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Transfer data from an iPhone to a Pixel

You can copy data from an iPhone to a Pixel phone, including text messages, photos, music, contacts, and calendars. When available, you can automatically get the Android versions of many free apps on the iPhone.

It's easiest to copy data when you set up your Pixel phone, but you can do it at any time.

#Pixel Tips: Switching from iPhone®

Copy during setup

Get ready to copy

Get both phones ready
  1. Charge both phones. Learn how to charge your Pixel phone.
  2. Turn off iMessage. Learn how to turn off iMessage.
  3. If you've turned on backup encryption for iTunes, turn it off. Learn how to turn off iTunes backup encryption.
  4. If your iPhone is supervised or managed by an organization, like a business or school, that organization may limit your data transfer. Learn how to check whether your iPhone is supervised.
    Important: Organizations may allow little or no transfer of data, content, or apps.
  5. If you'll use a mobile network, insert your SIM card into your Pixel phone. Learn how to insert a SIM card.
  6. Turn on your Pixel phone for the first time. Learn how to turn on your Pixel phone.
  7. You'll see a Let's go button.
    Tip: If your Pixel phone has been on before and you don't see "Let's go," learn how to restart setup.
What gets copied

You can copy these from an iPhone during setup:

  • Texts and iMessages
  • Photos and videos
  • Music
  • Contacts
  • Calendars

Important: Contacts and calendars that you copy to your Pixel phone will sync and upload to your Google Account online.

Special cases

  • Apps
    Many free apps on iPhone have Android versions. When available, you can automatically get the Android versions from the Google Play Store during setup.
  • Google Account information
    Information associated with your Google Account, like contacts, syncs when you sign in to your Google Account on your Pixel phone.
  • Music
    • Music with iTunes Digital Rights Management protection won't transfer.
      (Affected music was usually bought before April 2009.)
    • Music downloaded from Google Play won't transfer.
      (You can download your Google Play music after setup. Learn how.)
  • Texts with photos and videos
    • The words go into the Android Messages app.
    • The photos and videos go into the Google Photos app.
    • iMessage attachments go into the Google Photos app and then Device folders and then Message attachments.
What doesn't automatically copy

These won't transfer from an iPhone during setup:

  • App data
  • Paid apps
  • Free apps not matched or available on the Google Play Store
  • In-app purchases
  • Photos where an original isn’t stored on your iPhone
    (With the Optimize Storage setting on, original photos are in iCloud, not on your iPhone.)
  • Files and documents stored in iCloud
  • Device settings, like wallpaper and Wi-Fi passwords
  • Music with iTunes Digital Rights Management protection
  • Music downloaded from Google Play
  • Accounts other than Google Accounts and their data
  • Contacts and calendars synced to services other than Google or iCloud
  • Bookmarks from Safari​

You may be able to transfer some of this data after setup. Learn how.

Copy your data

  1. On your Pixel phone, tap Let's go and then Copy your data.
  2. Connect to the Internet. Learn how to connect to a Wi-Fi network or mobile network.
  3. Turn on and unlock your iPhone.
  4. Plug one end of a data cable into your iPhone, and the other end into the Quick Switch Adapter. Plug the Quick Switch Adapter into your Pixel phone.
  5. On your iPhone, a "Trust this computer" message shows. Tap Trust.
  6. On your Pixel phone, sign in to your Google Account.
  7. You'll see a list of your data.
    • To copy all your data, tap Copy.
    • To not transfer some types of data, switch them off and then tap Copy.
    • To not load individual apps, tap Apps and switch them off. Then tap OK and then Copy.
      Note: You can get the Android versions of many iPhone apps. You don't copy the iPhone apps.
  8. While your data is copying, keep both phones turned on and connected.
    • To continue setting up while your data copies, tap Next. (This won't affect your transfer.)
    • When the transfer is done, you'll see a message.

Troubleshoot copying your data

If something goes wrong with copying data to your Pixel phone during setup, learn what to check.

Return to setup to copy data

If you set up as new and didn't copy your data, you can start over to copy your data during setup. To start over, reset your Pixel phone to factory settings.

Important: Performing a factory reset erases all data from your device.

Learn how to reset to factory settings.

Copy after setup

Option 1: Back up your iPhone to Google Drive

Copy calendar, contacts, photos & videos

You can back up your iPhone and iCloud account to Google Drive, which will then sync with your Pixel phone.

Learn how to back up iPhone data with Google Drive.

Option 2: Copy your data manually

Copy contacts

Find where your contacts are saved on your iPhone.

If your contacts are in your Google Account

If you already use contacts in your Google Account, like in Gmail, you'll see them in your communication apps on your Pixel phone.

Learn about using contacts on your Pixel phone.

If your contacts are in your iCloud account

If your contacts are saved to iCloud, you can copy them to your Google Account.

  1. Make sure all your contacts are in iCloud.
  2. Export your contacts from as a vCard file. 
  3. Import your contacts to Gmail. Learn how.

After you copy your contacts to your Google Account, you'll see them in your communication apps on your Pixel phone.

Copy photos & videos

You can back up your photos and videos from your iPhone to Google Photos. Google Photos will sync with your Pixel phone.

Learn how to back up to Google Photos.

To see your photos and videos on your Pixel phone, open your Pixel phone's Photos app Photos icon.

Copy music

You can transfer music using your computer.

  1. Back up your music from your iPhone to your computer.
  2. Transfer your music in one of these ways:
    • Use your Chrome browser to drag songs into your Google Play library. Learn how.
    • Use the Music Manager app to upload music to your Google Play account. Learn more.
    • Use a USB cable to transfer music files. Learn how.

Music you buy from Google Play will automatically sync to your Pixel phone.

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