Moving photos and videos
There are various ways of getting your precious files from your iPhone onto your Android, but we’ll start with the most obvious and basic. You can plug your iPhone into your Windows PC via USB and then choose Import pictures and videos for an automatic transfer, or Open device to view files (your photos and videos will be in the Internal Storage/DCIM folder) if you want to select individually. If you have a Mac, the import window should pop up when you plug your iPhone in and you can select files from there.
Once the files are on your Windows computer, plug your Android smartphone in via USB, and you should get a pop-up window where you can select Open device to view files. You can drag and drop files from your computer onto your Android. To do the same on a Mac, check out our how to transfer files from an Android to a Mac guide.
It may prove easier to transfer those photos and videos wirelessly, though it will take longer. You can do this using any cloud service. There are many options available on Android and iOS. Simply install something like Google Photos, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or DropBox on your iPhone, upload the files, and then install the same app on your Android, and download them.
For more details on using apps to back up and share your photos, check out our how to share photos on Android guide. You can use a number of the apps and services discussed there to transfer your photos and videos from iPhone.
Part 1: Best iPhone to Android Transfer Apps on computer
The MobileTrans — Phone Transfer is the best iOS to Android transfer software. With one click, you can easily switch data between two devices. It can also recover, repair and erase data very easily.
Below, there is a detailed guide on how to transfer data from iPhone to Android using MobileTrans software:
Step 1: First, you need to install the MobileTrans software on your computer. After installing and launching the software, connect your both device to the computer. Then, select “Phone Transfer” option from the software dashboard.
Step 2: Thereafter, choose the file that you want to transfer and click on the “Start” button.
Step 3: Within a few minutes, your selected data will be transferred or copied to the target device which is Android.
Transferring Music to iPhone with iTunes Match
If you keep a copy of your music library on your computer, good news: Apple’s iTunes Match, a $25-per-year service, continuously combs through your PC or Mac and uploads songs and albums to iCloud Music Library, a dedicated cloud storage locker. Better yet, it automatically converts low-quality music files to AAC 256Kbps, meaning some of your tunes might end up sounding better than the originals.
A few caveats to note, though: Your iCloud Music Library is limited to 100,000 songs, and songs encoded in AAC or MP3 formats that don’t meet certain quality criteria won’t be matched.
If you’re undeterred, here’s how to get started with iTunes Match:
Transferring Apps to iPhone with Move to iOS
Finding the iOS equivalent of Android apps used to be an exercise in frustration; you had to search for every app individually. Thanks to Apple’s Move to iOS app for Android, though, there’s no need to do the heavy lifting yourself anymore. It’ll find apps for you.
When you’re ready to get started, install Move to iOS on your Android phone. It’s available for free the Google Play Store.
Note: You’ll need an iPhone running iOS 9 or later and an Android device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or newer. If either of your devices falls short of the minimum requirements, you won’t be able to use Move to iOS.
Assuming you haven’t set up your new iPhone yet, power it on and select the default system language. (If you have set it up, you’ll have to perform a factory reset by heading to Settings > General > Reset and selecting Erase all content and settings.) Then follow these steps:
Using phone manufacturer apps or tools
Before we dig into various methods for moving over different bits and pieces from your iPhone to your new Android phone, it’s worth mentioning that you can often save some time by using the tools that the maker of your new smartphone provides. You’ll usually be asked during the setup of your new phone if you want to copy over files from your old phone.
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If you buy a Samsung phone, like the Galaxy S10 Plus, for example, you’ll get a USB-OTG connector in the box which allows you to plug in your old iPhone and copy over a lot of files and data. You can also use the Smart Switch software. If you don’t get such an option on your new Android phone, or you lack the connector you need to plug in, don’t worry because we’re about to run through some alternative methods.
