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 phone.
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 phone is a:
You can back up your iPhone and iCloud account to Google Drive, which can then sync with your phone. Learn how to back up iPhone data with Google Drive.
- Turn on your phone.
- Tap Start.
- 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. At the top, tap Finish setup.
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 .
- Back up your music from your current phone to your computer.
- Use your Chrome browser to drag songs into your Google Play library. Learn how to add music using Google Play Music for Chrome.
Music you buy from Google Play will automatically show on your phone after you sign in.
Copy photos, videos, files & folders
- Connected to the internet
Upload content from your current phone or computer to your Google Account. Content in your Google Account shows on your Android phone. Learn how to upload to Google Drive and back up to Google Photos.
- Can't connect to the internet
Transfer content to your Android phone with a USB cable. Learn how to transfer files between your computer and phone.
Copy calendar events
If you already use Google Calendar, you'll see your calendar events when you open the Calendar app .
To import events from another calendar app, learn how to import events to Google Calendar.
Start using Android
Continue using Gmail
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 .
Your phone likely came with the 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 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 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, turned on, and connected to the Internet, you can remotely find, lock, and erase it with Find My Device.
You can organize and change how your Home screens look, and what sounds your phone plays at what volume.
Learn how to: