Do you have a brand new, got shiny Android phone? ? Welcome to Team Android! You will love it here. But how do you start? Switching from iPhone to Android can be a complicated or straightforward process, depending on the steps you take.
In this tutorial, we'll show you how to transfer all of your data from an iPhone to an Android device. Let's get started right away.
One of the first things you want to do when switching from iPhone to Android is the transfer of yours Contacts. The simplicity of this process depends to a large extent on your existing contact synchronization practices. Sync your contacts with your Google Account? In that case, it's a snap to load your contacts on your brand new Android smartphone. All you have to do is enter your Google Account details. All your stored numbers will be downloaded automatically.
However, if you do not sync your contacts, you'll need to work harder. The easiest way would be to use iCloud to get a .vcf file and then import it to your Android phone (or Google Contacts). So it goes:
Download a .vcf file of your contacts
- Go to your Settings app on your iPhone and then to your profile above.
- Tap iCloud and switch to Contacts . Your contacts will soon be uploaded to Apple's cloud services.
- Use a browser to go to iCloud.com and log in with your Apple ID.
- Select Contacts and then click on the gear icon in the lower left corner. Click Select All .
- Click the gear again and select Export vCard . When the .vcf file is downloaded, you can either import it into your Google Contacts or directly into your phone.
How to Import Contacts into Google Contacts
- Go to contacts.google.com and click Import and then . Go to old contacts .
- Click the More button and select Import .
- Select the file and you're done.
Import contacts into an Android phone
- Transfer the .vcf file to your phone, for example, by using a microSD card or by connecting the phone to a PC.
- Open your Phone App and tap the Menu Button .
- Option to search for import / export . The location depends on the software of your phone.
- Select the file and continue.
For a more detailed step-by-step guide, see our Guide to Transferring Contacts from iPhone to Android.  How to transfer a calendar from iPhone to Android
Exactly as it was with the contacts , your calendar can also sync with your Google Account. However, this is only practical if you have done so from the beginning. You do not want to manually change all calendar entries. So we'll show you how to transfer all your calendar events in one batch. Oh, and we will use iCloud again.
How to Transfer Calendar Entries via iCloud
- Switch to your Hiring App on your iPhone and tap Your Profile in the top.
- Tap iCloud and switch to calendars . Your iPhone will now sync your local calendar files with iCloud.
- Use a browser to access and sign in with your iCloud account.
- Click the calendar icon to open the calendar interface.
- In the left pane, click the Share Calendar button next to the calendar you want to export.
- In the pop-up window, select the Public Calendar check box. and copy the Sharing URL displayed below it.
- Paste the copied URL into a new web browser tab or window.
- Change webcal in the URL to ] http and press the Enter to open the address. Your web browser downloads a file with random characters as file names. This file is actually a copy of your iCloud calendar entries.
- Save the file to a suitable folder on your computer. For convenience, you can rename the file and add the extension .ics (for example, ).
- Open and log in to Google Calendar to your web browser.
- In the left pane of the Google Calendar interface, click the button with the plus sign to the right of "Other calendars" and select Import .
- Select ] exported calendar file downloaded from iCloud. You can also select the destination Google Calendar (if you have more than one) in the same dialog box.
- Click the Import button to upload the file. Once the import is complete, you should be able to see the imported items in the Google Calendar web interface. The new entries will also sync to your Android device.
Transferring Your Photos
That does not mean you have to leave all those precious photos behind. It would be terrible to lose them when switching to Android, right? You could probably do things the old way and manually transfer files like a caveman. Or you can be a bit more savvy and take advantage of the great cloud storage services we can access now.
You can easily back up your photos to Drive, Dropbox, or a service of your choice, but the Google Photos app is the simplest. With photos, you can upload unlimited high-quality images and sync via smartphones. And yes, it's available for both Android and iOS.
To transfer photos via the Photos app
- Download the iOS Google Photos app .
- During setup, the app asks you if you want to back up your photos. Continue and activate the function .
- Your photos are now being uploaded. This requires a considerable amount of data. Therefore, make sure you are connecting to a Wi-Fi network.
- When all images have been uploaded to Google Photos, unplug your Android phone and download the Photos app from Google Play Store.
- Perform the setup process. Your pictures will be there.
How to manually transfer photos from a PC
- Connect your iPhone to your PC using a USB cable. Do the same with your Android phone.
- Open My Computer on your Windows PC.
- Under Portable Devices two new drives or entries should be displayed. One is for your iPhone storage (usually labeled "Apple iPhone" or "[Your Name] iPhone" or similar) and the other for your Android. If you do not see them, install the phone drivers.
- Open iPhone Memory in a new window.
- Open the Android store in a new window.
- In the window for your iPhone's memory, locate the folder named DCIM . You will find your photo folders in this folder.
- Just select the photos you want to transfer. Then, drag it out of the iPhone Pictures folder and drop it into your Android Pictures folder.
How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Android
When switching from iPhone to Android, you can always transfer your music the old-fashioned way by: You manually move files from phone to phone. However, some of you may find it easier to upload your music to Google Play Music. Of course, this requires that you have all your music on your computer.
For obvious reasons, we assume that you are using iTunes. Make sure you go to iTunes and download music that you may have purchased from your phone and that has not been saved locally.
Then, use Google Music Manager to upload all your music to Google Play Music. This syncs across all Android devices, but the only major issue is that you will consume data when the file is played if it is not downloaded. Make sure you save or download songs that you want to listen offline.
Transferring Music via Google Music
- Download Google Music Manager to your PC.
- Install the program and run it.
- During setup, it is possible to upload songs to Google Play .
- Select iTunes and complete the initial setup.
- Lean back and let the program upload all your songs to Google Play Music.
Can you transfer apps from iPhone to Android?
Unfortunately, iOS and Android are very different ecosystems, as are the apps running on those operating systems. You can not just push a button and get your apps back automatically. Many popular social networking apps, games, and more will also be available for Android. Before you buy your new Android device, search Google Play online to make sure you do not miss any apps that are essential to your mobile experience.
See also: The apps we want only for iOS come to Android
If they are premium apps, you need to buy them again. Annoying, but ultimately not a big deal for most people, unless you had a ton of premium apps.
Even if you find one or two apps on your iPhone that are not offered on Android, there's a ton of great replacement for some of the best exclusive iOS apps you'll find in our Android alternatives to the list of the best iOS Find apps.
You will be struggling with some things
Moving to a new platform can be a bit exhausting and complicated. We've provided you with some tools that make it easier to switch from iPhone to Android. However, you know that you simply can not avoid some things. Of course you have to download your apps again and leave some forever. You also need to manually restore your important documents and files. Luckily, you can easily upload it to the cloud storage service of your choice. From there, you can easily download them to your Android phone using the official app.
Finally, you'll need to disable iMessage before you leave the iPhone. Otherwise, you may experience problems with SMS delivery. However, if you forget to do so, you can log out of the Apple website after you have thrown the phone overboard.
Ready? Switching from iPhone to Android may not be as easy as switching from the same platform, but it does not have to be that difficult! Have fun transferring! We also know that everyone has a different way of doing things. What other methods do you use to transfer all your goodies? Tell us what you think in the comments.