Moving contacts from 4S to 5S

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  1. nobby1963

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    Hi guys,

    I have a 4S & want to move everything over to my new 5S.
    I know iTunes will do most things, music,apps,video & pics.
    Will it do my phone contacts ( phone numbers & names ) ?
    I don't have my computer and phone currently set to share contacts and don't really want to.
    In the old days I would move the contacts from phone to sim & then put the old sim in the new phone and import from sim.
    The 4S & 5S sims are different sizes though !
    Any ideas ? As you may have gathered I am no techie so basic instructions please.
    Thanks in advance
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    OK this is where iCloud backup comes into its own.

    Backup the 4S and restore to the 5S. You will get everything on your 5S just as you had it on the 4S. I did this a few months back.

    I would completely ignore iTunes and just do this iCloud backup thing.

    HTH
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    Hi surfymark,
    Thanks for you quick response.
    iCloud umm ....
    Don't really understand it ....
    Can you explain a bit more or should I forget that option ? I don't pay for iCloud storage & my phones are both 64GB and there is very little spare capacity - about 7 GB I think.
    Is it still possible or too complicated for a non techie like me ?
    Cheers
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    Ok so iCloud doesn't back up your actual apps, just the saved data. So if your phones are full because of apps you should be ok.

    If you go to Settings -> iCloud and then near the bottom click on Storage & Backup. It should say Storage, Total Storage and Available.

    If iCloud Backup turned on?

    If so, then it is worth a punt. Simply click Back Up Now. When it has finished, set up your new phone by putting in your existing iCloud account name and password (will probably be the same as your iTunes account details), and select Restore from iCloud Backup.

    Then see what you get on the new phone. Once the restore is finished, the phone will start to download all the apps. Let it finish, it will take a looooonnnngggg time!! Make sure you are on Wifi when you do all this!

    HTH
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    Hi surfymark,

    Thanks for your help all done !

    Cheers
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    Excellent. I really like this iCloud stuff. It seems to work pretty well.

    M
     
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    Just an FYI to futureproof yourself:

    I think it's a good idea to setup so your contacts sync to Google, rather than iCloud. Simply because if you decide to switch from an iPhone to another phone manufacturer (e.g. Android or Win7), then you can just setup your Google account and sync the contacts. It's just a more flexible option than iCloud, which is locked into Apple. Same thing with calendars. Everything else is proprietary (e.g. apps), so obviously you'd keep that all backed up to iCloud.
     

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