Wednesday, April 27, 2016

How to Transfer Android to iPhone: Transfer contacts, SMS, photos, music from Android to iOS without data loss

We explain how to transfer everything from Android to new iPhone SE, iPhone 6S/6(Plus): how to transfer contacts from Samsung to iPhone; transfer apps from Android to iPhone SE; transfer contacts from Android to iPhone SE, copy photos from Android to iPhone SE; and, yes, how to transfer music from Android to iPhone. With Apple's user-friendly Move To iOS app (and a few alternative methods that you may prefer), making the switch is easy

What's the easiest way to transfer all my data from my old Android phone to an iPhone?

Ready to transfer to iOS? Download the Move to iOS app to get help switching from your Android device to your new iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Move data from Android to iPhone

Copy Phone Contact/SMS/Music etc. Between iPhone and Android on PC/Mac

Before you begin

On your Android device, make sure that Wi-Fi is on.
Plug your new iOS device and your Android device in to power.
Make sure the content you're moving, including what's on your external Micro SD card, will fit on your new iOS device
If you want to transfer your Chrome bookmarks, update to the latest version of Chrome on your Android device.

Move from Android to iPhone

Step 1: Tap Move Data from Android

While setting up your new iOS device, look for the Apps & Data screen. Then tap Move Data from Android. If you've already finished setup, you'll have to erase your iOS device and start over. If you don't want to erase, just transfer your content manually.

Step 2: Open the Move to iOS app

On your Android device, open the Move to iOS app and tap Continue. Read the terms and conditions that appear. Tap Agree to continue, then tap Next in the top-right corner of the Find Your Code screen.

Step 3: ait for a code

On your iOS device, tap Continue on the screen called Move from Android. Then wait for a ten-digit or six-digit code to appear. If your Android device shows an alert that you have a weak Internet connection, you can ignore the alert.

Step 4: Use the code

Enter the code on your Android device. Then wait for the Transfer Data screen to appear.

Step 5: Choose your content and wait

On your Android device, select the content that you want to transfer and tap Next. Then leave both devices alone until the loading bar that appears on your iOS device finishes—even if your Android indicates that the process is complete. The whole transfer can take a while, depending on how much content you're moving.
Here's what gets transferred: contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, and calendars. Some of your free apps will transfer if they're available on both Google Play and the App Store. After the transfer completes, you can download any free apps that were matched from the App Store. Any matched paid apps will appear in your iTunes Wishlist.

Step 6: Set up your iOS device

After the loading bar finishes on your iOS device, tap Done on your Android device. Then tap Continue on your iOS device and follow the onscreen steps to finish setting it up.

Step 7: Finish up

Make sure that all of your content transferred. If some of it didn't transfer, you can move that content manually.
Need to get the apps that were on your Android device? Go to the App Store on your iOS device to download them.

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If you need help with the third-party Android to iPhone Transfer

If you have issues moving your content, there are a couple of things that you can check:
Make sure that you leave both devices alone until the transfer finishes. For example, on your Android device, the Android to iPhone Data Transfer app should stay onscreen the whole time. If you use another app or get a phone call on your Android before the transfer finishes, your content won't transfer.

On your Android device, turn off apps or settings that might affect your Wi-Fi connection. For example, turn off features like the Samsung Smart Switch, iTunes, iCloud. Then try again.
Restart both of your devices and try again.

Read More: How to Transfer Data from Android to iPhone SE/6/6S

If you're an Android user thinking about switching to iPhone (or if you've already made the switch from Android to iPhone), you may be concerned about transferring all your data - music, photos, contacts, calendar and so on - and making sure nothing is lost in the process. Luckily you've come to the right place.

The good news is that transferring contacts and the rest from Android phone to iPhone really couldn't be simpler - it turns out that Google is good at this stuff. The basic principle is to back up to either the cloud or a desktop machine, and then sync to iPhone. Even better, Apple recently launched an Android app specifically to guide you through this process.