Syncing your calendar
This is easy if you’ve already set up your Google account and Gmail (which you’ll need for your Android phone anyway). Go to Settings > Accounts & Passwords > Add Account on your iPhone and add your Gmail account or select it from the list, then turn on syncing for Calendars. If you want to ditch your iPhone for an Android device, but keep your iPad, the Gmail app is a good way to keep your calendar and contacts synced. You can even sync multiple Google calendars to your iPad if you need to do so.
You can also download an app to sync your calendar from iCloud, assuming you have Calendar switched on in Settings > > iCloud. You could try One Calendar to sync all of your calendars into one place, or check out some of our recommendations for the best calendar apps.
Moving your music
If you want to get your music from your iTunes account onto Android, there are a few potential ways to go. The easiest is probably to sign in to Google Play Music on the same computer where your iTunes is installed. Now download the Music Manager, install it, and choose the iTunes option when it asks where you store your music. You’ll then be able to select Upload all songs and playlists. You can also select individual playlists and podcasts. Perhaps best of all, you can continue to use iTunes and automatically sync any new purchases to your Google Music account.
You can’t legally copy movies or TV shows from your iTunes to your Android smartphone because you would have to remove the DRM protection first. Unfortunately, that applies to ebooks purchased through iTunes as well.
If you’ve been using Apple Music, then you’ll find there is an Android app. You’ll need a subscription, but if you sign in with the same Apple ID you should be able to access your music.
Transferring Contacts to iPhone with CalDAV
If you run into trouble using iOS’s sync feature, or just want to transfer your Google contacts manually, you can take advantage of Android and iOS’s support for CardDAV. It’s an open vCard-based protocol for syncing contacts built on the HTTP-based WebDAV protocol, and it’s really easy to use.
Switching from an Android device to an iPhone doesn’t have to mean leaving your family photo album behind. Google Photos, a free photo storage service from Google, makes transferring pics and videos to iOS as easy as pie. Alternatively, you can use Apple’s iTunes software for PC and Mac, which has an easy-to-use built-in sync tool.
Moving your text messages
This is a lot trickier than anything we’ve discussed so far, but some people will want to keep those precious text conversations and transfer them to their new Android smartphones. Thankfully, it is possible. One of the easiest methods is to use the free iSMS2droid app, but it may not work for everyone. It also requires you to back up your SMS to iTunes and then go digging around to find the right file to convert.
You can also use Samsung Smart Switch or Kies software to restore an iPhone backup (including text messages) to a Samsung Android smartphone. You’ll also find quite a few premium software options online that purport to allow you to copy text messages, contacts, photos, and even call logs, but we can’t vouch for their effectiveness. Many Android manufacturers have some type of data transfer app you can try and use as well.
Regardless of what method you use, don’t forget to turn iMessage off before making the switch. Leaving it on could result in SMS and MMS messages still going to your old iPhone. This is because Apple sends an iMessage instead of an SMS or MMS when it detects you’re both using iOS. To turn it off go to Settings > Messages and toggle iMessage off. You should also go to Settings > Facetime and toggle it off. If you no longer have the phone, you can request Apple to deregister your iPhone with iMessage here.
You’ll want to transfer your contacts before you sell your old device. Check out our guide on how to transfer your contacts between iPhone and Android for a simple method that employs iTunes and Gmail.
You could also use iCloud. Turn on Contacts in Settings > > iCloud on your iPhone. Log into the iCloud website on your computer and click Contacts. Click the gear icon at the bottom left, and choose Select All, then click the gear icon again and select Export vCard. Now log into Gmail, tap the red Gmail in the top left, then Contacts, or head to Google Contacts in your browser, click More, and tap Import.
Making the transition
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Before you embark on this journey to the promised land of Android, take one last look around you. There are a few things you’ll have to leave behind. Many of the cases, docks, and other accessories you bought for your iPhone are not going to be compatible with Android smartphones (it’s worth checking, though, because some are). Your iOS apps cannot go with you, but you’ll find most of them have Android counterparts awaiting your arrival. Any DRM-protected content you bought in the Apple App Store or iTunes is stuck there (you can easily and legally remove the restrictions from music, but not from TV shows and movies).
