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Move to the Samsung Galaxy S5 from an iPhone and sync with iTunes/iCloud

By Andrei Girbea , updated on September 1, 2014

If you plan on switching from an iPhone (5S, 5 or any other one) to a Samsung Galaxy S5 (and in fact to any other Samsung Galaxy smartphone), you should know that there are two ways of easily moving all the important info on your old Apple smartphone to your new device.

That includes you contacts, calendar details, bookmarks and also your music, pictures and movies saved in iTunes (or on iCloud).

I’ve added two of my clips below and they explain exactly what you should do to sync your iPhone with the Galaxy S5. There are two methods, one involves syncing the Galaxy with your iTunes account and required access to a computer (PC or Mac), the other is even faster and shows you how to sync the S5 with your iCloud backup.

Both won’t take you more than a few minutes and require you to follow a set of easy steps. We’ll start with the first one.

Sync the Galaxy S5 with iTunes

I’m using a PC in the clip, but you can perform the exact same process on a Mac.

  1. First of all, you need to have iTunes installed on your computer and you need to create a backup of you iPhone;
  2. Once this is done, go to and locate the section titled “I’m switching from an iPhone or iPad via iTunes”;
  3. Now you have to download the Smart Switch software on you computer. Once the download end, just run the file;
  4. The app will start and will ask you to connect your Galaxy smartphone to the computer, via the included USB to microUSB cable available in the pack;
  5. Once connected, the app will recognize your phone and will show you the iPhone backup available from iTunes. Select it an proceed;
  6. You’ll end up on a screen where you can select what do you want to move from the iPhone to the Galaxy and you options include the contact, bookmarks, pictures, calendar details, etc. Once you’ve checked all you want, press next and wait for the files to be downloaded on the computer.

And that’s about it. The next method is even simpler, but will only work IF you’ve synced all your content with iCloud, and that includes your videos, movies and pictures. However, if you only use the free iCloud pack, that includes 5 GB of storage, those might not be enough to backup all that content, so you’ll have to go to this first method, that involves using iTunes.

Sync the Galaxy S5 with iCloud

This process involves using no computer at all, but requires to create an iCloud backup on your iPhone first. So do that before you move on.

  1. Launch Google Play and search for the Samsung Smart Switch app. Download and Install it;
  2. Select that you want to migrate from an iPhone and hit next;
  3. You’ll ne asked for your iCloud credentials, enter them and hit Next;
  4. Now you’ll have to wait for your iCloud data to be loaded, might take a while;
  5. Once loaded, select what you want top move on the Galaxy S5. You’ll get all the options that you included in the backup when you created it on your iPhone.
  6. Hit next and wait for the data to be transferred and that’s it.

Well, that’s how easy it is to transfer all the important data from your iPhone to the Galaxy S5, but actually to any other Samsung Galaxy smartphone for that matter. Hope these clips and this post was useful, and if you have any questions, well, the comments section below is open for them and I’ll be around to reply.

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief at This project was born as part of my search for capable mini-laptops that I could easily lug around to work, and still provide the performance that I'd need on a daily basis. I'm primarily using such ultracompact devices and have been testing them since 2006.


  1. Luke

    January 20, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Curious. So if I sync my iCloud data and other such information from my iPhone, will I additionally be able to have a consistent sync between my Samsung G S5 and my iCloud account. For instance if I update my calendar on my GS5 will it update on my computer as well like my iPhone does now? Also, can I use my iCloud account on this phone rather than gmail?

    Thanks for your informative post, very helpful thus far!

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 20, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      It’s a one time sync. You can sync with the Samsung phone what’s on your iCloud account at the moment of the sync. If you update anything on the iCloud account later, it won’t be automatically synced with the S5, you’d have to perform a manual sync again later. The process is meant to facilitate migration from an iDevice to a Samsung smartphone, and not to keep synced iDevices and Samsung devices at the same time.

  2. mcontreras

    January 25, 2015 at 8:51 am

    I tried the smart switch app but every time I click “import” it loads a little then says “connection error with icloud” something like that, even though I have 4G LTE network connection. I tried uninstalling the app and reinstalling it but no luck! I’m frustrated because I had important pictures there & my old iphone is gone so I cant transfer my pics through a computer. Help!

  3. Em

    March 6, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Can I just copy the music from my Itunes to my husbands Samsung, I not getting rid of the Iphone, but just want to share the music.

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