September 09, 2020

Wanting to switch from your current Android device to an Apple device but are worried about losing all of your data? Well, you'll be pleased to know that there is an official app designed by Apple Inc. to take the hassle away from this process. 

The app, simply named 'Move to iOS', is available from the Play Store on all devices running Android 4.0 onwards. Even if you aren't particularly tech savy, this app is reasonably simple to use.

In this blog we are going to walk you through, step-by-step, how to complete a hassle free transfer to get your new iOS device up and running smoothly! 



The key part to the transfer is the Apple designed app 'Move to iOS' app which is available here. Make sure this is installed on your Android device before you begin. 

To ensure that the transfer works as it should, it is important to start with a freshly erased and factory reset iOS device. If you are opening up your brand new iPhone or iPad, then you won't have to worry about this, but if you are using transferring your data to a previously used iOS device, then you will have to reset it. Apple have designed the app to work from within the setup process of any iOS device, so this is an important starting point. 

It is also essential to ensure that your iOS device will have enough storage for all of the data that is being transferred, including anything on a SD card that may be installed in your Android device. If there is not enough room on the iOS device, the transfer will stop and it will appear as a failed transfer. 

Finally, connect both devices to power and ensure that your Android device is connected to a stable WiFi source, not mobile data. 



Once you have installed the Move to iOS app on your Android device, you can begin the setup procedure on your iOS device. This process is a step by step process that is clearly prompted on each screen. When you reach the 'Apps & Data' screen, you will see an option called 'Move Data from Android'. Select this option and your iPhone or iPad will create an exclusive WiFi network to pair with your Android device. 



On your Android device, open the 'Move to iOS' app. Here you will be prompted through some short steps to set it up, before coming to a 'Find Your Code' screen. Ensure your Android device is next to your iOS device and tap the 'Next' button. Your iPhone or iPad will create the WiFi network and produce a security code for your Android phone or tablet. 



The screen on your iPhone or iPad should be now displaying an access code that you will be able to then insert into the app on your Android device. This process is a similar pairing process to that of pairing with a Bluetooth network. If the code is entered correctly, the Move to iOS app will pair with your iPhone or iPad. 



By default, the app will transfer a copy of your photos, videos, messages, bookmarks, calendars and email accounts. However, you can pick and choose what is transferred if you wish. If you do not want one of these transferred, simply uncheck the box on the right hand side.

Along with this, Apple also try to search the App Store to find equivalent iOS versions of any free apps you have installed on your Android device. Once the data transfer has been completed, these will be ready to be downloaded. However, you must note that no local data specific to these apps that may be stored on your Android device will be transferred. 



Depending on how much data you have to switch across between your devices, this process can take a while. Sometimes your Android device may appear to have finished the transfer, however you may find that the iOS device is still showing a progress bar. 

The transfer is not finished until this progress bar is complete and the iOS device says it is complete. If you attempt to use either of the phones during this transfer stage, you will have to begin the process over from the beginning.



If there are any apps or data that do not transfer in this process you will have to do manually. It is important to note that the Move to iOS app does not transfer any music, PDF files or eBooks to your new iPhone or iPad. It is a good idea to check flick through your contacts and photos to just double check all have transferred before you look at resetting your Android device.

If Move to iOS didn't find all of your apps or you use a large majority of paid apps, you will need to search for these yourself on the App Store to find the same or similar apps to use. You will need to just sign into subscription apps, such as Spotify or Netflix, and you will be able to continue as you were on your Android device.

The large majority of the major apps are available on both the Play Store and App Store, so if you can't find the exact app you were using, you will definitely be able to find a close equivalent. 



Once you have finished this, you will have completed your transfer from Android to Apple iOS! Using the Move to iOS app is a much simple and less hassle way of transferring all of your data across. Using computer back ups or transferring manually can take excessive amounts of time and can often be unreliable and become frustrating. 

If you need help with any of this process, please do not hesitate to contact the support team here at DeXTech via our tech email: We are more than happy to help and answer any questions you have! 



Here at DeXTech, we are here to help you with your technology requirements. We stock a wide range of Apple products, from the iPhone 4s all the way through to the iPhone XS, plus the iPad range. Along with this, we carry a huge range of Android smartphones and tablets, including Samsung, Pixel and LG. With these devices on hand we are able to offer technical support every step of the way from assisting to get your device setup to dealing with issues such as network issues or software troubleshooting. We have a helpful team who can lend a hand via our tech support email address: Do not hesitate to reach out! 






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