Best 8 Methods To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone 11 [iOS 13]

Author Tasnia Salinas By Tasnia Salinas, on October 23, 2019, in Mac Uninstaller

Summary: In this article, we help you to learn 10 Best Ways To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone by using the best iPhone Photo Transfer software - SyncBird Pro. Make sure you have downloaded the latest version here before continuing.

The iPhone 11 includes a dual-lens 12MP rear camera and supports 4K video at up to 60 fps and 1080p slow motion at up to 240 fps. The Portrait Mode of iPhone 11/iPhone 11 Pro supports depth control and an advanced Bokeh effect. The phone also has an automatic Night Mode allowing the camera to take brighter pictures with reduced noise in low light environments. After all, the new iPhone 11 is just your best camera phone.

Beyond that, iPhone 11 also includes a redesigned camera app that adds new features such as a scroll wheel for choosing lenses and long-pressing the shutter to take a video. To help you fully and easily master the photography pleasure on iPhone 11/iPhone 11 Pro, we composed a series of iPhone Photo How-To articles. Let's start with one of the most commonly asked questions - how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone [10 Methods Included].

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Part 1: How To Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud

iCloud is a cloud storage and cloud computing service that enables millions of iPhone (and other iOS/macOS devices) to store data such as documents, photos, and music on remote servers. iCloud allows to download these content to iOS, macOS or Windows devices, to share and send data to other users, and to manage their Apple devices if lost or stolen (No iCloud Available? Learn How To Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud).

iCloud Photos is a feature that can automatically stores all your photos and videos, and keeps them up to date on all your devices. By transferring photos from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud, your original, full-resolution photos are uploaded to iCloud, then downloaded to the target device. Using iCloud to transfer photos from one iPhone to another is pretty easy. Before starting, you can read the following iPhone to iPhone photo transfer FAQs to troubleshot basic iPhone photo transfer problems.

iCloud Photos automatically stores all photos and videos you take on your iPhone. Through iCloud Photos, you have access to your photo library on iCloud.com, all your iOS and iPadOS devices, your Mac, your Apple TV, and your Windows computer.
iCloud Photos is the easiest method to sync all your photo library on multiple devices (iOS / macOS / Windows). All iPhon to iPhone photo transferring process is undergoing automatically so that you don't have to spend extra time and efforts. Also iCloud is a wireless method which requires no Lightning cable to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone.
By transferring photos from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud, you have to log in both two iPhones with the same Apple ID. Simply put, it requires you own these two iPhones and you want to keep exactly the same photo library on your two iPhones. Otherwise, you'll risk losing existing pictures on your target iPhone.

How-To Steps To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone - iCloud
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    Set up iCloud: To use iCloud to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone, you first need to set it up on both two iPhones. To do so: Go to Settings > tap "Sign in to your [device]" > enter your Apple ID and password.

    How To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone with iCloud Step 1
    Step 1 - Set Up iCloud on iPhone
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    Check iCloud Storage: When you set up iCloud, you get 5 GB of free storage space, which is used for iCloud Photos (as well as your other iCloud storage needs). If your photo library is larger than 5G, you should upgrade your iCloud storage plan, or use an alternative method to transfer your photos from one iPhone to another iPhone.

    Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud Step 2
    Step 2 - Check iCloud Storage
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    Enable iCloud Photos: To transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud, you need to enable the iCloud Photos option: Go to Settings > tap [your name] > then select iCloud > Choose the apps—like Photos you want to use with iCloud.

