How to use Google’s new Switch to Android app to ditch your iPhone


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If you’re ready to move from an Apple iPhone to an Android phone, the process has become a lot easier when it comes to transferring all your data thanks to Google’s latest iPhone app, Switch to Android.

Right now, the app only works for those who are giving up their iPhone for one of Google’s Pixel phones, but there’s no apparent reason (other than benefits for Pixel owners) why this feature couldn’t eventually make its way to more Android devices. .

Below, I will walk you through the iPhone to Android transfer process using the new Switch to Android app.

Install Switch to Android before setting up your Pixel phone

Before you start setting up your Pixel phone, you’ll need to install the Switch to Android app on your iPhone. You can find a direct link to the app here, or search the App Store for “Switch to Android” by Google.

It’s a small app, with a few settings, so it only takes a few seconds. While you’re doing this, it’s a good idea to connect both your new Android phone and your iPhone to a charger to make sure their batteries have enough power to complete the transfer. The higher the shipping cost, the better.

Connect your iPhone to your new Android phone

Next, turn on your Pixel phone and connect it to Wi-Fi. When you get to the screen asking how you want to copy data from your old phone, tap next one followed by next one back on the screen titled “Use your old device”.

To complete the transfer, you have two options: connect your iPhone directly to your Pixel phone using a USB-C to Lightning cable, or transfer wirelessly. Using a wired connection would be faster, but not everyone has a USB-C to Lightning cable.

If you want to transfer wirelessly, tap the text no cable? followed by Using an iPhone? on the next screen. Agree to the location access request on your Pixel phone, then sign in to your Google Account when prompted. After adding your Google account, your Android phone will display a QR code that you will need to use the Switch to Android app on your iPhone to scan.


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Open the Switch to Android app on your iPhone, accept the terms and conditions, then go to the next screen, where you will see the viewfinder to scan a QR code on your Pixel phone. Accept the prompts on your iPhone to allow the two devices to connect. Next, you will be asked to give the Switch to Android app access to your personal information like photos, contacts, and calendars. You can select OK or OK for contacts and calendar, but for photos, be sure to allow access to all photos.

Once all access requests are approved, the iPhone will prepare itself for the transfer. But before you start moving your data, you’ll have one last chance to choose exactly what’s making the move. On the screen labeled “Step 2 of 4”, you can turn any information category on or off, as well as select the specific photos and videos you want to transfer. Once you are happy, tap Complete.

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Leave the Switch to Android app open on your iPhone, and it will collect and then transfer your data. However, on your Android phone, you can continue to follow the setup prompts, which include accepting permissions, setting a PIN to secure your phone, etc.

After completing the transfer process, which may take some time depending on the amount of data you transfer, you will be reminded to turn off iMessage on your iPhone.


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The final and optional step is to ask Apple to transfer your photos and videos to Google Photos. This is something not widely known about Apple’s iCloud account services – you can log into your Apple ID account and ask Apple to transfer your photos and videos for you, but it only supports Google Photos so far. Read the Google support page if you have questions.

Your iPhone will tell you that the transfer is complete, and you will see a similar message on your Pixel phone telling you that the transfer is complete. handle Finished Then follow the rest of the prompts on your new Android phone.

After making sure that all your data has already transferred to your Android phone, make sure to reset it properly before giving it to someone else, selling it or trading it. Here’s how to do it.

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