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How to switch from Android to iPhone and iPad

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Moving your photos, contacts, calendars, and accounts from your old Android phone or tablet to your new iPhone or iPad is easier than ever with Apple's Move to iOS app. Apple's first Android app hooks your old Android and new Apple device together over a direct Wi-Fi connection and transfers over all your data. But keep in mind that you can only transfer data from an Android phone or tablet to an iPhone or iPad running iOS 9 or higher. If you've got the new iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max, you'll have no problem.

NOTE: While moving to iOS app transfers a lot of your data, it doesn't transfer your apps, music, or any of your passwords as they are not compatible.

Products used in this guide:

  • Apple's new standard: iPhone 13
  • Transfer your files: Move to iOS (Android app)

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

  1. Follow the prompts to set up your new iPhone or iPad until you reach the screen titled "Apps & Data".
  2. Tap the "Move Data from Android" option.
  3. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Play Store and search for Move to iOS.
  4. Open the Move to iOS app listing.
  5. Tap Install.
  6. Choose Open after it's installed.
  7. Tap Continue on both devices.
  8. On your Android device, enter the six-digit code displayed on the iPhone or iPad.
  9. After entering the code, the Android device will connect with your iPhone or iPad over a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection and determine what data will be transferred. Press Continue on the Android Device to continue.
  10. Keep the phones next to each other and then select Connect.
  11. It will ask you what data you want to be transferred over so that you can quickly log in on your new Apple device. This includes things like contacts, calendar, Google Account, Camera Roll, and more. Select everything you want to move over then tap Continue.
  12. It will take time to transfer your data so keep the phones near each other and leave them alone. The more data you have to transfer the longer it will take. Press Done once the transfer completes.
  13. Now move over to the iPhone and press Continue Setting Up iPhone.
  14. Continue to follow the iPhone prompts to finish setting up your phone.

How long the transfer process takes varies depending on how much data you're transferring — especially if you were storing a lot of photos and videos. We transferred roughly 400MB of files, and it took about 8 minutes from starting the setup process on iPhone to entering account passwords.

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Move to iOS

Use this app on your Android-based device to move your information to iPhone or iPad.

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Rebecca Spear
Rebecca Spear

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides and reviews for Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.