Today, upgrading from one iPhone model to the next
is a breeze. This is largely thanks to the ease with which data and settings can be transferred between handsets. Much the same is true of many Android devices
, too. However, the process is a little less straightforward when moving from iPhone to Android, or vice versa.
Strictly in terms of transferring data, neither method should prove unduly tricky, especially for those with a reasonable grasp of today’s technology. That said, it’s a process made much easier with a few simple steps to follow. We outline them below.
How to Transfer Data From an iPhone to Android and Vice Versa
So, you’ve upgraded to a new smartphone, but one that relies on an alternative operating system. In most cases, this involves going from Android to iPhone or vice versa. Thankfully, it’s possible to transfer data in both directions, and with relative ease.
At the same time, extra steps will generally be necessary to get all of your contacts, calendars, photos, etc.
Android to iPhone
To move from Android to Apple, new iPhone owners can simply use the Move to iOS app
. When setting up a new iPhone for the first time, wait for the Apps & Data screen to appear and select Move Data from Android.
Scan the displayed QR code offered as a part of the Apps & Data screen’s Move Data from Android process using the old smartphone’s camera.
Scanning this QR code will open the Google Play Store, where the Move to iOS app can be downloaded. Meanwhile, follow the on-screen instructions on the new iPhone, and wait for a six- or ten-digit code to appear. Having now downloaded and opened the Move to iOS app, input this code on the old Android smartphone.
Continue following the instructions issued on each end. The new iPhone will promptly create a separate, temporary Wi-Fi network. The Android device should then ask to join this network. Take the necessary steps to connect before waiting for the Transfer Data screen to appear.
Next, choose the content to transfer. Options include everything from contacts, calendars, messages, bookmarks, and mail accounts to accessibility and display settings. Apple will even try to download the same apps used on an old Android device for a user’s new iPhone, should they wish.
Once the desired content has been chosen, allow the transfer process to take place. Wait for the loading bar on the iPhone to reach 100 percent. Even if the Android handset registers that the transfer is complete, it’s vital to wait for the same to be indicated at the other end.
Once the iPhone’s loading bar finishes, tap Done on the Android device and continue the setup process on the new handset. Make sure that everything has transferred as instructed. Music, books, and PDFs must be moved across manually.
While Apple will try to match up and download corresponding free apps that exist on both the App Store and Google Play Store, paid-for and exclusive downloads will need to be accounted for and taken care of on an app-by-app basis.
iPhone to Android
As a Google product, moving to Android from iPhone largely relies on the search giant’s Drive service. To get started, it’s necessary to download the latest version of Google Drive from the App Store
on the iPhone that’s being replaced.
Then, a user must sign in with a Google account. Gmail users can simply enter the same credentials as used for their email. Where an account doesn’t already exist, it’s possible to create a new one from within the app itself.
Within the Google Drive app for iPhone, choose the Backup option from within the Settings menu. Much like transferring from Android to iPhone, it’s possible to pick and choose between what should or shouldn’t be backed up and, as a result, transferred. The choices here are admittedly rather more limited, extending solely to contacts, calendar events, photos, and videos.
Unfortunately, in this instance, separate provisions will need to be made for apps, accessibility and display settings, messages, bookmarks, and mail accounts.
However, where simple data is the priority, the Apple to Android transfer process is both straightforward and effective. With the first two steps taken care of, start the setup process for the new Android smartphone. When prompted, sign in with the same Google account that was used to back up the old iPhone.
Once the rest of the setup process is complete, all of the backed-up data will be automatically available within the relevant contacts, calendar, and photos apps on the new Android device.
It’ll always be necessary to manually transfer things like mail accounts, music, and books. Any apps, or their corresponding Android alternatives, will also need to be individually downloaded.
Whether you’re moving from Apple to Android or from Android to Apple, be sure to protect your new smartphone with an extended warranty.
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