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Normally, when asked how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone, everyone thinks of iCloud or iTunes.

💡 Here is how to transfer photos from one iPhone to another using iCloud:

  1. On your old iPhone, go to Settings -> Apple ID -> iCloud -> Photos.
  2. You will see a toggle next to iCloud Photos: set it to ON.

    How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone using iCloud

  3. On your new iPhone, sign in to the same Apple ID.
  4. Go to Settings -> Apple ID -> iCloud -> Photos and toggle on iCloud Photos.
  5. Your photos are synced across devices!
However:

🔸 Part of your photos will be stored on your older device, and part in iCloud;
🔸 If you choose to unsync photos, they may be removed from your device;
🔸 You won’t be able to trim your library, leaving only relevant photos.

To get control over what photos you transfer and where they are stored, you need to take a longer route.

Don’t worry though, the steps are pretty easy:

1. Transfer photos from old iPhone to PC and clean your library

2. Transfer photos from PC to newer device

3. Import all the photos to Camera Roll

How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone

Importing photos to PC

To transfer pictures from iPhone to iPhone, import them to PC first. For this, we have our offline photo management tool, CopyTrans Photo.

Why people choose CopyTrans Photo?

⭐ Transfers photos and videos between iPhone and PC preserving the original quality and EXIF data;

⭐ Copies photo albums from iPhone and back, preserving album structure;

⭐ Converts HEIC to JPEG;

⭐ Works offline;

Compatible with the latest iOS, iTunes, and Windows versions;

⭐ Works with the new Apple format, ProRAW, and Live Photos.

Get a free test version

So, here is how to download photos from iPhone to PC:

  1. Download and install CopyTrans Photo.

    Download CopyTrans Photo

    If you need help installing the program, please refer to the installation guide.

  2. Run CopyTrans Photo and connect your iPhone. iPhone or iPad photos will be displayed on the left-hand side of the main program window. Your PC folders will appear on the right:
    View iPhone photos on PC in CopyTrans Photo

  3. To download all iPhone photos and albums at once, click Full Backup in the top-left corner, then select the destination folder.
    How to transfer all photos from iPhone to iPhone

  4. Wait until the backup is complete.
    iPhone photos backup to computer in progress

  5. Done! If you want to, you can trim your library, getting rid of the images you don’t like.

BONUS: CopyTrans Photo preserves your library structure: the albums you’ve created on your device will be exported as PC folders.

Download photos from iPhone to PC result

How to transfer photos to new iPhone

  1. Start CopyTrans Photo and connect your new iPhone (iPad or iPod touch).

  2. Select all the PC albums exported with CTP in Part 1, then drag and drop them to the left side of the interface.

    How to transfer photos to new iPhone using CopyTrans Photo

  3. Your albums will populate Photo Library. Click Apply changes to save photos to device.

    Apply changes in CopyTrans Photo

  4. Why not Camera Roll? An iOS limitation says you can’t add photos to Camera Roll from PC. But we know a fix.

    Here is more on the subject from Apple.

  5. The photos now reside on your iPhone!

    Photos imported from iPhone to iPhone

How do I transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone Camera Roll?

Finally, you will need to move photos from Photo Library to Camera Roll.

  1. On your iPhone, go to Photos -> Albums -> From My Mac, then select the album with the photos you need to copy to Camera Roll.

  2. From My Mac section of iPhone Photos app

  3. In the upper-right corner, press Select and choose the photos you need. There is also the option Select All.

  4. Selecting photos in iPhone photo album

  5. Then select the Share option in the lower-left corner of the screen and choose Duplicate to copy the photos to Camera Roll.

  6. Duplicating photos from From My Mac to Recents

  7. The photos are now part of your Camera Roll.

  8. iPhone Photo app Recents album

  9. Do not forget to delete the photos from Photo Library to avoid duplicates!

    Just use CopyTrans Photo again. When in doubt, see our support article:

    Delete photos from iPhone!

    Enjoy your Camera Roll photos on the new device 🥰

This is how to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone without iTunes. If you have questions, shoot us a comment below.

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