How to Transfer Data from iPhone or Android Devices to Google Pixel


Google has announced two flagship phones: Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. Both Pixel and Pixel XL are packed with awesome features. You can read our previous post to see more detail information about Google Pixel price, release date and hands on. But now, we are not going to discuss about Google Pixel and Pixel XL features. we are here to give you clear step by step to transfer data from iPhone or Android devices to Google Pixel. Transferring data to Google Pixel is quite easy with the help of Quick Switch Adapter. Unlike the migration from Android to iPhone with Move to iOS app, this switch from another phone to Pixel phones can be accomplished with a small device launched by Google along with both Pixel and Pixel XL. This small device looks like your lightning cable that comes with any Android phone or iPhone.

Transfer Data from iPhone or Android Devices to Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Before we go to any further step to transfer data from iPhone or Android devices to Google Pixel and Pixel XL, make sure that several points below are well-prepared to get ready:
  • Your Google Pixel or Pixel XL with enough battery life
  • Your old phone; Android phone or iPhone, with enough battery life
  • Quick Switch Adapter
If you are ready with all items above, let’s go to the first step:
  1. Connect your old iPhone or Android smartphone with the new Google Pixel or Pixel XL with the help of Quick Switch Adapter. If you are moving from your old iPhone to this Pixel phone, make sure that you have turned off iMessage before taking out SIM card from the iPhone. Read the following steps: launch Settings on your iPhone > Tap Messages > and then toggle iMessage option OFF. You also need to turn off FaceTime on your iPhone by following these steps: open Settings > Tap on FaceTime > toggle FaceTime option OFF.
  2. If you are moving from your old Android phone to Pixel phone, the new phone should automatically sign you in to your Google Account. Enter your password if it doesn’t happen.
  3. After successfully signing in to your Google Account, you can select which data you want to move to the new Google Pixel phones to initiate transferring. Let the Pixel do the job during the transferring process. Quick Switch Adapter support devices like iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 and later versions, Nexus 5,6,5X, 6P running Android 5.0 and later, and most Android devices running on Android 5.0 and later versions.

During the data transferring process, you are free to complete the set-up and start exploring your new Pixel or Pixel XL and stay alert with the battery life to ensure the phone is not power off before the transfer process is complete. There is important thing you should know about this transferring process. Although the device is supported, not all data will transfer over. There are some data can be transferred and the other data cannot be transferred to your new Pixel or Pixel XL. You may need to read our next post about how to take a screenshot to help you use you capture the screen you want to save

Data that can be transferred to Pixel or Pixel XL

1. What CAN be transferred from an Android device:

  • Apps
  • App data (for compatible apps)
  • Contacts (local/SIM)
  • Device settings
  • Google accounts
  • Music (non-DRM)
  • Photos/videos (local on device)
  • SMS (text messages)

2. What CAN be transferred from iOS device:

  • Calendar appointments (local/iCloud)
  • Contacts (local/iCloud)
  • Messages (iMessage/SMS)
  • Music (non-DRM)
  • Photos/videos (on the iPhone, not backed up to iCloud)

3. Data that cannot be transferred to Pixel or Pixel XL

  • Downloads (PDF files, that sorta thing)
  • Photos, videos, & music stored in hidden folders
  • Photos, videos, & music received via test message
  • Apps that aren’t from the Google Play Store
  • Apps data (if the app doesn’t use Android backup)
  • Certain device settings
  • Accounts other than Google Accounts (and any associated data)
  • Contacts & calendars synched to services other than Google
  • Ringtones

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