See also: How to move SMS from Android to iPhone | How to transfer music from one iPhone to another | How to transfer contacts, music and photos from Windows Phone to iPhone | How to move from Nokia to iPhone

Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone: Move Android to iOS app

When iOS 9 launched, it brought a new "Move to iOS" app that wirelessly transfers a user's "contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books" from an Android phone to their new iPhone.

The switching process also suggests that they install free apps from their Android device that are also available on Apple's App Store, so switchers can quickly get back on their feet with their favourite apps such as Facebook and Twitter. Paid apps that they have on Android with iOS versions available will be added to a user's wish list in the iOS App Store.

Once the process is done, the Android app helpfully prompts users to recycle their Android phone, just to keep them from going back to Google's mobile platform unless they buy a new phone.

Move Photos from Android Samsung Phone to New iPhone SE/6S/6(Plus)

Apple has more details about the Move to iOS app here, and the app is available on the Google Play store. (The rating isn't pretty, unsurprisingly.)

This app makes the process of moving from Android to iPhone far simpler. But there remain alternative methods that you prefer to use for one reason or another...

Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone: Use Google the simple way
There are two ways of transferring contacts from Android to iOS. We'll outline them both below, but if you have been using your Android phone for any length of time we strongly suggest you try them in the order we have written them. (See also: how to transfer contacts from BlackBerry to iPhone.)

If you have been using your Android phone and Google account (Gmail, Google Play, etc) for any length of time the chances are that all of your contacts will be associated with your Google account. At the very least the ones you use most often should be.

So make sure you have backed up your Android phone. Go to Settings on your Android phone and choose "Accounts and Sync" or similar. Enter your GMail account details and enable synchronisation. Your phone contacts and Google Contacts should now synchronise.

Then go to your new iPhone. Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and add your Gmail account. Make sure Contacts are enabled for the account. You should now find that all of your Google contacts are in your iPhone.

Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone: go deep with Google

For belt and braces, and to make sure this process always works in future, consider doing the following, either on your iPhone after you have followed the steps above, or on your Android before you make the move:

Open the Settings application on your iPhone.
Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
Select Add Account...
Select Other
Select Add CardDAV Account
Fill out your account information in the following fields:
Server: Enter ""
User Name: Enter your full Google Account or Google Apps email address.
Password: Your Google Account or Google Apps password. (If you’ve enabled 2 Step verification, you’ll need to generate and enter an application specific password.)
Description: Enter a description of the account (e.g. Personal Contacts).
Select Next at the top of your screen.
Make sure that the "Contacts" option is turned to ON.
After you've completed the setup process, open the Contacts app on your device, and syncing will automatically begin begin your iPhone and Google. Any time you set up any smartphone Google should hold the key to all of your contacts. Visit our iPhone spotlight for more iPhone tips.

Transfer contacts from Samsung to iPhone: just swap SIMs
This works only if your Android phone takes a similar sized SIM to your iPhone, either a micro- or nano-SIM for later iPhone models. (You can of course cut down any SIM to fit, but do this only as a last resort - if you get it wrong the SIM and your contacts are gone for good.)

First save all contacts on the Android phone to its SIM. Next, insert the SIM into your iPhone, taking care not to mislay the iPhone's SIM. Finally, go to Settings and choose "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" and tap "Import SIM Contacts". When the operation has finished, you can replace iPhone's SIM card with the original card. See also: Every Apple product reviewed.

See also: How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone 6S/6

Transfer apps from Android to iPhone
There's no easy way around this. If you have to pay for an app on Google Play, you'll probably have to pay to buy again on Apple App Store.

That's the bad news. The good news is that in almost every case the app you like using on Android is available on iOS, and the login details you use on the one will work on the other. This means that any content or service you purchased through your Android app will most likely be accessible on your iPhone.

Once you've started using your iPhone, simply sign up for the Apple App Store, and start searching for those apps you love.

