The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro devices have shipped to Apple fans around the world. Tons of people will restore their new iPhone from an iCloud backup, and they’re creating more work for themselves. As pointed out by Apple expert John Gruber, it’s better to do a device-to-device transfer.
When you choose to restore your new iPhone from an iCloud backup, most of your accounts will be logged out, thus creating a lot more work for you to get everything back to fully operational.
When you do a device-to-device transfer, your accounts remain logged in, so once the transfer is done, you can start using your new phone more quickly.
Yes, a device-to-device transfer might take a bit longer than an iCloud backup for the actual process, but you’ll more than make up that time by not having to go through all of your accounts to log them in again.
According to Gruber, Apple has made some substantial improvements to the device-to-device transfer process over the years, so even if you’ve given it a shot before, it might be worth trying again.
Another nice bonus that comes from using this method is that you don’t need to unpair your Apple Watch from your old iPhone, which is another excellent time-saver.
Apple has a complete guide on doing a device-to-device transfer on its Support site, and the process looks relatively painless.
First, you’ll need to place the two devices near each other with Bluetooth turned on. On the screen that opens, tap Continue to use your Apple ID. From there, an animation will play on the new device, which you’ll need to view through the old phone’s viewfinder. When asked, enter your current device’s passcode on your new device. Then, tap Continue on the “Transfer Data from …” screen to start the transfer process.
An important note is that the devices must stay near each other for the process to work. It’s a straightforward method, and in the long run, it’ll save you a lot of time and effort over using an iCloud backup.