Kit Guide: how to move from an iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy

If you're moving from an iPhone to a new Samsung Galaxy, this guide will show you how to transfer your pictures, videos and other bits across to your new phone. 

If you are moving from an iPhone to a Samsung phone, you can use the Samsung Smart Switch app to transfer your data from an iCloud backup, or from the iPhone itself using a USB 'on-the-go' (OTG) cable.

If your iPhone is running iOS10, and you use the wireless transfer method, the Smart Switch app will only be able to extract a little bit of the data from your iCloud backup. Contacts and calendars will work, but your photos and videos won't. If you want to get everything, use OTG cable method.

Music won't be transferred, because iCloud doesn't include it in the backup – and you can't copy it straight from the phone.

 

Import contacts and other data from an iCloud backup

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If you're coming from an iPhone, you'll need to make sure it's backed up in iCloud before first.

Back up your old iPhone or iPad

From your Home screen, go to Settings > Your name > iCloud > iCloud Backup.

Here, you'll be able to see when your phone was last backed up. If there is not a recent backup, tap Back Up Now to make a new one.

Restore your backed up data to your new Samsung

 

On your Samsung phone, install Samsung Smart Switch from the Play Store to get started Once it's installed, follow these steps.

 
 
 
 
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1.

Open the Smart Switch app on your phone. If you have a newer Samsung phone, it might be in Settings > Backup and reset > Open Smart Switch.

2.

Tap Start on the welcome screen to proceed.

3.

The app will open to the End User Licence Agreement. Tap Agree to carry on.

4.

Pick iOS Device, and press Start.

 
 
 
 
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5.

You will be asked to sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password. Enter the information, then tap Sign in.

6.

Once you're logged in, all available backups will be shown. Tap on the backup you'd like to restore from, which will usually be the most recent.

7.

You'll be asked to pick which pieces of information you'd like to import. Tick the items you want to move to your new Samsung phone, then tap Import at the bottom of the page. Your data will copy over, with the Samsung app displaying a progress bar and an estimate of the time left to complete the transfer.

8.

After the transfer has finished, tap Close app to quit the app. Your contacts and other data will now be on your Samsung Galaxy handset, ready to use.

Moving your pictures, videos, and other bits using a USB 'on-the-go' cable

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Open the Smart Switch app on your phone. If you have a newer Samsung phoine, in might be in Settings > Backup and reset > Open Smart Switch.

 
 
 
 
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To get started, locate and tap on the Smart Switch app on your new Samsung.

2.

Tap Start on the welcome screen to proceed.

3.

The app will open to the End User Licence Agreement for you to inspect. In order to proceed, you must tap Agree.

4.

To copy your stuff using an 'OTG' cable, choose iOS Device as your old device and press Start.

 
 
 
 
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Connect the USB OTG cable to your new Samsung Galaxy, and then connect the two devices together with the iPhone's lightning cable.

2.

When the phones have connected, your new Samsung will scan your iPhone for stuff that can be transferred, and show you it.

3.

Everything will be ticked by default, so uncheck anything you don't want to copy, then tap Transfer.

4.

When you see the screen telling you that the content has been transferred, you'll see some extra info. You'll be asked to download apps that are the same as, or equivalent to, those on your iPhone. If you've transferred videos you might be asked to download an app that can play them. You'll also be reminded to turn off iMessage on your iPhone, to make sure that you get all your messages.

Once it's finished, you can close the app

That should be everything moved over - but if you'd like any more help, you can get in touch here.

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