How to Transfer Data from Samsung or Android Phone to iPhone?

Have been using Samsung smartphone for years, you may like to switch to the Apple iPhone for some new things like ARkit or Messages Memoji. But after purchasing the new iPhone XS or XR, how do you quickly set up it by migrating all important data from old Phone to the new device for future use?  This post gives you some ways to easily make it.

  1. Transfer data from Samsung to iPhone using Move to iOS
  2. Sync files between smartphones using Cloud drive
  3. Move data from Samsung to iPhone using the 3rd-Party Programs

How to Transfer Data from Samsung to iPhone Using “Move to iOS”

move to ios
move to ios

Apple released the Move to iOS app in 2015 for Android to easily put contacts, messages, camera roll, and other data to an iPhone. If you have an old Samsung mobile device and plan to switch it to iOS, you can use the “Move to iOS” app to make it. Below are the steps that you should follow to get data transferred to your new device.

Before you start, you should make sure that the operating system of your Samsung mobile phone is Android 4.0 or higher.

Step 1. Download Move to iOS app from Google Play to your Samsung phone and then install it on your device.

Step 2. Set up your iPhone and choose “Move Data from Android”.  (If your iPhone has been already set up, you have to erase your iPhone first by tapping Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings, to tap “Move Data from Android”.)

Transfer Data from Samsung to iPhone
Transfer Data from Samsung to iPhone

Step 3. Run Move to iOS on Samsung phone and tap “Continue”. It will ask you if you agree on the appearing terms, tap “Agree” on your android phone. After that, tap “Next”.

Migrate Android Data to iPhone
Migrate Android Data to iPhone

Step 4. On your new iPhone, continue and you will get a code. Put the code on your Samsung to build connections between your devices.

Step 5. On your Samsung Android phone, select the data, such as contacts, messages, photos or bookmarks, that you are going to transfer to your new iPhone. After, tap “Next” to start migrating.

Step 6. Don’t use your Android phone or iPhone until the loading bar finishes the transfer process. And after, tap “Done” on Samsung, and tap Continue on iPhone to go on setting up your new device.

The whole process may take you minutes or hours, depending on how much data you transfer.

The disadvantages of Move to iOS

The Move to iOS app will erase all content and settings on the iOS device before moving. So it is not a suitable app for you to transfer data to a device that contains some valuable data because of the potential data loss.

This app is firstly launched in 2015, and last updated on Mar 17, 2016. So it sometimes may not work or even stuck since the long time no updates released. If you get these issues, there are some tips you could have a try.  Surely, you can keep on reading on the next part to get other tools to move your data and files without using the Move to iOS app.

Move to iOS app last updated time
Move to iOS app last updated time

How to transfer data from Samsung to iPhone without Move to iOS?

If the Move to iOS doesn’t work, you can use Cloud drive service to sync some specific types of files between phones or use some third-party programs to quickly transfer all data to your new device.

1. Sync files between Samsung to iPhone using Cloud drive.

It’s known that we can use some free Cloud drive as a tool to sync files between devices. These tools are very helpful for transferring some specific files like photos, videos, and documents.

Cloud Storage Services
Cloud Storage Services You Can Use to Share Files Between Samsung and iPhone

To use the Cloud service, you have to sign up for an account first. And after you got the account, you should download the iOS-based app of the service to your Samsung device, and then add the files. After all the files are fully uploaded to the Cloud server, you can unlock your new iPhone, use the File app to add the drive and sync all files from your cloud storage service to your iOS device.

Most cloud storage services won’t help sync information like messages, contacts, and notes between phones. And these tools restrict the storage space used for a free account.

2. 1-Click Move Data from Android to iOS using third-party programs.

Some software developers have developed professional programs for phone switchers. They made it super easy to get all necessary data from old Android to new iOS by several clicks. But most of them are not free except the AnyTrans for iOS.

To use a program to migrate data, you’ll have to download it first to your computer, and then connect both of your Samsung device and iPhone to the computer using the USB data cables. After this app recognizes your devices, you can select any categories to have a quick transfer.

Top 5 Move to iOS Alternative Apps to Transfer Data from Android to New iPhone iPad

Conclusion

With Move to iOS, you can 1- click transfer almost all data, including Photos, Contacts, Calendar, Messages History and so on. Although it has some disadvantage, it still can be some best way to import data from Samsung to iOS wirelessly. If Move to iOS app doesn’t work or the transferring takes so long, you can try other methods to get data transferred to your new iOS device.

