Switching from an old phone to a new one can be a stressful experience. You have to hope your service transfers without a hiccup, move all your photos and videos and remember all your passwords to accounts and apps. All that stress gets amplified when you move from an iPhone ($999 at Amazon) to an Android phone because you’re not just switching phones but also operating systems. In recent years, companies like Google and Samsung have made it quite easy to go from your iPhone 6S ($249 at Walmart) Plus with a cracked screen to a Galaxy Note 10 ($950 at Best Buy) with an Infinity-O display.
The secret to an easy-peasy transfer process lies with the tiny plastic doohickey that Google and Samsung include in the box. It’s like hiring professional movers to move your stuff and unpack it and decorate your new house just like your old one! The thingamajig is actually an adapter and has a USB-A connector on one end and a USB-C connector on the other that allows you to connect your new phone to your old iPhone.
With the adapter, you can transfer photos, videos, files, music, wallpaper and even automatically download any Android versions of free iOS apps you had on your old Apple phone. And as far as iMessage, while Apple’s messaging service won’t work on an Android phone, you can even move your message history and threads to your new phone.
I’ll walk you through the process for transferring to a Google Pixel ($125 at Amazon) phone and a Samsung Galaxy one. And if you want to follow along, take a look at our video How To Switch From iPhone To Android at the top of the story.
Switch from iPhone to a Google Pixel phone
If you’re switching specifically from an iPhone to a Google Pixel the first thing you want to do is to charge up both phones. Next, you’re going to turn off iMessage across all of your Apple devices – any device that uses your AppleID. Go to Settings, then Messages and then toggle off iMessage.
If your new Pixel came with a SIM card, install it, turn the phone on and tap the Start button. Next, connect to a Wi-Fi network and then select Copy your data. Now unlock your old iPhone, and put your lighting power cable into the bottom. Then, plug the other end into the “magic adapter” which Google calls a Quick Switch Adapter (QSA). Finally, plug in the QSA into the Pixel.
Now it’s time for your Pixel to actually transfer everything. Depending on how much stuff you’re moving, this can take anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours. While the transfer happens, you can continue setting up your phone like adding a PIN or setting up Google Assistant and Google Pay. Once the transfer completes, you’re done. Check to make sure everything you wanted to migrate actually did and enjoy your new Google life.
Switch from an iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy phone
If you got a new Samsung Galaxy phone it also comes with an adapter, though you can also move your data over Wi-Fi, too. I recommend using the adapter because it’s faster. Just like the Pixel transfer, the first thing you need to do is make sure both phones are charged up 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 right away instead of waiting. To start the transfer, open the Smart Switch app on your Samsung phone. Your phone might take a minute to download the app.
Once you have it opened, you might be prompted to send or receive data. Tap Receive. Then, choose how you want to transfer: Wi-Fi or cable. Next, connect both phones with the adapter and your iPhone’s lightning cable – if you’re transferring over Wi-Fi, there’s no need to connect the phones together with a cable.
On the iPhone, tap Trust and on the Samsung phone you’ll see a message pop up that reads Connecting to your iPhone. If your iPhone uses encryption for backup, you might be prompted to enter your password. It should be your Apple ID password.
Next, the Samsung phone will scan your iPhone for data. This can take a few minutes after which you can choose exactly what kind of data you want to bring over. Then, tap the transfer arrow. The actual transfer can take a couple of minutes to an hour. Once it’s done, go through your new Samsung phone and check on your data. If you’re not finding your photos and videos in the Gallery app, check the Google Photos app.