How to Transfer Data Between Phones - iPhone and Android

Quick overview:

Data is considered the most important thing in this digital era. In this modern world, technology is changing rapidly and people tend to upgrade their mobile phones. On the other hand, they also change their phones when they feel to move towards another technology or brand. They transfer important documents, personal pictures, and other sensitive information from one phone to another.

In this article, we will guide you on how to successfully transfer data from your android phone to another android phone, from android to iPhone, and from iPhone to android.

Transfer Data From Android To Android

Files can be transferred between Android devices using a number of methods. For this article, we have chosen the easiest and most readily available ones. Is it possible to transfer some pictures that you just took with your friend's phone? We can help!

Using Nearby Share

Data can be transferred from Android to Android phones using Nearby Share. Data can be transferred from one Android device to another without download of any third-party app. Using Nearby Share requires Android 6.1 or later.

Nearby Share allows you to transfer almost anything on your phone, including apps, photos, videos, apps (via Google Play Store), documents, links, texts, and contacts? If the thing appears in the Share sheet, then it can be transferred using Nearby Share.

Nonetheless, if this is the first time you have heard of Nearby Sharing, you have to enable it on your device. Most Android devices have the nearby sharing option suggested on the easy-settings you can pull from the top of your home screen. But if it's not there, you could easily find it under your settings menu.

  1. Go to "Settings" > Select "Devices and sharing".
  2. Turn on Nearby Sharing.
  3. Set your preferences for Nearby Share.
    To avoid wasting your mobile data, you may want to change the Data usage from "Data" to "Without internet."

Following the steps above, enable Nearby Share on the second Android device.

How to transfer data between Android and Android using Nearby Share

  1. Choose the content you want to share, such as a photos, videos, documents, etc.
  2. Click Share as you'd normally do, then select "Nearby Share".
    On Android 11, you'll see "Nearby" as soon as you tap the share button. You may be asked to enable Wi-Fi, Location, and Bluetooth.
  3. Turn on the Nearby Share option when prompted.
  4. You'll receive a notification that says "Device nearby is sharing" on the second device.
    Touch it to make the neighbor device visible on your phone.
  5. After it becomes visible to you on the sharing options, click is to finalize the transfer.

Using Third Party Apps

The process of transferring data between Android phones before Nearby Share was available in 2020 relied on third-party apps. The Google Play Store has many apps that can help you accomplish your goals right now. Most of these apps can be used over a Wi-Fi network or a hotspot. As a result, they're fast and free.

You can also transfer data from old Android phones to new Android phones using apps. Therefore, switching to a new device shouldn't be an issue. There are plenty of these apps on the Play Store, but you should definitely check out Xender, SHAREit, Google Files, CLONEit, and others.

Using Bluetooth

Android allows users to share files easily via Bluetooth; looking for a file, tapping Share, and selecting Bluetooth will do the trick.

  1. Bluetooth should be enabled on both Android devices.
  2. Find the content you want to share, then tap the "Share" button.
    From the list, select "Bluetooth" to view the compatible devices around you.
  3. Select the device you need from the list.
    Both devices may need to be paired up for the first time. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  4. When the second Android device accepts the transfer, the first will be synced.
    The transfer should start automatically, and you can monitor the progress on the status bar.

Transfer Data From Android To iPhone

Transferring your old Android phone or tablet's photos, contacts, and calendars to your new iPhone or iPad has never been easier thanks to the "Move to iOS" app. It connects your old Android to your new Apple device over a direct Wi-Fi connection, transferring all of your data to the new device. 

Move to iOS transfers a lot of data, but it doesn't transfer your apps (since they're not compatible), music, or any of your passwords. Further, Android phones and tablets can only be transferred to iPhones and iPads running iOS 9 or later. The new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max will work fine.

  1. First, you must install the Move to iOS app on your Android device.
  2. If you're moving from Android to a new iPhone or iPad, set it up until you reach the "Apps and Data" screen.
  3. Then click "Move Data from Android" option.
  4. Select both devices and tap Continue.
  5. On the Android device, tap "Agree" when prompted and then "Next" to start the transfer.
  6. Enter the 12-digit code displayed on your iPhone / iPad into your Android device.
    When you enter the code, your Android device will connect to your iPhone or iPad over a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection and determine which data to transfer.
  7. You will be asked if you want your Google Account info transferred (so that you can log in quickly on your new Apple device), Chrome bookmarks, text messages, contacts, and photos and videos on your camera roll. Pick everything from your Google Account.
    Keep both devices open by tapping "Continue".
    On the Android device, tap Agree and Next. Enter the 12-digit code displayed on your iPhone or iPad on your Android device.

After the setup process is complete, you will be prompted to log in to the accounts you transferred from your old Android device.

That's it, you're ready to go!

Transfer Data From iPhone To iPhone

There are 3 simple ways to transfer data from an iPhone to another iPhone:

Using Quick Start

  1. Bring your old and new iPhones close together. Turn on Bluetooth on your old phone.
  2. Switch on your new iPhone. You should see the Quick Start screen offering you to set up a new device.
    Click Continue.
  3. Your new iPhone will display an animation.
    Place your old device over the new one to scan it, and watch over the instructions and information on the screen.
  4. Wait until the data and settings are migrated between your iPhones after they are connected.
    Keep both iPhones close to one another during this transfer.
  5. Enter the passcode from your old iPhone as well as your Apple ID password on your new iPhone.
    Enable Touch ID or Face ID on your new iPhone.

You can either restore data from the most recent iCloud backup or backup your old device now, and then restore information later.
As a next step, you can adjust your preferences for location, Apple Pay, Siri, etc. By default, these settings are the same as they were on your old device. Also, you can adjust them later in the Settings app.

Using iCloud Backup

  1. Make sure your old iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi.
  2. Go to "Settings" > "iCloud" (under your name) to view the list of iCloud backups available.
  3. From the list, select the iCloud account you want to duplicate and click "Back Up".
  4. Wait until the backup process is completed.

Once the backup is done, you will be able to use your new iPhone.
Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the settings section and choose the language you want.
  2. Using the Wi-Fi settings, setting up Face ID or Touch ID, and creating a passcode is as simple as following onscreen instructions.
  3. Tap Restore from iCloud backup once you've reached the Apps & Data screen.
  4. Enter your Apple ID information.
  5. Choose the backup you just made on your old iPhone when prompted.
  6. Your data will be transferred from the old iPhone to the new one.
  7. Follow the steps onscreen to complete the setup.

Using iTunes

  1. Check to see whether your computer or Mac has it.
  2. Start iTunes.
  3. Connect the old iPhone to the computer.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions if you receive a pop-up asking for access to your iPhone.
  5. Click on the iPhone icon to access it.
  6. Click Encrypt backup if you want to transfer Health and Activity data as well as saved passwords.
  7. Enter a password to protect your backup.
  8. Then click Back Up Now.

Once the backup is ready, you will be able to use your new iPhone.
Follow these steps:

  1. The "Hello" screen will appear.
    Continue the setup process until you reach the Apps & Data screen.
  2. Select Restore from iTunes Backup.
  3. Using the same computer you used to backup your previous device, plug your new iPhone into it.
  4. Click the "New iPhone" button on the left side of iTunes.
  5. Then click Restore Backup.
  6. The last backup will be displayed.
  7. Enter your password if the backup is encrypted.
  8. Keep your iPhone connected to iTunes and Wi-Fi until the transfer is complete.
  9. Finish setting up your iPhone.

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