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Getting a newer model of an iPhone might come with some amazing perks; however, transferring your contacts can be quite a pain, especially if you are new to Apple. It might not seem such a difficult task once you are familiar with iPhone features, after which you can easily transfer your contacts with just a few taps. 

In this article, we have discussed four ways in which you can transfer your contacts from your old iPhone to the new one:

  1. iCloud
  2. AirDrop
  3. iTunes
  4. Sim Card

So, let’s get started!

1. How to Transfer Contacts Between iPhones via iCloud

If you have just bought a new iPhone, you can use this method to transfer all your contacts.

Step 1

Connect your old and new iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 1: Connect old and new iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network

Step 2

Now, on both iPhones, go to “Settings > Apple ID > iCloud.” You will have to sign in to your Apple ID on the new iPhone.

Step 2: Go to “Settings > Apple ID > iCloud.” to transfer contacts.
Sign into your Apple ID
Click on iCloud on your iPhone to transfer.

Step 3

A list of all the apps synced with iCloud will appear.

All synced apps will appear with iCloud.

Step 4

From the list, turn the toggle on for “Contacts” on both your iPhones.

Step 4: turn the toggle on for "Contacts" on your both iPhones to transfer.

Step 5

Once it is turned on, you will be asked to “Merge” your contacts. Tap on it to sync your contacts between the old and new iPhones.

Your contacts will now be visible on your new iPhone.

2. How to Transfer Contacts Between iPhones Via AirDrop

If you missed some of your contacts while transferring through iCloud,” you can use the AirDrop method.

Step 1

First, ensure AirDrop is enabled on your new phone. Go to Settings > General > AirDrop. Then choose Everyone.

Step 1:  Go to Settings > General > AirDrop. Enable AirDrop to transfer contacts between iPhone.

Step 2

Now, open Contacts in your old Phone and select the contact you want to transfer.

Step 3

Scroll to the bottom of the contact and select Share Contact.

Step 4

Next, choose “AirDrop” from the share options that appear and select the device you want to transfer to.

However, this method only allows you to transfer one contact at a time.

Coming to the 3rd method.

3. How to Transfer Contacts Between iPhones Via iTunes

iTunes is another great method to transfer your contacts if you don’t want to use iCloud or AirDrop. Sometimes iTunes does not connect with iPhone. Here are detailed instructions if your phone is disabled and won’t connect to iTunes.

Step 1

First, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or PC. Plugin your old iPhone using a lightning cable and open iTunes on the computer.

Step 2

Allow the computer to access your phone if a pop-up message appears.

Step 3

From the top toolbar, click on the phone icon to access your iPhone. Then select Infofrom the left sidebar.

Step 3: click on the phone icon to access your iPhone.

Step 4

Click on the box next to the “Sync Contacts option and then click “Apply.”

Step 4: Click on the "Sync Contacts" option and the click apply.

Step 5

Now click “Sync” at the bottom and wait for the process to complete.

Step 6

Remove your old iPhone from the computer and plug in the new one.

Step 7

Repeat Step 3 and make sure the “Sync Contacts” option is checked.

Step 8

Now click on “Advanced” settings > Replace Information on this Phone” and tick “Contacts.”

All the contacts synced from the previous phone will now be transferred to the new iPhone.

4. Transfer Contacts to iPhone Via Sim Card

With iPhones, all your contacts are stored in your phone. So, if you have saved any contacts on your sim card, you can transfer them using the process below:

Step 1

Replace the new phone’s sim card with the old sim card.

Step 2

Next, go to “Settings > Contacts.”

Step 2: Go to “Settings > Contacts.”

Step 3

Select “Import SIM Contacts and wait for the process to complete.

Step 3: Import SIM Contacts to transfer between iPhone.

You will now have all the SIM contacts in your new iPhone.

If you accidentally block some of your contacts, you can easily recover them by following these simple steps and seeing the blocked contacts on your iPhone.


The whole process of transferring contacts is quick and easy once you get the hang of it. The methods mentioned in this guide will ensure that your contacts merge with new ones so you can keep using your new iPhone without any issues.

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