Apple just released its Move to iOS app for Android. This is an app that you can download from the Google Play store that will make it easier for Android users to migrate to iOS.
During the initial iOS 9 setup, users are given the option of how they want to proceed with setup, and migrating from Android is one of those options. If a user selects Move Data from Android, they will then be pointed to the Move to iOS app on their Android device for easy migration.
In this post, I’ll walk you through the full migration process, which involves pairing the two devices together in order to transfer Android user data to your iOS device.
Step 1: During the initial iOS setup process, choose Move Data from Android.
Step 2: Download the Move to iOS app on your Android phone. You can get the app by following this link.
Step 3: Launch the Move to iOS app on your Android phone, and tap Continue.
Step 4: Tap Continue on your iPhone and you should see a 10-digit numerical code.
Step 5: Enter the code on your Android device to allow the devices to talk to each other.
Step 6: You will see a preparing message, followed by a screen that lets you select the data that you wish to migrate. You can select things like photos, bookmarks, and Google account. Once you check the options that you wish to migrate, tap Next and the transfer will begin.
Step 7: Once the transfer is completed tap Done on your Android phone. Apple also tells you that you can take your Android phone into the Apple store to be recycled. 😂
Step 8: On your iPhone tap Continue Setting Up iPhone to proceed with the initial setup.
Step 9: Once complete, check the Photos app for your photos and videos, Safari for bookmarks, Mail for Google account, etc.
It’s a pretty seamless migration process. Obviously not everything will translate 1:1, as Apple warns of. For example, 4K videos shot on an Android phone won’t play on my iPhone 5s, but I was fairly impressed with the Move to iOS app’s ease of use. Apple’s really good at making Android apps, as it turns out. I think they should make another.