[4 Ways] How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud?

"I have an iPhone from another age (pre 2015) which is ready to be commissioned as defunct and replaced with an iPhone 11. My question, is how to back up the8 8 contacts form the old iPhone and transfer them to the new one without iCloud."

-- From Apple Forum


The above is a request from an iPhone user. Have you ever encountered a problem about how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud in your daily life? If so, the following 6 methods (with or without iCloud) may provide you with some valuable references. OK, Let's get down to business now.

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Part 1: How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud or iTunes

Both iCloud and iTunes are offered by Apple Inc. In terms of iCloud, it allows users to access their digital data on any device, anytime and anywhere. But it also has some disadvantages. For example, its space is easily occupied by a large number of synchronized photos, videos and other files, and the phone will repeatedly pop up a dialog box to prompt you to upgrade iCloud. Thus, the storage space must be cleaned up at regular intervals.

When it comes to iTunes, it started from managing mobile music or videos, so it could be called as a jukebox. Later, its function gradually expanded for some reason, and it could also transfer iPhone contacts. Today, it is well known to most people. However, it has limited file formats and can be overwhelming sometimes.

Based on the shortcomings of these two program, let's see how to export iPhone contacts to another iPhone without them.

1.1 Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud Using Transfer for Mobile

If you don't try it yourself, you really don't know that there is such a great iPhone data transfer software. It is MobiKin Transfer for Mobile, which can easily help you transfer contacts from one iPhone to another, free from the hassle brought by iCloud and iTunes. Now, what else can it do for us besides transferring contacts between iPhones?

Here are what MobiKin Transfer for Mobile work for:

- Transfer files between two iOS devices, between two Android phones, and between iOS and Android devices on both Windows and Mac computer.

- Sync contacts, calendars, notes, bookmarks, books and more between two iDevices. You can also send contacts from iPhone to Android with ease by using this program.

- Be able to remove the saved data on your destination Android mobile before transferring files.

- Work on nearly all iPhone available, including iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/XS/XS Max/XR/X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6/6s/6 Plus/6s Plus, iPhone 5/5S/5C, etc.


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How do I transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone 11/11 Pro without iCloud with MobiKin Transfer for Mobile? The following guide will show you the details. MobiKin Transfer for Mobile boasts for both Windows & Mac version, and they operate in the similar way.

Step 1: Open the program and connect your iPhones to your computer

Download, install and start MobiKin Transfer for Mobile to see the initial window as below. Next, connect your two iPhones to your computer with two USB cords.

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Note: Ensure that iTunes you've installed on your computer is the latest one, so that your iPhones can be detected successfully by the program. Then open your iPhones to opt for "Trust" when a message prompts you to trust this computer or not.

Step 2: Confirm the Source and Destination iPhone.

After the tool recognizing your iPhones, the mainscreen will show you two iPhones on two sides. Make sure your iPhone with contacts to be moved is source phone and the other iPhone is destination one. Click "Flip" to switch their positions if they are wrongly placed.

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Step 3: Transfer contacts from one iPhone to Another

All the file types listed on the main interface can be transferred. Please tick "Contacts" tab and then hit "Start Copy" button to move contacts from iPhone to iPhone. The transfer process will be done in a short while.

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1.2 Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud or iTunes via Assistant for iOS

Another popular software is MobiKin Assistant for iOS, which is regarded as the best alternative tool to iTunes. Not only can it complete the work of contacts transfer between two iPhones, but also it has other features, such as backing up and restoring iDevice data, add, delete or edit iPhone, iPad or iPod data on computer directly, and even support 1-Click iTunes backup & restore function. If you want to use it to perform lossless and fast contact transfer between iOS devices, first you need a computer and two USB cables, then, download the software by clicking the following buttons.

How do I transfer iPhone contacts to new iPhone (11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/XS/XS Max) without iCloud or iTunes with MobiKin Assistant for iOS?

Step 1. Download MobiKin Assistant for iOS on your computer before you install and launch it and you'll see the primary interface as below. Now, connect your source iPhone to PC with a USB cable for the automatic detection by the tool.

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Step 2. After the detection, sorts of file categories will be on the left panel. Choose the "Contacts" tab to preview all contacts listed on the interface. Then, pass your eyes over them and tick all the contacts you need to tap "Export" button at the top menu and choose a formats to save iPhone contacts to computer.

(Here, we recommend that you store the exported contacts in XML format, because Assistant for Android currently only supports importing contacts in XML format.)

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Step 3. Disconnect your source iPhone and connect your target iPhone to your computer via a USB cable. Now choose "Contacts" from the left to enter the contacts managing window. Then, click "Import" at the top menu and choose import "XML" files to import contacts from your computer to the destination iPhone.

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1.3 Transfer Contacts to New iPhone without iCloud Using AirDrop

Similar to Bluetooth on Android devices, iDevices also have this similar function. That is AirDrop, which allows you to transfer files between almost any two iDevices. The entire process does not need to connect the device to the computer. Although this process is very secure, it can only transfer one contact from iPhone to iPhone at a time.

