How To Move Your Game Progress from iPhone to Android
If you’ve decided to move on from your iPhone and switch to an Android device, it won’t be easy to move on all your data from one platform to the other.
With the help of a cloud drive and apps, it is certainly better now than it was in the past, but there are still some things that you can’t be transferred. Unfortunately, one of those things is your gaming progress.
Android and iOS are different platforms that use completely different file formats. This means it’s impossible to manually transfer your save files between platforms. However, thanks to the prevalence of cloud storage, most games keep your account progress online. This means there’s less need to keep your progress on your phone storage.
You can sync gaming progress from different devices by connecting them to the same social network account. This article will explain when this is possible, and how to do it.
Sync Game Progress via Social Network
Most of the new games that you play on your smartphone are able to store progress both on the phone’s storage and on the cloud.
If you link a game that you play with your Facebook account, it will save your progress on Facebook too. This means that the next time you log in from a different device and launch your game, you’ll resume the game where you left off.
Most popular smartphone games like Subway Surfers can link with your social network account. If you’ve reached a certain level on an iPhone and now you want to resume it on an Android device, you only have to:
- Launch the game on your iphone.
- Check if it has the option to link with your social media account. Subway Surfers, for example has an option called Play with friends that links it to your Facebook.
- Follow the on-screen guide to link your gaming profile with a social media account.
- Launch the sane game on your android device.
- Tap on the same social network option.
- Log into your social media and see that all your game progress is there.
Does This Method Work for All Games?
The method should work on all games that you can link to your social network accounts. Once you link them, the game will save all the progress to the cloud. This way you don’t have to worry about transferring save files.
If the game doesn’t support this kind of cloud saves, then you won’t be able to move the progress. For example, this won’t work for some single-player games – but those are rare instances.
Also, if a game is also an iOS-only release, there is no way for you to play it on an Android phone. However, the most popular games are usually available on both platforms.
One of the downsides of moving platforms is that you’ll need to repurchase the games that you’ve paid for. If you purchased a game from the App store and now you want to get it from the Play Store, you’ll have to buy it again.
Does Apple’s Game Center save progress?
No, before factory resetting your device ensure that your game progress is backed up somewhere safe.
Does Google Play Games save progress?
Yes and no. It only works for some games and only after you’ve set it to do so.
Does iCloud or Google Drive save progress?
No, the app will be saved in the Google Play Store or the App Store meaning you won’t have to purchase it again. Once downloaded no progress will appear until you log into a secondary account such as your Facebook account.
What happens if I lost all of my progress?
This can be a difficult situation because the answer varies depending on the game. If there is an in-game login option try that, or sync it with your social media accounts.
Will I have to purchase the game again?
Yes, if you’re switching between operating systems you will have to purchase the game again.
Transferring Other Data from iPhone to Android
Fortunately, transferring other data from your iPhone to Android is much easier and more reliable. The easiest way to do this is to back up all your iOS files to your Google Cloud.
The first thing that you need to do is to get Google Drive on your phone. This app also contains Google Calendar and Google Photos, which you’d also use for backup. When you download Google Drive from the App Store, you should:
- Open Google Drive.
- Sign in to your Google Account.
- Tap the ‘Menu’ button on the top-left of the screen.
- Select ‘Settings’ from the menu.
- Tap ‘Start Backup’.
After you back up your files, you can see, use, and transfer all the backed-up content across your devices. So you just need to open your new Android device and download all of your data to it.
It’s All in the Cloud
There’s no simple way to move your gaming progress from iOS to Android or the other way round. So, the best way to move your gaming progress is to connect the game to the internet. Most popular online games already require you to have an account on their cloud – that’s how you can always keep your progress intact.
Who knows, maybe one day you might decide to return to iOS. With a couple of clicks and sign-ins, you can just pick up where you left off.