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Transfer photos between iPhones without iCloud — 4 ways

Would like to sync all the photos on your iPhone but don't want it to tell you the cloud storage is full while using iCloud? It's time to look for something without storage limits.

Jasmin Woods Updated on Aug 30, 2023 3:46 PM

When it comes to smartphones, iPhone is certainly a revolutionary and magical product. And every time when you've got a new iPhone, you may want to transfer your photos from the old iPhone to the new iPhone since for most people, photos are always synonymous with precious memories. They'll want to keep them at all costs.

Try other quick ways to transfer photos to new iPhone without iCloud.

Usually, if you search online about how to transfer photos to new iPhone, you will find the first official method that pops up is to use iCloud, a built-in feature on every Apple device. However, iCloud only offers each user 5 GB of free storage, which means you may receive the notification all the time, telling "Your iCloud storage is almost full." It's pretty annoying, forcing you to look for other efficient ways to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone without iCloud.

Therefore, in this guide, we've gathered 4 convenient ways to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud. You can also choose a useful and handy tool - iPhone Data Transfer that lets you transfer iPhone pictures to another iPhone / iPad or computer all at once or selectively.

Transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud using iTunes

As we mentioned before, iCloud is not very convenient for photo transfer if all your iPhone photos are more than 5 GB. In that case, you can choose another functional software, iTunes, also from Apple, with more features.

iTunes does not directly transfer photos from one iPhone to another but to create a strong connection between your iPhones with a computer. In other words, it imports photos from your old iPhone to computer, and then sync them to your new iPhone. That way, you don't have to worry about running out of iCloud storage or not being connected to a strong internet.

Note: iTunes works on both Windows PC and Mac based on macOS 10.14 and the earlier. It also helps if you'd like to transfer iPhone photos to an iPad.

1. Backup your old iPhone to iTunes on your computer.

  • Run iTunes on your computer and connect your old iPhone.
  • Click the phone icon at the top. Select 'Summary' from the left options.
  • Locate 'Backups' and check 'This Computer'. On the right side, choose 'Backup Now.'

Backup your old iPhone pictures with iTunes on computer.

2. Sync photos to new iPhone from iTunes backup.

After you get a full backup of your iPhone content on the computer, now unplug your device and connect the new iPhone. And before you transfer photos from computer to your iPhone, you should be careful since it will overwrite the existing photos on your new device.

  • Plug the new iPhone into computer. And click the phone icon.
  • When it shows your iPhone content, click 'Photos' from the left side.
  • Tick 'Sync Photos,' and select your desired photos from 'Copy photos from' option.
  • Click 'Apply' to start the process.

Move pictures from your computer to the target iPhone without iCloud.

Transfer photos to new iPhone without iCloud via iPhone Data Transfer

Although iTunes lets you sync photos without storage limits, it takes you much time and efforts to finish the whole process. To make it easier for the photo transfer from iPhone to iPhone, you can try another third-party software, iPhone Data Transfer, a simple and handy tool that brings iOS data transfer and management together in one place.

Apart from being able to handle all the basic things that iTunes can do, it offers even more. You can transfer pictures selectively as many as you want, or choose to sync all iPhone photos to another iOS device in a single step. Also, in case you'd like to transfer something else between iPhones, it supports various files like videos, music, contacts, messages and more. You can simply move everything on your iPhone to another without data loss.

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Its simple and user-friendly interface makes all operations at a glance. Everyone can manage it without hassle and transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud in just a few clicks:

Step 1: Launch iPhone Data Transfer and connect both iPhones

Connect your old iPhone first, and then the new one.

Enter your iPhone passcode or tap 'Trust' if asked.

Click the name at the top so you can switch to another iOS device.

Step 2: Move pictures from old iPhone to new iPhone

Go to 'Photos' and all your iPhone photos will be accessible.

Select what you want. You can choose multiple pics at a time.

Click the 'Export to Device' icon at the tool bar, and then select the target new iPhone.

Transfer photos to new iPhone without iCloud, whether for selected pictures or all images.

Wait a moment, all selected photos will be moved to your new iPhone quickly. It's just as easy as a copy-and-paste operation since it doesn't require any network. Moreover, if you're asking whether it can be easier and quicker than two steps, iPhone Data Transfer will not let you down:

Move all photos to new iPhone in one step

After your iPhones are both connected to iPhone Data Transfer, click 'Phone to Phone' > 'Photos' > 'Start.' And all the photos on your old iPhone will be synced to the new iPhone immediately.

If all your iPhone contents are ticked by default, you can keep 'Photos' and deselect the others.

You can then access your photos on the target iPhone. In just one step, all the iPhone photos are transferred to another iPhone without using iCloud. And your photos will certainly not be blurred or damaged after the transfer.

Video tutorial: How to transfer photos to new iPhone

Share iPhone photos with AirDrop

Instead of requiring a wired transfer, you can also pick AirDrop to share iPhone photos without using computer or cables. Unlike iCloud Photos which syncs all photos on your iPhone, AirDrop allows you to send iPhone images selectively. And on top of that, AirDrop can wirelessly share a couple of photos without quality loss as long as the target iPhone is within Bluetooth and WiFi range. Here's how to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone without iCloud or computer:

Share files from iPhone to iPhone with AirDrop.

1. Open 'Photos' app one the source iPhone.

2. Pick iPhone pictures you'd like to send.

3. Tap 'Share' button and make it to use 'AirDrop.'

4. Find the target iPhone from the detected users and send the photos.

5. On the target iPhone, choose 'Accept' to receive the pics and wait for the transfer to complete so you can view the items on your new iPhone.

Pick your best iCloud alternatives

If you're tired of the annoying message saying that your iCloud storage is full, the above-mentioned methods can give you a hand to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without using iCloud. Pick a method that you think most useful and give it a try!

Bonus: Transfer photos to new iPhone with iCloud

Here's an extra tip that helps you to wirelessly transfer photos from one iPhone to another by iCloud. But before anything, you'll need enough iCloud storage for your iPhone photos, and there should be a stable internet connection. If not, you may upgrade to iCloud + to get more cloud space.

1. Open iPhone 'Settings' on the source device.

2. Tap 'your name' at the top and choose 'iCloud' > 'Photos.'

3. Turn on 'Sync this iPhone' toggle. For older iOS versions, enable 'iCloud Photos' instead.

4. Head to your new iPhone and repeat the operations above.

Make sure both of your iOS devices are using the same Apple ID. Then your old iPhone photos will get on the target iPhone and be accessible soon.

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