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Switching from Android to iPhone: Everything You Need to Know

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

Bought an iPhone 14 recently but don't know how to transfer data from Android to iPhone 14? Don't worry! Switching from Android to iPhone is quite easy.

Previously, Apple was very restrictive, and it was impossible to transfer your data from Android if someone was migrating. And to remove this type of restriction, users started jailbreaking their iPhones.

But thankfully, that's not the case anymore, and it's much easier to transfer files from Android to iPhone.

Continue reading this article as we're going to show you how to switch from Android to iPhone step by step. Let's get started, shall we?

Preparations Before Switching from Android to iPhone

Before you start switching from Android to iPhone, there are a few things you should take care of. Here are some of them:

  • Backup all of your important data, such as contacts, photos, and messages, to Google Drive.
  • Connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Disable RCS (Rich Communication Services) in Google Messages.
  • Download the Move to iOS app on your Android phone.

Switching from Android to iPhone in Multiple Ways

There are multiple ways to switch seamlessly from Android to iPhone, but today we're going to share four of the best methods that exist.

1. Switch from Android to iPhone Using Move to iOS

The Move to iOS is an app built by Apple to make the data transfer experience from Android to iPhone seamless.

Here's how to transfer data using the Move to iOS app:

Step 1. Download and install "Move to iOS" from the Play Store on your Android phone and tap on "Continue."

Step 2. Turn on your iPhone, make sure you're on the iOS setup page on your iPhone, and select "Move Data from Android."

Step 3. On your Android phone, launch the Move to iOS app.

Step 4. Accept the terms and conditions.

Step 5. On your iPhone, you'll see a 6-digit code; enter the code in the "Move to iOS" app on your Android phone.

Step 6. Select what you want to transfer (messages, camera roll, contacts, Google account, calendar, etc.).

Step 7. Tap on "Continue" once you're done.

Step 8. Now allow some time for the transfer to complete.

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2. Switch from Android to iPhone Using a PC

This method is very useful if you're wondering how to transfer photos and videos from Android to iPhone.

And to proceed ahead with this method, download iTunes before you start to transfer files. After you've downloaded it, here's what you need to do:

Step 1. Connect your Android smartphone to your PC.

Step 2. Import your Android phone's photos and videos to your computer.

Step 3. Disconnect your Android smartphone and connect your iPhone to your computer.

Step 4. Open iTunes, and in the top left corner, select your iPhone.

Step 5. Select what files you want to import to your iPhone, such as photos, contacts, calendars, etc.

Step 6. Once you've selected it, click on "Sync" to start syncing.

3. Switch from Android to iPhone Using Mac

Mac is also a useful tool to execute data transfer procedures. Here's how to transfer files using a Mac:

Step 1. Download and install Android File Transfer.

Step 2. After it has been installed, connect your Android device to your Mac.

Step 3. Import all your Android files to your Mac using the Android File Transfer.

Step 4. Open "Finder" and select your iPhone on the left-side menu.

Step 5. Select the files you want to transfer, such as photos and videos, music, books, etc.

Step 6. After selecting what you want to move, click "Sync."

sync all the data

4. Switch from Android to iPhone Using Google Drive

Google Drive is one of the best ways to send videos from iPhone to Android or vice versa. In this method, we'll upload all the important files, all your photos, and videos, or the ones that are most important to you; offline music; PDF files; and more. And if you want to also export contacts, create CSV files first and then upload them to Google Drive.

Here's how to transfer files to an iPhone from an Android device using Google Drive:

Step 1. Download and install "Google Drive" from the Play Store.

Step 2. Open Google Drive, and then sign in with your Google account.

Step 3. Tap the "+" icon in the bottom right corner and select "Folder."

Step 4. Give the folder a name, and open it. Tap on the "+" icon again and select "Upload" to upload your files by selecting the appropriate option. For example, if you want to upload photos and videos, select "Photos and videos."

Step 5. Allow a few minutes for all your files to be uploaded.

Step 6. Now, download and install Google Drive from the App Store on your iPhone.

Step 7. Sign in to your Google account.

Step 8. Open the folder and then download it.


How Long Will Switching from Android to iPhone Take

It can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. It entirely depends on how much data you're transferring.

The Move to iOS app takes anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours at a minimum since a lot of factors are at play here, such as the size of the data you're moving and the connection speed of your Wi-Fi.

And if you decide to switch manually by using a Mac or PC, the time it takes to transfer all of the data would be more or less similar.


Switching from Android to iPhone is purely a personal choice that depends on individual preferences.

There can be many reasons that would have prompted you to switch to the iPhone, but the only obstacle that prevents most from switching from Android to the iPhone is their data.

Thankfully, you can use our methods above to transfer all your important files, photos, and videos.

FAQs on Switching from Android to iPhone

Do you have any other questions regarding switching from an Android to an iPhone? Here, we answer a few questions about it.

1. Is it difficult to switch from Android to iPhone?

No, it's not that difficult to switch from an Android to an iPhone. You can choose to transfer files manually, or you can use the Move to iOS app to transfer files seamlessly.

2. Is the iPhone easier to use than Android?

It depends on each user. Some users don't like the iPhone and prefer using Android, while others prefer the iPhone over Android. And some users find both Android and iPhone easier to use and prefer to use both.

3. What should I know when I switch from an Android to an iPhone?

There are many things that you should know. For starters, your data on your iPhone back up to iCloud, while on Android, it backs up to Google's servers. You can only transfer files when switching but can't transfer apps.

Also, if you want to download apps, you can only do so from the App Store; you can't download an.apk file and install them.