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How to Transfer Data from Android to iPhone 13 in 4 Ways

Myra updated on Aug 29, 2023 | Home > Mobile Transfer

Got a new iPhone? Let's show you how to transfer your data from Android to iOS devices.

However, those who go from Android to iPhone for the first time end up wondering how to transfer data from Android to iPhone 13? Whether it's an iPhone 13 or any other iOS device, transferring the data in a proper way is necessary. Let's explore a few ways to do that.

Android and iOS are two very different operating systems. They use a different set of information settings, image, and video formats, coding, etc. So, transferring data from one phone (Android) to another (iPhone) is not as easy as it may sound.

That's why it's imperative that a user does this with proper tools, applications, and other tried methods. This article will help you with four ways to move your data from Android to iPhone 13. So, let's keep going.

Preparations Before Transferring Data from Android to iPhone 13

There are a few things you should do before you get started. For instance, you need to ensure your images are synced with your Google account and that your contacts are in your SIM card rather than your phone memory.

Therefore, make sure you do a few things before you get started, such as:

  •  Google sync photos in your Android phone
  • Transfer phone contacts into your SIM card
  • Backup your Android data on PC (photos, videos, documents)
  • Sync your contacts and other information with Google
  • Ensure you have proper USB cables for both iPhone and Android
  • Use an app or software to extract inbox text messages (optional)

These preparations are just in case you don't get all your data to your iPhone in time, or if the process is disturbed by a bad connection, etc. Therefore, you need to take all these precautions and preliminary steps before you start the transfer from your Android to iPhone 13.

How to Transfer Different Types of Data from Android to iPhone 13

Now that you've done all the basic preparations let's talk about the process to understand how to transfer data from Android to iPhone 13. In this section, we're going to explore three different types of methods that'll allow you to transfer three different types of data, including:

  • Contacts
  • Messages
  • Photos

So, let's get started and explore each method to transfer these data types from your Android to iPhone 13.

1. How to Transfer Contacts from Android to iPhone 13 with SIM Card

The first method is to use your SIM card to transfer the contacts from Android to iPhone 13. However, first, you need to ensure your Android contacts are transferred to your SIM before you plug them into your iPhone. Here's how:

Step 1. Go to the Contacts app on your Android phone

Step 2. Tap the menu (three lines), then head into the Manage Contacts option

Step 3. Tap the Import/Export Contacts option

Step 4. Tap on the SIM card when the menu prompts up

Step 5. Tap on the Export contacts option

Step 6. Once again, Tap on the SIM card option

Step 7. Wait

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Once you are through, eject the SIM card from your Android phone and insert it into your iPhone 13. Once your iPhone detects the SIM, here's what you're going to do:

Step 1. Head into iPhone Settings app

Step 2. Scroll down and Tap on Contacts

Step 3. Tap on Import SIM Contacts

Step 4. Select the Apple ID you wish to import your contacts to.        

Step 5. Wait for the transfer to finish

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This entire process might take a few minutes, depending on the contacts you have. However, even with 250+ contacts, it'll only take around 5-10 minutes.

2. How to Transfer Photos from Android to iPhone 13 through Google Photos App

The next method will transfer your photos from Android to iPhone. However, once again, you need to ensure your photos/images on Android are synced with your Google account before you sync them on your iPhone. Here's how:

Step 1. Open Google Photos on your Android.

Step 2. Head into your Account settings by tapping the account icon.

Step 3. Tap on Settings in the menu.

Step 4. Tap on the Back up & Sync option and toggle it on.

Step 5. Wait for the Sync to finish.

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Once the Sync has been completed on your Android, transferring these photos to your iPhone will be a lot easier. So, download Google Photos from Apple Store on your iPhone, then follow these steps:

Step 1. Open Google Photos on your iPhone.

Step 2. Sign into your Google Account (with the photos).

Step 3. Tap on the Account icon.

Step 4. Head into Google Photos settings.

Step 5. Then find Backup and Sync and toggle it on.

Step 6. Wait for it to sync photos.

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This might take a few minutes, or even hours—depending on the photos you synced in your Google account. However, your images will slowly start appearing in your gallery/Google photos as time goes by.

3. How to Transfer Messages from Android to iPhone 13 with Send Anywhere

With this method, you will be able to send your text messages to your iPhone 13. However, you will have to download an app called Send Anywhere to both your Android and iPhone. Once you have the app ready, launch it on both devices and follow these steps:

Step 1. Grant Access to Send Anywhere on your Android.

Step 2. Select the messages app to send it to your iPhone.

Step 3. Let it generate the code and note it down.

Step 4. Switch to your iPhone.

Now that your Android is ready to send the files, launch this app on your iPhone if you haven't already and follow these steps:

Step 1. Head into the Receive option on the Send Anywhere app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Enter the code that was generated on the Android phone.

Step 3. Tap on the Receive button.

Step 4. Wait for it to finish.

Once these steps are through, you will be able to see the text messages on your iPhone—though you may still have to start new conversations.

4. How to Transfer Data from Android to iPhone 13 Using Move to iOS

In this part, we will talk about using the Move to iOS app, an in-built feature provided by Apple to move files. Now, Apple will have provided this feature when you start up your iPhone and set it up for the first time.

Therefore, make sure you download it on your Android and allow it to access your files. Once you do, follow these steps to transfer data from Android to iPhone using Move to iOS app:

Step 1. Get started on your Apple Device and tap on Set Up Manually.

Step 2. Tap on Move Data from the Android option.

Step 3. Wait for the app to generate the code.

Step 4. Wait for the devices to connect.

Step 5. Select the files you wish to copy, i.e., images, videos, etc.

Step 6. Finally, wait for the transfer to finish.

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This might take an hour or so, depending on the data you might have on your iPhone. That's why it's suggested that you only move the important data to make this process quicker. Once done, you will notice all your files from Android on the iPhone 13.


These are some of the best methods to transfer data from your Android to iPhone 13. It's imperative that you use each application properly and download their latest version to be able to transfer your data, as shown in this article.

Then, you can use Apple's own Move to iOS application to move the data from your Android device to iPhone 13. However, in case of failure, create a backup of all your data before you start.

FAQs on How to Transfer Data from Android to iPhone 13

For any further questions, refer to these sections of FAQs:

1. How do I transfer from Android to iPhone 13 without moving to iOS?

There are a few ways that you can use to transfer from Android to iPhone 13 without using Move to iOS. The first is to use a PC or Mac and connect your Android to Droid Transfer software and your iPhone to iTunes software. Once both are connected, use the iTunes sync to transfer data such as music, images, videos, etc. However, you cannot transfer messages or contacts through this.

2. How to download Move to iOS?

Apple's devices will have iOS built into them; you just have to prompt your iPhone to move data from your Android phone to get it up and to run. However, for an Android phone, you can download it from the Google Play store.

3. How to transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone 13?

When prompting Move to iOS on your iPhone while setting it up, make sure you select the WhatsApp option to import the data from the app. This will ensure Move to iOS also captures WhatsApp data and transfers it to your new phone. Then, install and set up your WhatsApp on the same number, and WhatsApp will prompt you to restore your backup.