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.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

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 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 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. At the top, tap Finish setup.

From any phone

Copy contacts

If you already use contacts in your Google Account:

  1. Make sure you are signed in on your Android phone.
  2. Open the Contacts app Contacts app. Your contacts will show up automatically.

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

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 to add music using Google Play Music for Chrome.

Tip: Music you buy from Google Play will automatically show on your 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

Tip: You can also 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 GmailLearn 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, download one through the Play Store app Google PlayLearn how to change your default apps.

Set up messaging

Use Messages

Your phone likely came with the Messages app Messages Logo RoundLearn how to send and receive messages with Messages.

Use a different messaging app

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

Be ready to find your phone

To be prepared in case you lose your phone or tablet or Wear OS watch, check that Find My Device can find it. Your phone must be signed into a Google Account, turned on, and connected to the internet to remotely use 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 can get notifications for things like new messages, calendar events, and alarms. Learn how to control your notifications.

To limit interruptions, you can silence your phone with Do Not Disturb. Learn how to silence your phone with Do Not Disturb.

Get the most out of Android

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