How to move from Android to iPhone

Ready to move from Android to iPhone? Here’s how to transfer your photos, contacts, messages, and more.

By Moses Johnson - Editor
2 Min Read

If you want to move from Android to iPhone, we have good news – Apple and Google have made the transfer process fairly straightforward and painless. All you’ll need is a Wi-Fi network and access to both phones and access to the Google Play Store on your Android device.

We’ll show you exactly how to use the Move to iOS app to to switch from Android to iPhone.

What Data Can I Transfer From Android to iPhone?

Unfortunately, you can’t transfer everything from Android to iPhone. However, using the free Move to iOS app, you should be able to transfer:

  • Contacts
  • Message history
  • Photos and videos
  • Web bookmarks
  • Mail accounts
  • Calendars
  • Free apps (if they’re available for iOS)

Steps for how to move from Android to iPhone

Before you start, make sure your Android device has Wi-Fi turned on, and that both your devices are plugged in and charging. You should also make sure that you have enough storage on your iPhone to transfer the content, including what’s on your external Micro SD card.

It’s best to complete the transfer process before you set up your iPhone. If you’ve already set it up, you’ll need to erase it and start over. If you choose not to erase it, you can move your content over manually. Ready?

Step 1: First, follow the on-screen instructions on your iPhone to start setting it up, and when you reach the Transfer Your Apps and Data screen, tap "Move Data from Android."

Step 2: You’ll need to install the Move to iOS app on your Android device, which you can download from the Google Play Store. You can tap the QR code in the upper right corner of the Move from Android screen and then scan the code with your Android device to find it.

Step 3: On your iPhone, tap Continue. A six-digit or 10-digit code will appear.

Step 4: On your Android device, open Move to iOS app. You’ll be asked to review and accept the terms and conditions of Apple’s privacy policy in order to continue. If you agree, tap Agree to confirm and tap Continue. You’ll also be asked to review and accept the software terms and conditions in order to continue. If you agree, tap Agree to confirm, and then follow the prompts.

Step 5: When asked to enter the one-time code on your Android device, enter the six or 10-digit code that you received on your iPhone earlier.

Step 6: Next, you’ll select the content that you want to transfer. You might be asked for permission to access your apps and data. If you agree to allow access to the specified content, tap Allow. You can move your Google account, Messages, Contacts, and other things like Accessibility and Display settings.

Step 7: Tap Continue when you’re ready. Even if your Android device says the process is complete, leave both of your devices plugged in and wait until the loading bar on your iPhone finishes before you use them. Depending on how much content you’re moving, this process might take a little while.

Step 8: Once the process is complete on your iPhone, tap Done on your Android device. And on your iPhone, tap Continue and follow the on-screen steps to finish setting it up.

Now, your content should be transferred, and all of your important information is right where you expect it.

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Moses Johnson is the Editorial Director of GeeksChalk.com, who has a keen eye for news, rumors, and all the unusual stuff around Apple products. Moses is commonly referred to online as The Professor, with decades of experience in tech under his belt.
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