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How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone Without iCloud: 4 Tips

It is really a gratifying thing to getting a new iPhone 13/12/11/XR/XS Max. However, you should know that it's extremely easy to lose data after upgrading to the new device. Then you may want to transfer everything from one iPhone to another to ensure that all the precious data will be saved, especially contacts. We know that a variety of ways are developed to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone. iCloud is the most frequently used choice. Maybe you have tried but ended up failing to transfer the contacts via iCloud for limited iCloud storage. Don't despair, if you need to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud, here are xxxx effective tips that will be helpful to you.

1. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone Without iCloud via FoneGeek Mobile Transfer

If you are looking for a way to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud in one click, FoneGeek Mobile Transfer will be an easy to use application for you. It is dedicated to move contacts, text messages, photos, videos, notes, voice memos, safari history, from iPhone to iPhone or to Android phone in one click. There are many functions of FoneGeek Mobile Transfer that you can enjoy after activating the program.

  • Selectively transfer almost all data from between iOS devices or from iPhone to Android.
  • Restore only contacts, messages, photos, notes, voice memos from iTunes or iCloud backup to iPhone without resetting the device to factory settings.
  • Back up your iPhone/iPod data easily and quickly for free.
  • It supports all models of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.


Here are the detailed steps given below for you to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone selectively and easily.

Step 1. Download and launch the FoneGeek Mobile Transfer on your computer. Then launch it and select ‘iOS Backup & Restore’.

choose backup and restore

Step 2. Then attack your old iPhone to computer, when it is detected, click the option of ‘Backup’.

select backup

Step 3. Most types of iPhone data will be displayed on the screen for you to backup. To save the backup time, select ‘Contacts’ and click ‘Backup’ button. Of course, you can also select messages, photos and other data to back up.

backup contacts

Step 4. After the backup is completed, tick the checkbox of ‘Contacts’ then ‘Restore to Device’ button to transfer the contacts to the new iPhone. Meanwhile, don’t forget to establish the connection between the new iPhone and the computer.

transfer contacts to iphone

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2. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone Without iCloud via iTunes

You may know that iTunes is another frequently used backup and restore tool and can be used to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone when iCloud is not working. Unfortunately, while it is free, what it can do for you is also limited. You will not be allowed to preview the contacts, text messages and other data first, nor can you selectively backup and transfer only contacts between iOS devices. Furthermore, the restored file is unreadable and can’t be printed. Follow the given steps to transfer contacts via iTunes.

Step 1. Plug the old iPhone into computer. When the run iTunes, iTunes will automatically detect the old iPhone.

Step 2. Then click ‘Summary’ icon and tap ‘Back Up Now’ tab, and iTunes will start to back up the old iPhone data.

Step 3. After the backup, disconnect the old iPhone then connect the new iPhone with iTunes.

Step 4. On the main backup and restore screen, click Restore Backup’ tab and choose the old iPhone backup that you created just now with iTunes.

Step 5. When you choose to restore the iTunes backup of old iPhone to new iPhone, the contacts saved on the iTunes backup will also be transferred to the new iPhone.

transfer contacts via itunes

3. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone Without iCloud via Google Gmail

Google gmail is an easy way to sync contact between iOS devices as well. This method will tell how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud via gmail. Following the methods below:

Step 1. On the first steps, you should go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar >  Import Sim Contacts, then click Gmail to select one gmail account to save the iPhone contacts. This step will transfer all the contacts of the old iPhone to the gmail account that you selected.

lost iphone messages without backup

Now continue to transferring the contacts from Gmail to the new iPhone with the steps below:

Step 2. On the settings screen of the new iPhone, select ‘Contacts’ and click Accounts option to add Gmail account. Then enter the gmail account and password that saved the contacts of the old iPhone and enable ‘Contact’.

lost iphone messages without backup

Step 3. Click Save and then old iPhone contacts will be synced with the new iPhone via gmail.

4. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone One by One via AirDrop 

With "Airdrop", you can instantly share your contacts, photos, videos, documents, and more with other Apple devices nearby. But you should ensure that the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth should be enabled on bother of the old and new iPhone. If wifi is not working on iPhone, you should fix it first.

Step 1. Make sure that Airdrop is turn on on both of the iPhone, then put the 2 devices close to each other.

Step 2. Open the Contact app on the old iPhone, select the contact that you need to transfer and click ‘Share Contact’ option.

Step 3. Tap on ‘Airdrop’ option on the pop up window and select the new iPhone as the target device.

Step 4. The message will pop up on the new iPhone requiring you to accept the contacts sent from the old iPhone.

lost iphone messages without backup

With this method, you can not only transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone, you can also transfer to iPas and Mac. But the limitation is that only one contact can be transfer in one click. Multiple contacts are not supported to be transferred in one click.

Edwin J. Parke

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.

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