This article is based on the Japanese version of Engadget and was created by machine translation.

The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max went on sale September 20. You've probably already got one, and you're taking a lot of photos with the new camera features. I got it the same day. I switched from iPhone XS to iPhone 11 Pro.

I did the migration slowly after I got home, but it has become easier with the evolution of iOS. I thought that since the migration was so easy, I could do right after the purchase. So I tell you some quick tips to make the migration.

Points to consider when migrating

  1. iOS of Your previous iPhone must be 11 or later.
  2. Storage of iPhone 11 should have more or equal capacity than the old one.
  3. If you have Wi-Fi, you don't need to do the backup work.
If you've cleared all three, it's super easy. Especially about point 2, I misunderstood the storage of my iPhone XS , and bought smaller storage of iPhone 11. Therefore, the data to be migrated exceeds the capacity and cannot be executed as it is.

It can't be helped, so I backed up all the big photos and videos with Google Photo (I always backed up.). By deleting all the photos and videos in the iPhone XS, it reduces the amount of data that can be transferred. You should pay attention to the storage capacity when you buy it.

Let's walk through the migration process.

First, as per point 1, the source iOS must be 11 or later. As a precaution, I updated my iPhone XS to the same iOS 13 as the iPhone 11 before the migration, but when I checked with iOS 12, there was no problem.

As mentioned in point 3, the reason why you do the migration work in the place where Wi-Fi is available is to download the application. Some stores have free Wi-Fi, so you can use it.

In the case of the carrier version of the iPhone 11 that you bought, I think it's already on the home screen because it starts at a store to check. In this case, select "Reset" from "General" in "Settings" and execute "Erase All Content and Settings".


If the carrier version is delivered, or the SIM free version is launched with SIM installed, it will start from the default screen, so there is no problem. This is where migration begins.


When the initial setting starts, select "Japanese" and select "Japan" for the region. The "Quick Start" screen appears. If you move your new iPhone close to the source iPhone that is running, "Configure New iPhone" will appear on the screen. Tap "continue".


The iPhone 11 screen changes to "Waiting for another iPhone ..." and the image is displayed. If you put it in a circle frame on the source iPhone, you will be prompted to enter the passcode of the source iPhone and enter the passcode.


After that, activation begins, and after a while, the Face ID settings become active. Once registered (Can be set later), the next step is to transfer data from the source iPhone.

▲If you want to migrate from backup data or from Android, select "More Options" while "Transfer Data" and you'll see the traditional menu.

Tap "continue" to transfer data directly from your source iPhone. Accept the terms of use, set up ApplePay (Can be set later), and start forwarding. This eliminates the cumbersome backup process, and once the transferred data is within capacity, most migrations can be completed while waiting.

▲You can configure your wallet later.

▲When the transfer is complete, the installed apps are downloaded one after another.

If the capacity is exceeded, it will fail and reset again, and the initial screen will be displayed. To prevent this from happening, if the storage capacity is less than the source, check the capacity required for the migration and adjust it to fit.


Some apps need to be reconfigured

Once the home screen pops up, the app starts downloading and it takes a while to get back to normal. Also, some apps won't be reflected in the migration so far, so you'll have to deal with them individually. The main applications that need to be set separately are as follows.
  • LINE Apps (LINE, LINE Pay, LINE CarNavi, etc.)
  • Google Apps (Google, Gmail, Google Calendar, etc.)
  • DoCoMo Mail
  • Mobile Suica
  • Rakuten Point
You need to log in, install and set up these applications separately. Here are a few ways to set up your own special apps.


First, start LINE from the source iPhone and turn on "Account Inheritance" of "Settings". Next, start LINE on iPhone 11. Tap "identify oneself" and enter your email and password. On the "takeover authentication" screen, tap "Continue" to complete the migration.

▲Launch LINE on your source iPhone and turn on "Account Inheritance" in "Settings". After that, you can launch LINE from your iPhone 11 and confirm your identity.

DoCoMo Mail

When you upgraded to iPhone 11 and replace the SIM, you will receive a message from DoCoMo in the message application. It describes how to add applications and set up DoCoMo Mail. When you go to the URL listed, you log in to your d account and then download the profile. Once you've downloaded a profile, tap on the "Profile Downloaded" menu in "Settings". Install the profile.

Once executed, a number of app shortcuts appear on the home screen and can be removed or installed as needed. Docomo mail is registered in Mail application, so you don't need to set it.

▲You need to access the DoCoMo site to download the profile and install DoCoMo Mail.

Mobile Suica

On the source iPhone, open the Wallet app, select Suica, and execute "Delete this card" from "Settings". Then launch the Wallet app on your iPhone 11 and choose "Suica" from the "Add" menu. Your name and balance will be displayed, so check it and tap "Next" to complete.

▲Deleted Suica on the source iPhone before the migration. Add Suica from the Wallet app on your iPhone 11.

Here's how to migrate from your old iPhone to iPhone 11. Data can now be moved directly, eliminating the need to back up and return. With this, you will be able to transfer immediately after receiving it at the store. However, depending on the amount of data to be migrated, it may take a long time. If you're migrating outside, be careful.


This article is based on the Japanese version of Engadget and was created by machine translation. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.