It only takes a few minutes to get all your important data from an Android device to an iPhone or iPad. Here’s what you need to know.
It used to be a big pain to switch from one mobile platform to the other, but it’s now easier than ever to transfer all of your old data from Android to your new iPhone or iPad.
Apple’s Move to iOS app on the Google Play store makes the process quick and easy. While it can’t transfer your apps, music, or any of your passwords, it can be used to transfer your photos, calendar, contacts, text messages, photos, and videos to your new iPhone or iPad.
- Note that if you have already completed the setup process, you will be required to erase your device. This can be done on your iPhone or iPad by going to Settings, clicking on General, followed by Reset, and choosing the “Erase all content and settings” option.
You will have the option to pick and choose which items you would like to transfer to your new device. This includes your Google account, Chrome bookmarks, text messages, contacts, and photos and videos. Select the items you would like to transfer and click Next.
Your Android device will now begin transferring the content over to your iPhone or iPad. Depending on how much is being transferred, it could take a couple of minutes for the entire process to complete. It took me less than 10 minutes.
- Note that while the Move to iOS app recommends you to recycle your device at the Apple Store, you may be better off selling it to a through eBay or a service like Gazelle.
Google apps on iOS
As an Android users, you are likely familiar with using apps and services from Google, such as Google Maps and Gmail. A number of these are available on iOS, including Google Chrome, Gmail, Google Drive, Google Keep, Google Search, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Photos, YouTube, Google Play Music, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies, and more.
To be exact, Google has developed 62 apps for iOS. You can find the full list here.
While the process of transferring data from Android to iOS is relatively straightforward, it’s nice to know there is a safety net. Apple offers a free personal setup service with your new iPhone or iPad. The service is available at your local Apple Store or online for customers without a retail location nearby.