[2021] Transfer Data from Samsung/Android Phone to iPhone

Have been using Samsung smartphone for years? You may like to try something new so you switch from Android to the Apple iPhone. But after purchasing the new iPhone 13 or 12, how do you quickly set up it by migrating all important data for future use?  Read on to get some easy ways to 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.

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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.

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