Top 5 Move to iOS Alternative Apps to Transfer Data from Android to New iPhone iPad

Move to iOS app didn’t work, and you are considering a replacement? Read this post to get 5 top best Move to iOS Alternatives that we collected in 2018.

You may think that you can move everything from your Android phone to the new iPhone XS/XR or the 2019 iPad Air using Move to iOS app that you think the best app to transfer data from Android to iPhone.

But after trying it out, you found this app was so complex to use or even didn’t work? In fact, the users’ rating for Move to iOS is not so good – it got only 3 stars of average ratings on Google Play.

Move to iOS app ratings and reviews
Move to iOS app ratings and reviews

To smoothly migrate data from Android to iPhone iPad, you may need a replacement of Move to iOS app. In this post, we collected 5 professional Android to iPhone transfer tools that you can take as replacements. Now let’s take a look at these apps.

Top 5 Move to iOS Alternative Apps I Collected in 2018 and 2019

There are some best apps to transfer data from Android to iPhone. I’ve been collecting this kind of apps since 2018 and I’ve recently added some new apps to this list on March 2019. And just enjoy them!

  1. AnyTrans (Free)
  2. Dr.Fone ($35)
  3. Syncios Mobile Data Transfer ($39.95)
  4. FoneCopy ($39)
  5. MOBILedit Phone Copier (9.9)

Most of these apps require you to connect devices to the computer using USB cables since this could be stable for transferring large numbers of files. (Generally, it would be more stable using cables than Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to start a connection.)

Most of these apps are not free. I’ve tried my best to get free ones but found that most of the free apps don’t support 1-Click migrate data from Android iPhone to iPhone iPad. Fortunately, I got AnyTrans.

AnyTrans for iOS – Move to iOS Feature (Free)

AnyTrans is one of excellent iPhone transfer apps developed by iMobie. In 2018, it added a completely free feature to help all new iOS users migrate data from their old Android devices.

As one of the top Move to iOS Alternatives, this app can be better than Move to iOS since it would be more stable to transfer all or only some specific items that you want from Android to iPhone.

Supported Data Types

Contacts, Photos, Music, Videos, Books, Messages, Call Logs, Ringtones, and Files.

Supported iPhone

iPhone 3GS to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Move to iOS Alternative: Dr.Fone – Switch ($35+)

Dr.Fone – Switch by Wondershare is one of best phone transfer apps that you should have as one alternative to Move to iOS app. Its neat and simple interface helps you easily put your important data like photos messages and contacts between Android and iOS in a few clicks.

With nice device compatibility for Android models, you can take it to get things easily moved to your new iPhone from various android brands including Samsung, HTC, Google Pixel, Huawei, LG, Motorola and so on.

Supported DataType:

Contacts, Calendar, Photos, Songs and Videos.

Supported iPhone:

iPhone 3GS to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Syncios Mobile Data Transfer ($39.95)

This Mobile Data Transfer developed by Syncios is another data transfer app working on Windows and Mac. Similar to Dr.Fone Switch, it is also developed for phone-to-phone transferring. Compatible with a large number of Android brands, this app will be another helper for people who want to move data from Android to iPhone and iPad.

Move to iOS similar app - SynciOS
Move to iOS similar app – SynciOS

Supported DataType:

Contacts, Messages, Photos, Videos, Songs, Call Log and Bookmarks.

Supported iPhone:

iPhone 3GS to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

PhoneCopy for Windows by Aiseesoft ($39)

PhoneCopy by Aiseesoft is one PC-based app that you can take as one of Move to iOS alternatives to transfer contacts, photos, videos and songs from Android to iPhone. Just like AnyTrans and Dr.Fone, this app can auto convert your transferred files to be compatible with your targeted iOS device.  And only by a few clicks, you can finish the transfer process.

Supported DataType:

Contacts, Photos, Videos, Songs, and Ringtones.

Supported iPhone:

iPhone 3GS to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

MOBILedit Phone Copier ($9.9)

Phone Copier is one of the professional Phone To Phone Data Transfer Software that are available for people who want to transfer between two smartphones. For Android to iOS switchers, this app can move contacts, messages, calendar and media files. After installing this app on both of your phones, you can begin your transfer between them in Bluetooth.

Supported DataType:

Contacts, Messages, Calendar and Media files.

Supported iPhone:

(Unknown)

Last, if there is some freeway of migrating data between phones, please don’t hesitate to comment on my post to share it. This would be very helpful.

