Use iCloud to transfer data from your previous iOS or iPadOS device to your new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Transfer your personal data and content you've purchased to your new device using your previous device's iCloud backup.

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How to transfer your iCloud backup to your new device

  1. Turn on your new device. A "Hello" screen should appear. If you've already set up your new device, you need to erase it before you can use these steps.* 
  2. Follow the steps until you see the Wi-Fi screen.
  3. Tap a Wi-Fi network to join. Follow the steps until you see the Apps & Data screen, then tap Restore from iCloud Backup.
  4. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password. 
  5. When asked, choose a backup. Make sure it's the correct one by checking the date and size of each. Find out what to do if you're asked to update to a newer version of iOS or iPadOS.
  6. If you purchased iTunes or App Store content using multiple Apple IDs, sign in to each. If you can't remember the passwords, you can skip this step by tapping "Don't have an Apple ID or forgot it?". 
  7. Stay connected and wait for the restore process to be completed, then follow the rest of the onscreen setup steps. If possible, keep your device connected to Wi-Fi and plugged in to a power source after you've set it up. This allows content stored in iCloud, such as your photos, music and apps, to be downloaded back to your device automatically.

* To erase your device that's using iOS or iPadOS 15 or later, tap Settings > General > Transfer or Reset [Device] > Erase All Content and Settings. On iOS or iPadOS 14 or earlier, tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. This erases all of the data on your device. After you've erased it, your device will restart and the "Hello" screen will appear. 


After you've transferred to your new iOS or iPadOS device, you may need to complete a few more steps to finish the process. If you have an Apple Watch, find out how to restore it from a backup and pair it with your new iPhone.

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