How to Migrate From Your Current iPhone to the iPhone 5S or 5C

How to Migrate From Your Current iPhone to the iPhone 5S or 5C

If you’ve just gotten your hands on a shiny new iPhone, or are planning to get your hands on one in the near future, you may have some questions. To help, we’ve put together a guide for how to migrating your applications and settings from your current iPhone over to your new iPhone 5S or 5C.


1. Backup Your Old iPhone

The first step in migrating is to back up your original iPhone. To do this, simply plug it into your computer. If iTunes doesn’t launch automatically, launch iTunes and then sync your iPhone. Additionally, you can choose not to sync, but only yo back up by right-clicking on the iPhone in iTunes and choosing Back Up from the contextual menu.

This backup is important – it will preserve your iPhone’s settings and saved data. It will not, however, back up your installed applications, music, movies, or photos. This must be done by syncing the iPhone later in the process.

2. Prepare Your New iPhone

This is the easiest step. Simply plugging it in to your computer and making sure iTunes is open will take care of it.

3. Restore

With your iPhone plugged in to your computer, within the iTunes interface, you should be presented with the option of setting up your iPhone as a new device, or restoring from a backup. If for some reason you aren’t presented with these options, then you can simply right-click (or option-click) your new iPhone in iTunes, and select “restore from backup” in the contextual menu that follows.

iTunes will now make a copy of your backup, and use the copy to configure your new iPhone with your old iPhone’s settings.

4. The First Sync: The Waiting Game

After the initial backup, your iPhone will restart and begin syncing for the first time. It’s important not to interrupt this, as iTunes is now migrating all your applications, music, movies, photos, and settings to the new iPhone, carefully making sure to preserve their position on the home screen and in their respective folders. Interrupting the transfer might result in apps being out of place or content not being transferred to your new device.

5. Enjoy!

Once this process is finished, your new iPhone is ready for action! Simply eject it from iTunes, and enjoy a faster, better version of what you already loved before.

If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to comment or contact us.

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