Android is an excellent phone technology. It’s flexible, efficient, and has a price range that caters to the masses. Still, one must admit there are certain functionalities and apps that aren’t available on Android but are available on iPhone.
When you find yourself needing apps and other capabilities outside of Android, you are tempted to get a second handset model – this time choosing iPhone. There was a time when file transfer from Android to iPhone was an impossible task. This is because iOS and Android are two separate operating systems and–up to this point–incompatible with each other.
That’s no longer the case these days. With the fast advancement in technology, there are now multiple ways you can transfer data from Android to iOS. Here are three of the easiest methods to try:
1. Move to iOS
Move to iOS is an app that lets you transfer data from Android to iPhone quickly and easily. You can download the app from Google Play Store. It can’t help you move your passwords, apps, and music but it does a pretty good job of calendars, contacts, photos, videos, and text messages.
Before you get started, make sure to do the following:
- Turn on the Wi-Fi on your Android device
- Make sure that your iPhone and your Android device is plugged into a power source
- Check to see if your iPhone has enough storage to hold the data that you will transfer from the Android phone
- If you want to transfer your bookmarks as well, make sure that you download the latest update of Chrome onto your Android device
- While setting up your new iOS device, look for the Apps & Data screen and then tap Move Data from Android
- Make sure that you don’t finish the setup just yet
- Now, go to your Android phone
- Open the Move to iOS app
- Tap Agree and then click Next
- Go back to your iPhone
- Tap Continue under the Move from Android screen
- A code will appear on your iPhone
- Sometimes, you will get a notification from your Android device that you have a weak internet connection. If this happens, you can ignore it
- Type the code into your Android phone
- Wait for the Transfer Data screen to appear
- On your Android, select the files or data that you want to transfer to your iPhone
- Tap Next
- Even after the screen says that the transfer process is complete, leave both devices alone until the loading bar that appears on your iPhone is finished
- Once the loading bar on your iPhone is finished, you can proceed to fully set up your iOS
ShareIt is a wonderful app that is available on both Android and iOS. The great thing about this app is that it can transfer any type of file whether it be photos, videos, apps, games, you name it.
In our opinion, it is a much better option than Move to iOS since it lets you transfer your entire file system into your new iPhone. In contrast, Move to iOS will only allow you to transfer your regular files.
Before you begin, make sure that you download and install ShareIt on both your iPhone and Android phone. Similar to Move to iOS, you also need to make sure that your iPhone has enough storage to hold all of the files and apps that you are about to transfer.
- Open the ShareIt app from both your Android and iPhone
- Tap the Send Button
- Select all the files and apps that you want to transfer to your iPhone
- When a radar-like screen starts to show up, click on the three-dotted menu
- Select Connect to iOS
- Tap Continue when the pop-up appears
- On your iPhone, go to Settings > WiFi and connect to the network named after the one shown on the ShareIt app
- Open the ShareIt app on your iPhone
- Click Receive
- Tap Connect to Android
- If it is your first time pairing with the device, you will be asked to scan a QR code from your Android device
- Afterward, your iPhone will start receiving the files
3. Use Dropbox
Dropbox is a modern, cloud workspace that lets you store your files on the cloud server so that you can access them on the go.
It’s often used by companies to enable their team to access company information and data in a centralized location. But you can also use it for your personal files. The latter will enable you to access your files on any device through the Dropbox app.
A word of advice before you get started: make sure that your iPhone has enough memory to store all the files that you will be transferring. Depending on how many files you’ll be transferring, it would be best to do so after fully charging your iPhone.
- On your Android and iPhone, download and install Dropbox from Google Playstore
- Create a Dropbox account or sign in to the one you already have on your Android phone
- Open the Dropbox app on your Android phone
- Tap the ‘+’ sign
- Click Create or Upload File
- Select Upload Files
- Select the files that you want to transfer to your iPhone
- Click Select
- Wait for the files to be uploaded on DropBox
- Open the Dropbox app on your iPhone
- Sign in to the same Dropbox account on your Android phone
- Click the checkbox on the top-left corner of the screen
- Tick the box of the files that you want to download to your iPhone
- Select Export
- Click Save to Files
- Wait for the files to be exported completely
- Choose where you want the files to be saved
- Click Save
Pro Tip: Unless these files are needed to edit while on your phone, you can just opt to save them for offline use. The files will not be saved on your iPhone, just on your Dropbox app but you’ll still be able to access them offline.
- Click the tripled-dot menu underneath the file that you want to save for offline use
- Tap Make Available Offline
- Repeat the process for the rest of the files that you want to save for offline use
At a glance, transferring data from Android to iPhone is relatively straightforward. But outcomes can vary on a case-to-case basis. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t. It’s good to know that you have alternatives at your disposal.