4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 3, 2012 9:30 PM by mayrasa4
mayrasa4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have an iPhone 4 with not enough memory to back up through iCloud.  I just bought an iPhone 5.  How am I going to back up my old phone so that I can transfer everything to my new phone?  My original computer that stored my iTunes and used to back it up has crashed.

iPhone 4
  • EdenRD Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you turn on all the "On/Off" switches on the iCloud settings page, that will transfer all that content over to the iPhone 5 when you sign into iCloud.
    In terms of photos, if you don't have enough storage space to backup to iCloud, you will need to email them (This can be done 5 at a time) to your self, and save them onto the iPhone 5 from the emails.

    An alternative is paying for more storage on iCloud.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (21,985 points)

    iPhones are not intended to be sole storage of content.

    I understand your old computer crashed, but relying solely on an iPhone that can easily be lost, stolen, or damaged beyond repair is not smart.


    You do realize that if the device were lost, stolen, or damaged beyond repair that all your content would be lost, correct?


    Fix the real issue, get all your content onto your computer.  https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3991


    Once that is done, the iPhone can be updated via iTunes without any concern about lost content.


    Also, while you can email yourself the pictures from the device, depending on how many pictures and videos are on the device, this could take an eternity.  The simple way is to copy the pictures from the device to the computer as you would with any digital camera.  This in no way involves iTunes.  Importing personal photos and videos from the iPhone to a computer

  • EdenRD Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Couldn't agree more.

    I was only replying in the assumption that there was no computer connectivity available

  • mayrasa4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so much!  So I'll make sure on my old iPhone 4 that all apps say on...then they will upload to my new iPhone 5?  The computer that I used to back up, crashed so I'm out of a computer until I order my new Mac in a few weeks.  In the meantime, I'll get my new iPhone tomorrow.