How to Transfer All Your Data Between Android and iPhone – Hongkiat


Both Android and iOS have developed into highly advanced and feature-rich operating systems for mobile devices. Therefore, people who have been Android users are switching to iPhone and the ones who used iPhone are opting for Android.

Switching to a new OS sounds exciting but it takes all the fun away when you try to transfer data from one platform to another. In this post, however, I am going to share with you some simple and reliable methods to transfer all kinds of data from Android to iOS or from iOS to Android in a few simple steps.

These include official and semi-official methods like Move to iOS and Google Drive as well as an easy-to-use and reliable third-party tool called Dr. Fone.

So, without further delay, let me walk you through the process of transferring data from Android to iOS and vice-versa.

Wait, before you proceed, backup!

Whichever OS you are using or whichever method you opt for transferring data from one OS to another, it is always wise to create a backup.

There can be any number of reasons (low battery juice, or failed internet connection etc.) that can cause the transfer process to disrupt and you may end up losing some or all of your data.

So, before you start the data transfer, follow these below-mentioned steps according to your current OS to create a backup of your data.

Backup your iOS data

iOS offers you three methods for backing up your data:

  • Backup with iCloud,
  • backup with your Mac,
  • or backup with your PC.
1. Backup with iCloud

To backup your iOS data with iCloud:

  1. Connect your device to a stable internet connection.
  2. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.
  3. In iCloud tap iCloud Backup and toggle it on.
  4. Once it’s toggled on, tap the Back Up Now option and wait till the data of your device is backed up. If your data is more than the free storage space provided by iCloud, then you will be notified to buy more storage. 
2. Backup with Mac

To backup your iOS data with Mac:

  1. Connect your iOS device with your Mac and open the Finder.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions of Trust This Computer or enter the device password on your device.
  3. Select the device in the Finder window on your Mac and click Back Up Now.
  4. You can see a progress bar showing that your iOS device is being backed up and once this is done, you will see the date and time of the last backup.
3. Backup with Windows PC

To backup your iOS data with Windows PC:

  1. Download iTunes on your Windows PC and open it.
  2. Connect the iOS device to your computer with a USB cable.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions of Trust This Computer or enter the device password on your device.
  4. Select your device in the iTunes window and click Back Up Now.
  5. You can see a progress bar showing that your iOS device is being backed up and once this is done, you will see the date and time of the last backup.

Backup your Android data

Android OS allows you to backup your content, data, and phone settings in your Google account that can be restored any time. To do that:

  1. Go to the Settings in your Android device.
  2. Tap System > Backup.
  3. Here tap Backup Now and then tap Continue and your data will be backed up in the Google account that you’ve used in that device. 
    You can also back up your photos in Google Photo Library and back up your files and folders in Google Drive.

Transferring your data from Android to iOS

Method 1. Using “Move to iOS”

Move to iOS is an app offered by Apple to help you move your data from an Android device to iOS.  It allows you to migrate your contacts, messages, photos and videos, web bookmarks, and email accounts to the new iOS device.

To use the Move to iOS app, you need to make sure that WiFi is turned on and working and there’s full battery in both the Android and iOS devices. Also ensure that the host (iOS device) has enough storage to store all the migrated data.

Here’s how you can use Move to iOS app to transfer data from Android to iOS:

  1. Download the Move to iOS app on your Android device.
  2. Now start setting up your iOS device and during the process, on the Apps and Data screen, select the Move Data from Android option and then tap Continue.
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  4. You will get a six-digit code on your iOS device that you’ll be required to enter in your Android device.
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  6. Now your iOS device will create a temporary WiFi connection to execute the transfer. Tap Continue on your Android device and wait for the Transfer Data screen to appear.
  7. On your Android device, you can select the data that you would like to transfer and then tap Continue. Now leave the two devices to complete the transfer process. It may take some time depending on the size of your data.
  8. Once the transfer is complete, tap Done on your Android device and Continue on your iOS device and follow the steps to complete your transfer.
Method 2. Using Dr. Fone

Dr. Fone is a reliable tool that offers complete mobile phone solutions that cater to everything from data transfer, screen unlocking, system repair, data back up and recovery, and a lot more for both Android and iOS devices.

