Upgrading Someone Else's iPhone


#1

Hi folks
Just a quick question - in our family, when new phones come out, there’s a sort of musical chairs thing that happens where my wife gets an 8, she gives her 6 to her mum who has a 4s.

So my job is to do the upgrade and I am fine with this usually, my method is plug the 4s into a Mac, backup to iTunes then plug the 6 into the Mac and restore from iTunes. Is this the most efficient way? Would it be better to do this via iCloud instead? Should I have a seperate account on my Mac to do the backup or is backing up to my own account ok?

Advice always appreciated.


#2

Pretty sure, the Mac option is the way to go, don’t need to have a separate account (AFIK).


#3

iCloud backup/restore is the easiest if you have everyone’s iCloud details. Also the newer phones with iOS 11 can be set up just by putting the old phone next to it.


#4

Mine did that! Although it seemed to only really grab the AppleID, maybe the keychain (although that’s in iCloud anyway). Made things nice any easy anyway.


#5

Thanks all! After hunting around for a 30 pin dock connector I went with the iTunes backup / restore option. It actually worked perfectly.

I did use the iOS 11 phone to phone transfer for myself when I moved from a 6 Plus to an 8 Plus. Worked very nicely.


#6

Yep I set up my wife’s iPhone 8 on Saturday just by putting her 6s next to it. Very cool.