Last, but not least, there’s your iPhone itself. Before you wipe it with a factory reset, you’ll want to work through the rest of our guide. When you’re done, assuming you’re not gifting your iPhone to someone, then you might want to peruse our guide on how to sell an iPhone without getting ripped off.
Инструкция по работе с приложением
Если с перечисленными выше рекомендациями не возникло никаких проблем, значит, настало время раз и навсегда поменять Android на iOS:
- Начать процедуру настройки нового устройства Apple;
На этапе «Программы и данные» (функция доступна лишь на iOS 9, не раньше!) выбрать пункт меню «Перенести данные с Android» (для получения дополнительной информации стоит разобраться с меню с прикрепленной инструкцией, подробно рассказывающей о том, какие действия совершаются над файлами, и как происходит перенос);
Уже через секунду сервис Move to iOS проведет непосредственной анализ ситуации и вынесет вердикт – «можно приступать к процедуре» или же наблюдаются какие-то неполадки технического характера (интернет не стабильный и может привести к потере конфиденциальных данных, зарядка аккумуляторов неполная, не выполнены требования по обновлению программного обеспечения);
Если вердикт положительный, то процедура начнется автоматически и завершится в течение часа (скорость обработки зависит от скорости интернета). Результатом станет: перенос контактов, фотографий и видеороликов, сохраненных на карте или SD-карте, закладки из браузера (если Google Chrome обновлен), учетные записи и сообщения электронной почты, календари и приложения, которые доступны на операционных системах и распространяются на iOS бесплатно. Какие именно данные нужны разработчики предлагают выбрать заранее, а в конце проверить – в действительности ли все сходится;
Важно помнить – музыку, книги и некоторые электронные документы формата PDF или DjVu необходимо переносить вручную. При выполнении процедуры взаимодействовать с устройствами не стоит. Еще лучше – перевести оба смартфона или планшета с iOS и Android в режим «Самолета» для автоматического сбрасывания входящих звонков;
Возможно, после переноса данных придется заново настроить параметры отправки и получения сообщений. За настройками рекомендуется обратиться к мобильному оператору.
Use Your SIM Card to Transfer Contacts
If you are only interested in moving your contacts and not your other data, you can use the SIM card in your Android phone. Since you can store address book data on an Android SIM card, you can back up your contacts there and move them to your iPhone (the SIM cards need to be the same size in both devices, of course). All iPhones beginning with iPhone 5 use Nano SIMs.
Here’s what you need to do:
On your Android device, launch your Contacts app, tap on the menu button, and navigate to Settings. Find the Import/Export setting and tap it.
The following images show the steps on a Samsung device running Android Oreo. Your screens may look a little different, depending on the device you own, but the basic steps should be roughly the same.
Tap the Export button. Then choose to export to the SIM card.
Wait for the contacts to be exported to your SIM card.
When the export is complete, remove the SIM card from your Android phone and insert it into your iPhone.
On the iPhone, tap the Settings app to open it.
Tap Contacts (on some older versions of the iOS, this is Mail, Contacts, Calendars).
Tap Import SIM Contacts.
When the import is done, your contacts will be available in the pre-installed Contacts app on your iPhone.
Use the Move to iOS App to Transfer Contacts
Apple makes transferring data from Android to iPhone easy with its Move to iOS app for Android devices, which is available in the Google Play store.
If you have an Android smartphone or tablet running Android 4.0 or higher and an iPhone running iOS 9.3 or higher, download Move to iOS from Google Play and get started.
Move to iOS App.
While it transfers your data, it doesn’t transfer your Android apps. Instead, it makes suggestions from the App Store based on the apps you have on your Android device. Matching free apps are suggested for download during the transfer. Matching paid apps are added to your App Store Wishlist for later purchase.
