So, you have decided to replace your iPhone with a new Android device but now you find yourself at a loss as to how to how to transfer all the data you’ve saved? Don’t stress too much, we have you covered.
Even if the devices operate on different systems, there are ways to get them to synchronize with each other, depending on what type of data you need to transfer.
Synchronize Your Google Account
The first recommended operation to perform in order to sync your contacts, calendar events and so on, is to associate your Google account with both devices.
To perform this operation from your iOS device go to the Settings app (the gear symbol on your home screen) and then tap on Contacts> Accounts and passwords> Add Account . Then press the Google logo from the menu you see on the screen, log in to your Google account, tap the Next button and, if necessary, pass the two-factor authentication.
Once logged in, make sure that the boxes corresponding to the items you want to synchronize ( Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Notes ) are active/ticked and press the Save button located at the top right, to confirm the synchronization.
Now you need to make sure that the Google account you set is the default one for address book synchronization. To do this, go to Settings> Contacts> Default account and tick the box next to the newly added account. At this point, if you have already associated your Android device with the Google account that you also entered on iOS, you just have to wait a few seconds for the synchronization to take place.
Alternatively, to synchronize the data of an iOS device with an Android device, you can use the Google Drive backup and cloud storage application, which, available on Android and iOS , is able to synchronize files and data on multiple devices so that they are always available.
To do this, download the Google Drive application from the iOS App Store. If prompted, confirm the installation of the app by typing the password of your iCloud account, through the Touch ID or Face ID , and start the application by pressing its icon from the home screen or by tapping the Open button in the App Store.
On the main Google Drive screen, press the Login button and log in with the Google account you intend to use on the Android device as well. Once logged in, press the button with the menu symbol (the three horizontal lines ) and then tap the button with the gear symbol and, finally, Backup. Now, tick the items you want to synchronize to verify that they are active ( Contacts, Calendar events, Photos and Videos ) and then press Start.
Transferring Photos and Videos From an iPhone to an Android
The simplest solution to transfer photos and videos from an iOS device to an Android device is to back up and synchronize with Google Photos.
Google Photos is an application developed by Google that can be used on Android and iOS to free up some memory on your device by archiving multimedia elements in the cloud: it is one of the most used cloud storage tools and it comes equipped with a very simple and intuitive user interface.
Download the Google Photos application through the App Store, type in your iCloud account password or confirm installation through Touch ID / Face ID.
To synchronize the multimedia elements in the iOS Photos app, you need to start Google Photos and then log in with the Google account you intend to use on the Android device. Then all you have to do is press the Confirm button when prompted to immediately perform the backup and synchronization.
Make sure that in the Backup and Sync menu the Upload size option is set to High quality , which will allow you to store photos and videos at no cost without space limitations (however, you will need to set a resolution limit of 16MP for photos and 1080p for videos). If you want to save larger files, you will have to subscribe to a paid plan.
The photos synchronized with Google Photos are then uploaded online and will be visible in the Google Photos application for Android .
How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android
If you have already set up your iOS device by creating an Apple ID , you can transfer only your contacts to the new device. To do this, connect to iCloud and log on. Once logged in, press the Contacts icon on the screen and then click on the gear symbol located at the bottom left; from the drop-down menu, presses on Export vCard and then on Save. This will allow you to save a file of all your contacts you are thus asked to save a file in VCF format on your computer.
This file type is easily recognized by Android devices and can also be imported through Android Contacts.
To import the contacts saved in this file, copy it to the internal memory of your device or to the SD card. After that, tap the Contacts application on your Android device, press the button with the three-dot symbol located at the top right and then tap on the word Import / export from the menu.
Pick the source from where you want to import the contacts and then the destination. All you have to do is press Next when prompted, check the box next to Import a vCard file, select the previously imported file and press OK to finish.
How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Android
One of the easiest ways to transfer your music from iPhone to Android, is to download the Apple Music app, which also works on Android.
It’s available for download for free from the Android Play Store. Once it’s downloaded, log in with your Apple ID.
Cloud Storage Options
If you want to first drop all your data in bulk, then cloud storage solutions such as Dropbox, which is available for both Android and iOS, is a good option. It offers 2GB of free space and, should you need more than that, you can expand the storage via a subscription.
OneDrive is another useful storage option, which offers 5GB of free storage. Just like Dropbox, if you need more space, you will have to pay to expand it.