By making the leap from an iPhone to an Android phone, you’ll end up with quite a long to-do list. Whether you switch to Google Pixel 7 or one new samsung phone as the Galaxy ZFlip 4Switching operating systems can quickly become complicated if you don’t know the most efficient way to move your data.
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The secret to an easy transfer process is the tiny plastic adapter that Google and Samsung (sometimes) include in the box. It’s like hiring professional movers to move your things, unpack them, and decorate your new home just like the old one! The adapter has a USB-A connector on one end and a USB-C connector on the other which allows you to connect your new phone to your old iPhone. You can also use a USB-C to Lightning cable for newer phones like the iPhone 11.
With the adapter you can transfer your photos, videos, files, music and wallpaper. You can even use it to automatically download all Android versions of free iOS apps you had on your old Apple phone. Although iMessage, Apple’s messaging service, does not work on an Android phone, you can even move your message history and threads to your new phone.
Switch from iPhone to Google Pixel phone
If you are specifically switching from an iPhone to a Google Pixel, the first thing to do is to charge both phones. Next, you will deactivate iMessage on all of your Apple devices – any device using your AppleID. Go to Settingsthen posts then disable iMessage.
If your new Pixel came with a SIM cardinstall it, turn on the phone and press the Begin button. Next, connect to a Wi-Fi network, then select Copy your data. Now unlock your old iPhone and place your lighting power cable in the bottom. Then plug the other end into the “magic adapter” which Google calls a Quick Switch Adapter (QSA). Finally, plug the QSA into the Pixel. You can also use a USB-C to Lighting cable.
When prompted, press Trust on your iPhone. Then sign in to your Google account on the Pixel. Next, choose exactly what you want to copy (photos, music, messages, etc.), then tap Copy.
Now it’s time for your Pixel to transfer everything. Depending on how much stuff you are moving, this can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. During the transfer, you can continue to configure your phone, for example by adding a PIN or setting up Google Assistant and Google Pay. Once the transfer is complete, you’re done. Verify that everything you wanted to migrate has been migrated and enjoy your new Google life.
Switch from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy phone
If you have a new Samsung Galaxy phone, it also comes with an adapter, although you can also move your data over Wi-Fi. I recommend using the adapter as it’s faster. You can also use a USB-C to Lighting cable to connect the two. Just like Pixel Transfer, the first thing to do is make sure both phones are charged and turn off iMessage on your iPhone.
However, unlike the Pixel, you have the option to set up your Galaxy phone as new and then transfer the data, which means you can start using your phone immediately instead of waiting. To start the transfer, open the Smart Switch app on your Samsung phone. Your phone may take a minute to download the app.
Once you open it, you may be prompted to send or receive data. Faucet Receive. Next, choose how you want to transfer: Wi-Fi or cable. Then, connect the two phones with your iPhone’s Lightning adapter and cable – if you’re transferring over Wi-Fi, there’s no need to connect the phones with a cable.
On iPhone, tap Trust and on Samsung phone you will see a pop up message saying Connecting to your iPhone. If your iPhone uses encryption for backup, you may be prompted to enter your password. This should be your Apple ID password.
Then the Samsung phone will scan your iPhone for data. This may take a few minutes, after which you can choose exactly the type of data you want to import. Then press the transfer arrow. The actual transfer can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. Once done, browse your new Samsung phone and verify your data. If you can’t find your photos and videos in the Gallery app, check out the Google Photos app.
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