Customization and widgets
One of the big attractions of Android is the ability to customize your smartphone. To customize the look of your phone, you can just tap and hold on an empty section of the home screen to get a pop-up menu allowing you to set the wallpaper (including animated “live” wallpaper if you like). On a lot of Android devices, you’ll also see the option to add widgets, apps, shortcuts, and folders. You can drop one app icon on top of another to create a folder. You can also change the wallpaper for your Lock screen or Home screen via Settings > Display > Wallpaper.
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Widgets are small windows into individual apps that can update automatically to bring you new information. This means you can see the latest weather, sports scores, or tweets, without having to enter the actual app. Not every app has a widget, but you can tap and hold on an empty portion of the home screen and select widgets to review your options, or go into the apps drawer and scroll over on most newer phones.
If you’re keen on personalizing the aesthetic of your smartphone, then you should explore the world of launchers. There are all kinds of different looks and styles available, often completely free. A couple of popular launchers to get you started are Nova Launcher and GO Launcher EX.
Transferring Contacts to iPhone with a Google Account
When you set up your Android phone for the first time, you likely signed up for a Google Account. If you did, there’s a pretty good chance that your contacts are synced with that account, and that transferring them to your new iPhone won’t require much more than logging into iOS with said Google Account.
Backing up contacts with a Google Account
To get started, check and see if your contacts are backed up with your Google account.
Signing up for a Google account
If you don’t see a Google account, not to worry — you’ll just have to sign in with one or create a new one.
After you’ve jumped through the necessary hoops, it’s time to make sure your phone is actively syncing your contacts with Google’s servers. Return to the sub-menu, tap your Gmail address, and scroll down the Sync menu until you see Contacts. If the toggle next to it is switched on and the text below shows today’s date, you’re ready to proceed.
Signing into a Google account on iOS
Switch to your iPhone. Now, sign into your Google account on iOS.
That’s it! You’ll start to see your contacts populate the address book in iOS’s Phone app.
Switching from Apple to Google services
Apple is renowned for that tightly integrated ecosystem, but if you’re switching to Android you’ll want to start using more Google services. Your Google account has gradually come to serve as a passport for a wide range of services, and cross-platform synchronization has improved drastically over the last couple of years. Forget about iCloud and Safari, you can find all the same functionality, and more, via Google. As long as you are signed into your Google account, you can access all your contacts, bookmarks, appointments, and files on any device.
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- Contacts for backing up and sharing contacts
- Messages for texting
- Google Calendar for keeping on top of your schedule
- Chrome browser can sync bookmarks and open tabs between computer and Android phone
- Google Drive for backing up your files
- Google Docs for editing and sharing documents
- YouTube Music or Google Play Music for storing and streaming your music from the cloud
- Google Photos for backing up and sharing photos and videos
- Google Fit for tracking your health and fitness
- Google Keep for notes and lists
- Android Auto for when you’re driving
On top of all that, you’ve got YouTube for watching and sharing video, Google Maps for easy navigation, and Google Pay for wireless NFC payments. Then there’s “OK, Google,” or “Hey Google,” which activates Google Assistant (similar to Siri), not to mention a host of excellent Google apps from Google Translate to Google Trips.
Many of these things are available on iPhone as well, but the experience is optimized for Android. The fact that you can have all of these as your default options under one Google account makes it easy and accessible, and you’ll be tempted to use more and more Google services. There are also loads of great alternatives that you can use instead of — or as well as– Google offerings like Dropbox, and Mozilla Firefox.
Finding your way
Navigation is a little different on Android. You’ll be used to the almighty Home button if you’re coming from an older iPhone, or the gesture navigation on newer iPhones.
Google switched to a gesture system with Android 10, so you swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go home, swipe in from the left to go back, and swipe in from the right to go forward. You can also swipe up from the bottom and hold to open the multitasking menu that lists your open apps and games. In every version of Android, you access basic notifications and quick settings by swiping down from the top of the screen.
