FP3(+). Migrate from Apple iOS to Android OS

So you’ve just bought your new Fairphone 3(+) (FP3(+))? Welcome to the family!

Joining the movement for fairer electronics industry is not just about saying hello to your shiny new FP3(+). For some of you, it also means saying goodbye to your familiar Apple iOS*.

Do not worry: it’s easy to switch from Apple iOS to Android*, and we will walk you through the 3-step process to make sure your precious memories are transferred safely.

Android also has a lot of useful features, including adaptive battery software to increase charge life, improved navigation between apps, and an activity dashboard to show you how you are spending your screen time. Once you are ready to make the switch - let’s begin!

*If you're migrating from another Android device, please consult Transfer your personal data to your new Fairphone.



It's important to note that the switch from Apple iOS to Android can be more than just data transferring procedures.

As an Apple user, you will come from a service-oriented and all-inclusive environment towards a more open-source setting. This will require some adaptations. Using Android means also deciding what you want to do with your data; which makes you more aware of how things work and have more ownership. We firmly believe in what we keep saying since our Fairphone 1: "If you can’t open it, you don’t own it!"

Most Apple Inc. applications and services like iCal, iTunes, and iCloud will not work on the Fairphone. They are made specifically for iPhones running iOS. You can always check on their developer page in Google Play what's available to install. Some Apple Inc. services might be available online through the browser.

You will have to switch from your iCloud account to your Google account. This means you have to export/import your mails, contacts, and calendar for example. You do not have to do this alone: we will guide you through the three steps. You can also check Google's guide for Android 11 devices or Google's guide for Android 12 devices.

Many others before you made the switch to their satisfaction, so let us help you migrate.


Get to know Android

Your FP3(+) runs on a Fairphone operating system (OS), which is based on the Android operating system, version Android.

In case you are a beginning Android user, it can be quite helpful to also consult:



To do the switch easy:

  • Charge both phones.
  • Make sure that you have a stable Wi-Fi connection. You can transfer data with a computer and a USB data cable, but Wi-Fi is usually faster and easier.
  • If you do not have a personal Google Account yet, create one. You can not use a school or business Google account to make a backup.
  • On your FP3(+), follow the on-screen steps and sign in to your Google Account.
  • Make sure to turn off iMessage. Otherwise, SMS/MMS messages sent to you may end up on your old iPhone instead of your new FP3(+).


Migrate in 3 steps

Make the switch from iOS to Android in 3 steps:

  1. Download Google Drive:
    1. On your iPhone, install and open the Google Drive app.
    2. Use the same Google account you will use on your Fairphone.
    3. In the app, open the menu on the top left to go to SettingsBackup.
    4. Tap Start backup.
  2. Backup your data. You can back up the data of your iPhone and iCloud account to Google Drive, which can then sync with your FP3(+).
    1. Contacts and other data from other functionalities such as your SIM card or Facebook will NOT back up automatically.
  3. Log in to your FP3(+) to complete:
    1. At setup, use the Google account you used to make the backup.
      1. If you want to add that account at a later time, deny that you want to import data during the setup process. Then, add the Google account that holds your backup at a later time. Go to: SettingsAccounts and tap + Add account and choose Google.
    2. Go to SettingsSystemBackup and switch the toggle to turn on Back up to Google Drive.

You made the switch!

*To switch to an Open-Source Android OS for Fairphone, you can consult the forum of your desired operating system for help. Before doing so, we recommend you to read the support articles Connect your Fairphone to a computer and Back up & restore your Fairphone.


If after reading the article you need more help, get in touch with our Customer Support.