The transition from iPhone to Android, in my opinion, is slightly more complicated than in the opposite direction, especially if you have been using various applications from Apple (which are not represented on the Play Store, while Google applications are also on the App Store). Nevertheless, the transfer of most data, primarily contacts, calendar, photos,s and music is quite possible and is relatively easy.
This guide details how to transfer important data from iPhone to Android when moving from one platform to another. The first method is universal, for any Android phone, the second one is specific for modern Samsung Galaxy smartphones (but it allows you to move more data and more conveniently). There is also a separate guide on the manual transfer of contacts on the site: How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android.
Transfer contacts, calendar and photos from iPhone to Android using Google Drive
The Google Drive app (Google Drive) is available for both Apple and Android and, among other things, it makes it easy to upload contacts, calendar and photos to the Google cloud, and then upload them to another device.
You can do this using the following simple steps:
- Install Google Drive from the App Store on your iPhone and log in to your Google account (The same that will be used on Android. If you have not created this account yet, create it on your Android phone).
- In the Google Drive app, click the menu button, and then click the gear icon.
- In the settings, select “Backup”.
- Include the items you want to copy to Google (and then to your Android phone).
- At the bottom, click Start Backup.
In fact, this completes the entire transfer process: if you log in to your Android device under the same account that you backed up to, all data will be automatically synchronized and available for use. If you also want to transfer the purchased music, about this. In the last section of the instructions.
Using Samsung Smart Switch to Transfer Data from iPhone
Samsung Galaxy Android Android smartphones have the additional ability to transfer data from your old phone, including iPhone, allowing you to access much more important data, including data that can be transferred in other ways (for example, iPhone notes )
The transfer steps (tested on Samsung Galaxy Note 9, should work similarly on all modern Samsung smartphones) will be as follows:
- Go to Settings. Cloud and Accounts.
- Open Smart Switch.
- Choose how you will transfer the data. Via Wi-Fi (from the iCloud account where the iPhone backup should be located, see How to backup iPhone) or via the USB cable directly from the iPhone (in this case, the speed will be higher, and also more data transfer will be available).
- Click Get, and then select iPhone / iPad.
- When transferring from iCloud via Wi-Fi, you will need to enter the login information for your iCloud account (and, possibly, the code that will be displayed on the iPhone for two-factor authentication).
- When transferring data via a USB cable, connect it, as will be shown in the picture: in my case, the supplied USB-C to USB adapter was connected to Note 9, and the iPhone’s Lightning cable was connected to it. On the iPhone itself, after connecting, you will need to confirm trust in the device.
- Choose what data you want to download from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy. In case of using the cable, the following are available: contacts, messages, calendar, notes, bookmarks and settings / letters E-mail, saved alarms, Wi-Fi settings, wallpapers, music, photos,s and other documents. And also, if on Android you have already signed in to your Google account. Applications that are available for both iPhone and Android. Click the “Submit” button.
- Wait until the data transfer from iPhone to Android phone is completed.
As you can see, using this method, you can transfer almost any of your data and files from iPhone to Android device very quickly.
If you used an Apple Music subscription on your iPhone, you may not want to transfer it by cable or otherwise: Apple Music is the only Apple application that is also available for Android (can be downloaded from the Play Store), and your subscription to It will be active, as well as access to all previously acquired albums or songs.
Also, if you use the “universal” cloud storage services available for both iPhone and Android (OneDrive, DropBox, Yandex Disk), then access to such data as photos,s and some others from the new phone will not be a problem.
Have you purchased a new device on Android? Well, congratulations. Most likely, now you will want to transfer data and files to it from your old device. As practice shows, transferring photos, music ands is not at all difficult. Sometimes users encounter some difficulties in cases where there is a question about transferring other information, or rather contacts and installed applications. But depending on the device used, you can solve the problem with built-in or third-party tools, which you will learn about later.
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Transfer phone book contacts
First of all, let’s talk about the most important thing. Transferring contacts. Unlike old-style smartphones, for example, those that worked on Symbian OS, everything is much easier on Android with transferring user data.
