How to Fix Move to iOS Taking Forever | 5 Fixes

This article offers five effective solutions to fix Move to iOS taking forever. You can use a Move to iOS alternative to copy Android data to an iPhone smoothly.

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Sofia Albert

Updated on Apr 11, 2024

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  • The reasons why the Move to iOS app takes forever often stem from issues such as slow internet connection, extensive data to transfer, and using an outdated version of the app.
  • To fix the delays with Move to iOS, you can troubleshoot by restarting both devices, connecting to a different Wi-Fi network, clearing device storage space, and minimizing the data size.
  • To fix the Move to iOS taking too long issue, use EaseUS MobiMover as an alternative solution to quickly transfer all your data from Android to iOS.

While Move to iOS offers a convenient way to transfer data from an Android device to a new iPhone, the process isn't always smooth sailing. When the Move to iOS takes hours to complete data transfer, you can't use your new iPhone until it is all set.

In this article, you'll explore 5 solutions to resolve the Move to iOS taking forever issue. By following these instructions, you will transfer data to your new iOS device successfully in no time. Let's get started.

How to Fix Move to iOS Taking Forever

It is annoying when the Move to iOS hangs forever, especially when you are in urgent need of your new iPhone. Don't worry. There are four simple troubleshooting steps you can take to resolve the issue.

1. Restart your devices

Unknown cache, conflicts, and glitches in your device's operating systems may impede Move to iOS from working properly. Restarting your devices can help clear these issues and facilitate a smoother data transfer process. After restarting both devices, launch Move to iOS again to start transferring data. You can do this to see if it works to fix Move to iOS taking forever.

Here are some general steps for restarting an Android device and an iPhone.

How to restart an Android phone:

Step 1. Press and hold the power button.

Step 2. When you see a power menu, release the power button and tap on Restart.

Step 3. Wait for the Android device to restart automatically.

How to restart an iPhone X and later:

Step 1. Press and hold the power button and the volume down button together.

Step 2. When you see the "Slide to power off" message, let go of the buttons.

slide to power off iphone

Step 3. Swipe your finger to the right to turn off your iPhone.

Step 4. Wait for 20 seconds, and press and hold the power button to restart the device.

2. Check the Internet

If the Move to iOS data transfer takes hours and can't finish, you should check the Wi-Fi network you use on both devices. You may encounter the iPhone Internet slow issue.

  • Ensure that both the Android and iPhone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Move to iOS won't be able to transfer data if both devices aren't on the same internet connection.
  • Use a free online service to test the available Wi-Fi networks and connect to the one with the fastest speed.

How to check the Wi-Fi network on an Android device:

Step 1. Open the Settings app.

Step 2. (Optional)Tap on Network, Internet, or Connections.

Step 3. Select Wi-Fi.

internet settings on android

Step 4. Make sure Wi-Fi is turned on and connected to a fast network.

How to check the Wi-Fi network on an iPhone:

Step 1. Open the Settings app.

Step 2. Tap on Wi-Fi.

wifi settings on iphone

Step 3. Make sure Wi-Fi is turned on and connected to a fast network.

3. Clear device storage space

Move to iOS allows you to transfer data from Android to iPhone, migrating all kinds of content, including software cache and junk data. However, these unwanted data may lead to Move to iOS taking forever. It's advisable to clean your Android device before initiating the data transfer to the iPhone using Move to iOS.

Step 1. On your Android phone, open the Settings app.

Step 2. Scroll down to select Apps.

Step 3. Tap the particular app whose cache you want to clear.

Step 4. Tap Storage.

Step 5. Tap Clear data to remove any junk data accumulated while using the app.

Step 6. Tap Clear cache to delete the app's cached data.

clear storage device on android

4. Transfer part of your data

When transferring a large amount of data from Android to iPhone, the transfer process naturally takes longer. The Move to iOS taking forever issue may occur. To speed up the data transfer with Move to iOS, you can reduce the data size being transferred.

transfer selected data via move to ios

To resolve the issue of Move to iOS taking forever, start by copying essential items first such as contacts and messages. Then, you have multiple ways to transfer videos and photos from Android to iPhone later.

Best Move to iOS Alternative to Transfer Data from Android to iOS

If you're still experiencing Move to iOS taking forever despite trying the above solutions, it's time to explore an alternative method for transferring data from Android to iOS.

EaseUS MoviMover is the best alternative to Move to iOS that can help you copy everything from your Android device to an iPhone. For example, you can transfer contacts from Android to iPhone easily. MobiMover uses a wired connection rather than relying on a wireless Wi-Fi network, ensuring quick and secure data transfer.

Key features of EaseUS MobiMover:

  • Transfer contacts, photos, videos, messages, and everything from Android to iOS
  • Selectively transfer files from Android to iOS
  • Copy files from Android to iOS in minutes
  • No risk to the data you want to transfer
  • Support most Android brands and iPhone models

Now, free download EaseUS MobiMover on your computer and start transferring Android data to iPhone without a lag.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiMover, choose Phone to Phone transfer mode, and connect your mobile devices to your computer. Follow the on-screen instructions to trust this computer and enable USB debugging on your Android phone. Switch your Android phone as the source device and your iPhone as the destination.

connect your device to computer

Step 2. Click Next, and EaseUS MobiMover will be downloaded to your Android. Follow the guide to turn off Find My iPhone via Settings. (You need to set MobiMover as your default SMS app temporarily when it is asked, but this software will guide you to set it back to Messages after the transfer.)

install the app to your android

Step 3. Select the files you want to transfer, and from the lower right, you can see whether you have enough space to store the transferred files.

select files

Step 4. Click Transfer to start the data transfer process from Android to iPhone. Keep your devices connected until the whole process ends.

transfer completed

Why is Move to iOS Taking Forever?

Here are some potential causes for the Move to iOS taking forever problem.

1. Slow internet speed

Transferring data using Move to iOS replies on a stable, high-speed internet connection. If the network connection is disrupted or lost, the Move to iOS process may be put on pause.

2. Large data size

Transferring data from one device to another via Move to iOS can take time, especially if you have a large amount of data such as photos, videos, contacts, messages, and apps to transfer.

3. Issues with Move to iOS

The bugs and glitches in the Move to iOS app can result in a delay in the transfer process. Update your Android device and Move to iOS app to the latest software version, and then use Move to iOS to transfer data to your iPhone again.


Dealing with Move to iOS taking forever during the switch from Android to iPhone can indeed be frustrating. Start fixing the problem by restarting both your Android phone and iPhone. If the problem persists, consider using EaseUS MoviMover. This excellent alternative app simplifies the transfer of your data from Android to iPhone.

FAQs on Move to iOS Taking Forever

When using the Move to iOS app, questions often arise. Here, you'll find answers to some frequently asked questions by users.

1. Why does Move to iOS transfer take so long?

Several factors can contribute to Move to iOS taking an extended amount of time, including lost internet connection, excessively large data size, and potential technical issues with the Move to iOS app.

2. How Long does Move to iOS take?

The duration of Move to iOS transfers can vary based on the speed of the Wi-Fi network, data size, and the performance of your Android and iPhone devices. Data transfer via Move to iOS usually takes from minutes to an hour.

3. How can I make Move to iOS faster?

The speed up the Move to iOS transfer process, you can try connecting to a fast Wi-Fi network on both devices, minimizing data being transferred from your Android device, or updating both your Android and iOS devices to the latest software versions before using the app.

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Updated by Sofia Albert

Sofia has been involved with tech ever since she joined the EaseUS editor team in March 2011 and now she is a senior website editor. She is good at solving various iPhone and Android issues, such as iPhone or Android data transfer & recovery.

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