How To Transfer Data To iPhone 5 From Your Old iPhone

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Apple’s newest gadget the iPhone 5 is finally here. If are upgrading your existing iPhone to iPhone 5, the first thing you would like to do is transfer your data from your old iPhone to your new iPhone 5. This can easily be achieved in a few simple steps as shown below. 

To complete this task you will need : A] Your old and new iPhone. B] iPhone connector cables for your old and new iPhone. C] PC or a Mac with the latest version of iTunes installed.

Step 1: Upgrade your old iPhone Firmware to the latest available, which is iOS 6. To do this over wifi, go to “Settings > General > Software update” on your old iPhone and select “Download and install”. Alternatively, to do this from iTunes, connect your old iPhone to your PC or MAC and in iTunes select your iPhone from the side pane, now select “Update” from the right pane. Once the update is complete your phone will restart.

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Step 2: While your old iPhone is connected to iTunes, Right click or control click the old iPhone and select “Backup” from the menu. Make sure NOT to encrypt your backup. Once the backup is complete, click on the eject button and disconnect the device.

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Step 3: Turn on your new iPhone 5 and follow the setup wizard. When you reach the “Set Up iPhone” screen, select “Restore from iTunes Backup”.

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Step 4: Now, connect your new iPhone 5  to your PC or Mac. You should see your new iPhone 5 listed in the left side pane. Next, right click or control click the new iPhone 5 and select “Restore from Backup” from the menu. This brings up a dialog box, here choose the backup you just took of your old device and click “Restore”. Once the Restore is complete, your device will be restarted. Note: Do not disconnect your iPhone 5 yet from iTunes.

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Step 5: Once your new iPhone restarts after the restore, make sure to sync it with iTunes to restore the data not restored from the backup. This typically includes the stuff you normally sync with iTunes like Apps, Books, Music and Movies. Also, in my case Contacts and Bookmarks were also restored from iTunes. That’s it, now you have your new iPhone 5 with all your data. Enjoy :)


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About Vijay

Computer junky for 20 plus years and still obsessed with it. I enjoy exploring and tweaking popular operating systems and tinkering with computer hardware. Professionally, I work as a Storage Systems Administrator. When not on my computer, I love to travel, shop, read and hang out with my family and friends.