How to Transfer Data from Android to iPhone

How to Transfer Data from Android to iPhone

Hand holding a phone saying Switch to iOS, with another phone in the background

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Every year when a new iPhone hits the market or the holiday shopping season approaches, countless Android users switch to iOS.

That’s not the most surprising thing; Apple continues to deliver quality smartphones that dominate the mid-range and high-end markets, with eight different iPhone models to choose from in-store and online.

I’m also in the minority who constantly switch phones every month or two, which means data transfer is second nature at this point.

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That said, there are several methods to move your months or years worth of photos, videos, text messages and other data from Android device to iPhone, but I have found the two below to be the most effective and efficient. sure. , and easy to follow.

How to Transfer Data from Android to iPhone

Before you start transferring data, it is always recommended to do the following:

  1. Have at least 75% charge: The higher, the better. Depending on the amount of data you are transferring, it is natural for your phone to get hot and therefore drain its battery at a much faster rate.
  2. Have a stable Wi-Fi connection: We will be moving data wirelessly, which means a strong, static signal is needed for optimal transfer.
  3. Check how much data you are transferring: Your iPhone may or may not have enough storage capacity to accommodate all the files. If not, now is a good time to organize your old files on your Android phone, figure out what to keep, what to store on an external drive, and what to purge. before moving.

Method 1: Transfer data via Move to iOS

My preferred method for transferring files is Apple’s Move to iOS service. It will be preloaded on your iPhone, so all you need to do is download the Move to IOS app on your Android device through the Google Play Store.

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For the service to work, you need to be in the iOS setup wizard, which is the start page when you first turn on your new iPhone. If you’ve already set up your iPhone and can access the Home screen, you’ll need to factory reset it to use Move to iOS.

From the iOS setup wizard, walk through the initial setup slides, including connecting to Wi-Fi, setting up a password, and agreeing to Apple’s diagnostic terms and conditions. You will eventually see a Apps and data filter.

Enter this code on your Android phone. Then the pairing process will begin and you can select the files you want to transfer. The list includes messages, contacts, calendar information, Google accounts, photos and videos, and user settings.

Leave the phones alone while the transfer is processed. Depending on how much data you are transferring from phone to phone, the transfer can take up to 30 minutes.

One-time code Android to iOS

With the Move to iOS app, the iPhone will generate a unique code for pairing.

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Method 2: Transfer data via Google account

Finally, you can use your Gmail to transfer data through the cloud. This method is ideal if there are additional files that you forgot to move in the first method or if you had already set up your iPhone and couldn’t use Move to iOS.

1. On your Android phone, go to the Settings app

look for it Google tab, touch Backup, and switch to the categories you want to sync across devices. You can double-check what is copied by expanding google account Data in the Backup Details listing. Wait for the backup sync to complete.

2. Switch to your iPhone

Open iPhone Settings > Mail > Accounts > Add an account > and enter your Gmail credentials. Your Google Account data should sync to iPhone and begin importing automatically.

3. Another useful alternative

You can also upload files to a Google Drive folder and download them to your iPhone.

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Can I use the ‘Move to iOS’ app even if I have already set up my iPhone?

Unfortunately, you cannot use the File Transfer Service if you have already completed the iOS Setup Wizard. My best advice is to back up everything you want to keep on your new iPhone, factory reset the iPhone, use the Move to iOS service, and then recover what was backed up. Again, make sure you have enough storage space to hold everything.

What is the fastest way to transfer data from Android to iPhone?

Apple’s Move to iOS service is the most seamless and efficient transfer service I’ve used, especially when I’m still in the initial setup phase. Alternatively, you can also use desktop programs like AnyTrans, connect both phones to a computer, and move files locally. However, I’m generally against using non-proprietary software when moving personal information, so I’ll stick to the above two methods for security reasons.

Can I transfer data from Android to iPhone after setup?

Sure. The best method is to save all the information you want to transfer to Gmail or Google Drive and then upload it from your iPhone. It requires more manual work, but it’s great if you only want to move some files and not all.

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