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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

  1. Charge both your phones.
  2. 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.
  3. On your old phone, sign in to your Google Account and sync your data.
  4. On your Android phone, follow the on-screen steps and sign in to your Google Account. If your Android phone is a:

Copy your data

From an iPhone

You can back up your iPhone and iCloud account to Google Drive, which can then sync with your Android phone. Learn how to back up iPhone data with Google Drive.

From an Android phone (Android 8.1 & up)
  1. Turn on your phone.
  2. Tap Start.
  3. Follow the on-screen steps.

If you don't see "Start," follow the steps below to copy from any phone.

Tip: If you're on a Nexus phone, open the Settings app Settings app. At the top, tap Finish setup.

From any phone

Copy contacts

If you already use contacts in your Google Account, like in Gmail, they'll automatically show on your Android phone after you sign in.

If your contacts are on a SIM card, learn how to import contacts from a SIM card.

To see your contacts, open your Android phone's Contacts app Contacts.

Copy music

  1. Back up your music from your current phone to your computer.
  2. Use your Chrome browser to drag songs into your Google Play library. Learn how.

Music you buy from Google Play will automatically show on your Android phone after you sign in.

Copy photos, videos, files & folders

Copy calendar events

If you already use Google Calendar, you'll see your calendar events when you open the Calendar app Calendar.

To import events from another calendar app, learn how to import events to Google Calendar.

Start using Android

Set up email

Continue using Gmail

If you already use Gmail, open your Android phone's Gmail app Gmail.

Learn about using Gmail on your phone.

Set up Gmail for the first time

Learn how to sign in to Gmail and manage your Gmail account.

Use a different email app

If you'd like to use a different email app, you can download one through the Play Store app Google Play.

Learn how to change your default apps.

Set up messaging

Use Android Messages

Your device likely came with the Android Messages app Android Messages.

Learn how to send and receive messages with Android Messages.

Use a different messaging app

If you'd like to use a different messaging app, you can download one through the Play Store app Google Play.

Learn how to change your default apps.

Switch texting from iMessage to Android

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.

Learn how to turn off iMessage.

Download apps

You can download many of the apps that you had on your old phone through the Play Store app Google Play.

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.

Learn how to get started with Android apps and games.

Customize your phone

Help secure 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:

Be ready to find your phone

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 Find My Device.

Learn how to check that Find My Device can find your phone.

Tip: You can also link your phone to Google so you can find or ring it by searching for find my phone on www.google.com.

Control your notifications

You'll get notifications of things like new messages, upcoming calendar events, and alarms.

Learn how to:

Personalize your screens & sounds

You can organize and change how your Home screens look, and what sounds your phone plays at what volume.

Learn how to:

Get the most out of Android

Explore screenshots, printing & other basics

You may do some things differently on your Android phone than you did on your old phone.

Learn how to:

Install updates

We recommend keeping your Android system and apps up-to-date.

Learn how to:

Get the most life from your battery

You can use your Android phone in ways that help your battery last longer.

Learn how to:

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