The iPhone 11 series will hit stores in about two months, and many people will buy the latest iPhone, many of them upgraded from older models. As always with hardware upgrades, the first thing you need to do after setting up your new phone is to restore all the data from the old one so you can enjoy the same experience. There are several ways to do it, because iPhones can be supported on iCloud or a computer, but Apple just made it even easier. iOS 12.4, released earlier this week, includes a transfer feature that lets you move your data from an old device to a new one via wireless or wired transmission.
If the feature sounds familiar, it's because we saw it trace it in an iOS 1
But it is even easier to transmit the data wirelessly, over the same Wi-Fi connection. It all happens during the installation of the phone and the feature completely bypasses iCloud and iTunes backup.
All you need to do to get started is to hold the two iPhones together and perform the quick start process. You must log in with your Apple ID and set up Face ID or Touch ID. Then you will be able to transfer all your data via Wi-Fi or cable.
All of your personal information is moved to the new phone, while the apps you installed are downloaded directly from the App Store. The iPhone that receives the data will then tell you how long it will take before the transfer is complete.
This feature can be useful when installing a new iPhone at home. However, if you plan on swapping your current device for one of the new iPhone 11 phones, you may want to back up everything to your iCloud or your computer.