Complete Guide on How to Clone an iPhone

Complete Guide on How to Clone an iPhone

When you upgrade to a new iPhone, cloning an iPhone becomes necessary. Fortunately, there are built-in features or services on Apple devices and third-party solutions to assist you in cloning an iPhone, such as Quick Start, third-party iPhone backup software, iCloud, and iTunes. At some point, each method differs from the others. Specify your requirements and use one option to clone your iPhone quickly.

In this post, we'll show you four different ways to clone an iPhone. Let’s get started!

  • Using QuickStart

  • Using iPhone backup software

  • Using iCloud

  • Using iTunes

How to Clone an iPhone?

Depending on your own needs, choose one method from the list below to clone the iphone. 

Using Quick Start


If you match the following criteria, Quick Start may be the best option for cloning an iPhone (transferring all data from one iPhone to another): 

  • You haven't done anything with the target iPhone yet.

  • The source and target devices are both running iOS 12.4 or later.

  • You'll use the same Apple ID on both iPhones.

Follow the steps below to clone your iPhone using Quick Start:

Step 1: Turn on your target iPhone and enable Bluetooth on the source iPhone.

Step 2: Keep the new iPhone close to the old one. When the Quick Start screen on your source iPhone appears, select "Continue" to set up your new iPhone using your Apple ID.

Step 3: The new iPhone will then display an animation. Hold the old iPhone over the new one, center the animation in the viewfinder, and see “Finish on New iPhone” written on the screen.

Step 4: Enter the passcode from the prior iPhone on the new iPhone.

Step 5: Set up FaceID or Touch ID on the new device by following the on-screen directions.

Step 6: Select “Transfer from iPhone” to move all of your data from one iPhone to another. You have successfully cloned the iPhone.

Using iPhone Backup Software


You can use EaseUS MobiMover’s iPhone backup program to either move everything, including all data and settings or selectively copy stuff from one iPhone to another. For your convenience, below is a quick overview of this tool:

  • A tool for transferring data from an iPhone: Transfer data without syncing between an iPhone/iPad/iPod and a computer or between two iDevices.

  • An iPhone backup application: Back up and restore your iPhone data in bulk or on a per-iPhone basis.

  • A backup manager for WhatsApp: Data from WhatsApp should be backed up and restored.

  • A downloader for videos: Using a URL, download web videos to a computer or an iOS device.

Use the backup and restore feature to migrate data if you want to clone an iPhone. You have to back up the original iPhone and then restore it from the backup.

Step 1: First, make a backup of the source iPhone. 

Use a USB cord to connect your iPhone/iPad to your PC, then tap “Trust” on your device. After that, open EaseUS MobiMover and go to “Backup Manager”> “Back up.”

Step 2: Determine the files you need to back up. Then, to begin backing up your iPhone or iPad hit the backup button.

Step 3: The backup takes time, depending on the content. Allow enough time for the backup to complete.

Then, from the backup, restore the new iPhone: Connect the new iPhone to the computer and select “Backup Manager”> “Restore” from the drop-down menu.

Using iCloud


iCloud could potentially help clone an iPhone through backup and restore. Almost everything on your iPhone is backed up to the cloud, except for:

  • Contacts, Notes, iCloud Photos, and Messages are all files that are already in iCloud.

  • Touch ID Settings.

  • Details and settings for Apple Pay.

  • App Store and iCloud Music Library.

If you don't have a computer or a USB cord, you should clone an iPhone using iCloud. To clone an iPhone via iCloud, first make sure you have enough iCloud storage, then connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.

  • To begin, make an iCloud backup of the old iPhone.

Step 1: Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud on the source iPhone.

Step 2: To begin the backup process, go to "iCloud Backup" and tap "Back Up Now."

  • Then, from the iCloud Backup, restore the new iPhone.

Step 1: Turn on the target iPhone. (If your iPhone has already been set up, you'll need to delete it before restoring it from a backup.)

Step 2: Continue to the Apps & Data Screen by following the onscreen directions.

Step 3: Select "Restore from iCloud Backup" and sign in with your Apple ID to iCloud.

Step 4: Choose the correct backup and wait for the restoration to finish. (The time it takes is dependent on the size of the backup and the network's speed. During the restoration, be patient and stay connected.)

Using iTunes


Similarly, iTunes can backup and restore an iPhone to clone it. According to Apple, an iTunes backup contains practically all of your iPhone's data and settings, however the following elements are not included:

  • Downloaded PDF books and files from the iTunes Store and App Store.

  • Synced data from iTunes Photos, such as My Photo Stream, iCloud Photo Library, iMessages, and SMS/MMS messages, that are stored on iCloud.

  • Settings for Touch ID.

  • Information and settings for Apple Pay.

  • Data about activity, health, and keychains (you can use Encrypted Backup to make a backup of these content).

Follow the steps below to clone an iPhone using iTunes: 

  • To begin, backup your iPhone to your computer.

Step 1: If iTunes doesn't open automatically, connect the source iPhone to your computer and launch it.

Step 2: Select "Summary" from the device icon.

Step 3: Tap "Back Up Now" to copy the contents of your iPhone to your PC.

  • Then, from the backup, restore the iPhone.

Step 1: Connect your target iPhone to the same computer that you backed up the iPhone you wish to clone.

Step 2: Select "Restore Backup" from the device's menu.

Step 3: Select the appropriate backup and press "Restore." (You'll be prompted for the password if you utilize Encrypted Backup to back up your iPhone.)


1. Why do I need to clone an iPhone?

You'll usually need to clone an iPhone for one of the following reasons:

  • You've just purchased a new iPhone. You want to maintain all of your old data on the new smartphone, including photos, videos, contacts, and apps.

  • Your iPhone will be disabled if you enter the wrong password several times. You must first clone the locked iPhone before you can wipe it.

  • Your iPhone could be stolen at any time, so it's a good idea to back it up ahead of time to secure your sensitive personal information.

2. Can someone make a clone of my iPhone without my permission?

While you'd never want someone to clone your phone, the truth is that it may happen without you knowing. A criminal can duplicate a phone by obtaining its International Mobile Equipment Identity number, which is a unique number provided to your device, using a scanner and an IMEI hack.

3. Can I clone someone's texts?

Remote access to someone’s text messages on another phone is possible using phone cloning and spying apps. Inbound and outbound mails and social media networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter can all be cloned using these spy programs. Parents can also use these phone spying applications to watch their children’s devices.


Whether you wish to clone an iPhone wirelessly over Wi-Fi or with a USB cord, I believe that I’ve covered all the methods and steps needed to clone an iPhone. 

Carry out the method that best suits your needs to clone your iPhone easily. Thank you!

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Jessica Vieira
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