For those who just purchased their first iPhone, or are thinking about getting one, the first step is transferring all the data. Users may have switched operating systems, but keeping the same settings and all of their memories is a must.
The process of transferring everything over to the new phone is simpler than ever if they're using a helpful app, Move to iOS. The first of its kind from Apple, it's an Android app that connects the previous Android phone to a new model iPhone using a direct WiFi connection. Once this is done, everything is ready for the transfer.
Keep in mind that the app moves a significant amount of data but it cannot transfer any apps (they are Android platform apps, after all). It also doesn't do any saved user passwords or music. In addition, users must make sure the iPhone or iPad is running at least iOS 9—any late-model phones such as the iPhone SE or 7, or the iPad Pro will already be compatible by default.
How to Use Move iOS to Transfer Data to iPhone From Android
First, users should go through the normal setup process for their iPhone or iPad as usual. After a few moments, a screen will appear with the heading "Apps & Data" or something similar. From the list of available options, press "Move Data from Android."
Switch to the Android device and open the Google Play Store. Search for the Move to iOS app by name, open it from the app list, and tap install. Users will need to accept the request for certain permissions before installation can begin. They can open the app after the install process is complete. Each device will now wait for users to select the option to continue and tap an agreement afterward.
The iPad or iPhone will now display a code of twelve digits; users should enter this code on the Android phone or tablet.
Once the iPhone or iPad completes the process, it will connect to the Android device via WiFi and figure out what types of data it can transfer.
The Android device will inquire whether the user wants to transfer info from his or her Google account so they may log in to their new iPhone or iPad quickly. It will also so options for transferring any bookmarks from Chrome, contact lists, texts, and photo and videos stored on your camera app. Users can select any of these categories they want and ignore anything they do not wish to move.
The Android device will now transfer any selected data to the iPad or iPhone. The Apple device will place relevant content in the appropriate app (photos in Apple's photo app for example).
Once the process is complete, the two phones will auto-disconnect, with Android asking the user if they want to take it to the local Apple Store, where a technician will recycle it at no cost. Alternatively, some users may want to keep the old phone or tablet and sell it.
Now, click on the option to Continue Setting Up iPhone/iPad to continue the process, in which users will enter their Apple ID or set up a new one if they're first-timers.
Next, there will be a prompt to log in to any accounts transferred from the Android device. This is the final step, and the device is now ready for use.
Some users ask about the length of the transfer process. How long it takes will vary depending on the amount of data the individual transfers. As a rough metric, four hundred megabytes of videos and photos will probably take about eight minutes from beginning to end.
There are several helpful apps to smooth the transition as many of these tie into their existing Google services. These include things such as Drive, Music, Docs, and Gmail, just to name a few. Users can even pair an Android Wear with their new iPhone.
How To Transfer Photos From Android To iPhone
Some users may prefer only moving their photos from the old device to the new one. In such cases, the simplest solution is to install Google Photos to the Android device and sync all the photos before making the move to the iPhone or iPad. After the move is complete, it's a straightforward matter to install Google Photos on the Apple device and download the synced photos.
This ensures that users will keep their photos even if there is unforeseen data loss as the Cloud now backs up the photos in its database.
How To Transfer Contacts From Android To iPhone
For users who only want to transfer their contact lists in their entirety, there's also a simple solution. Google uses a special protocol known as CardDAV to synchronize contact data between devices. iPhone recognizes the protocol, so users who go this route just need to follow the on-screen directions after logging into their Google account on the iPad or iPhone.
Following these steps makes the transfer process from Android to Apple device straightforward and painless, allowing anyone to enjoy the features of their new iPhone or iPad in a matter of minutes.
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