How to Fix “Move to iOS Not Working, Could Not Communicate or Connect to iPhone”

move to ios not working
move to ios unable to migrate

Move to iOS app is available on Google Play store for Android users to move data from Android to iPhone for free. This app is useful but it is not perfect. The transferring process is not that simple. And sometimes this Move to iOS app may not work, not communicate with the device and not connect to the iPhone.

How to Fix Move to iOS App Not Working?

Move to iOS works based on the Wi-Fi network, so it requires a stable network situation. If the network is in a bad condition, you may take a long time to finish the transferring. According to the feedback from the users on Google Play, besides communicating, connecting error, they also met the problems like:

  1. Pop up Error “Unable to migrate. Try again later”.
  2. Stuck at “Moving items into place…“, Stuck at 40% or 50%.
  3. Stuck at “Move to iOS stuck on preparing“.

6 Proven Ways to Fix Move to iOS Errors?

  1. Restart your mobiles phones.
  2. Unselect the option for “Smart network switch” or something similar, such as Connections Optimizer. Or you can try to switch off your WiFi or switch between WiFi and mobile data on your android phone, which is said helpful to solve the issue of “Move to iOS could not communicate with device”.
  3. Turn your Android phone into Airplane Mode.
  4. Don’t use your devices while migrating data. This may get the transferring process interrupted by accident.
  5. Reset Wi-Fi Network, or restart your router.
  6. Reset network settings on your iPhone Settings app.

Before using Move to iOS, you should check compatibility and do preparation

You should check the items in the below list before you use Move to iOS app.

  1. Move to iOS app requires Android 4.0 or higher.
  2. It cannot be used to transfer from iOS to Android.
  3. This app only works with transferring data from Android to a New or Reset iPhone.
  4. Transferring may take you several hours, depends on the size of data you are migrating and the Wi-Fi network condition.

TOP 4 Best Free Android File Encryption Apps I Collected in 2019

If you’re searching for some best Android file encryption software, you’ve come to the right place. Here I share 4 free apps that use passwords to carefully protect your sensitive and important apps/files on your Android device.

You know that you can set up the lock-screen to protect all the data on phone and tablet. But this is only some basic setting to keep things safe, and it is still possible that your locked screen device be hacked by some people.

In order to keep private files and apps always be safe from malicious attack, you can also use some Android encryption apps to lock specific apps and files via passcode, pattern or fingerprint. Thus your important files will always be hidden from the unauthorized users, and be safe always.

  1. How to Choose the Best Android File Encryption App?
  2. The File Encryption Apps I Collected for Android Users

How to choose the best Android File Encryption app?

There are so many file encryption apps on the Google Play store or other Android app publishing platform. So how could you get the perfect one for you?

In general, the best Android File Encryption app ought to have the basic features to encrypt files, app and app data in usual methods like Passcode, Pattern, and Fingerprint. And it should support a wide range of Android operation system and phone brands, whether the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or the Google Pixel. And the most important, for me, I would like some free apps that have no ads inserted.

Best Android file encryption apps I collected in 2018 and 2019

This list is recently updated on June 2019 to provide you with the top encryption app for your Android devices.

My Reviews My Rating Start Price Ads Inserted
SSE File/Text Encryption ★★★★☆ Free Yes
BluePrints AppLock ★★★★★ Free Yes
ZenCrypt ★★★★☆ Free No
Egosecure ★★★☆☆ Free No

And we removed the app like File Encryption (FileEnc) because we’ve found its encrypted image is still shown on Gallery unless you refresh the Gallery app. And the last update time of this app is Dec 29, 2014. And somebody suggested me to add the app Lock / Encrypt Files. But after testing this app, we found the design is so bad, and hard to use, although it could add a vault folder to hide and encrypt almost any file types like images, videos, downloads, etc.

SSE – File/Text Encryption & Password Vault (with in-app purchases)

S.S.E (Secret Space Encryptor) is an all-in-one Android encryption app with the functions of managing passwords and encrypting files & texts. By using various strong algorithms like AES and RC6, it could protect your messages, notes, and file from any unwanted readers.

To encrypt one file or folder is pretty simple, just open this app and go to File Encryptor, select file or folder, and tap Encrypt Dir. After input your password, the file/folder will be encrypted.

BluePrints AppLock 2018 (Free)

BluePrints AppLock is one of the best encryption apps for Android I’ve met. This app offers lots of free functions for Android users to protect privacy and personal information, like the function to hide images/videos and the feature to encrypt apps. I like it because of its simple interface and no ads inserted.

