So you’ve finally decided to switch from your Android device to an iPhone and are wondering how to do an Android to iOS transfer. Or, you use both and are looking for a reliable way to transfer data between the two.
Whatever the case may be, knowing how to transfer your data can save you precious hours by integrating your data between your devices.
The good news is, this data transfer process is not complicated at all. Even if you’re not tech-savvy, you can still transfer your data on your own by following a few simple steps.
So keep on reading to find out how to do an Android to iOS transfer hassle-free.
What is Android to iOS Transfer?
The first question that may pop into your mind is what an Android to iOS transfer is.
Simply put, an Android to iOS transfer is the process of transferring all your data from your Android device to your iOS devices, such as an iPhone or iPad. This data includes your contacts, important files, photos, calendars, and accounts, just to name a few.
In the past, switching from Android to iOS meant that you had to manually transfer all your data from your Android device to external storage and then transfer it back to your iOS device. These days, the process is much more straightforward and doesn’t require another storage device.
Do I Need an App for Android to iOS Transfer?
Although many third-party apps are available for Android to iOS transfer, you don’t need to use one to transfer your data.
As long as you have an iPhone or iPad running iOS 9 or higher, you can use the built-in iOS system feature to import your data from Android.
Note that you do need the Move Data to iOS app on your Android device to follow along with the rest of this tutorial. But, don’t worry; the app is free to use and won’t take up much space on your Android device.
What if I Don’t Have iOS 9?
If you are trying to export your data to an older iPhone or iPad, one without iOS 9, then there are three things you can try.
Firstly, you can try an external third-party app to transfer your data smoothly. We only recommend this option if you can afford to pay for a third-party app, as not all Android to iOS transfer apps are free. Here’s a list of third-party data transfer apps you can try.
Your second option is to manually copy your Android device’s data files to your iPad or iPhone. This method will require a data cable and a laptop or personal computer to copy your data first before importing it to your iPhone. Importing contacts, calendars, and user account data is not as straightforward with this method, unfortunately.
The last option, which is the one we recommend, is to back up your Android data to the Google cloud ecosystem and sync it on your older iOS device. This method is not too bad an option even for newer iPhones or iPads, as we’ll explain in the next section.
Do I Need to Transfer My Data?
You may want to consider before you proceed that, for most Android users, there may not be a need to export your data to an iPhone at all. As long as your data is synced with your Google account, you can quickly transfer it from the cloud to your new device.
Fortunately, Google already has several Google apps on the Apple App Store. These apps include Google Drive, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, and Google Photos, just to name a few.
Ultimately, the choice is yours as a user, whether you prefer to transfer your data to your new iOS device physically or if you’re okay with keeping everything on the Google cloud ecosystem.
How Long Does the Android to iOS Transfer Take?
It depends; the answer to this question may vary based on how much data you’re transferring and the speed of your Wi-Fi network.
As long as you have a decent wireless network connection, you should be able to transfer about 500 MB of data in roughly 8-10 minutes. If you have a faster wireless network connection, such as 5G, or have fewer files to transfer, the process may be even quicker.
How Do I Transfer Data from Android to iOS?
Now that you’re aware of the intricacies of Android to iOS data transfer, here are the steps you need to take to import everything from your Android device to your iPhone or iPad:
Step # 1
After setting up your new iPhone or iPad, navigate to the Apps and Data screen.
Step # 2
With the screen open, tap the Move Data From Android option.
Step # 3
Now, on your Android device, open the Google Play Store app.
Step # 4
Once you open the Google Play Store, search for the Move to iOS app.
Step # 5
Tap on the app listing, then tap Install.
Step # 6
After the Move to iOS app has been installed, Open it on your Android device.
Step # 7
Next, Tap Continue on both your Android and iOS devices.
Step # 8
On your Android device, select Agree, then tap Next.
Step # 9
You should now see a 12-digit code displayed on your iPhone or iPad. Next, enter the code on your Android device screen.
Step # 10
Once you enter the code, your iPhone or iPad will connect to your Android device. Now, you can select which data you want to transfer and initiate the Android to iOS transfer.
Step # 11
Finally, tap on Continue Setting Up iPhone/iPad and create a new Apple ID, or log into your current Apple ID if you already have one.
You’re done! The Android to iOS transfer process should now be complete. Just make sure to log into your existing accounts on your iPhone or iPad to finish setting up your new Apple device.
Whether you’re a new iPhone user or use both Android and iPhone, transferring your data from iOS to iPhone is something you’ll need to know how to do.
Just remember that as long as you have iOS version 9 or above, you can transfer your data smoothly without using a third-party app. For older iOS devices, we recommend syncing your data on the Google cloud and installing Google apps on your iPad or iPhone for integration.