How To Transfer Contacts From Old iPhone To New iPhone

You’ve just recently bought for yourself the new iPhone 11, lets just say you wanted to upgrade your old iPhone to a newer model as there are new features and improved performances that comes with it. Upgrading can be pretty much exciting but not as exciting as losing important contents from your old iPhone especially your contacts list. Thereby to prevent losing your contact lists on your old iPhone, it is recommended to transfer important details of your contacts such as phone numbers and addresses to your new iPhone device. 

The very first thing you need to do when you are using a new iPhone is to sync all important content and data, more importantly the contacts list from your old iPhone. You don’t want to ask one by one everyone again for their contact details right? For a less hassle way of transferring the contact lists from your old iPhone to the new device, we will be sharing with you ways on how to do it. 

You can transfer your contact list from your old iPhone to your new iPhone in different ways: 

  1. Transfer via iCLoud
  2. Transfer via iTunes
  3. Transfer using Airdrop
  4. Transfer with Sim card

You may choose whichever way that suits you the most when you will be transferring your contact lists and details to your newly purchased iPhone 11. 



Technically, there are 2 options on how to do this. First is using iCloud syncing and second one is with iCLoud backup. 

On the first option, make sure that the contacts are synced to the iCloud of your old iPhone. But if you haven’t done this yet, follow the simple steps below:

For iPhone devices on iOS 9 and older versions:

Step 1: Go to Settings

Step 2: Tap on iCLoud

Step 3: Tap on Contacts

Step 4: Toggle ON to turn it ON.

For iPhone devices on iOS 10 and later versions:

Step 1: Go to Settings from the home screen

Step 2: Tap on the Apple ID profile

Step 3: Tap on iCloud

Step 4: Then tap on Contacts

Step 5: Toggle ON to turn it ON.

OPTION 1: Transfer contacts to your new iPhone using iCloud Syncing

iCloud is a very useful tool that has the capability to store videos, photos. Contacts, documents, music and other related data and contents. It also has the able to sync these stored contents between iOS devices. 

Before doing this step, you may need to perform a few checks first:

  1. Make sure both devices are connected to a WiFi Network. To connect, go to Settings, Tap on WiFi, Connect to an available WiFi network.
  2. Make sure both devices are logged into the same Apple ID (This is extremely important. You will not be able to sync both devices if they are not logged into the same Apple ID.)

How to transfer using iCloud Syncing:

Step 1: Go to Settings from the home screen

Step 2: Tap on the Apple ID name or profile located at the upper portion

Step 3: Tap on iCloud

Step 4: Then tap on Contacts

Step 5: Prompt appears “What would you like to do with existing local contacts on your iPhone?”, tap on Merge

Step 6: iPhone will now sync your contacts to your new iPhone device.

OPTION 2: Transfer contacts to your new iPhone using restore on iCloud Backup

If your contacts have already been backup to your iCloud, you can directly transfer those contacts to your new iPhone by simply restoring it from the iCloud backup.

How to transfer by restoring iCloud backup:

Step 1: Make a iCloud Backup from your old iPhone:

  • Go to Settings from your home screen.
  • Tap on the Apple name or profile.
  • Then tap on iCloud
  • Next, tap on iCLoud backup
  • Toggle ON iCloud backup
  • Then tap on BackUp Now

Step 2: On your new iPhone, you need to erase all content and settings to be able to restore back up. To do this:

  1. Go to Settings from your home screen
  2. Tap on General
  3. Then, scroll down from the list of options and tap on Reset.
  4. Tap on Erase All Content and Settings
  5. Next, tap on Erase iPhone.
  6. Enter Passcode or perform Touch ID or Face ID when required to confirm action

Step 3: Set up again your new iPhone: When are at the Apps & Data procedure, tap on Restore from iCloud, then you may select the backup you made. Your new iPhone will now start to restore contents and data from your old iPhone by restoring from iCloud backup.


Transferring your contact list to your new iPhone can also be done with using iTunes. This is pretty much the same as the previous step wherein you will also need to create a backup of your contacts. This is a very easy step however the only drawback is that all the data and contents on your new iPhone will be deleted, erased and will then be replaced with the new data from the backup that you created. You will not have the option to select a particular content to restore, which means you will be restoring everything from the backup made. If you do not like the idea of erasing and setting up again, you may choose to perform Option 1 above wherein you will only restore the contacts. But if choose to restore everything including the contacts and all other data, you may proceed to the steps below. 

Step 1: Download the latest iTunes on your computer

Step 2: Connect your old iPhone to the computer using the prescribed usb cable

Step 3: Launch iTunes

Step 4: Select on your iPhone from iTunes, 

Step 5: Click on Backup now. 

Step 6: iTunes will now back up your old iPhone. After this, remove old iPhone from your computer

Step 7: Connect your new iPhone to your computer.

Step 8: Click on Restore Now.

Note: iTunes will restore the entire iPhone backup and not just contacts. 


Airdrop is one of the favorite features for Apple users as it allows them to send wirelessly photos, files, other contents as well as transfer contacts to other iPhones, iPad, iPods and even Mac devices with less of a hassle. When transferring via Airdrop, make sure that both devices are physically close to each other. But that doesn’t mean they have to stick with each other, just as close as the bluetooth range required since Airdrop uses Bluetooth and WiFi to transfer. 

So if you have a new iPhone and you want to transfer contact from your old iPhone, you may do so via Airdrop. Although doing this may require some time since will be transferring and choosing one by one which contact you want to transfer. 

Before you can transfer contacts via Airdrop, you have to make sure that AirDrop is activated or enabled on both of your devices and can be accessed from the control center: 

For iPhone X and later versions, swipe down starting from the top right corner of your screen.

iPhone 8 and earlier versions,  swipe up from the bottom of the display of your iPhone. 

Step 1: Once at the control center, you will see four icons such as Airplane mode, WiFi, Cellular Data and Bluetooth. Slightly tap at the middle portion of the four icons to expand the options. Two more additional icons will appear: Airdrop and Personal Hotspot.

Step 2: Then, tap on the Airdrop icon. You will be given options for permission. These permission is how you manage your Airdrop settings such as receiving and sending files.

Receiving off: Turns OFF Airdrop

Contacts only: you can only receive files from your contact list on your iPhone

Everyone: Receives files sent via Airdrop from any iOS nearby or within range.

As a precaution, receiving from Contacts Only is the safest way when sending and receiving data to avoid unauthorized files from the public. 

Step 3: Now, open Contacts app on your old iPhone and choose the contact you want to transfer to your new iPhone. 

Step 4: On the contact name, tap on Share Contact button

Step 5: Then tap on Airdrop button, then tap on the new iPhone name you want to transfer.

Step 6: Tap on the Accept button to receive the contacts being shared.


If your contacts are saved on the sim card you used on your old iPhone, you can transfer these contacts to your new iPhone by simple removing the Sim card and placing it your new iPhone. 

How to transfer with sim card:

Step 1: Insert the sim card from your old iPhone to your new iPhone.

Step 2: Once inserted, go to Settings from the home screen

Step 3: Tap on Contacts, Import SIM contacts will appear. Tap on it.

Step 4: Importing contacts from sim card will now begin. The process can take a while depending on the number of contacts to imports. 

Since iOS devices does not allow backup of contacts to sim card, wherein contacts should always be stored in the memory of the iPhone. If the case wherein there are no contacts on your sim card, you may refer to other ways mentioned above on how to transfer contacts to your new iPhone device. 

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