When changing mobile devices, the easiest way to transfer your information is by storing data in the cloud. With your contacts, photos, calendar, and more in the cloud, switching to a new phone is simple.

From iPhone . . .

. . . To iPhone: Apple’s iCloud makes switching between Apple devices nearly effortless. Go to “Settings,” “iCloud,” and select all of the options you would like to sync. It can back up nearly everything to the cloud, even your Safari browsing history, Notes, and passwords stored in Keychain. When you get a new iPhone or other Apple device, linking it to your Apple ID will automatically prompt it to download all of your information to the new device.

. . . To Android: The easiest way to do this will be through a Google account, which you’re going to want to use with the Android OS anyway. Set up a Google account online by visiting Gmail. Next go to your old iPhone’s “Settings,” then “Mail, Contacts, Calendars,” and select “Add Account.” Add your Google account, then select the options that you want to transfer to your Android device.

Open your new Android device and log in to your Google account—the rest will be done for you automatically. If you skipped setting up a Google account before using your Android, you can still sync everything; just add your account manually under “Accounts & Sync.”

From Android . . .

If your old device is an Android, Google is likely already storing data in the cloud for you. Under “Settings,” go to “Accounts & Sync” and click “Google.” Select each item you would like to sync from the list, like “Contacts” and “Calendar.” Select “Sync Now” and your information will be stored securely and linked to your Google account.

. . . To Android: Start your new Android and input your Google account information—you’re done.

. . . To iPhone: On your new iPhone, go to “Settings,” “Mail, Contacts, Calendars,” and select “Add Account.” Add your Google account, then select all the options you would like to sync from the cloud.

Switching between any combination of devices is made easy by storing data in the cloud. For more information, check out our previous article on syncing contacts to a new Android device.

Have you made the switch between Apple and Android devices? How did the cloud work for you?

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