As we all know, iCloud only offers its users a maximum of 5GB storage for free. If you exceed your available iCloud storage, then photos and videos will not be synced across your devices. For users who want to transfer or sync more than 5GB of photos and videos between iOS devices but don't want to upgrade the iCloud storage plan, using some iCloud alternative ways is a good choice.

To do this, we collect three practical ways to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud. Even there is no computer available, you can also transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud and computer by using the method 3. (Methods offered in this guide can also be used to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad without iCloud)

Method 1. Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone Without iCloud

EaseUS MobiMover Pro is the top iPhone data transfer software in the market, which enables users to transfer files from iPhone to iPhone in one-click. You can use EaseUS MobiMover to send photos, contacts, notes, books, Safari bookmarks, movies, TV shows, videos, music, ringtones, playlists, and audiobooks within a few seconds. Besides, this iOS data transfer software can also help you to back up the whole iPhone files to the computer without data size limitation and transfer files from PC to iPhone without any existing data wiping.

MobiMover is compatible with PC running Windows 7 and later or Mac running macOS 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra), Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.11 (El Capitan).

Step 1. Connect both your old iPhone and new iPhone to your computer. Run EaseUS MobiMover, and choose "Phone to Phone" from the main interface. Then, set your old iPhone as the source device and the new iPhone target device and click the "Next" button to continue.

How to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone - Step 1

Step 2 Then check the files you'd like to copy. Other than photos, you can also choose to transfer music, ringtones, videos, contacts, and more from your old iPhone to the new one.

How to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone - Step 2

Step 3. Click the "Transfer" button to start importing photos from iPhone to iPhone. The time it will take depending on the size of the files. Wait for the process to complete. After that, go to the "Photos" app on your new iPhone and check the newly copied photos.

How to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone - Step 3

To keep the photos save on the new iPhone, you also can transfer photos from iPhone to the computer using the "Transfer to Computer" model of EaseUS MobiMover. 

Method 2. Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone Without iCloud Using iTunes

Like iCloud, iTunes is another Apple's pre-installed way back up and sync iPhone data. To transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes, you need to back up pictures from the first iPhone and then sync the pictures to the target device. What's more, if you have made an iTunes backup, you can restore iPhone from iTunes backup once your iPhone doesn't work as normal.

Back up photos from old iPhone with iTunes

Step 1. Connect your old iPhone to the computer and run iTunes.

Step 2. Click the iPhone device button within iTunes, if you have found the iPhone won't connect to iTunes, check how to fix it online.

Step 3. Then, click "This computer" > "Back Up Now" > "Apply" to begin to back up old iPhone to the computer, including iPhone photos. 

back up iphone 8 with itunes

Transfer photos from iTunes to new iPhone with iTunes

Step 1. Plug out the old iPhone and re-connect the new iPhone to the computer via USB cable.

Step ​2. Click the iPhone device button within iTunes, then choose "Photos" > Tick "Sync Photos" > "Sync". Wait patiently, and the photos will be transferred to the new iPhone.


As long as you have made an iTunes backup, you can sync all the supportable files from iTunes library to your new iPhone, including transfer playlists from iTunes to iPhone and sync contacts to the device. 

Method 3. Transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud or Computer Using AirDrop

To airdrop photos between iOS devices, you need to ensure both devices are running iOS 7 or later and have both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled. If you don't know how to turn on AirDrop on your iPhone, you can launch Control Center by swiping up/down (iPhone X/XS/XR) on your iPhone or iPad > Long press on the Wi-Fi button >Tap AirDrop > Tap the "Contacts Only" or "Everyone" button to turn on AirDrop. When you're prepared, just follow the steps to airdrop photos from iPhone to iPhone. Additionally, the following steps can also be applied to airdrop photos from iPhone to iPad.

Step 1. Go to the Photos App on your source iPhone > Select the photos you'd like to transfer to your target iPhone.

Step 2. Tap on the "Share" button > Click "AirDrop" and choose your target iPhone.

Step 3. On your target iPhone, click "Accept" when a prompt asking you whether to accept the photos from your source iPhone.

AirDrop Photos from iPhone to iPhone

If you have a brand new iPhone and want to get photos from the old iPhone, you can also use QuickStart and Migration, brought by iOS 11 and iOS 12.4 respectively, to transfer everything from old iPhone to new iPhone to get photos.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone Using iCloud

Before you start to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone using iCloud, make sure you have enough storage space on your iPhone. If you don't have enough iCloud storage to store all of your photos and videos, you can manage your iCloud storage to free up more space. 

Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Tap the name at the top of your iPhone's screen.

Step 3. Tap the "iCloud". Then, you will see how much iCloud storage space you're using, and a list of apps that are storing data in iCloud.

Step 4. Tap "Photos" > Make sure the button next to "iCloud Photos" is turned on.

Enable Photo Library on iPhone

Step 5. After that, you can add the iCloud ID you use to back up photos in the source device to the target device, and then all photos and videos will be uploaded to your new device.

The Bottom Line

With the methods mentioned above, you can quickly transfer photos from the old iPhone to the new iPhone without using iCloud. Let us make a brief conclusion:

EaseUS MobiMover is easy to use and fast to transfer. With it, you can manage your iOS data or download videos from any video-sharing website. The only drawback of it is that it requires you to install third-party software.

iTunes is convenient without using any third-party software, but it crashes and freezes very often, which might cause data loss.

AirDrop enables you to transfer photos between iOS devices wirelessly, but it requires a stable WiFi connection and only supports a few photos transfer.

Now, you can choose your desired methods to get the work done.

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Myra

Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.

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