How to move from iOS phone to Samsung

Last Update date : Jan 20. 2021

Smart Switch would let you seamlessly transfer all your content from your previous iOS phone to a Samsung Galaxy phone. You can also create a backup of your iOS device and sync data using Smart Switch for a Mac or PC.

Before you try out below recommendations as to your solution, be sure to check if your device's software is updated with latest version. Please check how to update your mobile device's software in following order. 

Step 1. Go to Settings > Software update.

Step 2. Tap on Download and install

Step 3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Transfer content wirelessly on your iOS phone

When you're ready, transferring all your content from your iCloud to your new phone is simple. Remember, you need to sync your iOS device's data to iCloud first before transferring.

Step 1. Launch Smart Switch on the new Galaxy phone.

Step 2. If this is your first time using Smart Switch, you will need to tap Agree and then tap Allow to accept the terms of service.

Step 3. Then, tap Receive data. Tap iPhone/iPad, and then tap Get data from iCloud instead at the bottom of the screen.

Step 4. Enter your Apple ID and password, and then tap Sign into iCloud.

Step 5. Enter the verification code, and then tap OK. Select the data you want to transfer and tap Import.

The following data can be transferred from iCloud:

  • Personal content: Contacts, Schedule, and Notes.
  • App data: Photos, Videos (DRM free content only), and Documents.
  • Settings, etc: Wi-Fi and Alarms.

Note:

  • To make sure all your latest content is ready for transfer, first you'll need to sync your iOS phone to iCloud.
  • On your iOS phone, navigate to Settings, and then tap your Apple ID. Tap iCloud, and then select the desired data to sync. The sync will happen automatically.
Transfer content via USB cable

You can also use a USB cable to transfer content between your iOS phone and your new Galaxy phone.

However, you will need both the iOS cable that came with your iOS phone and a Micro-USB to USB adapter (OTG cable). Also, make sure both phones are charged beforehand since you can't charge them during the transfer.

Step 1. Launch Smart Switch on the new Galaxy phone, and then tap Receive data.

Step 2. Tap iPhone/iPad. Connect the two phones using the iOS phone's lightning cable and the USB-OTG adapter that came with your Galaxy phone.

Step 3. Tap Trust on the iOS phone. Tap Next on the Galaxy phone. Select the content you want to transfer, and then tap Transfer.

Step 4. Select the app you want to download on the Google Play Store and tap Install.

Step 5. When finished, tap Next on the new phone to complete the setup.

The following data can be transferred with a USB cable:

  • Personal content: Contacts, Schedule, Messages, Notes, and Bookmarks.
  • App data: Photos, Music (DRM free content only), Videos (DRM free content only), Documents, Apps and Voice Memos.
  • Settings, etc: WallPaper/LockScreen, Home layout, Wi-Fi and Alarm/Clock.

Note: The USB-OTG adapter is provided in-box with the Galaxy S10+, S10, S10e, Note10+, Note10+ 5G, and Z Flip. 

Create a backup on a computer(Windows/Mac 10.14 or lower)

You should also consider backing up the content from your iOS phone to a PC or Mac.

Step 1. Download and install iTunes in your PC, open iTunes.

Step 2. Connect your iOS phone to your computer with a USB cable.

Step 3. Click iPhone icon, go to Manually Back Up and Restore and then select Back Up Now.

Step 4. iTunes will begin backing up your data. 

Create a backup on a computer(Mac 10.15 or later)

You should also consider backing up the content from your iOS phone to a Mac.

Step 1. Open Finder.

Step 2. Connect your iOS phone to your computer with a USB cable.

Step 3. Look for your iPhone on the left sidebar of Finder and click it.

Step 4. Go to Backups and then select Back Up Now.

Step 5. Finder will begin backing up your data. 

Restore an iPhone backup on a computer to Galaxy phone.

You should have iPhone backup data from iTunes or Finder in your Windows or Mac.

Step 1. Connect your old phone to your computer with a USB cable, and tap Allow on your phone.

Step 2. Navigate to and open Smart Switch on your computer, and then select Restore.

Step 3. Select Select your backup data and change backup type to iTunes backup data.

Step 4. Select items to be restored and click OK.

Step 5. Click Restore Now and Smart Switch will begin restoring your iPhone data to your Galaxy device.

Note: Available settings and screens may vary by software version and device.

If you are experiencing unusual behavior on Samsung mobiles, tablets or wearables, you can send us a question in the Samsung Members app.  

This allows us to take a closer look at what is happening. The data is anonymized and only held for the duration of the investigation. Find out more about sending an error report through the 'How to use the Samsung Members app'.

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