How to Move Your Data to a New Android Phone or iPhone?

Updating your mobile phone is one of the most exciting things that you can do. You will no doubt be eager to get started, explore new features, and test out the camera. However, before you get started you will probably want to transfer everything from your old to your new phone.


Last updated: 13th May 2019 at 12:09pm

This can seem like a daunting task, particularly if you are moving from Android to iPhone, or from iPhone to Android. Here we are going to show you how to transfer all your data. It is pretty easy to do if you follow the simple steps that we outline here.

  1. How to transfer data from iPhone to Android
  2. How to transfer data from Android to iPhone
  3. How to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone
  4. How to transfer data from Android to Android

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How to transfer data from iPhone to Android

Transferring your data from an iPhone to an Android phone is surprisingly simple. There are three main steps:

Step 1

  • Connect to a wi fi network
  • Download Google Drive on your iOS device
  • Sign in with your Google credentials or create a new Google account.
  • If Google Drive is already on your iPhone then you should update it to the latest version.

Step 2

  • Open the Google Drive application
  • Select Menu>Settings>Backup
  • Tap Backup Everything or choose the content you wish to transfer
  • Plug your phone into its charger because the data transfer can take a while

Step 3

  • Sign in to your Google account on your new Android device
  • Use the same account sign in that you used or created in step 1

All of your content will transfer over automatically. Your data will appear in three apps on your new Android phone in the Google Photos app, Google Calendar app, and Google Contacts app.

You cannot transfer your apps automatically so you will need to download and install your apps again, from the Google Play Store. If you have paid for apps on your old iPhone then, unfortunately, you will have to pay for these again when you download them from Google Play. Before you finish up, you should remember to turn off iMessage on your iPhone.

How to transfer data from Android to iPhone

If you are moving from Android to an iPhone then you will be able to move over your contacts, photos, videos, text messages history from your messages apps, web bookmarks, calendar, and mail accounts. You will also be able to move over free apps that appear in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Step 1

  • Download (Move to iOS)¬†from Google Play on your Android phone
  • Turn on Wi-Fi and connect both your iPhone and Android phone to their respective chargers.
  • When you reach the Apps & Data screen after turning on your iPhone you should choose 'Move Data' from Android.
  • If you have missed this step and have already gone through the setup process, then you can either erase your iOS device and start again or transfer the content you want to keep manually.

Step 2

  • Open the app (Move to iOS) on your Android device.
  • Tap Continue and agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Tap Next (top right corner) of the Find Your Code screen.

Step 3

  • Wait for the code.
  • Tap Continue on the Move from Android screen on your iPhone.
  • Enter the six-digit or ten-digit code on your Android phone.
  • Wait for the Transfer Data screen to appear.

Step 4

  • Select the content you wish to move on your Android phone and tap Next.
  • Do not touch either phone until the loading bar on your iPhone finishes.
  • Tap Done on the Android phone and tap Continue on your iPhone.
  • Finish the rest of the automatic set up process.

Not all of the data from Android devices can be moved over automatically to your new iOS device. You will need to move Music, PDFs, and Books over manually.

How to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone

You can transfer your apps, settings, and data from one iPhone to another. Before you begin, you should unpair your Apple Watch from your old iPhone, if you have one. Quick Start, iCloud, or iTunes can all be used to complete the transfer of data.

Quick Start

  • Bring the two iPhones close together.
  • Turn on your new iPhone.
  • Ensure Bluetooth is turned on.
  • Wait for the Quick Start screen to appear on your old iPhone
  • Press Continue.
  • When an animation appears on your new iPhone, hold your old iPhone over your new iPhone.
  • Centre the animation in the viewfinder.
  • Wait for Finish on New Device to appear.
  • Enter your passcode on your new iPhone when prompted.
  • Enter your Apple ID.


  • Turn on your new iPhone.
  • Complete the set up until you reach the Apps & Data screen.
  • Tap Restore from iCloud Backup.
  • Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID.


  • Turn on your new iPhone.
  • Complete the set up until you reach the Apps & Data screen.
  • Tap Restore from iTunes Backup>Next.
  • Connect your new iPhone to your computer.
  • Open iTunes on your computer.
  • Select your device and then Restore Backup.
  • Complete the rest of the setup process on your new iPhone.

How to transfer data from Android to Android

If you are upgrading to a new Android phone then you can transfer over your settings, data, and apps. It is always a good idea to update both Android devices first in order to get the latest system updates.

Step 1

  • Ensure the backup service is running on your old Android phone.
  • Got to Settings>System>Backup>Google Account>Back up to Google Drive

Step 2

  • Turn on your new Android phone.
  • Connect to Wi-Fi.
  • Choose Restore a Backup when prompted.
  • Tap Your Google account.

Step 3

  • Tap A Backup from the Cloud.
  • Sign in to your Google account
  • Accept the terms and conditions.
  • Tap Restore and then tap Apps.

Certain mobile phone brands install their own transfer tools so you can use these as an alternative to the methods mentioned above.

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