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    The easiest way to transfer data from Android to iOS

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    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.

    James Martin
    James Martin

    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.

    The Move to iOS app supports phones and tablets running Android 4.0 or later and can transfer data to devices running iOS 9 or higher.

    The process

    Dan Graziano
    Dan Graziano

    On your iPhone or iPad, begin the normal setup process until you reach the “Apps & Data” screen. From here select the “Move data from Android” option. A ten-digit code will then appear on the screen.

    • 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.

    On your Android device, enable Wi-Fi and connect to a network. Then head to the Google Play Store and download the Move to iOS app. Open the app, click Continue, agree to the terms of use, click Next, and then enter the ten-digit code from the iPhone.


    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.

    Having trouble?

    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.

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