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How To Switch From An Android Smartphone To An iOS iPhone

Do you have an Android cell phone and need to change to Apple and its iPhone? Here is a rundown of controls to arrange the gadget under iOS and immediately recuperate its contacts and content. What a delight to change your cell phone and begin without any preparation. While changing starting with one Android framework then onto the next Android is bare because of synchronization, changing from Android to an Apple framework is less mechanized. 

Then again, you find an as yet unclear working framework with iOS 15. To direct you in your initial steps, we will perceive how to recuperate contacts, their telephone numbers and email locations, and documents like music, photographs, or recordings. Most importantly, we will perceive how to move this to the iPhone.

With The Apple App

Since 2021, Apple has offered a solution that allows you to transfer a lot of data from Android to iOS: Move to iOS. It is available for free on the Google Play Store, installed on the Android device that is the data source. It allows you to migrate contacts, messages, photos and videos, favorites and email and calendar accounts by creating a private wifi network from the iPhone or iPad. It also tries to find application equivalences between the stores. 

The only catch is that it doesn’t suit everyone based on the app notes. Some users are happy with it, while others report connection issues or incomplete transfer. However, it is the easiest and quickest solution before moving on and importing the data by other means if it does not work as expected.

Recover Emails, Contacts And Calendars

Your emails and saved contacts are often managed by a service such as Google (Gmail), Microsoft (Outlook, Hotmail, or Yahoo. You may also have chosen to use the address provided by your internet operator (Orange, SFR, Bouygues, Free, etc.). In all cases, the iPhone can connect to these accounts and retrieve emails, contacts, and calendars on the servers. Go to Settings > Mail > Accounts > Add Account . A list of email providers will appear.

Touch yours to enter your credentials or “Other” at the bottom to configure the account manually. Alternatively, if you do not use an online service for one of these functions, software or applications can take care of the transfer via a computer or even directly from one smartphone to another via Wifi. One can use the “Copy My Data” application to achieve this.

First, install the App on your old Android smartphone rather than on your iPhone, and launch the application, making sure that both devices are connected to the same wifi network. Tap “Next” then “To or From Another Device Over Wifi”. On the iPhone, the other device will appear, then choose “Copy Data from selected device” and validate the PIN code that appears on the screen. It remains to choose the data to transfer on the Android screen and validate.

The Music

Our smartphones also play the role of the walkman, and on your Android smartphone, you used to copy and paste your MP3, Flac or WAV files on the device’s storage to read them. This is over. You will learn how to handle iTunes for the same operation as an iPhone. Recover music from your Android by connecting your device to a computer and then enabling USB memory so that the device storage appears as a removable disk on the computer. 

Copy them to your computer. They are usually placed in the /Music/ folder of the smartphone. Open iTunes, click “Music”, and drag these files into the interface. Now connect your iPhone, select it in the list of devices, check “synchronize music” in the dedicated section, and then apply to finalize the action.

Pictures And Videos

We have seen that the “Copy My Data” application could be responsible for transferring specific data. Photos and videos are part of it, but in case of failure, you will have to go through iTunes again if you want to recover your images on the new device. Connect your Android and activate the storage memory for music. Copy and paste the photos usually stored in the /DCIM/ folder to a folder on your computer. Then open iTunes, select your iPhone and click “Photos”. Check the box “Sync photos from” and select your images folder. Don’t forget to apply.


There is no way to transfer apps from Android to iOS because they are incompatible. But most apps that exist in the Play Store, or their equivalent, are also available in the App Store. However, you will have to get your hands on the wallet a little more often (there are more free Android apps than iOS).

Other Documents

We have seen with photos and music that a simple copy-paste made it possible to recover Android files. This is also the case if you store DOC, EXCEL, PDF etc., files on your smartphone. For PDF files, it is possible to use Apple’s iBooks application. The easiest way to transfer documents on iOS is to use iCloud through the website with your Apple IDs.

Once on the site, go to “iCloud Drive” to import your documents. In iCloud Drive, all you have to do is use the icons to send the files. They will be synchronized on your iPhone and will thus be accessible through Apple applications (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) or via third-party applications.

And The Text Messages?

Is it essential to transfer all your old SMS? If the application proposed by Apple at the beginning of the article did not give satisfaction, there is another method that allows not to transfer but to save its SMS in a text file. There is no need for software, only an Android application, for example, SMS Messages Backup & Restore App.


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