Migration to Linux: iPhone

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My iPhone 7 is now (Dec. 2023) several years old, battery is bad, updates won't be available for much longer, and the display size is no longer compatible with my 48 years old eyes…


I purchased a Google Pixel 8 and I tried to migrate all the apps and services to the new device…

  • Automatic Transfer of Apps and Data with USB adapter is, besides of copied music, rubbish

Apps, that are identically available and working just fine

  • Floccus
  • Home Assistant
  • Signal
  • WhatsApp
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Ingress
  • Pokemon Go
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • Outlook & O365 relatives

In general, you can assume commercial apps are just fine (somehow sad).

Apps, that needed to be replaced

  • BookPlayer → Smart AudioBook Player (Note: If Audiobooks from internal storage don't show up - rename m4b to m4a…)
  • FreeOTP → Google Authenticator
  • Music…
    • → VLC
  • iWriter Pro…
    • → Nextcloud App (if in editing mode, checking of todos works (Android)..why doesn't that in read-mode? THAT would be nice!)
    • → Nextcloud Notes (actually not very good - is that an official app?)
    • → Simple Markdown (yeah...no)
  • Strongbox → KeePassDX

Apps that caused me headaches

  • NextCloud App…
    • …was syncing very slow. Maybe because of this:
      "{"reqId":"a2Itxu5TKuo32QDKfL5h","level":1,"time":"2023-12-03T08:58:08+00:00","remoteAddr":"2003:ed:f07:f900:b102:5bd3:1a45:ad88","user":"--","app":"no app in context","method":"POST","url":"/nextcloud/index.php/login","message":"IP address throttled because it reached the attempts limit in the last 30 minutes [action: login, delay: 400, ip: 2003:ed:f07:f900:b102:5bd3:1a45:ad88]","userAgent":"Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 14; Pixel 8 Build/UD1A.231105.004; wv) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Chrome/119.0.6045.164 Mobile Safari/537.36","version":"","data":[],"id":"656c444b622c3"}"
      Admin --> Security --> Brute-force IP whitelist[1]
      sudo -u www-data php occ security:bruteforce:reset 2003:ed:f07:f900:b102:5bd3:1a45:ad88
      Generally: Wait for Download/Sync. It takes a while and there is no progress shown, but it will work in the end

New Apps

  • KDE Connect