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How do I transfer my data from Android to iPhone?

Our step-by-guide makes it simple to switch from Android to iPhone
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Unless you have an iPhone, the handset you're using probably runs on Google's Android software. This includes any handset from Samsung, Sony, Oppo, and of course Google itself.

The only other major handset manufacturer that doesn't run on Android is Huawei, everything else is either iPhone or Android.

How to transfer your data from Android to iPhone

Despite being different in many ways from the iPhone, switching from an Android handset to an iPhone is actually very straightforward. And more good news is that the process of transferring your information is the same for all models of the iPhone.

Whether you have the budget iPhone SE or one of the new high-end models, such as the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro or the iPhone Pro Max. Whatever iPhone or Android phone you have, it's all fairly straightforward to move your information across.

If you need help choosing your new iPhone, head over to our iPhone deals page.

1. Download the Move to iOS app

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Take your old Android phone and download Apple’s Move to iOS app, which has been specially created to make the switch easier. You can download it here: Move to iOS.

To check which version your phone is running, open your Android phone’s Settings app, scroll down to 'About Phone' and tap the screen.

Here you’ll see "Android Version" with a number next to it. Above 4.0? Then you’re ready to go.

2. Turn on your new iPhone, but don't complete the installation

When you turn on your new iPhone, you'll automatically begin the set-up process during which you'll be asked if you want to import information from an Android phone.

On the Apps & Data screen on your iPhone, tap Move Data from Android. You'll be prompted to download the Move to iOS app if you haven't already done so, there's even a QR code you can scan that pops up in the top-right corner.

Tap continue on your iPhone. You'll then see a six-digit or 10-digit code to enter on your Android device.

3. Open the Move to iOS app

On your old Android phone, open up the Move to iOS app, and when prompted enter the authentication code.

This will then create a wireless connection between your old and new phones, meaning they can talk to each other. The switch is now ready to begin.

4. Pick what you want to transfer

transferring data from android to iPhone

The Move to iOS app will allow you to tap a series of checkboxes on-screen, letting you pick what data you want to move from your old phone to your new one.

That includes old messages, saved pictures, bookmarks for your favourite websites, your contact list and your Google Account.

Moving the latter means your email will work immediately on your new iPhone.

5. Wait for the transfer to complete

One thing you're going to need is patience. Moving lots of information can take a long time, especially if you have a lot of photos and videos.

Move to iOS uses Wi–Fi and not your phone's 3G, 4G or 5G mobile internet connection for the transfer, so make sure you’re close to your router.

This will ensure you get a solid, reliable broadband connection that will help the process go smoothly.

It’s not advisable to attempt the transfer over public Wi–Fi, as that could mean your personal information is more vulnerable.

6. Make a note of your apps

The Move to iOS app isn’t faultless. It won’t move apps from your old Android phone. So be sure to make a note of all the apps you have.

Big names such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are all easy to find in Apple’s App Store, though. This will be visible on your new iPhone’s home screen once the transfer is complete.

Download these, enter your personal details and all your old messages, images and status updates will appear immediately.

7. Browse the Settings app... Or make an appointment at an Apple Store

Move to iOS is very handy and helps get you up and running and up to speed smoothly.

But it doesn’t teach you everything you need to know about the iPhone. So make sure you open the Settings app on the home screen and have a rummage around to see what’s what.

If you're still finding it hard to get used to your iPhone, Apple runs dedicated personal set-up services in its stores. These should help you out with any lingering problems you might have from the switch.

You can make an appointment by going to your local outlet, or you can do it online.

The staff there will also show you how iOS works in tutorial sessions, so you can get the most out of your new smartphone.

Is it worth switching from Android to iPhone?

Over half of UK smartphone users have an iPhone. Therefore, if you're looking to make the switch from Android, you'll be in good company! You'll also get the benefit of Apple-exclusive apps and features, such as FaceTime.

On top of this, you'll likely find an iPhone even more intuitive and easy to use than any other smartphone. There are also extremely well-made handsets, which can last for years. And if anything goes wrong with your device, you can simply pop into the Apple Store for some advice and assistance.

But unfortunately, iPhones have a premium price tag to match their top-quality products. The latest iPhone 15 range is priced between £849 for the entry-level model all the way up to £1,199 for the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

You can also browse previous iPhone models, many of which have comparable features and specs but with a smaller price tag, such as the iPhone 14 and even the iPhone 13. Take a look at our best iPhone deals and see which of the latest handsets suits your needs and your budget.

Need help choosing the best iPhone for you? Read our guide on which iPhone you should buy.


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