If your device is running an older version of Android, you’ll find three buttons at the bottom of the screen, or if it’s running Android 9.0 Pie just two.
- Home: This will always take you to the Home screen. If you want to get back to the Home screen in a hurry then press Home. Tap and hold the Home button to launch Google Assistant. It’s always in the middle. In Android 9 Pie, this is a small lozenge-shaped icon instead of a Home shaped icon, but it does the same thing.
- Back: The Back button is exactly as it sounds. If you want to go back one page, one level, or one screen, to what you were just looking at, then tap the Back button. You can also use it to back out of apps. It’s usually on the left. This is also present in Android 9 Pie, though you can also swipe left to right to jump straight back into your last-used app.
- Recent Apps or Multitasking: You won’t find this button in Android 9 Pie or later, but you can access the same menu by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. The recent apps menu shows recent apps, predictably enough. If you want to jump back into an app you were just using, this is how you do it. If you want to quickly jump to a previous app, double-tap it quickly. You can also shut down apps from this menu by swiping them away. You can jump into split-screen mode here by pressing and holding this button when in an app. The app you’re in will move to the top, and you can choose a recently opened app to go on the bottom.
Instead of defaulting to the home screen, like an iPhone, your apps on Android will be tucked away in the app drawer. You can have multiple home screens on Android, and you simply swipe left and right to cycle through them. There will usually be an icon labeled “Apps” on the bottom row of all of your home screens, contained in an ever-present dock with the other usual suspects like Phone, Contacts, Messaging, and the Internet. Newer devices may not have an Apps icon, and you may just need to swipe up the dock to access all your installed apps. If you want to add an app shortcut directly to your home screen, just find it in the app drawer, then tap and hold on the icon until it comes loose and your home screen pops up underneath, and then drop it where you want it.
Everything important that happens on your phone will spark a notification. Simply drag down the notification bar from the top of the screen to check up on your latest notifications. You can click on them for more detail, or to take action. Swipe them down to expand them if you want to interact with them without going into the app, which is handy when multitasking. You can dismiss them by swiping them away or tap the clear icon to get rid of everything at once.
Use Google to Transfer Contacts
You can use the power of the cloud to move your contacts from Android to iPhone. In this case, using your Google account is the best choice because of both Android and iPhone support for it.
For this to work, you need a Google account. You almost certainly created one for your Android device.
To transfer your contacts, follow these steps:
On your Android device, back up your contacts to Google. The backup should happen automatically if you use your Google account on your device. You can also tap Settings, Account, the Google account you want to sync to, and then toggle Sync Contacts to ON.
With that done, add your Google account to your iPhone.
When the account is set up, you may be able to enable contact syncing right away. If not, go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts and tap the Gmail account.
Move the Contacts slider to the On (green) position, and the contacts you added to your Google account will sync to the iPhone.
From now on, any change you make to your iPhone address book syncs to your Google account. You’ll have a complete copy of your address book in two places, safely backed up and ready to transfer to other devices as needed.
If you prefer, you can use Yahoo to sync your contacts to the iPhone rather than using Google. The process is similar.
Подготовка к использованию
И хотя сервис Move to iOS в действительности избавляет пользователей от головной боли, связанной с переносом данных между двумя операционными системами, расслабляться рано. До начала процедуры необходимо разобраться с внушительной коллекцией действий:
- Разобраться с техникой. Функция Move to iOS работает на iPhone 5 и старше, на iPod Touch шестого поколения и iPad 4 и Mini 2. Android нужен не младше версии 4.0. Если перечисленные требования не выполнены, то процедура не начнется! Второй обязательный шаг – подключить каждый смартфон, планшет или плеер к источнику питания. Или же заранее зарядить аккумулятор по крайне мере до 75%;
- Настроить беспроводную сеть. Wi-Fi нужен стабильный и быстрый, и, разумеется, каждое устройство необходимо подключить к одной и той же точке. Не выполнение указанного требования не позволит приступить к процедуре;
- Подготовить свободное место. Большая часть техники с операционной системой Android с легкостью работает с внутренними накопителями – картами памяти Micro SD. А потому стоит заранее подумать – а хватит ли места на внутренней памяти техники Apple? Если ответ отрицательный, то лучше расстаться с лишним контентом хотя бы на время. И вариантов два – скинуть на компьютер или же воспользоваться облачным хранилищем – iCloud, Яндекс.Диск, Google Documents – вариантов полно!
