How to Transfer Data From Your Old iPhone To iPhone 5 Using iTunes

iPhone 5

If you’ve just got your hands on the shiny new iPhone 5 and wondering how to transfer data from your old iPhone to the new iPhone, then follow the steps mentioned below to first take a back up of your old iPhone and then restore the backup to your newly purchased iPhone 5 using iTunes.

This process will transfer your saved messages, email accounts, photos, notes, and other personal settings to your new iPhone.

In this guide, we will show you how to transfer the data from your old iPhone to iPhone 5 using iTunes. If you’re using iCloud to backup your iPhone, then check our this step-by-step guide that shows you how to do it using iCloud.

  • Though it is not a standard practise, we would recommend you to update your old iPhone to iOS 6 to ensure that you don’t hit any compatibility issues when you migrate from your old iPhone on iOS 5.x or lower to iPhone 5 running on iOS 6. You can check out this guide to update your old iPhone to iOS 6.
  • Ensure that you’ve installed the latest version of iTunes (iTunes 10.7). You can update it via Software Update or download it from Apple’s website.
  • Take a back up of your old iPhone by following the steps in this tutorial.
  • After the backup is complete, turn off your old iPhone and turn on your new iPhone 5. Note: It’s important that you don’t use your old iPhone as it will cause conflicts with the backups in iCloud.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup assistant by selecting your language and country, and choose whether to enable Location Services. When prompted, choose your Wi-Fi network.
  • When prompted to set up, choose “Restore from iTunes Backup,” tap next, and enter your Apple ID and password.
  • Connect your iPhone 5 to iTunes (on the same computer you used to back up your old iPhone). iTunes will ask you to restore from backup or set up as new. Select the backup of your old device and choose Continue (Ensure that iTunes is showing you the latest backup of your old iPhone). Please note that restoring from the backup can be a time consuming process and depends  on the amount of data contained in the backup and on the speed of your Internet connection.
  • When the restore process is complete, your iPhone 5 will restart. Then it will be ready for use. You should keep your iPhone 5 connected to iTunes to sync data not contained in the backup (such as music, videos, apps, and so on).
  • You can verify and change which data are synced by clicking the syncing tabs in iTunes.
  • You will also need to enter your password for your Apple ID, email and other accounts, and voicemail again. The passwords are not restored to a new device for security reasons.

That’s it, you should now be able to use your shiny new iPhone 5.

Let us know how it goes and feel free to drop us a line if you’ve any questions.

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  • Tj

    I didnt update my iphone 4 to iOS 6 before backing it up and i dont have the 4 anymore. Is there anyway to restore it still??

    • Slyo Rolan

      Actually, that’s not sure.

  • Michelle

    Thanks I found this info most helpful.

  • Gabyta

    After my back up and having everything in my iphone 5, how can I delete everything from my old iphone?

    • Arash Bazrafshan

      Auhm, how about doing a factory resetting? :-)

      Settings >> General >> Reset (button at the bottom) >> Erase all content and settings

      Needless to say this will nuke ur phone memory back to the day it was shiny new in ur hand :)

  • 5 mess up

    Good info. However I started using my 5 before restoring from 4. Any way to get the info I previously had on my phone before restoring to 4?

  • Jason Taylor

    Hi Is there anyway to move all data from the ORIGINAL iphone 1 to the Iphone 4? I have been told I cannot update my IOS system on my iphone 1.

    • iPhoneHacks

      You should be able to do transfer data by following the instructions mentioned here.

  • shreenand

    If i have already started using my new iphone5, and now want to get data from my old iphone3Gs, will this restoring back up take away the present data on my current iphone5

  • Nats

    Worked perfectly..ty

  • John

    Will the Contacts be transferred aswell?

  • MaJack

    Nice tips. But please note, your existing data on new iPhone will be erased when restoring from an old backup. So please remember to backup your current data first before transferring from old iphone.