If you’ve decided to switch from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy S8, then there must be some queries in your mind. For instance, you may want to know how to transfer your important contacts, photos, videos, and much more from your old iPhone to the new Android device. Here are all your top questions answered.
Before you get started with switching from iPhone to Samsung, you’ll require to sign up for a Google account (if you aren’t already using Gmail). When you have a Gmail address, you can start with moving your data stored on your old iPhone.
Here’s how to switch from iPhone to a new model of Android, Samsung Galaxy S8, for instance.
Switch from iPhone to Samsung
1. Using Samsung Smart Switch
Samsung makes ditching an iPhone easier than ever before with its Smart Switch app via WiFi or using a USB cable. Once you’ve launched the app, you’ll see the ‘transfer from iOS device’ option.
There are two options to transfer your iPhone data: Transfer via USB and Transfer over WiFi. Let’s discuss each of them in details:
- Transfer via USB
The first option to transfer your data from Apple to Samsung is to use a USB cable. Basically, you’ll require a lightning cable and a small USB-C to USB adaptor that comes packed with your new Galaxy S8. All you need to switch from iPhone to Samsung is to plug the adapter into your S8 device and lightening cable to your old iPhone, and then connect the two.
A message will pop up on your iPhone. Simply tap on the Trust button on your iOS device and then Next button on your Galaxy phone to continue. Given that it searches for data to transfer, you’ll have to wait for a few minutes.
Once done, you’ll see a list of content to transfer from iPhone to your Galaxy S8: call log, photos, contacts, music, text message history, and even WiFi settings. Just select all the categories you want to transfer and tap on the Transfer button on your Samsung handset.
The transferring process may take a while, depending on how much data you plan to bring along with you. Your phone will show an estimated wait time at the top of the screen.
Once it is done, you’ll get a few more download options to choose from. There’s even a list of all your iOS apps along with their links to manually reinstall their Android counterparts if you want.
- Transfer over WiFi
If you don’t want to put into the hassle of adapter and cables to shift from Apple to Samsung, you can use the wireless method to switch from iPhone to Samsung. To do so, you must have your iPhone backed up to iCloud and a strong WiFi connection. If you’re quite unfamiliar with iPhone backup process, you can navigate to our post on How to back up your iPhone on iTunes, iCloud.
2. Transfer Contacts, Mail, and Calendar
Are you already using a Gmail account for your contacts, mail, and calendar on your iOS device? If yes, then you’re all set to switch from iPhone to Samsung. All you need to do is just sign into your new Galaxy S8 phone with the same account you use on your iPhone and make sure that sync is enabled for contacts, mail, and calendar.
Navigate to Settings > Mail > Accounts section and tap on your Gmail account and then toggle on the switch next to the Contacts, Mail, and Calendar. In case you’re using an iCloud account on your iPhone, you will still be able to transfer your contacts and calendar without requiring any other app. On your new Samsung phone, download SmoothSync for Cloud Calendar to grab all your calendar reminders and appointments.
On the other hand, download SmoothSync for Cloud Contacts for your contacts. These two apps will add your iCloud account to your new Galaxy smartphone, allowing you to continue using your iPad or Mac and keeping your contacts and calendar synced.
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3. Transfer Text Messages
When you switch from iPhone to Samsung, there’s one more thing you may need to take with you, i.e. text messages. For this purpose, you can make use of a free app iSMS2droid.
The app requires you to create an unencrypted backup of your iPhone data to iTunes. It then locates and copies the backed up SMS database file, and finally, imports it from your Samsung device.
4. Transfer Music
With an iOS device, it’s obvious that most of your music collection is tied up inside Apple’s iTunes. However, if you’ve decided to switch from iPhone to Samsung, then how do you transfer your music? Well, there are mainly 3 simple ways to transfer music from iTunes to Android.
You can transfer your iTunes music by copying it to Android phone manually, using Google music, or using any third-party app.
In case you stream music with Pandora, Spotify, and Apple Music, then you’re completely free from worries. All three apps have an Android version that you can download to your Samsung Galaxy device. Just log into your account and your playlists as well as preferences will be there waiting for you.
5. Transfer Photos and Videos
The easiest and simplest way to transfer your photos and videos from iPhone to Android is to install Google Photos on your iOS device and upload your files.
Afterward, log into Google Photos on your Galaxy S8 phone and either view your media files from their spot in the cloud or download them. You can also make use of Google Drive to create a backup of all your photos by navigating to the Settings > Backup section.
In case you have an extensive photo library on iCloud, you can use Photos app on your Mac and iCloud.com on a PC to download photos to your system and finally transfer them to your new Android smartphone via USB cable.