- Решить проблему с браузером. Информация из встроенного в Android браузера Google Chrome прекрасно переносится с помощью сервиса Move to iOS, с единственным ограничением – необходима последняя версия. Стоит обязательно заглянуть в Google Play и провести обновление.
Even though the Play Store has overtaken Apple’s App Store when it comes to sheer numbers, there’s no denying that there are more high-quality, polished apps, and games on iOS. Due to the potential profit margin for developers (which, on average, remains higher on iOS because people spend more money on apps) most new apps and games will launch on iPhone first. The good news is that the gap is closing, and the vast majority of the big apps and games that you knew and loved on your iPhone will be available for Android. You’ll also find that apps and games are generally cheaper, and a higher proportion of them are free, on the Android platform.
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To get you started, check out our best Android apps and best Android games roundups. With Android, you’re not forced to use a set of default apps. In fact, you’ll typically find duplicated functionality in pre-installed Google apps, and manufacturer or carrier apps. You can simply select the one you like best, or install another third-party option to do the job. When you have more than one app capable of performing a task, you’ll get a pop-up window asking you which one you’d like to use (you can tick Always to make it the default).
When you want to check your complete app list, you can go to Settings > Apps. You can choose to uninstall apps, Clear cache or Clear data, and review the apps’ permissions on this screen (you can also disable bloatware that you don’t use). You’ll find app updates will appear in your Notifications bar from time to time, or you can enter Play Store, tap Menu and choose My apps to update everything at once. If you find you get too many annoying notifications from specific apps or games you can always check out our guide on how to turn notifications off.
Transferring Photos and Videos to iPhone with iTunes
If you have a computer handy and you’d rather not sign up for Google Photos, iTunes has a built-in syncing function that’ll export your photos and videos in no time. Here’s how:
Click through your old phone’s directories until you find your video and photos library (it’s usually in DCIM > Camera). Drag the files you want to a folder on your computer.
You’re finished! You’ll see your photos and videos appear immediately in your iPhone’s Camera Roll.
How to Transfer Music from Android to iPhone
If you subscribe to a music streaming service such as Google Play Music or Spotify, transferring your music from Android to iPhone is as easy as signing into the service on iOS. Apps like Spotify are platform agnostic: you’ll see the same library of songs and albums no matter which device you’re using.
But if you’ve stubbornly clung to an offline music collection and aren’t giving up on it anytime soon, not to worry. Moving your music to iOS isn’t as challenging as you might think.
Transferring Google Apps to iPhone
As an Android user, you’ve no doubt grown accustomed to the many Google apps and services that came pre-installed on your phone. The iPhone, unsurprisingly, doesn’t ship with those Google apps and services — you’ll have to seek them out. Luckily, Google’s made more than 60 of them available in the App Store.
Here’s a partial list of Google apps for iPhone:
- Google Drive
- Google Earth
- Google Home
- Google Calendar
- Google Chrome
- Google Translate
- Google Keep
- Google Maps
- Google Photos
- Google Play Music
- Google Play Movies & TV
- Google Play Books
The complete, regularly updated collection can be found in iTunes, on the App Store, or online, on Apple’s App Store Preview website.
How to Transfer Contacts From Android to iPhone
Transferring contacts from an Android device to an iPhone isn’t as challenging as it used to be. Don’t know where to start? These are some of the simplest ways to migrate your favorites to your new phone.