Switch to Android
You can move your data to a new Android phone from another kind of phone, or start fresh with your new Android device.
Note: Not all Android devices have settings in the same place or with the same names. For your specific device's settings, see your manufacturer's support site.
Get ready to switch
- Charge both your phones.
- Make sure that you have a Wi-Fi connection.
Tip: You can move some data with a computer and USB data cable, but Wi-Fi is usually faster and easier.
- On your old phone, sign in to your Google Account and sync your data.
- On your Android phone, follow the on-screen steps and sign in to your Google Account. If your Android phone is a:
Option 1: Back up your iPhone to Google Drive (iPhone only)
You can back up your iPhone and iCloud account to Google Drive, which can then sync with your Android phone.
Option 2: Transfer your data (all phones)
Continue using Google Account contacts
If you already use contacts in your Google Account, like in Gmail, you'll see them in your Google communication apps. For example, open your Android phone's Contacts app .
Import contacts from another email provider
If you use contacts with another web-based email provider (like Outlook, Hotmail, Yahoo, or AOL), you can import those contacts into your Google Account.
Import contacts from a SIM card
If your contacts are on a SIM card, you can import them.
Continue using Google Calendar
If you already use Google Calendar, open your Android phone's Calendar app .
Import events from another calendar app
You can import events from most calendar apps, like Outlook Calendar, to Google Calendar.
Copy from your Google Account
You can upload content from your current phone or computer to your Google Account. Content in your Google Account syncs with your Android phone. Learn how to:
- Transfer music with Google Play.
- Upload files and folders to Google Drive.
- Back up photos and videos to Google Photos.
Copy by USB cable
You can transfer content directly from your computer to your Android phone with a USB cable.
Start using Android
Continue using Gmail
If you already use Gmail, open your Android phone's Gmail app .
Set up Gmail for the first time
Use a different email app
If you'd like to use a different email app, you can download one through the Play Store app .
Use Android Messages
Your device likely came with the Android Messages app .
Use a different messaging app
If you'd like to use a different messaging app, you can download one through the Play Store app .
Make sure to turn off iMessage. Otherwise, SMS/MMS messages sent to you may continue to be directed to your old iPhone instead of to your new Android phone.
You can download many of the apps that you had on your old phone through the Play Store app .
You may have to pay for the Android versions of some apps. To transfer subscription services to your Android phone for free, sign in after you download the app.
Customize your phone
Set a screen lock
You can help secure your phone by setting a screen lock with a PIN, password, or pattern. On some Android phones, you can also set a screen lock with your fingerprint or another "Smart Lock for Android" option.
Learn how to:
If your lost phone is signed in to a Google Account, powered on, and connected to the Internet, you can remotely find, lock, and erase it with Android Device Manager.
You can organize and change how your Home screens look, and what sounds your phone plays at what volume.
Learn how to: