Concrete Tutorial of Apple's Move to iOS App

As the smartphone market gets saturated, we have more options than ever before. However, when you switch between Android and iPhone, it is still very difficult, partly because the insulated systems. It makes sense that Apple developed the Move to iOS app for new iPhone users who used Android previously. This tutorial will tell you how to use Apple’s Move to iOS app in detail.

How to Use the Move to iOS App

Part 1: How to Use Move to iOS App

As its name said, the Move to iOS app helps you migrate data from Android to a new iPhone. If you use it for an old iPhone, current data will be overwritten.

Apple’s Move to iOS app is able to transfer contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts and calendars.

It requires a Wi-Fi network (Unable to join network?) and is available to Android 4.0 or above and iOS 9.3 or later.

Step 1. To start the process, turn on your old Android phone, go to App Store, search for Move to iOS and install it on your device.

Step 2. Open it and pass through the Terms and Conditions screen by tapping Agree. Then you will be taken to the Find Your Code screen.

Find Your Code

Step 3. Switch to your iPhone. If it is a new device, skip to the next step. Otherwise, open the Settings app, tap on your name, go to General > Reset and tap Erase All Content and Settings. When iPhone restarts, you will see the Welcome screen.

Note: You had better backup your iPhone before you use follow the step here to avoid any data loss.

Erase All Content

Step 4. Start the initial setup process on your iPhone, and follow the onscreen instructions until you reach the Apps & Data screen.

Step 5. Select the Move Data from Android option. Once tap Continue, you will get the code.

Move Data from Android

Step 6. Turn to your Android phone, enter the code displayed on iPhone screen into Android Enter the code screen to build a connection.

Step 7. Select the data types you want to transfer to iPhone within Move to iOS app, and tap Next to start data migration.

Step 8. When data transfer finishes, tap Done on Android phone and press Continue Setting Up iPhone to continue the setup process.

Step 9. After the home screen shows up, you will get a popup message asking if you want to Add your Android Device Apps from the App Store. If you select Add Apps, any free apps that you have used on Android will be downloaded from the App Store automatically.

Note: According to, Move to iOS app is only available to the data that fits on your new iOS device. Moreover, you have to update your Chrome to the latest version on Android if you intend to transfer your Chrome bookmarks.

Part 2: Best Alternative to Move to iOS App

The Move to iOS app has several limitations, such as unavailable to old devices. Moreover, some people reported that Move to iOS is not working on their Android phone. In fact, you have more options to sync data between Android and iPhone, such as Apeaksoft MobieTrans.


  • Transfer data between iPhone and Android or another iPhone.
  • Support almost all data types including photos, contacts, music, etc.
  • Sync entire Android to iPhone or selectively transfer certain data.
  • Preview data stored on Android by categories before transferring.
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How to Use the Alternative to Move to iOS

Step 1. Connect your Android to iPhone

MobieTrans is a desktop program, so you need to download and install it on your computer.

When you want to migrate data from Android to iPhone, run the program and connect both your Android phone and iPhone to the computer with USB cables.


Step 2. Preview Android data before syncing

Select the source Android device on the top of the window and you can preview all data. To view photos, for example, select the Photos tab from the left sidebar. Then check the photos you want to transfer to the target iPhone. Go to other data tab, and select other data you intend to move to iPhone.


Note: Currently, it does not support note transfer from iPhone to Android, Android to iPhone, etc. and will support in future.

Step 3. Selectively transfer Android data to iPhone

After data selection, click and expand the Phone icon on the top ribbon, and then select the target iPhone to start transfer data from Android to iPhone without Move to iOS app. Based on our research, it only takes a few minutes to migrate entire Android to iPhone. Moreover, the alternative of Move to iOS is able to decode the data that is not compatible with iOS automatically.


Now, you should understand what Move to iOS app is and how to use it to migrate data from old Android phone to a new iPhone. If the app is not available to your device, you can try Apeaksoft MobieTrans. It is not only easy to use, but also helps you get rid of various limitations.

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