrop option, you will be presented with three more options- Receiving Off, Contacts Only and Everyone.

Step 4: 

Make sure that both the iPhones are connected to the Wi-Fi network and within the Bluetooth range. The AirDrop feature must be enabled on both the devices.

Step 5:

Now, to send photos between the iPhones, open the Photos app and select the photos which you want to send.

Step 6: 

In the lower-left corner, you will see the Share icon. Once you tap on to this option, you will see different apps and sharing options from which you need to select on the AirDrop option.

Step 7:

You will see the name of the person or the nearby iPhone device on which you want to send photos.

Step 8: 

As soon as you select the person’s name from your iPhone, the other iPhone user will receive a notification and ask for permission. Just select the Accept button to start receiving the selected photos.

Once the recipient selects the Accept button, all the selected photos and videos will be sent to that device instantly. All the received items will be there in the Photos app.

This is the simplest method that you can use to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone. This method doesn’t require any special connection or tool or any additional app. It’s a built-in function which is available on all the Apple devices. You can use this tool on a Mac system. You can send photos from iPhone or Mac system using AirDrop as well.

Now, if you bought a new iPhone and want to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone, then there is a simple method i.e. iCloud method. With the iCloud method, you can easily get the photos stored in iCloud memory. iCloud is considered as the simplest method to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone. You can migrate contacts, photos, music, documents and all the other things stored in your iCloud account.

Method 2: Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone using iCloud

Note: iCloud method is only safe for the devices which you own as it requires you to enter your iCloud details i.e. your Apple ID and Password.


  • Proper Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • iOS 8.3 or later edition
  • Apple ID and other useful credentials

iCloud Method is a three-step process which you can follow to migrate everything of your iCloud and not just the photos. Let’s check out all the steps in details.

Step 1: Configure your iCloud Account

The first thing you need to see is the available storage space in your iCloud account. Make sure that the iPhone Photos library is turned on so that you can get all the photos stored and synced in your iCloud account.

Check your iPhone Storage by selecting the Settings option and then tap on to the name and then iCloud option. You will see the free space and used space in your iCloud.

On this page, you will see the storage space used by Photos, Mail and other apps. If you don’t want to let other apps use the iCloud storage, then you can disable them from the toggle button. Just tap on to the toggle button to turn off the apps from using the iCloud storage.

Step 2: Transfering Photos using iCloud

  • Take the old iPhone and open Settings from the Apps menu.
  • Select your Name from the top side and then iCloud option.
  • Select Photos and then turn on the Toggle button of iCloud Photo Library. (If you haven’t used this feature before, wait for the system to complete the backup or sync process.)
  • Wait for the iCloud Library Photos to be uploaded on the iCloud. The latest photos will also be uploaded to the library.

Step 3: Download Photos to a New iPhone

  • On the new iPhone, go to the Apps menu and select the Settings option.
  • Select your name and then iCloud option.
  • Make sure to log in using the existing iCloud account or Apple ID and password.
  • Select the Photos app and then, iCloud Photo Library option.
  • You will see two more options there- Optimize iPhone Store and Download and Keep Originals. Make sure you choose either of this option from here.
  • Go to the Photos app and select All Photos app. You will see all the photos stored in your iCloud account on a new iPhone.

Method 3: Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes

Did you know you can transfer your iPhone’s data to a new iOS device by using Apple’s default device manager iTunes? Yes, you can easily take a backup of your iOS device and can transfer photos, videos, contacts, documents and everything from an old iPhone to a new iPhone by taking a backup using the iTunes.

Make sure that your Windows or Mac system has the latest version of iTunes software. If not, go ahead and update it to the latest version now.

Step 1: 

Go to the Applications folder and launch the iTunes app.

Step 2: 

Connect your old iPhone to the PC or Mac system using a compatible data cable. Make sure that you use the original data cable to avoid interruptions in between the process.

Step 3: 

iTunes will recognize your iPhone and once it is done, you will see your iPhone’s name in the icon at the left corner. Click Summary from the left panel.

Step 4: 

You would see This Computer option there, click it out and then select the Backups option from the right sidebar.

Step 5: 

You would be asked to start taking a backup of the connected iPhone. Just select Back up option from the page to start taking the back up of the connected iPhone.

Step 6: 

The backup process will take a few minutes, wait for the process to be done. When it is done, you will see the latest date and timing of the backup in the Latest backups section.

Step 7: 

Now, turn on your new iPhone. In the iOS setup assistance, you will see an option to restore from iTunes backups.

Step 8: 

Now, launch iTunes and connect your new iPhone to the computer using the compatible data cable.

Step 9: 

Go to the Backups option and select Restore iPhone from the right sidebar. You need to follow the same steps as above to see the Restore iPhone option. Click the Restore option from the iTunes.

Step 10: 

Once you click the Agree button, the restoration process of your backed up data will begin. It will take a while, you have to wait for some time to let the process done on its own.

That’s all you have to do to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes. This is yet another simple method which you can use to transfer not just the photos but contacts, documents, videos and all the other files that were stored in your older device.

The above-listed methods are widely used by all the Apple users to transfer things between their iOS devices or Mac systems easily. However, there are some users who make use of specialized software or device manager software to manage the data of the iPhone and other Apple devices.

You can also make use of such third-party software or we can say device manager tools to manage your iPhone’s data including Photos. You can take a backup of your old iPhone using the third-party tool and can restore it to a new iPhone using the same software.


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