    Enable iCloud Photos Step 3
    Step 3 - Enable iCloud Photos on Two iPhones

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Part 2: How To Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes/Finder (Catalina)

In macOS Catalina, Apple removed iTunes and replaced the iPhone syncing feature with Finder. If you want to transfer your photos from one iPhone to another iPhone, but cannot log in them with the same Apple ID, then iTunes/Finder (macOS Catalina) is an alternative method to achieve this task. This iPhone to iPhone photo transfer approach is recommended to senior Apple/macOS users because it requires relatively high experience.

iTunes/Finder (macOS Catalina) is an instant way to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone and it doesn't require you to set up same iCloud ID on two iPhones. If you only want to transfer selected photos between two iPhones, iTunes/Finder (macOS Catalina) would be a better option.
By transferring photos from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud, you have to log in both two iPhones with the same Apple ID. Simply put, it requires you own these two iPhones and you want to keep exactly the same photo library on your two iPhones. Otherwise, you'll risk losing existing pictures on your target iPhone.

How-To Steps To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone - iTunes
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    Import Photos from iPhone to computer: Connect both your two iPhones to a Windows/Mac computer with USB cables > Open Photos app on computer (pre-installed on Windows 8/Windows 10/macOS Mojave/macOS Catalina) > Import photos from the source iPhone:

    How To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone with iTunes Step 1
    Step 1 - Import Photos from iPhone to Mac Computer

    How To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone with iTunes Step 1
    Step 1 - Import Photos from iPhone to Windows Computer
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    Import Offloaded Photos from Computer to iPhone: After offloading photos from your source iPhone, now use iTunes / Finder (macOS Catalina) to import photos to your target iPhone. To do so: Open iTunes/Finder > Keep your target iPhone connected, Unlock the iPhone screen with passcode when asked > When the Device icon shows in iTunes, click to manage your iPhone content > Photo > Choose to sync all photos and albums or selected albums > Click Apply to start.

    Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes Step 2
    Step 2 - Sync Photos To iPhone

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Part 3: Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with Bluetooth

For users who are new to iPhone, when trying to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone, the first thought it tends to occur is to use Bluetooth. Even though AirDrop is the native way to send pictures between two iPhones, many third-party iPhone Photo Transfer apps can take advantages of using Bluetooth. If you have Photo Transfer App installed on both your two iPhones, follow steps below to learn how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone with Bluetooth.


How-To Steps To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone - Bluetooth
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    Download and install Photo Transfer App from App Store on both your iPhones > put them on the same WIFI network > From Sender device:

    How To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone with Bluetooth Step 1
    Step 1 - Open Photo Transfer App on Sender iPhone
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    Open 'Photo Transfer' app and touch "SEND" button > To Other Device > Select Photos > Choose Use Bluetooth option to start:

    Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with Bluetooth Step 2
    Step 2 - Choose Receiver Device

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Part 4: Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with AirDrop

AirDrop is a feature that lets Macs and iOS devices share files over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. While comparing with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, AirDrop sent encrypted files with firewall enabled connection, which makes it safer and faster then other iPhone to iPhone wirelessly photo transfer methods.

AirDrop will automatically detect nearby supported devices, and the devices only need to be close enough to establish a good Wi-Fi connection, making it possible to share files across several rooms. And some Android devices use a combination of Near Field Communications (NFC) and Bluetooth to share files. But both Bluetooth and NFC are relatively slow compared to AirDrop. So, if you want to send photos from one iPhone to another nearby iPhone, without using a computer, Android is supposed to be the best choice.

  • AirDrop can not only send and receive photos between two iPhones, but also support share documents, and files with other Apple devices that are nearby.
  • Make sure two iPhones are nearby and within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range.
  • When moving pictures from iPhone to iPhone, make sure two iPhones have the AirDrop option turns on.

How-To Steps To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone - AirDrop
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    Open Photos app on sender iPhone > tap Share button > swipe left or right and select multiple photos > Tap the AirDrop user* to choose the receiver iPhone.

    How To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone with AirDrop Step 1
    Step 1 - Send Photos via AirDrop from Sender iPhone
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    After sending photos on Sender iPhone using AirDrop, you see an alert with a preview. You can tap Accept to start transfer photos from Sender iPhone to Receiver iPhone.

    Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with AirDrop Step 2
    Step 2 - Receive Photos on Reveiver iPhone

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Part 5: Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with iMessage

In the Messages app, you can not only send text messages as SMS/MMS messages through your cellular service, it's also possible to transfer photos from one iPhone to another iPhone with iMessage over Wi-Fi. It's quite easy to send photos from one iPhone to another iPhone with iMessage. Here are the detailed steps.


How-To Steps To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone - iMessage
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    Open Messages on your Sender iPhone > Start a new message or go to an existing conversation > Swipe left or right over the app drawer to find the app that you want to use > Photos > Add photos to your messages right from the app.

    How To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone with iMessage Step 1
    Step 1 - Send Photos via iMessage from Sender iPhone

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Part 6: Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with Shared Album

Shared Albums feature in iOS 13 is very convenient for people who want to share a large collection of photos from one iPhone to another iPhone. With Shared Albums, you don't need computer or any other tool to get your photos shared on multiple iPhones. Invite up to 100 people to share the same photo library, and add new photos by each other. The more you use iOS 13 Shared Albums, the more you'll enjoy this iPhone to iPhone Photo Sharing method.


How-To Steps To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone - Shared Albums
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    Enable Shared Albums on iPhone: Open Settings app on both Sender and Receiver iPhone > [your name] > iCloud > Photos, then turn on Shared Albums:

    How To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone with Shared Albums Step 1
    Step 1 - Share Photos via Shared Albums from Sender iPhone
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    Create Shared Album: Use the Photos app to create a Shared Album that shows only the photos that you choose > Give the Shared Album a name, then tap Next:

    How To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone with Shared Albums Step 1
    Step 2 - Share Photos via Shared Albums from Sender iPhone
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    Invite People To Join: Choose people to invite from your contacts, or type an email address or iMessage phone number > After setting up Shared Album, you can get your photos shared from your iPhone to another 'Invited' iPhone:

    How To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone with Shared Albums Step 1
    Step 3 - Share Photos via Shared Albums from Sender iPhone

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Part 6: Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with Google Photos

Similar as the Photos app and iCloud Photos service provided by Apple, Google Photos gives users free, unlimited storage for photos with high resolution. Although primarily used on Android devices and website, you can also transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone with Google Photos' syncing feature.


How-To Steps To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone - Google Photos
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    Download Google Photos app via App Store on both two iPhones > Sign in the same Google Account to back up photos and videos > After that, every change you make in Google Photos library will be mirrored on every synced iPhones.

    How To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone with Google Photos Step 1
    Step 1 - Transfer Photos via Google Photos from Sender iPhone

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Part 6: Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone with SyncBird

SyncBird Pro is an expert iPhone To iPhone Photo Transfer software that can take full advantage of Apple Lightning USB cable. With the maximized bulk photo transfer speed, you can get around 5000 copies of photos from iPhone to iPhone in less than 2 minutes. Follow steps below to learn how to use SyncBird to bulk transfer photos, video recordings and other media files from iPhone to iPhone.


How-To Steps To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone - SyncBird
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    Download SyncBird Pro and install it on your Mac (support OS X 10.8 and above) > Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a USB cable.

    How To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone with SyncBird Step 1
    Step 1 - Transfer Photos via SyncBird
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    In SyncBird Pro, select Photos > Choose the pictures that you'd like to transfer from iPhone to iPhone > Click Send To Device to start:

    How To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone with SyncBird Step 2
    Step 2 - Transfer Photos via SyncBird
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    After a short while, SyncBird will finish transferring your iPhone photo files to your new iPhone >  Once completed, click Browse to view your exported photos:

    How To Transfer Photos from iPhone To iPhone with SyncBird Step 3
    Step 3 - Transfer Photos via SyncBird

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The Bottom Line

Now can you get your photos transferred and shared between your iPhones with our suggestions above? As new features in Apple iOS/iPhone keep rolling out, we keep our iPhone Photo Transfer tutorial article up to date so that you can get the problem fixed in a simple and fast manner. To transfer all photos from one iPhone to another iPhone, it's suggested to choose SyncBird Pro. Download Free Trial >


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