Transfer photos and videos from Android to iPhone
There are a couple of simple ways of doing this. The first involves installing a data-transferring app. You can find several data-transferring apps on the Apple App Store, but remember you need to find them first on your Android in the Google Play store. We recommend Copy My Data and PhotoSync. Then it is easy, simply install your chosen app on both your Android and your iPhone, and you will be guided through moving files from one to the other.

The other way to move photos from Android to iPhone is to use a computer with iTunes. You need only to find the photos and videos on your Android phone, move them to your computer, sync them to iTunes, and then sync your new iPhone with iTunes. A similar process works for music, as we will outline below.

To transfer your photos from Android to iPhone, simply connect your Android phone to your PC or Mac. Choose the photos and videos you want to move, and drag them to a folder on your computer. For simplicity I would create a new folder on the Desktop called... 'Photos for transfer'.

Now plug in your iPhone to your PC or Mac, open iTunes,  and click your iPhone. Click Photos, select the 'Sync Photos from' checkbox, and choose the folder into which you saved your photos. Click Apply and the photos will sync to your iPhone.

Transfer music from Android to iPhone
The principle here is similar to that of transferring photos from Android to iPhone. You need to get music files from your Android and on to your PC or Mac, then get those files into iTunes and sync up your iPhone. It should be very simple to transfer anyThe critical stage here is to back up your Android to a PC or Mac. Because most Android devices can be mounted and used as external storage, this can be as simple as dragging all of your music files from the mounted Android phone's folder structure, and moving them into the music folder on your PC or Mac.

Now install and open iTunes on your computer. Go to Library, and click Music. Open the folder into which you put your music files, and drag them to the Music view in iTunes.

Now hook up your iPhone, click iPhone, and click Music. You can choose to sync your entire library, or select only the songs or artists you just added. Then click Sync and the songs will be added to your iPhone.

Copy SMS from Samsung Phone to iPhone 6S/6/SE Directly with Phone Transfer

Step 1 Install and Run the Program

Step 2 Connect iPhone 6S and Samsung Phone to the Same Computer
Plug iPhone and Android phone to a computer via USB cable. Please make sure USB driver is installed for both devices before going to the next step. The program will automatically detect the devices once attached. After that, it will start the scanning process to find out data stored on both devices.
Samsung S5 to iPhone 6S

Step 3 Analysize and Load the Data in Your Samsung Phone

Step 4 Start Transferring SMS from Android to iPhone
The program lists all of the data in the center of the main screen after scanning. Check Text Messages option and uncheck other items if you were going to transfer text messages only. Or you can select multiple items at the same time. Then click Start Copy button on the bottom to begin the transfer process.

How to move from iPhone to Android? What about the reverse journey - swapping handset from an iPhone to an Android smartphone, and transferring contacts, music and other data in that direction? It's a peculiar request, but we can help here too.(There was a rumour that Apple was, for some reason, planning to create a tool to help with this, but as Buzzfeed reports, the company has firmly contradicted this. Needless to say, it's not in any company's interests to assist its customers in switching to a rival's products.)Our colleagues over at PC Advisor can help, at any rate (they tend to be more pro-Android than us, for obvious reasons), and anyone looking for detailed advice on swapping from iOS to Android would be well advised to visit this page: How to move from iPhone to Android.If you'd prefer to read a summary of the process, here are the bullet points:Contacts: Open Contacts on your iPhone, and choose the contact you wish to save. Swipe down and select the tab, which allows you to either share it via email. Email it to yourself and you can download the contact on your new Android device.Music: If it's not on there already, back up your music from your iPhone to your Mac or PC - you may need to buy some software to do this, such as third-part phone to phone transfer software. Once your music is on your computer, attach your Android via USB and drag-and-drop the music files.Photos & videos: Save video and photos from your iPhone to your Mac or PC, then drag and drop them to your Android device. You may have to install a third-party media player to play the videos properly.Read next: how to transfer data from Samsung to iPhone on Mac

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