BluePrints Applock 2018
BluePrints Applock 2018

As one of the perfect app lockers, it can protect your Android apps from unauthorized persons by locking them with passcode, pattern, and fingerprint. Additionally, it can also record the head picture of intruders who attacks this app by keep typing wrong passcode.

ZenCrypt – Securely Encrypt Files

The ZenCrypt app was updated on January 17, 2019, and it is well compatible with the latest Android devices. With the encryption algorithm of 128-bit AES, CBC, and PKCS5 padding, it can protect your files and folders well with a passcode and even with your unique fingerprint. (Note: you’ll have to update to the Pro version to use fingerprint to encrypt your files.)

ZenCrypt
ZenCrypt

The app interface is easy to understand, so you can quickly get to know how to use this app to encrypt and decrypt your files on your Andriod phone.

EgoSecure Encryption Anywhere (Free)

EgoSecure Encryption Anywhere is one file manager with file encryption capabilities. It can encrypt any file with a password to protect it from unauthorized access when they are stored on the Android device or in cloud storage. And you can also transfer the encrypted files via Internet to your friends or family. After receiving, they can decrypt the file using the password you set via EgoSecure.

EgoSecure Encryption AnyWhere
EgoSecure Encryption AnyWhere

This Android file encrypts app is completely free and you can download it from Google. The disadvantage is that it doesn’t give you the navigation or shortcuts to directly access often-used file types for a quick encryption/decryption.

Transfer Data from iPhone to New Samsung Galaxy Note 9

If you’ve decided to switch from iPhone to Galaxy Note 9, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll break down the necessary steps you’ll need to take in order to transfer data from iPhone to the new Note 9. There are 3 free ways totally and we’ll guide you through each of them in detail.

The 2018 new-released Samsung Galaxy Note 9 offers many customization options that you won’t find on an iPhone. It allows for a high level of multi-tasking, equipped with new processor and multi-window system. Not only that, but this new model could also store up to 1TB of data, should you choose to add a 512GB SD card on its integrated port?

All of that sounds good, right? The Note 9 looks like one of those phones that users grow to love in a very short amount of time. Therefore, there’s a strong chance that some of you may choose to switch from iPhone to Galaxy Note 9. And to do a switch, you may like to transfer data from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy Phone?

Transferring data from one phone to another is actually a very straightforward and easy process since Samsung gives one nice Smart Switch app. This app provide you with two free methods to migrate data from iOS to new Samsung Galaxy Note 9, using its USB adapter, or wirelessly getting data from iCloud backup. Besides these two methods, there are a couple of other options you can get to deal with data transfers between phones. Now let’s follow this post to begin the transferring:

  1. What to do before moving data to new Note 9
  2. Migrate data from iPhone to Samsung via USB cable
  3. Transfer data from iPhone to Samsung Note 9 Wirelessly
  4. Transfer data o Galaxy Note 9 in other methods

What to Do Before Transferring Data to New Note 9?

  • It’s important that both phones are set to the largest amount of time to stay on before “going to sleep”. This helps you avoid any issues with the phones’ power-saving features.
  • Remember that having the phone turned on for a long time drains a ton of battery, which makes it ever more important for you to have both phones fully charged before starting the transfer.
  • Update the Smart Switch on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (Normally the app on your Note 9 could be in the latest version.)
  • Deregister/Disable iMessages on your iPhone via Settings > Messages.
  • You’d better turn off two factors authentication on your iPhone.

How to transfer data from iPhone to Galaxy Note 9 using USB.

First things first: your Samsung phone should come with a special USB adapter, which allows it to connect directly to another phone. Keep in mind that you’ll need to use this adapter with the iPhone’s original USB cable if you want the process to work smoothly; generic USB’s used to transfer data from iPhone to Galaxy Note 9 might not work as intended (some of your data could get corrupted).

Step 1. Connect iPhone and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 via USB cable

Connect both phones via the iPhone’s USB cable, plugging the adapter on the other end and using it to connect to the Samsung phone. It should look a little something like this. And your Note 9 will auto run Smart Switch and go to the page of TRANSFER FROM IOS PHONE. If not, just go to Settings to run Smart Switch.

Connect iPhone to Samsung Galaxy using USB
Connect iPhone to Samsung Galaxy using USB

Unlock your iPhone and tap to Trust This Computer. After that, click Next on your Samsung Smartphone to get information on your iPhone. And this may take some minutes, depending on how much data on your iPhone.

Step 2. Select contents and start transferring data to new Samsung Galaxy phone.

Once your Samsung detects everything stored on your iPhone, you can select contents such as photos and contacts, and simply press Transfer at the bottom of your Note 9’s screen, it will auto move things from iPhone to your new Note 9.

