How to Switch from Android to iPhone in 7 Easy Steps

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Deciding to make the switch from Android to iPhone can be tough. The process of moving from one kind of smart phone to another might seem intimidating, especially if the new type of device is totally unfamiliar to you. If you’ve decided to get one of the new iPhones, and need help making the switch to iOS, we’re here to help. Here’s everything we’ll be covering with you:

  • The easiest way to switch from Android to iPhone
  • 7 Steps to transfer all files from Android to iPhone
  • Tips for making the move
  • 4 Key benefits of switching to iPhone

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Is there an easy way to switch from Android to iPhone?

The easiest way to switch from Android to iPhone is to use the Move to iOS app created by Apple. This app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store, and helps you transfer your contacts, pictures, messages, and more. The app was created to encourage Android users to make the switch.

The app is compatible with all Android devices, including those by Samsung, Google, HTC, and more. There are other ways you can go about transferring data from your Android to your iPhone, like re-entering contacts one-by-one, or finding third-party services to help you transfer information. However, we would recommend using Move to iOS for a few reasons: it makes the process quick and easy, it’s free to use, and there’s no risk of having your information stolen or being scammed by a third-party service provider.

Now that we’ve explained what Move to iOS is and how it works, we’re going to show you how to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone, as well as your transferring pictures, messages, calendars, and apps.

7 Steps to Transfer All Files from Android to iPhone

1. Enable Wi-Fi and connect to power.

Make sure Wi-Fi is enabled on your Android device before you get started. Then, using the cables they came with, plug both your iPhone and your Android smart phone both into sources of power – either to your computer or to a wall outlet.

Phone plugged in with USB cable

2. Download Move to iOS on your Android.

Launch the Google Play Store from your Android home screen.

Google Play app icon

Then, search for “Move to iOS.”

Search MOve to iOS app in Google Play Store

Install the free app on your Android, as you would any other app. Download Move to iOS from the Google Play Store here.

Move to iOS app

3. Select Move Data from Android on your iPhone.

Turn on your new iPhone and start going through the process of setting it up. When you get to the “Apps & Data” screen, select the Move Data from Android option.

Move Data from Android button

4. Launch Move to iOS.

On your Android home screen, tap the Move to iOS icon to start up the app.

Move to iOS app icon on homescreen

Then, tap Agree to accept the terms and conditions of the app.

Agree to terms and conditions button

On the “Find Your Code” screen, tap Next.

Next button

5. Enter the code on your Android.

On your iPhone, you’ll see the Move from Android screen. Tap Continue to get a code.

Continue button

You should see a code appear on your iPhone screen.

Code for Move to iOS app

Enter the code from your iOS device on your Android device.

Enter code

6. Select the content you want to transfer.

Next, on your Android device, you can choose what content you’d like to move from your Android to your iPhone. Select the content you’d like to move over, then tap Next. You can transfer contacts, messages, pictures, calendars, email accounts, and even free apps like Facebook and Instagram.

Select content to transfer to new device

Then, leave both your Android and your iPhone alone until the transfer is fully completed. The amount of time it will take for the process to complete will depend on the amount of content you are transferring between your devices; the more data to transfer, the longer it will take. Try your best to be patient, but it should only take a few minutes.

Data transferring from Android to iPhone

7. Finish setting up your iPhone and wait for all your content to transfer.

Once the data transfer is finished, tap Continue Setting Up iPhone on your iOS device. Then, you can finish the setup process.

Continue Setting Up iPhone button

If any of your data didn’t properly get carried over, you can transfer it manually. If there are any additional apps you’d like to have on your iPhone that didn’t automatically get installed during your data transfer, you can check out the App Store to download them.

That’s all you have to do to move from Android to iPhone. Now that we’ve shown you how easy it can be to switch to iOS, we have some more tips to help you along and make sure the process goes smoothly.

Tips for making the move

1. Back up your Android before making the switch to preserve data

It’s a good idea to have the data on your Android automatically backed up somewhere outside of your device. Here’s how to turn on automatic backup to Google Drive:

Open your Android Settings.

Android Settings icon

Scroll down and select Backup & Reset.

Backup & Reset button

On the next page, tap Back Up My Data.

Back Up My Data button

Then, tap the switch in the top right corner to enable automatic backup. When the switch turns green, and the label changes from “Off” to “On,” backup has been enabled.

Automatic Backup toggle switch

2. Be patient during the transfer and don’t try to use either device.

Once the Android transfer to iPhone has started, do not attempt to use either your iPhone or Android while the transfer is happening. The Move to iOS system is busy moving photos, your Android contacts, and other data over to your iPhone, so you shouldn’t mess with either device until you can tell that the transfer is fully complete on both devices.

3. Download any apps that may be missing on your iPhone from the App Store

Although Move to iOS may be able to have some of the free apps from your Android automatically download to your iPhone, there may be other apps that are missing. Launch the App Store on your iPhone to download other apps that weren’t automatically downloaded.

Apple App Store icon

Now that we’ve shown you how to transfer your data and given you some extra tips to help you out, we want to tell you about some of the benefits of switching over to iOS.

4 Key benefits of switching to iPhone

1. iMessage

If your friends or family members are also iPhone users, you can message each other using iMessage. You can use the regular Messages app on your iPhone to send messages from one Apple device to another over Wi-Fi or using your cellular data network. This makes it easy for you to communicate with your loved ones, share pictures and videos, attachments, and more. Check out our iMessage course to learn more.

2. FaceTime

Another great app that’s exclusive to Apple devices is FaceTime. This app allows you to have voice and video calls with other iOS users over Wi-Fi or your data connection. It’s easy and safe to use, and makes keeping in touch with your family and friends super simple! Head on over to our FaceTime tutorials to find out more about how it works.

3. iCloud sync

If you already have a Mac computer, Apple Watch, iPad, or other Apple device, you can use Apple’s iCloud storage system to sync data across your devices and help you keep your life more organized. iCloud makes it easy for you to access all your emails, calendars, pictures, and more across all of your Apple devices.

iCloud logo

4. Great quality camera

Though many mobile devices have good cameras built in, the iPhone has one of the best cameras you’ll find in a smart phone these days. Smart phone cameras have come a long way! If you switched from an older device with a lower quality camera, getting a new iPhone with a great camera will make it even easier for you to capture high quality images to preserve memories of moments in your life.


That’s everything you need to do to move from Android to iPhone. If you’d like to learn about other cool things you can do with your new iOS device, check out the iOS section of our site for more tips, tricks, and tutorials.

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