How to move your data to a new Android phone or iPhone

As the smartphone market becomes saturated, phone manufacturers are increasing their efforts to attract customers from others. But when you get home from the store (or sign for that package), you'll have to spend your life from your previous device to the new one. It is not difficult, if you pay attention. Here's how.

We will present four possible flows: Android to Android, Android to iPhone, iPhone to Android and iPhone to iPhone. But as there really is no pure Android, it is possible that its manufacturer of smartphones with Android, especially if it is one of the largest such as Samsung, OnePlus or Google, have some exclusive means to transfer their data.

Before you begin, the usual warnings apply. In all cases, connect to (or know the SSID and password for) your local Wi-Fi. Make a new backup of the data from your previous phone. Depending on the type of migration you are doing, know your Google ID or password or iCloud. Make sure you have updated the operating system of your previous phone as much as possible before starting (although if you are moving from Android to an iPhone, stay away from Android Pie – see "iPhone 8. Android xa", below) Finally, keep in mind that the screens you see here may differ slightly from those on your phone.


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Android to Android

No It should be a surprise that everything that has to do with Android is very much supported by Google.

  1. When you turn on your new phone, the first steps will be the normal types of screens and terms and conditions. will ask you if you want to take your data to the new phone, and you will be asked to choose where the data should come from.
  2. Tap "Backup from an Android phone," and you will be prompted to open the Goog application. you on the other phone. Do it and press Next.
  3. You will be instructed to go to your previous phone, start the Google application (not the Chrome application, the Google application) and tell it to configure your device.
  4. Your previous phone will display a Home screen without much information. Touch Next to start.
  5. Both the old and the new phone want to establish where you move your account in case there is more than one phone in the Bluetooth range. Touch the correct device icon on each phone.
  6. Just to be sure, both phones will display a screen with numbers and color shapes to confirm that your data goes to the right place. Those screens are supposed to match. Touch Next on your previous phone (note that there is no place to play the new one).
  7. Enter your screen lock code on your previous phone and approve the copy to your new phone. Presto: your account will appear on the new phone.
  8. Log in to your Google account on the new phone. It may take a few minutes to download everything, but eventually all your Gmail messages, Contacts, Calendars, Photos and backup copies will appear. What will not appear are all your applications, so there is one more step.
  9. Start the Google Play Store. Press the menu icon, then press "My apps and games." A list of the applications that were on your previous phone will appear. Choose the ones you want to migrate (you may not want to move specific applications from the brand or operator from the old phone to the new one) and download them. While there, also update the applications that come with the new phone.

iPhone to Android

Basically, switching from an iPhone to an Android phone means backing up everything in Google Drive and downloading it to the new phone.

  1. On the new phone, the first steps are the normal terms. and conditions of the screens. While you're playing, you'll finally be asked if you want to bring your data and you'll see a screen that lets you choose where your old data will come from. Press "An iPhone device."
  2. Your phone will instruct you to open Safari and navigate to android.com/switch. The hard part here is that they do not say explicitly that you're supposed to do that on the iPhone. You guys.
  3. If you do not have Google Drive on your iPhone, go to the App Store and download it, then sign in to your Google account (assuming you have one). If you do not have a Google account yet, Google Drive will guide you through the process of setting up one. You will need a Google account to use Android.
  4. In Google Drive, touch the hamburger menu on the top left of the screen, then tap the Settings gear in the menu that slides from the left.
  5. Touch Backup.
  6. Touch Contacts, Calendar events and Photos and videos, and slide the switch for everything you want to back up in Google Drive. It is probably all of the above.
  7. Press Start backup and wait. Depending on the amount of things you have, it can take a while, such as backing up everything in the cloud. You will probably want to connect your iPhone to power while this happens.
  8. This is important: if your new Android phone has the same number as your iPhone (for example, if you are exchanging the SIM card), you need to disable iMessage and FaceTime or you will never receive another text message. In the iPhone settings application, scroll down to Messages (it's some distance away on the page) and touch it. Slide the iMessage lever to the left, turning it off. Return to the Settings menu, touch FaceTime (which is located just below the Messages), and turn it off too. (You can do all this during the backup, to save a little time).
  9. Continue setting up your new Android phone, logging into Google with the same ID you used on your iPhone to back up that phone in Google Drive. Eventually, all your backed up data will appear, safe and sound. Your applications will not be there, of course, but your iOS apps will not work on Android, anyway.

Android 8.x for iPhone

If you are going to move from a new Android phone to an iPhone, there is a serious wrinkle. Apple's Android migration tool, Move to iOS, does not seem to work (at this time) with phones running Android 9 Pie (the latest version of Android). We could not connect to iOS phones in our tests, and our experience seems to be echoed in the online support forums. Previous versions – Android Oreo (8.x) – work.

Since Android Pie is fairly new and the migration tools are usually for older phones, this may not be a limiting factor for you. But you must know before you start. It seems that there are alternative third-party solutions that use your PC as an intermediary (AnyTrans seems to be a favorite), but we did not try them. Another possibility, if you have an older Android phone at hand, is to move your data to that phone according to the instructions above, then migrate to the new iPhone, as follows:

  1. After selecting the location and language on the iPhone , You are offered a quick start screen to migrate from another iOS device. That's not what you're doing, so tap Configure manually.
  2. Connect to the Wi-Fi network of your choice. (You can also do this through a cellular network, if you prefer).
  3. Set the face identification / touch identification, or simply set a PIN. You can go back and do the biometrics later.
  4. You will be asked if you want to migrate data to your iPhone and from where. Touch Move data from Android and then touch Continue. A six or ten digit code will appear.
  5. On your Android phone, go to Play Store and download the Move to iOS app. Open it, touch Continue and accept the Terms and Conditions. A Search for your code screen appears. Touch Next, in the upper right corner.
  6. Enter the code of your iPhone on your Android phone. The phones will be paired.
  7. The Android application will ask you what data you want to move. Touch to select and touch Next.
  8. The data will be transferred. Continue configuring your iPhone.
  9. Once you enter or configure your Apple IDs, you will be offered the opportunity to download iOS versions of your Android applications, which is a nice touch.

iPhone to iPhone

This is quite simple, what you would expect.

  1. Place a new iPhone near an old one and a screen will appear on the oldest phone, which offers to set up the new one.
  2. The new phone will show a pattern on your screen; Take a picture of the pattern with the old phone, which combines the phones. The old phone will tell you to finish the configuration on the new device.
  3. Enter the access code of the old phone. You will be offered the option to set up a biometric ID, and your iCloud ID will be copied.
  4. You can then restore from an iCloud or iTunes backup, or continue to set the phone as new. Note that you have already logged in to iCloud and iTunes; that's what was transferred from your previous phone. Choose the option that best suits your needs and everything is fine.

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