So, if you want to transfer all kinds of data from Android to iOS (by all kinds of i mean including WhatsApp data that you cannot transfer through the Move to iOS app), then you can opt for Dr. Fone.

What makes Dr. Fone a more suitable data transfer tool is that it is really easy to work with – meaning you can transfer data from Android device to iOS in merely a few simple steps. Let’s take a look at how to do that.

  1. Download and install Dr. Fone on your Windows or Mac computer.
  2. Select the Phone Transfer option from the home screen.
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  4. Now connect your Android and iOS device to your computer using the USB cable. Once the connection is established, the tool will recognize your devices. Make sure that the Android is the Source device and iOS is the Target device. If this is not so, you can click the Flip button to make it right.
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  6. You can select what you want to transfer from a myriad of options and then click Start Transfer. The transfer will not take a lot of time as you will be able to see the Transfer Progress window and you will be notified once the transfer is complete.
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Transferring your data from iOS to Android

Method 1. Using Google Drive

Android has developed into a wonderful OS with some really sharp features and an array of Google apps that work together to give you a seamless experience – and that includes data transfer.

If you are an iOS user and want to switch to an Android device, then you can transfer your data from one device to another using Google Drive. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Download and install Google Drive on your iOS device and sign in to your Google Account.
  2. Go to Settings > Backup and select everything that you want to transfer to the Android device and click Start Backup.
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  4. In your iOS device, go to Settings and turn off iMessages and FaceTime so you won’t miss any messages or calls once you switch to Android.
Method 2. Using Dr. Fone
  1. Download and install Dr. Fone on your Windows or Mac computer.
  2. Select the Phone Transfer option from the home screen.
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  4. Now connect your Android and iOS device to your computer using the USB cable. Once the connection is established, your devices will have “Connected” on the tool. Make sure that the iOS is the Source device and Android is the Target device. If this is not so, you can click the Flip button to make it right.
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  6. You can select what you want to transfer from a myriad of options (like transfer photos from Android to iOS, contacts, calendar, and more) and then click Start Transfer. The transfer will not take a lot of time as you will be able to see the Transfer Progress window and you will be notified once the transfer is complete.
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What to expect? (After you’ve switched)

When long-time users of one OS switch to another, there are a few things they need to be ready for or should be expecting.

Though both Android and iOS are wonderful operating systems, there are the following things the users of one OS might notice in the other.

If you switched from Android from iOS

For those who have gone over from Android to iOS, would certainly appreciate the display and graphics. Though Android itself gives some real crisp interface, the interface of iOS (specially in the newer models) feels more minimal and neat.

You’ll also enjoy using Apple’s native apps like Siri and the Safari browser is also pretty amazing.

However, being previously an Android user, the things you’ll miss will be the abundance of apps on Play Store which the Apple app store can never beat. Also, you’ll miss the home screen widgets, super customization, and the app drawer of Android in the iOS.

If you switched from iOS to Android

If you’ve been an iOS user and switching to Android, then you’ll have a slightly steep learning curve, though both operating systems have many similar features.

Firstly, you’ll find Android to be more flexible and customizable. Secondly, you’ll have to get used to the back button and “all apps” button which are hardware buttons rather than soft keys.

From the app’s performance, however, you’ll miss the efficiency of iOS, especially when it comes to some bulky apps like banking or ecommerce apps.

To sum it up

Both Android and iOS are amazing operating systems with their similar and specific features. It depends on your personal preferences and requirements as to which OS suits you best.

And once you find the right OS and want to switch to it, the aforementioned methods will help you migrate to another device successfully.

Do let us know about your experience of transferring from one OS to another and if this write up was helpful for you in the process.



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