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Normally, when asked how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone, everyone thinks of iCloud. But not everybody knows that using iCloud for this task has several pitfalls:

🔸 You can only sync the whole photo library to another device;
🔸 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 and organize your library, leaving only relevant photos.

To take 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!

Here is how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud:

1. Transfer photos from the old iPhone to PC and clean your library.
2. Transfer photos from the PC to a new iPhone.
3. Import all the photos to Camera Roll.


How do I transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone

Transfer photos from iPhone to PC

For Step 1 we need to move pictures from your old iPhone to the PC. To transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone, we will use our offline photo management tool, CopyTrans Photo. It allows you to transfer ALL of your iPhone pictures to the computer in 1 click.

Why do people choose CopyTrans Photo?

⭐ Lets you choose what photos and albums to move to another device;
⭐ Transfers photos and videos between iPhone and PC preserving the original quality and EXIF data;
⭐ Preserves the original album structure;
⭐ Works offline;
⭐ Works with HEIC, ProRAW, and Live Photos;
Compatible with the latest iOS and Windows versions.

Get a free test version

So, here is how to transfer photos from iPhone to computer by pressing only one button:

  1. Download and install CopyTrans Photo.

    Get your iPhone photos to the PC

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

  2. Run CopyTrans Photo and connect your device to the computer. 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 and hit OK.
    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 by getting rid of the images you don’t like.

Download photos from iPhone to PC result

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


Transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone

Transfer photos from PC to iPhone

For Step 2 we will import photos from the PC to the second device using the same handy tool, CopyTrans Photo.

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

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

    how to transfer photos from one iphone to another

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

    Apply changes in CopyTrans Photo

  4. Why not Camera Roll? It is one of iOS limitations: one cannot add photos to Camera Roll from a PC. Even photos uploaded with iTunes will land in your Photo Library. But we can offer a fix.
    Here is more on the subject from Apple.
  5. The photos now reside on your iPhone!

    how to transfer all photos from iphone to iphone


How to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone

Add photos to Camera Roll

For Step 3… Hold on a second, why do we even need to manually move photos from Photo Library to Camera Roll?

Apple designed the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Camera Roll (Recents in iOS 13 and above) to only contain photos and videos you take with the device. This is why it is not possible to add photos or videos from elsewhere directly to Camera Roll or its photo albums.

So, let’s move photos from the Photo Library to Camera Roll. We are almost there!

  1. On your iPhone, go to Photos > Albums > From My Mac, then select the album with the photos you need to copy to the 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 Select All option.

  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 the Camera Roll.

  6. Duplicating photos from From My Mac to Recents

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

    how to transfer photos from one phone to another iphone

    Duplicating photos will copy them to Camera Roll (Recents). But if you want to keep the exact album structure, do this: go to an album under the From My Mac section and click Select > Select All > Share button in the bottom-left corner > Add to Album > New Album. Name the album the same as your folder is named. Now you have an editable album in your Camera Roll!
  8. Do not forget to delete the photos from Photo Library to avoid duplicates! Just use CopyTrans Photo again. Here’s a separate guide on How to delete photos from iPhone just in case.

And this is how you can transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone without iCloud. Hope we could help you out! If you have questions, shoot us a comment below.

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