IT Support 101: Migrating from Samsung to iPhone or Google Pixel

The BIGGEST question today is not about switching between Samsung S10 or Samsung S10 Plus or even to switch between Samsung and various other Android phones, but the biggest question today is to move from Android to iPhone.

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Migrating from Samsung to iPhone

The world is changing and Android lovers are making the switch. The options that most Android phones offered at one time are no longer lucrative. The iPhones have become affordable and Android phones have become expensive. This means users have now the option to move from Android to iPhones easily.


There are many reasons people are moving from Android to iPhone and the best ones are:


  • Better performance

  • Quality IT Support

  • Enhanced camera

  • Improved battery timings


Those who have decided to migrate from Samsung to iPhone are confused about one question and i.e. how to migrate their phones with minimal fuss. For most, migrating the contacts of smartphones can be a huge problem. For others, it can be the migration of their smartphone's memory. In this article, we will discuss all that.


  • Migrating contacts from Samsung to iPhone

  • Migrating data from Samsung to iPhone

  • Using Cloud to move data and images between Samsung and iPhone

  • Manually transferring data from Samsung to iPhone

Let’s get started migrating…


What things do you need to migrate from your phone?

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Data experts warn that you should be removing EVERYTHING from your smartphone before you sell it. We will discuss the benefits of wiping out data completely from your mobile device later. These experts also emphasize that removing personal data from the phone is a MUST. This means:


  • Smartphone images

  • Smartphone contacts

  • Smartphone Whatsapp data

  • Smartphone files and folders

  • Smartphone videos

  • Smartphone logged-in credentials


The good thing with Samsung smartphones is that you can back-up almost everything to the Samsung cloud before you move to the new smartphone. It will back up the following items:


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IT Support 101: Migrating from Samsung to iPhone or Google Pixel
  • Smartphone contacts

  • Messages

  • Contacts of Whatsapp and other smartphones

  • SIM contacts

  • Clock settings


Note: Your Samsung cloud won’t copy data from your memory card. To copy the data from the memory card of your smartphone, you will need a Google cloud or Dropbox cloud.


First, let's discuss the process of how to use the Samsung cloud to migrate from Samsung to iPhone. Then, we will discuss how to migrate the memory card data using the Google cloud and Dropbox cloud.


Transfer Data through Samsung Cloud

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1. Choose Apps or Swipe up to access Samsung Cloud.


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IT Support 101: Migrating from Samsung to iPhone

2. You can also go to Settings and select Accounts and Backups


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IT Support 101: Migrating from Samsung to iPhone

3. Select Samsung Cloud storage and then select backup and restore option.


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IT Support 101: Migrating from Samsung to iPhone

4. It will ask you about what type of data to back up. Select as is shown in the image below


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IT Support 101: Migrating from Samsung to iPhone

5. Once you have selected the type of data that you want to upload to the Samsung cloud, select BACKUP.


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IT Support 101: Migrating from Samsung to iPhone

That's it. The process of copying data from the Samsung cloud is fairly easy. You can copy all data from the cloud using this process.


Copy Samsung Memory Card Data to Google Cloud


You will need two apps to upload everything to Google drive.

  • Google photos

  • Google drive

The Google Photos app will automatically upload all your photos and videos to your drive. This is an autonomous process and you will not have to do anything. It may take some time for all the photos to upload to the drive. Once all these photos are uploaded, you can clear the memory card off these photos and videos.


Next, you will need to manually copy each folder to Google photos. Make sure to create a new folder in the drive named ‘Samsung drive’ and then upload everything to it. Once all the folders are uploaded to Google drive, you can wipe your phone clean.


There are a few apps that you can use to upload everything at once from the smartphone to Google drive. The name of the app is Auto Sync for Google. It is a third-party app, but you can use it to upload everything to the drive with minimum effort.


Transfer Data through Mobile Apps

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We have discussed AutoSync for Google, Samsung Cloud, and Google Photos. Now let’s discuss a few more apps that you can use to migrate your smartphone’s data.

  • Samsung Smart Switch

Another great app to move data between apps is the Samsung smart switch app. It doesn't copy all the data to the cloud, instead, it gives you the option to move everything from the smartphone to the computer system.


Go to Settings > Cloud and Accounts > Smart Switch > More > External Storage Transfer > Backup


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IT Support 101: Migrating from Samsung to iPhone


  • Autosync for Dropbox


You can use the Autosync for Dropbox app to automatically upload everything from your smartphone to the dropbox cloud. This app is also developed by a third party but it is one great way to migrate all your smartphone’s data at once to Dropbox.


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IT Support 101: Migrating from Samsung to iPhone

  • Transfer Samsung Data Manually with VCF File

This option can only be used to transfer contacts of your smartphone from one device to the other. You can use Samsung to import or export contacts.


Open Contacts > Settings > Import/Export > Export Contacts through VCF File


The VCF file will export all contacts of your smartphone on a single file. The file will be available on your memory card. You can copy this file to the cloud or to your computer system and when you buy an iPhone simply import the VCF file.


Now that we have already discussed all the ways to migrate your complete personal and technical data from Samsung smartphone device to iPhone, let us learn about the reasons you should be migrating.

Reasons to Migrate from Samsung to iPhone


  • Android isn’t offering anything unique: Android has become stagnant. After the launch of Android 8 two years ago, it isn't offering any new OS feature worth praising. The battery has remained almost the same. The computing power has also not increased. Camera quality is dependant on the hardware and not software.

  • iPhone offers faster performance: Then we have the iPhone. It offers everything that Android lacks. It has faster performance even with the same specs. The applications are lighter and much easier to load.

  • iPhone is technologically more advanced: Android has mostly crappy apps. In comparison, Apple has a stringent policy of what can be uploaded on it or what can’t be uploaded on it. That’s what makes iPhone technologically a better smartphone then Android.

  • iPhone has a better-integrated camera and battery: iPhone has a better camera than Samsung and other Android smartphones. Pictures taken from iPhone look more original and vibrant. This is because the iPhone retina display is upgraded from Apple researches with every release. That is not the case with Android as all of them are from different manufacturers.


Importing Data to iPhone

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You can use the Google Drive app to import data from Samsung to iPhone.

  • You will first have to download all the data from Samsung Cloud to desktop. Click here to download the data to the computer.

  • Now, you can copy all the data using iTunes desktop software to your iPhone.

  • It will take some time for the data to be copied automatically but once done, you will get everything you need.