Data transfer across Apple devices is relatively easy. Sometimes, you may find that your iPhone transfer keeps failing. When this happens, you may want to ask yourself a couple of questions.
Why is your iPhone data transfer is stuck?
These questions will help you to identify the issue with the data transfer:
1. Is your data cable is damaged?
A weak, damaged cable can cause failed data transfers. To make transfers are seamless, have a strong cable. We recommend an official Apple cable.
2. Is your Bluetooth connection enabled?
Ensure your Bluetooth connection is active. Here is how to go about it;
- Go to Settings
- Click on Bluetooth
- Tap on the switch to the right of Bluetooth and turn it ON
- Pick the device to connect to from the list of available devices
3. Are your iPhones close?
When transferring wirelessly, your iPhones have to be side by side, to allow them to establish a connection with each other enabling easy data transfer.
4. Is your iOS up to date?
Apple keeps updating the iOS, and it could be that your old phone may be using an iOS that does not support the official Apple migration feature. Both iPhones must be running on at least iOS 12.4
5. Are you migrating from Android to iOS?
You could be upgrading from Android to iOS, and you are faced with a similar challenge, you may want to try these tips.
Ensure your Wi-Fi is functional
Moving to the iOS app relies on a private network connection. When migrating data from Android, the iPhone will create a private Wi-Fi network. Disconnect your Android from any Wi-Fi networks and forget all networks, to ready your Android for connection with any new networks.
The iPhone will then search for the device running the Move to iOS app and give a security code. Enter the code on Android and the transfer will begin.
Confirm device compatibility
The Move to iOS app supports phones running Android 4.0 and above. The app can transfer data to devices operating iOS 9 or higher. To check the OS versions on Android and iPhone, follow these steps;
- On iPhone, go to Settings, General then About Menu to see the installed software version.
- On Android, go to Settings, then the About menu.
If both devices are compatible, with the Move to iOS app, the transfer will be successful.
How to fix iPhone data transfer stuck with a few minutes or seconds left
You have gone through the upgrading iOS process, your Wi-Fi connection is great, and the transfer started without a hitch. On getting to the data transfer screen, it stops at data transfer stuck on estimating time.
This can be quite unnerving; the following steps may help sort this out.
1. Reboot your phone
Before resetting your phone, it is important to create a backup for your files. This is because you could lose all data previously stored while updating during an iOS installation.
2. Upgrade via iTunes
You can choose to use iTunes to upgrade. And for this process, you require the use of a PC or Mac. To do this use the following steps:
- On your computer, get on to Finder and open iTunes.
- Connect your iPhone to the PC by cable.
- Select your device in the iTunes app.
- Go to Settings > Check for updates. The app will search for the latest updates, click on update to get it installed on your phone.
At times you may find that the process of transferring data to a new iPhone is taking so long.
In this case, you may want to check on the strength of your Wi-Fi connection or the amount of data you are transferring. Too much data may cause the process to be slow, so decreasing the volume may just do the trick.
Data transfer keeps failing on iPhone
Finally, you may find yourself in a situation where the iPhone transfer keeps failing, this can be resolved in the following ways;
1. Insert a SIM into the iPhone
You need to insert a SIM card into your new iPhone, and this is because you cannot activate an iPhone without the SIM card.
2. Connect iPhones to a power source
The data transfer process may drain your iPhone of power. Plugin both phones into a power source, and this could solve the problem for you.
It is important to ensure that you use only original accessories.
Hopefully, you have now managed to fix your iPhone when the transfer is stuck. If not, you should contact Apple for further advice.
Alex is an IT technician who shares his experiences with Apple devices occasionally. He has a collection of Apple devices (from iPhone 4) and has recently started trying out Android.
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