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The Fastest Way To Switch from Android to the iPhone

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Switching from Android to the iPhone 11

You get a new iPhone 11, or maybe you are fancy and got an iPhone 11 Pro with its amazing triple rear cameras. The only problem is that all of your assets are on your old Android phone. But just like Samsung and Google made it easy to shift from an iPhone to a Pixel 3 or Galaxy Note 10, Apple has an easy way to transfer all your data on to your new iPhone. It’s an Android app that Apple created, called Move To iOS.

This method will transfer contacts, messages, website bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, photos, and all your videos as well as download any Android apps that are free in the iOS App Store. This method worked with phones running Android 8.1 or earlier. I also tried my best to work on phones running Android 9 Pie, but the phones wouldn’t connect.

On one hand, I think many people are updating older phones running older variants of Android. But on the other hand, by the time you read this story perhaps Move To iOS will work with Android 9 Pie.

If you want to follow step-by-step, watch our How to switch from Android to iPhone at the top of this story.

Transfer data from Android 8.1 or earlier

Since we’re transporting data, the first thing you want to do is charge your phones to the max. Once the batteries are packed with juice, connect your Android phone, to Wi-Fi.

If you use Chrome on your phone and want to transport your bookmarks, make sure the app is up to date before beginning the transfer process.

Next, turn on your new iPhone and follow the instructions until you land on the Apps & Data screen. Choose Move Data from Android.

On your Android phone, install Move To iOS from the Google Play Store, then open it. Back on your iPhone, tap Continue on the Move from Android screen. A 6- or 10-digit code will appear.

Go back to your Android phone and tap Continue on the Move to iOS screen and then read the Terms and Conditions and hit Agree. On the Find Your Code screen, tap Next in the top-right corner. Then, type in the 6- or 10-digit code when prompted.

Next, On your Android device, choose the content that you want to move to your iPhone on the Transfer Data screen and tap Next.

This method can take a while, so I suggest starting it before you go to bed or another time when you aren’t using your phone. Note, even if your Android phone shows that the process is finished, leave both phones alone until the loading bar ends on your iPhone.

Next, follow the onscreen actions to finish the set-up of your iPhone. After the transfer finishes, download any free apps that were matched in the App Store. Lastly, make sure that all of your data transferred by browsing through your photo gallery.

All the music, books, or PDFs on your Android gadget will need to be moved over manually. But you can download all this from your Android phone with the Android File Transfer app on Mac or PC. Then you can add them to iTunes and sync to your iPhone or upload to iCloud Drive.

 

If you are transferring from Android 9 Pie or later

If you’re on a mobile phone using Android 9 Pie and you’re shifting to an iPhone, I would suggest trying Move To iOS. If it doesn’t work, there are third-party apps for Macs and PCs that should. A famous one is an app called AnyTrans.

If you love Google ecosystem, there’s no need to leave it when you’re on an iPhone. There are many Google apps for iOS including Google Chrome, Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Photos, YouTube, Google Play Music, Google Play Books, and Google Play Movies.

Hopefully, this will ease your move from Android to iPhone easier. If you have any tips or software you’ve used to transfer your Android data to an iPhone please do tell us that in the comments.

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