Before you begin

When you switch, you can use Google Drive on your iPhone to backup Contacts, Calendars, Photos, and Videos. While the apps from your iPhone won’t transfer over, you can re-download many—or all—of them from the Google Play Store Google_Play_Store_icon.png on to your device.


And if the information in that app is also accessible on the web or requires an account sign-in, you can pick up right where you left off on your Essential Phone.

Examples include:

• Social apps, like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and more

• Music and video apps, like Apple Music, Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, and more

• Games like Fortnite, Clash Royale, and more

• Cross-platform apps for things like ringtones and wallpapers that are also available on the Google Play Store

• Popular Google apps, like YouTube, Google Maps or Waze, Duo, and more

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

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. Back up to Google Drive

Tap Menu in the top, left corner of your screen, then tap baseline_settings_black_18dp__1_.png. Tap Backup, select what you want to save, then tap Start Backup.

When your backup is finished, 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 Essential Phone, tap A backup from the cloud, then follow the prompts, and sign in to your Google Account using the same login details. This is the easiest and quickest way to transfer your data over to your new Essential Phone.


For more detailed instructions on how to set up your Essential Phone, check out this Help Center post.