Transfer selected items to Samsung Galaxy phone
Transfer selected items to Samsung Galaxy phone

This process might take up to half an hour, but it’s very straightforward and effective. Once that’s done, check your Note 9. Every shared app, your contact list, music, and basically every piece of user information should’ve successfully transferred to your new phone.

How to transfer data from iPhone to Samsung Note 9 wirelessly

Let us first warn you that transferring data using a wireless Internet connection takes a much bigger amount of time than doing it using the USB Smart Switch. This option is extremely useful nonetheless, as some iPhone owners might not have access to a proper USB cable or simply prefer doing the data transfer using a wireless method.

Step 1. Create an iCloud backup with your iPhone.

To start this process, all you need to do is back up iPhone data via iCloud > iCloud Backup > Backup Now. You can store up to 5GB of information for free before having to buy extra storage from Apple.

Step 2. Run Smart Switch on Note 9, and then choose WIRELESS > iOS.

This data transfer from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is also done via Smart Switch, but in this case, you’re going to need the app. Not every Android phone comes with Smart Switch installed, but the Note 9 should have it by default. In any case, look for the Smart Switch app and run it. The following prompt should show up:

Wireless transfer data from iOS to Galaxy
Wireless transfer data from iOS to Galaxy

In this case, we’re going to select the “Wireless” option. You’ll be asked which device will you transfer data from; select iOS.

Step 3.  Enter your iCloud’s details to access data from iCloud backup to your Samsung phone.

It requires you input your iCloud email and password to login your iCloud storage. After that, you will be able to select which information stored in the iCloud you want to import to your Samsung. Once you’re done, tap “Import” and wait for the process to finish.

As we said, this process to transfer data from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is actually very simple, but it’ll take a bit more time than the regular USB Smart Switch option.

How to transfer data from iPhone to Galaxy Note 9 manually

Last but not least, there are other free ways in which you can manually transfer data from an iPhone to an Android phone without needing the assistance of Smart Switch. The best way to transfer basic information, such as your contacts and your calendar, is to use Gmail’s data backup option.

Simply go to your iPhone’s Gmail app and make sure it backs up everything that you need. Once you log in with your email in your new Note 9’s Gmail app, your contacts, calendar and emails should start syncing right away.

If your contacts aren’t showing right away, you might need to access iCloud via PC, select your backed-up contacts and export them as an individual file. To do this, just go to your computer and access iCloud, go to your contacts, select all of your contacts and then create a vCard at the bottom left corner of the screen, like this:

Then log in to Gmail and import them to your contact list manually. You can access your Gmail contact list here:

Once you’re in Gmail’s contact list, select the import option and then choose the vCard file that you downloaded from iCloud to your computer. You can do that here:

When you log in to your new Samsung using your email, the contacts should be imported automatically into your Note 9.

Everything else is pretty straightforward. We recommend using calendar apps to import your calendar from one phone to the other, as these are usually shareable as long as you have an account connected to them.

If you want to import pictures, simply upload them to Google Drive in your iPhone and download them in your Note 9. This is done by accessing Google Drive in your iPhone, tapping the “+” icon and choosing the option called “Upload photos or videos”:

Drive is connected to your Gmail account, so logging in to your Gmail account in your Note 9 will swiftly import your Drive files pretty quickly. You can use Google Drive to transfer any other relevant documents as well! This app is actually one of the best easy-to-use tools that you can have in order to transfer data from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Since we’re talking about Google Drive… WhatsApp also has an option to do a backup of all your messages using Drive’s services. Go to your iPhone’s WhatsApp settings and back up all of your conversations. When you log in to the same WhatsApp account on your new Note 9, you will be prompted to import the messages available in your Drive backup.

Oh, and one last thing… If you want to upload Music to a cloud storage to then download it on your Samsung, your best bet will be using Google Play Music and selecting the option to upload them. Keep in mind that if you use Spotify or any similar app, it’s easier to simply download the app in your Note 9 and you should have access to all of your songs in an instant.

Conclusion

Well, it looks like you’re ready to swap your iPhone for a Samsung Galaxy Note 9. As you can see, none of the processes are extremely complicated, but we do recommend using the Smart Switch USB method to relocate your iPhone’s data to your new Note 9. This will guarantee a quick and effective data transfer.

The methods we listed in this article are the main options you have when it comes to transferring data. Keep in mind that other methods also exist (like using backup apps found in both the PlayStore and the AppStore), but the ones we showed here are proven to be the most effective and error-free.