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I've just switched from an iPhone 8 to a new Samsung Galaxy S20. What should I do to transfer my apps from iPhone to Samsung? Is it gonna be troublesome?

Welcome to the 5G era! Switching from iOS to Android is a major move. However, it does not need to be daunting. If we look beneath the surface, iPhones and Android phones share many similarities. And, with the right tools, you can certainly move from an iPhone 8 to, say, a Samsung Galaxy S20 without losing important data along the way.

transfer apps from iPhone to Samsung

The good news is that there are several methods to help you transfer apps from iPhone to a new Galaxy S20. The bad news is that there is no automatic way to move the apps you have installed on your iPhone to your new Android phone. This means that you will probably need to repurchase any app that you have paid for on the iPhone 8. Of course, we would never leave you clueless if migrating your apps is what you need to do. Here are some handy solutions to help you achieve that and have everything (or nearly everything) moved from your iPhone 8 to your new Samsung Galaxy S20.

Part 1. Transfer 18 Types of App Data from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy S20 [WhatsApp Included]

iMyFone iTransor Pro is a highly efficient and safe app to use which will untie your hands and speed the transfer process up by a whole lot. It enables users to migrate 18 types of app data from iPhone to Samsung, which covers almost all people's needs. On top of that, iTransor Pro is an amazing software that supports WhatsApp data backup, transfer, restore and export across iOS and Android operating systems. Given that sending apps like WhatsApp from an iPhone to an Android phone can be quite challenging, here is how to use it to complete the move within a few minutes.

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It is a super-easy, two-step process that involves:

Step #1: Connect your devices to a computer and get prepared

  • Use USB cables that connect each of your phones to a computer.
  • Open iTransor Pro, choose either Transfer WhatsApp or Transfer Other Data, and grant the needed permissions. We will show the progress of transferring data other than WhatsApp here.

choose differnt data types

  • Ensure that your old iPhone is labeled as the source phone while your new device is referred to as the destination phone.
  • Click Next and give the software a short while to prepare the devices for the data transfer.

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Step #2: Select the data you need and start transfer

  • Select either all of the data to send to your Samsung phone or select a few that you want.

choose the data you want to transfer

  • Note that the transfer method differs depending on the data types you choose.
  • Follow through the instructions you will receive on your screen to finish transferring your app data.

The transfer may take anywhere from a few minutes and up to several hours, depending on the amount of app data you choose to send over to your new Samsung device.


Part 2. Transfer Most Apps from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung itself has designed an app Samsung Smart Switch to help make the transition from an iPhone to a Samsung phone a breeze. This is great news for Android users, given that Google does not yet have an automated data transfer app like Apple’s Move to iOS app. Smart Switch is a software developed by Samsung that will not only make the data migration easy but also find Android equivalents of your iOS app and help you download them on your new Galaxy phone.

Before you start using Smart Switch, though, take note of the following:

  • Disable iMessage on your iOS phone. To do that, go to Settings > Messages and disable iMessages on your iPhone. This is recommended to prevent errors that could cause your text messages from going back to your iPhone rather than your new Samsung.
  • You may also want to disable FaceTime as well, for the same reason as with iMessages.

Here are the steps to follow:

  • Use the USB cables in the original packaging of your phones (along with a MicroUSB to USB adapter) and connect your iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy S20.
  • Open Smart Switch on your S20 (go to Settings > Cloud and accounts > Smart Switch).  If you don’t find it there, download the app from the Google Play Store and then install it.
  • Press Next on your Android device and follow the on-screen instructions.

transfer from iPhone to Samsung via Smart Switch

  • Your Galaxy will start searching for your iPhone so that it can connect with it. Once the connection is established, choose the type of data you wish to move from one phone to the other.
  • Press Transfer.

Note that this solution will even help migrate videos, music, and messages, provided that the audio files are not DRM protected. But app data is not supported, so you should choose the first method if you want all your apps transfered completely.


Part 3. Transfer Apps from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy S20 Manually

TouchCopy is an app that will allow you to transfer apps from the iPhone 8 to your computer and from there to your Galaxy S20 easily and fast. However, in this way you need to manually transfer the files from your PC to Samsung. When you move the apps from your computer to your Samsung, you may find that some file formats are not compatible. The app data types that have been proved to work are contacts, voicemails, music, and photos. Just follow these instructions to get it over within a flash.

  • Download and install TouchCopy on your PC and connect the iPhone 8.
  • Choose the files you need to migrate to your new S20. If, for example, you want to send your messages (including any images and videos attached to them), tap on Copy Messages > Backup All > Copy to PC.
  • As soon as the selected files have been transferred to your computer, select a location to save your files and hit OK.
  • Connect your PC with your Samsung Galaxy S20, head to the location where you saved your files, and send them over to your Android device by dragging them into it.

transfer apps via TouchCopy

Note that this method may not be suitable for some data types such as app data due to the different formats of it on two operating systems.


Part 4. Transfer Apps from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy S20 [Paid]

Samsung Messages Backup is a third-party software that can also help you move data, including apps, from iPhone to Samsung. You may use it to send, edit, import, add, or delete media files, call history, contacts, and messages on Samsung devices from your computer directly. Although it is not a one-stop strategy to move your apps from your iPhone 8 to the new Galaxy phone, it will get the job done. You will need to use it in combination with iTunes, though. Here is the drill:

Step #1: Backup your apps from your iPhone to your computer

  • Download and then install and launch the latest version of iTunes on your PC.
  • Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to your PC and let your computer detect your phone.
  • Go to the menu bar and tap File > Devices > Transfer Purchases from [device name].
  • Choose the applications you need to backup to your PC.
  • Paste these files to a folder location.

transfer apps via Samsung Messages Backup

Step #2: Restore the apps from the computer to your Samsung

  • Download and launch the app on your computer, Mac or Windows.
  • Connect your Galaxy S20 to your computer either via Wi-Fi or USB cable. In the first case, ensure that you tap on Connect via WiFi and then scan the QR code with your Samsung device.
  • Give the app a few seconds to detect your Samsung phone. Then click Apps > User Apps > Install.
  • Select the app backups you had previously transferred from your iPhone to your computer and install them on your Galaxy.

Note that this application will charge you fees for the app transfer.


Final Thoughts

Transferring apps from iPhone to Samsung is no brainer anymore. Whether you choose a manufacturer’s app like Smart Switch or a third-party tool like iTransor Pro, your apps and other types of data will find their new home in your Samsung Galaxy effortlessly, safely, and fast. Enjoy the coming 5G experience!

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