Switch from iPhone to Essential Phone

Hey, you got an Essential Phone! Welcome to the Essential community. Here’s how to transfer your data from an iPhone to your new PH-1.

When you switch, you can use Google Drive on your iPhone to backup Contacts, Calendars, Photos, and Videos. The apps from your iPhone won’t transfer over. But you can redownload many of your favorite apps from the Google Play Store on your device. And it’s possible to retrieve most, or all, of the data from apps you used every day on your iPhone on your Essential Phone.

If you used:

  • Apps where your information is also accessible from the web—like Facebook, Instagram, Evernote, and more.
  • Cross-platform apps for things like ringtones and wallpapers that are also available on the Google Play Store.
  • Google apps on your iPhone—such as Allo, Duo, YouTube, Google Maps, and more—all your information will appear once you set up your Essential Phone.

And if you paid for an app on your iPhone, it might be possible to get it on your Essential Phone without having to buy it, again. Reach out to the app’s developer for help.


On your iPhone

1. Download the Google Drive app on your iPhone

Open the Google Drive app, then sign-in using your Google Account. If you don’t have a Google Account, tap More options to create a new account.


2. Backup to Google Drive

Tap the Menu button in the top, left corner of your screen, then tap . Tap Backup, then select what you’d like to backup.

Once your backup has completed, go to your Essential Phone to finish the transfer

On your Essential Phone

You can now easily transfer the saved backup from your iPhone using Google Drive and your Google Account. During the setup process on your PH-1, select Copy your data on the Welcome to your Essential Phone screen. Then follow the prompts, and sign in to your Google Account using the same login details.

And check out our Support post for detailed instructions on how to set up your Essential Phone.