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How to Transfer Photos from One iPhone to the Other?

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Most users use an iPhone as a camera rather than a phone. And, given the impeccable quality of images, it’s only natural that we’d want to share them with others or save them as a backup in a PC for as long as possible.

This guide will explain how to transfer photos from one iPhone to the other with:

  • iCloud
  • AirDrop
  • iMessage
  • Email
  • Shared albums

The best part is that all these methods don’t require any third-party apps. 

So let’s get started! 

Transfer Photos from your Old iPhone to a New One with iCloud 

Assuming you have a new iPhone and wish to transfer your existing photo collection to it, we will share the easiest and most common option to do so: Via iCloud

  1. Open the Settings on your iPhone. 
  2. Access your Apple ID profile by tapping on your name at the top of the screen. 
Tap on your profile from the Settings menu
  1. In the profile menu, tap the “iCloud” option. You’ll get a reading of how much iCloud storage space you’re using and a list of apps that use iCloud to store data. 
 Tap iCloud to view your storage
  1. Tap “Photos” on the top of the list. 
  2. Make sure the toggle next to “iCloud Photos” is turned on. 
Enable iCloud photos backup

You’ll need to buy more iCloud storage if you don’t have enough to save all of your images and videos. All of your images will be stored to your Apple ID account once you’ve activated iCloud Photo backups.

Now comes the technical part – transferring them to your new iPhone! 

How to Transfer Photos to your New iPhone

  1. Set up your new iPhone till you reach the ‘Apps and Data’ page.
  2. Now select ‘Restore from iCloud Backup’.
Restore your iCloud backup data in your new iPhone

  1. Enter your Apple ID information to sign in. .
  2. From the list of all your backups, choose the iCloud backup containing your photos.
  3. Within a few minutes, all your photos, videos, and other backed-up content will be transferred to your new iPhone

Transfer Photos from your iPhone to a Friend’s iPhone

If you want to transfer photos from your iPhone to a friend’s iPhone, you can utilize the following methods:

Using AirDrop

Apple’s AirDrop is a useful feature with which you can send and receive photos quickly and conveniently. 

Here are the steps to do so:

  1. Firstly, access the Control Center.
access the Control Center.
  1. Ensure both phones have WiFi and Bluetooth enabled.
  2. Access the Network card to turn on AirDrop
Turn on AirDrop
  1. Now, open the desired photo and tap the share icon.
Tap on share icon

  1. Click on the AirDrop option.
Click on AirDrop

  1. You’ll see nearby devices that have AirDrop enabled. Select your desired iPhone.
Find your friend’s device

  1. A downloading screen will appear.
Wait for the photo to download

  1. Your friend will now see the photo with an option to Accept or Decline.
Tap on Accept

  1. After pressing Accept, the photo will be added to their Photos app.

Using iCloud

If you want to send multiple images at the same time, using iCloud is an ideal option. To transfer images using iCloud, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the photo you want to share and tap the Share icon.
  2. From the resulting apps at the bottom, select ‘Copy iCloud Link’.
  3. A new window will appear saying ‘Preparing’.
  4. After that, open an email or text and paste the iCloud link into it.
  5. Click ‘Send’ to transfer the photos.
Using the iCloud Copy Link to share images via email or text

Using iMessage or SMS

Another straightforward way to send images is through iMessage. You can do so by following these steps:

  1. After opening the image that you want to share, tap the square with the arrow icon.
  2. Open the green “Message” app on your phone.
  3. Text the image to your iPhone or any other phone of your choice.

And that’s all!

Transferring photos through iMessage to your Contacts

Using Email

You can also share photos by email by following the exact same steps mentioned above. Only this time you will have to select the “Mail” option instead of a message.

Creating Shared Albums

Take a minute to establish a shared album if you frequently share photos from your iPhone with the same people. When you add a photo or video, everyone with whom you’ve shared the album will be able to see it right away.

  1. Open the Photos app and go to the bottom of the screen to “Albums”.
  2. To make a new album, tap the blue “+” at the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Select “New Shared Album”.
  4. Name the album and click “Next”.
  5. Tap “Create” after entering all of the contacts with whom you wish to share the album.
Creating a Shared Album so that several people can view your photos as soon as you upload them

Any photo you add to this album in the future will be visible to anyone who accepted your invitation to join it.

Summing Up

The most exciting part about taking pictures is sharing them with your friends and family. And iPhone has made sharing images very easy with so many different options available. I hope this guide with step-by-step instructions on how to use these sharing options will help you to transfer and share your images with ease.

Besides, if you’re looking for more information on the iPhone and its features, visit our blog

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