You can more easily switch from an Android phone to an iPhone through a tool called Move to iOS. We’ll show you how.

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You are switching from an Android phone to an iPhone and want to transfer some content, such as contacts, photos, videos, files, display settings, email accounts, and calendar appointments. If you’re setting up a new iPhone with nothing on it yet, you can take advantage of an Android app from Apple called Move to iOS. This is how it works.

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First, turn on your Android phone. Download and install the Move to iOS app from Google Play. Open the app. At the first screen, tap Continue. Accept the terms and conditions. Choose whether you want to share app usage data with Apple. You can choose not to send usage data, and the app will work just as well. Grant app permission to your device location. Stop at the screen to find your code (Figure A).

Figure A

Now switch to your new iPhone and start the setup process. At some point, an Apps & Data screen appears with several different options. Choose the option to move data from Android. The next screen tells you to download the Move to iOS app on your Android phone. Assuming you’ve already downloaded and installed the app, tap Continue. You will then see a screen with a one-time code for your Android device (Figure B).

Figure B

On the Find your code screen on your Android device, tap Continue. On the next screen, enter the one-time code. Your iPhone will tell you that it is waiting for your Android device. On your Android phone, tick the items you want to transfer, choosing from messages, contacts, calendar, Google account, camera roll, display settings, and accessibility settings. Grant the necessary permissions for each type of content you want to transfer. You can also select specific files to copy, including music, podcasts, ringtones, alarms, and pictures. When you’re ready, tap Continue (Figure C).

Figure C

When the transfer is complete, your Android phone will tell you that your data has been copied to your new iOS device. It also lists any items that weren’t copied, such as purchased apps or media. Tap Done. On your iPhone, tap the button to continue iPhone setup. Follow the rest of the steps to finish setting up your iPhone. After the process is complete, check the data on the new phone to make sure your Android device information has been transferred. You may also see a notification asking if you want to add the apps that were on your Android device to your iPhone through the App Store. If so, tap the Add apps option (Figure D).

Figure D

Note: If you recycle, sell or give away your Android phone, be sure to factory reset the Android device to protect your data.