You’ve just upgraded to a new iPhone and now it’s time to set it up. That used to mean you had to back up your current phone’s data through iTunes or iCloud. Then you’d have to remember how you configured the settings on your current phone and repeat those steps on your new device. Finally, you’d have to restore the backup of your data from your current phone onto the new one via iTunes or iCloud.
With Apple’s Quick Start feature, there is an easier way to set up a new iPhone. Introduced in iOS 11, Quick Start offers an automatic setup feature for outfitting a new iPhone. You just point your new phone at the current one, and all the core settings transfer over.
You still need to go through the setup screens for Face ID (or Touch ID), Siri, and Apple Pay, but Quick Start takes care of the rest.
And there’s more. With iOS 12.4 or later on both phones, you can directly transfer your data from your current phone to your new device, either wirelessly or through a wired connection. That means you no longer have to perform a backup of your current phone ahead of time.
Transferring the data wirelessly is the easier option since you only need to ensure that the two phones are on the same Wi-Fi network and positioned next to each other. Transferring the data through a wired connection requires both a Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter and a Lightning to USB Cable, so that option is a bit more complicated and expensive if you don’t already have the necessary cables.