Switching data from Android to iPhone can be a tedious task if you don't know what you are doing. Many people tend to manually transfer their data from one device to another, which is very time consuming and can lead to mistakes being made, especially when there is a lot of data to be moved from Android to iOS. This article will show you many different methods to transfer data from Android to iPhone, meaning you can select a method that best suits you.

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Method 1: Official Method - Move to iOS Application

If you go to the Google Play Store, you can find the "Move to iOS" app, by Apple. The purpose of this app is to let you move data from your Android to iPhone without much hassle. The requirements for this method are:

  • Ensure your iPhone hasn't already been setup.
  • "Move to iOS" application downloaded and installed on your Android.
  • Strong, reliable Wi-Fi connection for both devices.

After this is done, you can use the application in the following way:

  • During the setup process of your new iPhone, choose Move Data from Android on the Apps and Data menu.
  • Open the Move to iOS app on your Android.
  • Enter the code that has been generated by your iPhone on your Android and continue.
  • Choose all file types that you would like to move, such as photos, videos, email accounts and browser bookmarks and tap Continue.
  • Wait for the loading bar to complete.

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Once both devices have confirmed a successful transfer, you can continue setting up your iPhone. If any files weren't moved over from your Android to the iPhone, you can do this manually, as shown further on in the article.


Method 2: Manual Transfer - Taking Google Drive as an Example

There are a few different ways you can manually transfer your data from Android to iPhone, however, all of these methods are more time consuming than the other ones mentioned in this article. We will be using Google Drive as an example.

You need to make sure you have a Google account with sufficient storage. If you don't have one or you require more storage, you can create a new account. Once you have done this, log in to your new account on your Android device.

  • Open the Google Drive app on your Android and choose to upload.
  • Add all the files that you would like to move to your new phone.
  • Once the upload is complete, log in to your Google Drive account on your iPhone.
  • Download the uploaded files.

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It is advised to create a folder containing all the uploaded data because it will make it easier to locate the required files when downloading them.


Method 3: Transferring One File Type at a Time

You may be interested in transferring one file type at a time if you don't want all your previous data to be moved from your Android phone to your iPhone. This may be because you don't want your old videos on your new phone, or you only want your old videos on your new phone. We have articles on these in more detail, introducing useful solutions such as 4 Methods to Transfer Contacts from Android to iPhone. Within this article, we will show you briefly how you can move music files (.mp3) from your Android to your iPhone.

Tip
Music downloaded through streaming services such as Spotify are not stored as .mp3 and cannot be moved, however, you can use the same Spotify account on your iPhone, letting you access the music from there. Your playlists will sync automatically.
  • Connect your Android phone to your PC and open the file explorer.
  • Locate the download music files on the Android. They are usually in a folder called Music on your internal storage, but if you moved them, you will need to find them.
  • Copy these files to an accessible folder on your PC.
  • Connect your iPhone to your PC and start iTunes.
  • Within iTunes, you need to go to Library -> Songs and then drag and drop your copied music files into this area.
  • Click on your iPhone within iTunes, click music and then enable the option that says "Sync music onto…" If you have just copied the music files from your Android, you should also enable Sync for the entire music library.

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Be aware that if you delete the files from your iTunes, you will also be removing them from your iPhone from the next time it syncs with your PC. You can continue to add more music that you have downloaded to your iTunes library, however. Then, you can connect your phone to your computer and sync it to transfer the music files onto your iPhone. The benefit of using downloaded music files is that they're accessible anywhere and don't require an internet or mobile data connection.


Can You Transfer Apps from Android to iOS?

The app market is what shaped the future of phones when the first iPhone was released. It is what makes our phones what they are today, so, understandably, you would like the apps from your Android on your new iPhone. If an application is available on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App store, then the Move to iOS application will automatically download them on your new iPhone when it is being set up. However, often, applications are published under slightly different names or by different publishers on different application markets, meaning it will be more difficult for them to be downloaded.

You will need to mainly download these applications manually on your new iPhone. Also, it is more than possible that some apps won't be available on the App Store, due to stricter regulations from Apple when apps are being published. If it is incredibly necessary for you to have some applications, check if they're available on the app store before making the switch. As for the data within applications, this cannot be transferred either, unless a third-party backup solution is being used by the app. This is because most application data are stored locally and the way it is stored is different for iOS and Android devices.


Conclusion

We also have many other articles detailing other types of transfers that may interest you, with some being more in-depth about specific transfers. So, feel free to check these out if you need more information on how to transfer things such as contacts. Remember to use a method that best suits you and don't be afraid to try different methods.