If you want to transfer data from an Android to an iPhone after setup, there are a few options. You can reset your device and use the “Move to iOS” feature, transfer files using a cloud storage provider, use third-party software, or manually move files over.
Switching phones is something many of us do from time to time. While many people will switch from an Android to an Android or an iPhone to an iPhone, some people switch from one operating system to another.
Generally, this process is simple and the manufacturers make it easy to move your data from one device to another during setup.
But what happens if you have already set up your new phone, only to realize you have more data you want to transfer from your old Android to your new iPhone? Read on to learn more about the options for transferring data from an Android to an iPhone after setup.
- The fastest and easiest way to transfer data from Android to iPhone is with the Move to iOS feature. However, it requires that you reset your device and start from scratch.
- Cloud storage providers and third-party software are also an option. While not as quick as Move to iOS, it can still get most of your data transferred in a reasonable manner of time without a ton of effort on your part.
- There’s also the option of manually moving your files over from one device to another. However, this can be a long and annoying process depending on what you need to switch over and how much you need to move.
Method 1: Reset Your Device and Use Move to iOS Feature
Using the Move to iOS feature is the easiest and fastest way to get data from your Android to an iPhone. Unfortunately, you can only use this feature when setting up a device, so if you want to transfer data with it on a phone you’ve already set up, you need to reset your device.
This will cause the device to be wiped clean, so if you want to save anything that you’ve added or downloaded that won’t come over when transferring from your Android, make sure to create a backup.
To reset your device, go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Erase All Content and Settings. After this, your device will be set back to as if it was brand new out of the box, and you’ll have to set it up again.
With a fresh iPhone, you need to turn it on and place it near your Android. On your iPhone, follow the setup instructions on-screen until you reach the Transfer Your Apps & Data Screen. On this screen, press From Android.
Moving back to your Android device, open the Move to iOS app, or download it if you don’t already have it. Next, agree to Apple’s location and notification permissions, and then press Continue on your iPhone when you see the Move from Android screen.
After this, wait for a code, and enter it on your Android. Next, your iPhone will create a Wifi network that you can connect to on your Android device. After waiting for the Transfer Data screen to appear, you can choose the content on your Android that you want to move.
After choosing everything you want to transfer and tapping Continue, leave the devices along near one another until the transfer completes. Once it’s done, your iPhone should have everything on it that you requested to be transferred.
As for how long this transfer takes, it depends on how much you’re moving, as well as the quality of your internet connection.
However, what if you don’t want to reset your device for one reason or another? Thankfully, there are some other ways to get the data over from your Android device.
Method 2: Transfer Files Using a Cloud Storage Provider
The first option to transfer files without resetting your device is to use a cloud storage provider. A tool like Dropbox can be used on both Android and Apple devices and makes it easy to share information between the two phones.
Just add the data you want to transfer from your Android, open the Dropbox app on your iPhone, and enjoy easy access to all of your data in an instant.
Of course, you can download or move the files out of Dropbox to elsewhere on your iPhone if you wish, but can also leave them there and simply access them when you need them.
You can also sync your data like calendars and contacts to your Google account, and then add the account on your iPhone to transfer this data automatically, as well.
Method 3: Use Third-Party Software
Another method is to use some type of third-party software to move data from one device to another. There are many options out there, so make sure to do your homework and choose the right one.
Make sure it’s legitimate, trustworthy, and has solid reviews from others who have used it. The exact steps for using this type of software vary, but it’s generally quite simple and only involves a few steps.
For example, here’s how you perform the transfer using software called MobileTrans.
- Step 1: Download and then open the MobileTrans software for your computer. Choose the Phone Transfer option.
- Step 2: Connect both the Android and iPhone to the computer using their cables, and ensure you give permission for the computer to access them. Make sure the Android is the Source and the iPhone is the Destination. If not, flip them.
- Step 3: Choose from the options to decide which type of data you want to transfer. You can use MobileTrans to move photos, contacts, texts, videos, voice memos, and more.
- Step 4: Click Start to begin the process of transferring the data.
Method 4: Move Files Manually
If the data you want to send over is mainly files like photos, videos, and documents, you can simply move them manually. This can be a longer and more painstaking process, but will certainly work to get the data onto your new phone without issues.
One option to do this is to email them to yourself. Just add the files to an email from your Android, open the email on your iPhone, and manually download or save the files.
You can also send them to a computer from your Android and then move them from the computer onto your iPhone.
It can be annoying to fully make the switch from an Android device to an iPhone, only to find that you still have some data on the Android that you need to move over.
While you can reset your iPhone to make the full data transfer easier, there are several ways to transfer data from Android to iPhone after setup without having to reset. I hope this guide helped you learn more about them to help decide which is the best option for you.
What sorts of data do you think are the most important to transfer from an old phone to your new one? Let me know in a comment below.