How do I AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone XS/XS Max?

Step 1. Switch on AirDrop, Bluetooth and WiFi on both your two iPhone from their "Control Center" and put the two devices as close as possible. Now, go to "Settings" > "General" > "AirDrop" > "Everyone" to allow your iPhone to be discovered by another iPhone.

Step 2. On you old iPhone, choose the contact you'd like to share and opt for the "Share Contact" option. Then touch "AirDrop" at the top of the pop-up window.

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Step 3. Accept the your selected contact on the new iPhone and the contact will be sent very quickly. After that, repeat steps 2 and 3 to complete the transfer of the remaining contacts.

Note: If you don't want to go through repeated operations, it is recommended that you jump to method 1.1 or method 1.2.

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1.4 Transfer Contacts from One iPhone to Another without iCloud Using SIM Card

To complete the contact transfer between iPhones using SIM, you need to confirm whether all the contacts exist in SIM first. If there are still some contacts stored in your source iPhone, please navigate to "Settings" to enter the main interface and find "Mail, Address book and Calendar" to select "Import SIM address book" to import your phone contacts to SIM first.

Let's see how to transfer contacts to new iPhone X/XR without iCloud or iTunes with SIM card:

Step 1. Take out the SIM card from your source iPhone with a card picking needle or other tool like a clip or a staple, and insert it into the target iPhone warily.

Step 2. Go to "Settings" on the destination iPhone and go for "Contacts" option.

Step 3. Choose "Import SIM Contacts" to move all the contacts from your SIM card to your new iPhone.

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1. Since iPhone 5, all iPhones come with Nano SIM cards. Therefore, if you have a lower iPhone version like iPhone 4, this function may not available on your device.

2. If your mobile is iPhone 7, its card slot has a waterproof rubber strip, you need to pay special attention when installing the SIM card.


Part 2: How to Move Contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud

Although we've mentioned in the "Part 1" that iCloud has more or less disadvantages, for new iPhone users, this is a common file transfer solution that is worth a shot. It can transfer contacts as well as multimedia files in passing. Before that, you need to back up contacts to iCloud before data transfer.

Follow the steps to get how to transfer contacts from one iPhone to another with iCloud:

Step 1. On your sauce iPhone, go to "Settings" > "iCloud" > "Backup" to turn on iCloud Backup and click on "Back Up Now". Then add your Apple ID and the password, and the backup process will be done later.

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Step 2. After that, power off your source iPhone and unlock your source iPhone. Now, go to "Settings" > "Apps & Data" to choose "Restore from iCloud Backup".

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Step 3. Sign in with the same Apple ID and the password you've just used and click "Next". Then confirm and agree to the terms and conditions. Now download the backup you've made from iCloud to your destination iPhone. After that, you'll see your backed-up contacts and all multi-media files on your target iPhone.

You can also package and transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone using iCloud "Merger" feature.


Part 3: How to Copy Contacts from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

Characterized by high quality streaming and easy playlist creation, iTunes can be used to manage music, movies, books, podcasts, TV shows contacts and more by many iDevice users. Yet many people don't know how to transfer contacts between two iPhones with it. The whole transfer process is similar to that of iCloud. Namely, iTunes can transfer contacts from one iPhone to another by backing up to iTunes from one iPhone and restoring them to another one.

Here's how to send contacts from one iPhone to another with iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your source iPhone to your computer via a USB cable. Then launch the latest iTunes to go to "Device" icon > "Summary" > "This Computer" under "Backups" column to click "Back Up Now" under "Manually Back Up and Restore" section to backup your device entirely..

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Step 2. Plug your target iPhone into your computer with a USB cord and tap "Device" > "Summary" > "Restore Backup" on the iTunes main interface.

Step 3. Enter your old iPhone name to choose a backup to restore. Now, choose the contact backups you've created before, and hit "Restore" to send all data (including contacts) from the backup to your destination iPhone.

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Indeed, any of the above 6 methods can help you achieve how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without or with iCloud. After trying these methods, I hold the idea that MobiKin Transfer for Mobile is the best way if you prefer a quicker way to make it. It can transfer contacts, calendars, bookmarks and more data types between iPhones directly with one click. By the way, if you want to manage your iPhone data on PC or Mac besides the contacts transfer, MobiKin Assistant for iOS is your essential. Thus, try downloading one you like?

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Sara Arnot
Sara ArnotSenior Editor
Sara Arnot earned a bachelor's degree in engineering in 2016 and spent 2 years on software testing. Passionate on writing, she joined MobiKin Team, specializing in Mobile Phone Transfer, HEIC Converter, and Virtual Location. As an all-rounder, she often conducts training for new employees. Alongside excelling in post writing, she stays tuned to tech news to offer her audience top-notch services.
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