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How do I transfer data from my old to my new iPad or iPhone?

I want to use my new iPad or iPhone as quickly as possible. First, I have to transfer the data from my old iPad to the new one. This works the same for iPhone and iPad. There are 3 ways to do this. In this article, I'll explain how I transfer the data from my old to my new device step by step.

1. Transfer via Quick Start

Transfer Apple iPhone data via Quick Start
  • I turn on my new iPad and I make sure my old iPad has iOS 11 or newer.
  • I place my old and new iPad next to each other and make sure that both devices have Bluetooth enabled. The Quick Start screen appears. After I've checked the Apple ID, I click Continue.
  • A kind of blue moving cloud appears on the new device. I take my old iPad and hold it above the animation until I have it in the center of the screen.
  • The IPad can ask for the old access code. I enter this on the new device when this happens.
  • I follow the instructions to set up Face ID or Touch ID on my new iPad.
  • I enter my Apple ID password on the new device when asked to.
  • Finally, I can choose to restore apps, data, and settings from an iCloud backup. I choose this so my new iPad is set up the same way my old iPad was.

2. Transfer via iCloud

Make an iCloud backup

Make an iCloud backup

  • I connect to WiFi on my old iPad.
  • I go to Settings, click on my name and go to iCloud and iCloud backup.
  • I click on Backup now.
  • Now, I wait until the backup is complete. I make sure I stay connected to WiFi.
Transfer iCloud backup

Transfer the iCloud backup to the new iPad

  • I turn on my new iPad and follow the steps until I see the Apps and Data window.
  • In this window, I click Restore iCloud backup.
  • I make sure that I choose the most recent iCloud backup.
  • Then, I'll log in using my Apple ID when asked.
  • Finally, I wait until the backup has been transferred. I make sure my new iPad remains connected to WiFi.

3. Transfer via iTunes

Make a backup via iTunes

Make an iTunes backup

  • I connect my old iPad to my laptop.
  • Next, I open iTunes. All iMac and MacBook models have this, and it's a free download on Windows computers.
  • In iTunes, I select my iPad.
  • In the Overview tab, I click Back up.
  • Now I have to wait a while until the backup is made.
Transfer iTunes backup

Transfer the iTunes backup to my new iPad

  • I turn on my new iPad and follow the steps until I see the Apps and Data window.
  • In this window, I click Restore iTunes backup and Next.
  • Then, I connect my new iPad to the computer I just made the backup on.
  • Next, I open iTunes and select my new iPad.
  • I select Restore backup. I make sure that I choose the most recent iCloud backup.
  • Finally, I wait until the backup has been transferred. I make sure my new iPad remains connected to WiFi and a charger.

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