Switching from Android to iPhone used to be difficult, but with the new Move to iOS app it's as easy as tapping a few buttons.

Moving your photos and contacts and calendars and accounts from your old Android phone to your new iPhone is easier than ever with the Move to iOS app. The app, made for Android (Apple's first Android app, actually), hooks the two phones up with a direct Wi-Fi network and transfers over all your data. Depending on how much is on your phone, it could take a while to transfer everything, but the wireless device-to-device connection makes for a relatively speedy transfer process.

The Move to iOS app transfers your photos, calendar, contacts, text messages, and photos and videos. It doesn't transfer your apps (they're obviously not compatible anyway), music, or any of your passwords. Additionally, the option to transfer data from an Android phone with Move to iOS is only available on devices running iOS 9 or higher, so your brand-new iPhone 6s will be able to pull your contacts, photos, and more from your old Android phone.

How to move your data from Android to iPhone with Move to iOS

  1. Set up your iPhone as normal until you reach the screen titled "Apps & Data". Select the "Move Data from Android" option.

    iPhone restore options

  2. On your Android phone, open the Google Play Store and perform a search for "Move to iOS".

  3. Open the Move to iOS app listing, tap Install, Accept the permissions request, and then tap "Open" after it's installed.

    Google Play Store searchGoogle Play listing for the Move to iOS appMove to iOS app permissions request

  4. Tap Continue on both phones, and Agree and then Next on the Android phone.


  5. One the Android phone, enter then 12-digit code displayed on the iPhone.

    The connection code displayed on the iPhoneThe connection code entered on the Android phone

  6. After entering the code, the Android phone will connect with the iPhone over a Wi-Fi Direct connection and determine what data will be transferred.

    It will ask whether you want to transfer your Google Account info (so that you can quickly log in on the iPhone), Chrome bookmarks, text messages, contacts, and the photos and videos in your camera roll. Select what you want, and then tap Next.

    Connecting to the iPhoneSelecting what data to transferTransferring data

  7. The Android phone will transfer the selected data over to the iPhone, which will then place the content into the correct apps. The two phones will disconnect and the Android phone will prompt you to take your old phone to the Apple Store where they'll recycle it for free. Although you could just sell it yourself through a service like Gazelle.

  8. Once the transfer process is complete, tap on "Continue Setting Up iPhone" on your iPhone and carry on setting up a new Apple ID or logging into an existing one. Once the set-up process is completed, you'll be prompted to log in to the accounts you transferred from the Android phone. Do that, and then you're good to go!

    Transferring from AndroidEnter your password

How long the transfer process will take will vary depending on how much data you're transferring, the bulk of it consisting of photos and videos. We transferred roughly 400MB of files and it took about 8 minutes from starting to set up our iPhone to entering the account passwords.

To help you settle in on your new iPhone, Google's developed several apps that tie into their services, including the full Google Drive and Google Docs suites, Google Play Music, Gmail, and more. Heck, if an Apple Watch isn't your thing, you can bring your old Android Wear watch to the iPhone too.

Originally published September 18, 2015. Updated September 25.