[How to] Smart Switch iPhone to Samsung Transfer

The easiest way to transfer your data from your old phone to your new one is using Smart Switch. Follow this guide to know how to use Smart Switch for iPhone to Samsung transfer.

Demi by Demi Updated December 14, 2023
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In today's fast-paced world, switching between smartphones has become increasingly common. With the rapid advancements in technology, users often seek a hassle-free method to transfer their data from one device to another. If you're an iPhone user considering a switch to Samsung, you're in luck! Samsung offers an ingenious solution called Smart Switch that simplifies the process of transferring your data, ensuring a seamless transition.

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In this article, we will provide an overview of Smart Switch and explore three effective ways to transfer data from iPhone to Samsung using this powerful tool.

Brief overview of Smart Switch

Smart Switch is a feature-packed application developed by Samsung, designed to facilitate effortless data transfer from various devices, including iPhones. It allows users to seamlessly migrate their contacts, photos, messages, videos, apps, and other files from their old device to their new Samsung phone. Whether you're upgrading to the latest Samsung Galaxy model or simply exploring a new ecosystem, Smart Switch is an invaluable tool that ensures your data remains intact during the transition.

How does Smart Switch work? Well, Smart Switch iPhone to Samsung transfer relies on iCloud. In other words, only data in your iCloud account can be transferred from iPhone to Samsung. The following data can be transferred from iCloud:
• Personal content: Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Call history, and Bookmarks.
• App data: Photos, Live Photos, Videos, Documents, Recommended apps, and Voice Memos.
• Settings: Wi-Fi and Alarms.
• Music files: Only music files purchased from iTunes after 2009 can be transferred. Any music files purchased prior to 2009 are not DRM-free and cannot be transferred.

Now, let's dive into three ways you can transfer your data from iPhone to Samsung using Smart Switch.

How to use Smart Switch iPhone to Samsung transfer

There are three easy methods to transfer data from iPhone to Samsung using Smart Switch: via Wi-Fi, using a USB cable, or using a PC. Just have a preview of each of them, and choose one you like most.

Before you begin
To make sure all of your up-to-date data is ready to transfer to Samsung, you’ll first need to backup iPhone to iCloud:

Open Settings on your iPhone > your profile > iCloud > Select the desired data to sync.

enable sync

Option 1. Using Wi-Fi

One of the most convenient ways to transfer your data is through wireless transfer using Smart Switch. To get started, ensure both your iPhone and Samsung phone are connected to a stable Wi-Fi network. Follow these steps to achieve smart switch iPhone to Samsung wireless transfer:

Step 1. Open Smart Switch on your new Samsung device, then tap Start and read the terms of service, then tap Agree.

Step 2. The Smart Switch screen will display “What should this phone do?”, Select Receive data > Select your source as iPhone/iPad.

Step 3. At the bottom of the screen tap Get data from iCloud instead > Enter your iCloud username and password.

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Step 4. Finally, deselect any information you don't want to copy, then select Import.

Option 2. Using a Cable

If you prefer a wired connection for faster data transfer, the USB cable method is an excellent choice to help you. Here's how you can transfer your data using Smart Switch with a USB cable:

Step 1. Open Smart Switch on your new Samsung phone, the Smart Switch screen will display "What should this phone do?". Select Receive data.

Step 2. Select your source as iPhone/iPad > Connect your Samsung phone to your iPhone with a compatible Lightning to USB-C or USB-C-to-USB-C cable or an adapter.

connect iPhone to Samsung

Step 3. Tap Trust on your iPhone, then tap Next on your Samsung phone and follow the prompts.

Step 4. Select the content you want to transfer and select Transfer. When finished, tap Done on your new Samsung phone and Close on your iPhone.

Option 3. Using a PC

You are also given an option to transfer data from iPhone to Samsung using Smart Switch on a PC with the help of iTunes backup. Here are the steps.

Step 1. Open iTunes on your PC, then connect your iPhone using the Lightning cable. You may need to select Trust to allow your computer access.

Step 2. Select the name of your iPhone in iTunes, then go to Summary > Encrypt iPhone Backup > This computer > Back up now. Once backed up, remove your iPhone.

backup now iTunes

Step 3. Download Smart Switch onto your PC, then install and open it. Connect your Samsung to your PC or Mac, then select the Restore on the Smart Switch.

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Step 4. If you have no previous backups, select Restore Now > Select a Different Backup > Select iTunes Backup Data from the top left on the Smart Switch.

click itunes backup data

Step 5. Deselect any information you don't want to copy, then select OK > Restore now > Allow. Your data will now begin transferring.

Smart Switch Alternative: Selectively transfer from iPhone to Samsung

FoneTool for iPhone/Android is a handy app that provides a wireless solution for transferring files from Android to iPhone. It allows you to wirelessly transfer photos, videos, music, contacts, and other files stored in the Files app between your Samsung and iPhone devices.

The best part is that you don't need to connect to a Wi-Fi network, and the transfer process won't use your data allowance. If you have set up your Samsung phone, or want to airdrop files from iPhone to Samsung selectively, this app must be a nice try. Let's have an overview of how to transfer files from iPhone to Samsung via FoneTool.

Step 1. Download FoneTool for Android and FoneTool for iPhone from your app store.

Step 2. Open FoneTool on both devices, then allow the application to use WLAN. (Just turn on the Wi-Fi option, it doesn't require any Wi-Fi connection.)

Step 3. Establish a connection

On your Samsung: Launch FoneTool > Go to Connect Device > Choose Connect to iOS to get the connection code.

On your iPhone: Open FoneTool > Go to Connect Device > Choose Connect to Android > Use your iPhone to scan the code showing on Samsung > Tap Join on iPhone to create a connection.

scan code to connect android

Step 4. Go to File Transfer on iPhone > Choose files you need to airdrop > Click Send to continue.

choose photos

Step 5. Finally, tap Confirm on your Samsung to receive the files.

Bonus: Deeply erase your old iPhone

Don’t use your old iPhone any longer? It’s a wise choice to deeply erase your iPhone whether you're preparing to sell your iPhone or pass it on to someone else.

FoneTool desktop version guarantees that your privacy stays intact. Trust in FoneTool to effortlessly wipe your iPhone clean, leaving you with a fresh start and a device ready for its next adventure.

Click the icon below to download FoneTool to your computer, and completely erase your iPhone in simple steps.

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1. Run FoneTool > Connect your iPhone to computer via the USB cable and enter passcode on iPhone to give the software access to your device.

2. Click Toolbox iPhone Eraser on the Home page.

choose iPhone Eraser

3. Tick the option: I have understood the consequence of erasing data, and I am sure to erase data. Then there are two options available:

● Automatically activate iPhone and ignore initial settings.

● Deeply erase data to prevent recovery - If this option is checked, FoneTool will erase deeply, overwrite and erase the data multiple times to ensure that the privacy files in iPhone are not at risk of being restored.

erase option

4. Click Erase Data > Click Yes on when you see the warning message.

begin erase


As you can see, the Smart Switch iPhone to Samsung transfer process is remarkably simple. This versatile tool offers various methods, including wireless transfer, USB cable transfer, and using a PC, to cater to different user preferences.

By leveraging the power of Smart Switch, you can embrace your new Samsung device with all your cherished data seamlessly integrated, making your switch a breeze.

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