In 2011, Apple launched its own cloud storage service called iCloud. The latter allows users to save 5 GB of data (videos, music, photos, contacts, etc.) free of charge and transfer them from one iOS device to another.
If this storage capacity is not sufficient, the brand even offers to increase it by subscribing either to $2.5 / month for 50 GB, $5.50 / month for 200 GB or even $15.20 / months for 2 TB.
As an alternative to going through iCloud, you can also transfer your contacts using iTunes, Finder or a third-party application like AnyTrans.
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Import your contacts with iCloud to an unconfigured iPhone
Have you just bought a new iPhone, which is not yet configured and want to transfer all the contacts stored on your old iPhone to it? We explain how to do it in a few steps:
- On your old iOS, connect to the Wi ‑ Fi network and to your iCloud account. Check that the synchronization of contacts option is enabled.
- Go to Settings , select your user account, and tap iCloud.
- Make sure Contacts and iCloud Backup are turned on, and then tap iCloud Backup and Back Up Now.
- Then turn on your new iPhone.
- Select Restore from iCloud and choose the most recent backup.
The length of the process will depend on the amount of data to be recovered and the strength of your Wi-Fi signal.
Import your contacts with iCloud on an iPhone that’s already set up
Your new iPhone is already set up but you want to transfer your contacts with your iCloud account, so find out how to do it:
- On your old iPhone, connect to Wi-Fi.
- Go to Settings, tap your name, then tap iCloud.
- Activate the Contacts option.
- Select Merge.
All the data stored in the Contacts application will then be loaded into your iCloud account and accessible from your new iPhone.
Once your contacts have been synchronized, it is advisable to back them up. To do this, tap iCloud Backup , then tap OK.
Import your contacts with iTunes or Finder
Don’t have an iCloud backup? Note that iTunes, or Finder, also allows you to import your contacts. Here’s how to do it:
- Turn on your new iPhone.
- Follow the instructions, then click Restore using Mac or PC.
- Connect your new device to your computer.
- Open iTunes, or a Finder window, on your computer and choose your device.
- In the Info section , select the Synchronize contacts and All contacts check boxes.
- Select Restore backup , and then choose a backup paying attention to the date and time.
- Follow the instructions that appear on your iPhone screen.
Back on iTunes, click Sync, then click Apply to have all contacts exported to your iPhone.
Import your contacts with AnyTrans
If the previous techniques did not bear fruit, you can try the AnyTrans application.
It is a very good management tool for iOS devices, with which it is possible to easily import contacts from one iPhone to another.
Launch AnyTrans on your Mac and plug in your two iPhones. Choose your old device, and click Contacts .
Then, select the numbers to transfer to your new iPhone You do this by simultaneously pressing the Ctrl and A keys on your PC, and the Cmd and A keys if you have a Mac.
Finally, click on the Content to device option and your new iPhone. The transfer is instantaneous.
Your old iPhone no longer works, you have lost your contacts
Is your old one not working properly or have you inadvertently deleted your contacts?
If iCloud backup was enabled on your iPhone, then all your contacts are automatically saved and synced. All you have to do is follow the techniques developed above (iCloud or iTunes).
If you hadn’t made any backups, neither iCloud nor iTunes, then you can find your contacts thanks to programs like Phone Rescue, dr.fone or Tenorshare.
Download one of them and plug in your damaged iPhone, if it is recognized by the software then your data can be recovered.