Switching from iOS to Samsung's One UI can be a daunting task, especially if it's your first time switching to an Android device. There are many differences between the operating systems which require some time to get used to. One of the main differences between iPhones and Samsung is the customisability they offer. After looking into the plethora of Samsung phones available to purchase, if you have been convinced to switch to Samsung, the next stage will be to transfer data from your iPhone to Samsung. This includes things such as photos, videos and notes. We encourage you to read through the entire article, looking at the different ways you can approach the data transfer, before deciding which method you will use. This article will show you how you can move your important data from your iPhone to your new Samsung phone.

Part 1. USB Transfer Method - iTunes

This method will not let you move as many file types over from your iPhone, however, is useful if you would like to individually select the files that you will be moving over, such as photos and videos. iTunes usually only lets you transfer media files, so images can be transferred however you won't be able to move files such as notes or contacts using this method. That's because the file extensions for these types of files on iPhones is different to what it would be stored as on your Samsung phone. If you require these types of files on your Samsung, we recommend the next method. 

To use iTunes for file transfer, you need to:

  • Download and install iTunes on your PC if you haven't already got it and make sure it is up to date with the latest version.
  • Connect your iPhone to your PC via a USB cable.
  • Enable sync by clicking on the device icon and selecting the types of files you want to be synced.

sync files from iphone to pc via itunes

The files will be stored in your Roaming folder if you are using Windows and, in your library, if you are using macOS. If you are struggling to find any of the synced files, try searching for one of the file names from your iPhone. Alternatively, you can search via file type (such as .jpeg) and locate the files this way.

Once you have located the synced files:

  • Connect your Samsung to your PC via a USB cable.
  • Go to the phone's internal storage through your file explorer on your PC.
  • Copy the files that you have synced from your iPhone into a folder on your Samsung's internal storage. These can be to an existing folder, such as downloads, or to a new folder that you can create.

This method doesn't let you move all file types from your iPhone to your Samsung, such as notes, due to the difference in file types and storage methods used for them. If you would mainly like to set up your Samsung as a new device and only move a small number of items onto it from your old iPhone, then this method may be best suited to you.

Part 2. Official Method - Samsung Smart Switch

Samsung offers a built-in solution to their mobile devices for moving files from your iPhone to your new Samsung phone. However, you need to make sure you have a reliable internet connection and ideally, both devices should be connected to the same network. To use this, make sure you have the application installed. Most new devices come with the app preinstalled, however, if your device doesn't, it can be installed from the Google Play Store. Also, make sure two-step authentication is turned off from your iCloud account before using this method.

  • Backup your iPhone to iCloud by entering into your iPhone's settings and enabling backup under iCloud.
  • Open Smart Switch by either finding it as an application (older devices) or in settings -> Cloud and accounts -> Smart Switch.
  • Choose wireless, then receive and finally iOS.
  • Log in to your iCloud account when prompted and select all the file types that you want to transfer to your Samsung.
  • Tap Import and wait for the data to move over.

samsung smart switch

Do not switch to another application on your Samsung during the transfer process, as this may cause the transfer to fail.

Part 3. Frequently Asked Questions about Transferring Data from iPhone to Samsung

Q1: Can You Use Bluetooth to Transfer Files from iPhone to Samsung?

Bluetooth has been in use since the mid-1990s, and to this day, almost every phone comes equipped with Bluetooth. It is a wireless transfer system that doesn't require an internet connection but requires the devices to be in close proximity of each other and needs both phones to have Bluetooth. Unfortunately, Apple doesn't allow non-Apple devices to transfer files via Bluetooth to an iPhone and vice versa. Although Apple does this as a security measure, to prevent unauthorized access to your phone, it means you can't use this method to move media files, such as music and videos from your iPhone to Android. The same applies for NFC, so even though you can use NFC for services such as Apple Pay, you can't use it to transfer files to a non-Apple device from your iPhone.

Q2: Can You Use Apple Music on Your Samsung Phone?

Luckily, you can download and install Apple Music on your Samsung, from the Google Play Store. This means that if you had music on your Apple Music account, it will be available on your Samsung too. However, if you had downloaded the music from Apple Music, you will need to redo this on your Samsung phone.


Hopefully, this article has shown you how you can transfer your important data from your iPhone to your new Samsung easily and has given you a method that you prefer. We suggest that you use a Micro SD card in general, to back up your data in case your files are accidentally removed. Also, if one method doesn't work for you, do not be discouraged to try a different one. If this article was helpful to you and you know someone else who may benefit from the methods listed above, feel free to share this with your friends and family.