> Mi­grate from An­droid

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Mov­ing from an­other type of phone to iOS might seem daunt­ing, but there’s an app to help you with that. It’s called “Move to iOS,” and it works with de­vices run­ning An­droid 4.0 or later. To find it, sim­ply search for “Move to iOS” on the Google Play Store — just be care­ful that you choose the app at­trib­uted to “Ap­ple Inc” and not one of the third-party al­ter­na­tives.

Ap­ple’s migration tool saves you a lot of has­sle get­ting in­for­ma­tion from An­droid apps into their equiv­a­lents on your new iPhone. That’s not all it does, though. The lat­est ver­sion of Move to iOS saves you time by iden­ti­fy­ing iOS ver­sions of your apps. For those that are free, you’ll be asked dur­ing the transfer process whether you want them on your iPhone — you can ac­cept or re­ject in­di­vid­ual apps, so this is a chance to ditch any you no longer use.

As for paid apps, you aren’t asked to buy the iOS ver­sions dur­ing transfer. At the time of writ­ing, Ap­ple’s blurb about Move to iOS men­tions that paid apps are added to your Wish List in the App Store app. How­ever, iOS 11 re­moved the Wish List fea­ture, and so far it hasn’t been re­stored by any up­date, so you’ll need to in­ves­ti­gate re­place­ment apps for your­self.

Pre­pare An­droid

En­sure that Wi-Fi is switched on and both phones are con­nected to power. Check that the to­tal amount of in­for­ma­tion you want to transfer from your An­droid phone, in­clud­ing any SD card con­tents, will fit on your iPhone X.

Pre­pare your iPhone

Turn on your iPhone, and fol­low the stan­dard setup steps as far as the Apps & Data page. Tap Move Data from An­droid. If you’ve al­ready set up your iPhone, you can move data man­u­ally — see bit.ly/and­toios.

In­stall Move to iOS

On your An­droid phone, get Move to iOS from the Google Play Store and open it. Tap Con­tinue, re­view the terms, then tap Agree, and fi­nally Next. On your iPhone, tap Con­tinue and a code will be dis­played; en­ter this on An­droid.

Transfer your data

On the Transfer Data page, se­lect items to transfer and tap Next. Ig­nore An­droid if it says it’s fin­ished; when the bar on iPhone is done, tap Con­tinue. For any items that fail to transfer, try the man­ual method men­tioned in step 2.

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