How to switch from Android to iPhone with Move to iOS

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If moving your data is stopping you from switching from Android to iPhone, then worry no more. Making the move to iOS on phone and tablet has never been easier, Apple even has a special app called Move to iOS for this very purpose. It's an Android app you can put on your old device that will help move all your data to your new iPhone.

That means that all your important photos, contacts, calendars, and more are seamlessly transferred from Android to iOS. Keep in mind that you can only transfer data from an Android phone or tablet to an iPhone or iPad running iOS 9 or higher. If you've got one of the best iPhones, like the new iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, or iPhone 14 Pro Max, you'll have no problem.

NOTE: While the Move to iOS app transfers a lot of your data, it doesn't transfer your apps, music, or any of your passwords as they are not compatible between operating systems.

How to move your data from Android to iPhone or iPad with Move to iOS

Transfer from Android to iPhone

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  1. Follow the prompts to set up your new iPhone or iPad until you reach the screen titled "Apps & Data"
  2. Tap the "Move Data from Android" option
  3. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Play Store and search for Move to iOS
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Move to iOS

Use this app on your Android-based device to move your information to iPhone or iPad.

Download from: Google Play Store (opens in new tab)

  1. Open the Move to iOS app listing
  2. Tap Install
  3. Choose Open after it's installed

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  1. Tap Continue on both devices.
  2. On your Android device, enter the six-digit code displayed on the iPhone or iPad
  3. After entering the code, the Android device will connect with your iPhone or iPad over a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection and determine what data will be transferred. Press Continue on the Android Device to continue
  4. Keep the phones next to each other and then select Connect

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  1. It will ask you what data you want to be transferred over so that you can quickly log in on your new Apple device. This includes things like contacts, calendar, Google Account, Camera Roll, and more. Select everything you want to move over then tap Continue
  2. It will take time to transfer your data so keep the phones near each other and leave them alone. The more data you have to transfer the longer it will take. Press Done once the transfer completes
  3. Now move over to the iPhone and press Continue Setting up iPhone
  4. Continue to follow the iPhone prompts to finish setting up your phone

The length of the transfer process varies depending on how much data you're transferring — especially if you were storing a lot of photos and videos. We transferred roughly 400MB of files, and it took about 8 minutes from starting the setup process on iPhone to entering your account passwords.

Move to iOS makes everything easier

Using the Move to iOS app on Android makes the barrier of entry for Android users coming to iPhone almost non-existent. The app is very easy to use and guides users all the way through the process, so your first venture into iOS is as easy as can be. There is loads you can do with iOS 16 and before you know it you'll have adapted to your iPhone as if you've used one your whole life. 

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend. 

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