How to Easily Transfer Data from iPhone to Android

How to Easily Transfer Data from iPhone to Android

Making the big jump from an iPhone to an Android phone, you’ll find yourself with a pretty long checklist of things to do. Whether you switch to Google Pixel 7 or a new Samsung cell phone like the Galaxy Z Flip 4switching operating systems can quickly become a hassle if you don’t know the most efficient way to move your data.

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The secret to an easy transfer process lies in the small plastic adapter that Google and Samsung (sometimes) include in the box. It’s like hiring professional movers to move your stuff, unpack it, and decorate your new home just like your old one! The adapter has a USB-A connector on one end and a USB-C connector on the other that allows you to connect your new phone to your old iPhone. You can also use a USB-C to Lightning cable for newer phones like the iPhone 11.

With the adapter you can transfer your photos, videos, files, music and wallpaper. You can even use it to automatically download any Android versions from free iOS apps you had on your old Apple phone. And as for iMessage, while Apple’s messaging service doesn’t work on an Android phone, you can even move your message history and threads to your new phone.

Switch from iPhone to a Google Pixel phone

Specifically, if you’re switching from an iPhone to a Google Pixel, the first thing you want to do is charge both phones. Next, you’re going to turn off iMessage on all your Apple devices — any device that uses your AppleID. Go to Institutionsthen Messages and then turn off iMessage.

If your new Pixel with a SIM cardinstall it, turn on the phone and type the Start button. Then connect to a Wi-Fi network and then select Copy your data. Now unlock your old iPhone and place your lighting power cable at the bottom. Then plug the other end into the “magic adapter” that Google calls a Quick Switch Adapter (QSA). Finally includes the QSA with the Pixel. You can also use a USB-C to lighting cable.


The Pixel uses an adapter to connect directly to your iPhone and transfer the data you choose.

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When prompted, type Confidence on your iPhone. Then sign in to your Google account on the Pixel. Then choose exactly what you want to copy (photos, music, messages, etc.), then tap Copy.

Now it’s time for your Pixel to actually transfer everything. Depending on how much stuff you’re moving, this can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. While the transfer is taking place, you can continue to set up your phone, such as adding a PIN or setting up Google Assistant and Google Pay. Once the transfer is complete, you’re done. Make sure everything you wanted to migrate actually did and enjoy your new Google life.

Thanks to Google and Samsung, we found two easy ways to switch from an iPhone to Android.

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Switch from an iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy phone

If you got a new Samsung Galaxy phone, it also comes with an adapter, although you can also move your data over Wi-Fi. I recommend using the adapter because it’s faster. You can also use a USB-C to Lighting cable to connect the two. Just like the Pixel transfer, the first thing you need to do is make sure both phones are charged and turn off iMessage on your iPhone.

However, unlike the Pixel, you have the option to set up your Galaxy phone as new and then transfer the data which means you can start using your phone straight away instead of waiting. To start the transfer, open the Smart Switch app on your Samsung phone. Your phone may take a minute to download the app.

Once you open it, you may be prompted to send or receive data. Type Receive. Then choose how you want to transfer: Wi-Fi or cable. Then connect both phones using the adapter and your iPhone’s lightning cable – if you’re transferring over Wi-Fi, you don’t need to connect the phones to each other with a cable.


With Samsung Galaxy phones, like Google’s Pixel phones, you can choose exactly what kind of data to import from your old iPhone.

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Tap on the iPhone Confidence and on the Samsung phone you will see a message that reads Connect to your iPhone. If your iPhone uses encryption for backups, you may be prompted to enter your passcode. This should be your Apple ID password.

Next, the Samsung phone will scan your iPhone for data. It may take a few minutes after which you can choose exactly what kind of data you want to transfer. Then tap up transfer arrow. The actual transfer may take a few minutes to an hour. Once it’s done, go through your new Samsung phone and check your data. If you can’t find your photos and videos in the Gallery app, go to the Google Photos app.

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