Option One. Using the Internet and your Google Account
All you need to do is register a Google account and log in to it from your device, on which “Backup” and “Automatic recovery” should be enabled in the settings. After that, all contacts from the phone book will be automatically added to your account. If you log into the account from another device, for example, a new one, the previously saved contacts in the account will be copied to the phone book. Convenient and easy.
Option Two. Export to a memory card
If you are one of those users for whom the Internet is currently unavailable for some reason, or simply want to manually transfer contacts, you must export them. This method is relevant only if both devices have a slot for memory cards.
Follow these steps:
- Open the Contacts app on your Android device.
- Go to the settings menu and find the item “Export contacts” or similar.
- Export the contacts to a separate file and save it on the sd card.
- Replace the sd card in the device to which you want to transfer contact information.
- Go to the Contacts application on the transfer device.
- In the application settings, find the item “Import contacts” or similar.
- Import contacts from the memory card into the phone’s internal memory by specifying the path to the file with exported contacts.
SMS and MMS messaging
Text messaging is usually the most complex and erratic process. The best option for this task is SMS Backup. Restore It downloads messages to the microSD card, if available on the smartphone. In another way, you can transfer SMS to a computer and then use the application to restore them on a new smartphone by connecting it to a computer. Testing showed that the program is doing its job and all messages are successfully moved. Detailed instructions for working with software are presented in the article. How to Transfer SMS.
It’s best to stop using SMS and MMS services at all and switch to third-party messengers. For example, in Facebook Messenger, all that is required of you is simply to log in to your account and all your messages will be at hand. The same can be said of WhatsApp, Viber, and others.
Transferring music files
It is unlikely that you will want to fill out your music collection from scratch on a new smartphone. Even if you don’t use Google Play Music, this program is the best way to transfer music.
It is best to do this using a computer. Play Music stores up to 50,000 audio tracks. After that, you can play them on any of your devices by entering the application. In the browser, open the settings and download the music to the Google Play Music application for the desktop computer. On your new smartphone, log in to your Play Music account and all the music will be in front of you.
You can save these tracks in the cloud or download them to your device for local access, so as not to depend on the availability of Internet access.
Google Play Music will help with moving music.
Using universal programs to solve the problem
I would like to separately note CLONEit. Batch Copy All Data. The program can transfer different types of mobile data in just a few simple steps. Among them:
- Contact details;
- SMS and MMS;
- Call log;
- Program data and the programs themselves;
- System settings and more.
CLONEit. Batch Copy All Data can move more than 10 types of mobile data.
Step-by-step instructions on how to work with CLONEit. Batch Copy All Data:
- Install it on both Android devices and run.
- On the old phone, you need to press the “Sender” button, and on the new, “Receiver”.
- After the gadgets find each other and establish a connection between themselves, the user will be able to select the mobile data that needs to be transferred.
- To start the process, press the “CLONEit” button.
Transfer information between Android devices of the same manufacturer
How to transfer data from Android to Android in this case? Indeed, many users always buy a novelty of their favorite brand, if their model is already outdated.
Fortunately, Android smartphone makers are not idle and are developing special software designed to easily and quickly copy data from the memory of one device to the memory of another.
Owners of Samsung smartphones can use the special Smart Switch utility to transfer information. The utility is able to transfer contacts, notes, calendars, photos,s and much more.
Any Android device running version 4.0 and higher can be used as a migration source.
A special application “LG Backup” has been developed for devices from LG, which can export almost any type of user data. The only thing that can upset many is limited support, since you can transfer data using this utility only if the device used for migration is running Android JellyBean.
Perhaps one of the best applications for backup and data transfer is Xperia Transfer Mobile, which allows the owner of Sony smartphones to easily exchange data between a variety of devices. Almost all smartphones and tablets are supported.
Owners of smartphones from HTC have access to the excellent utility. “Transfer Tool”, thanks to which you can quickly and easily transfer all SMS messages, notes, calendar schedules and other important information from one device to another. To transfer data, this application uses a wireless protocol called Wi-Fi Direct.
Even a beginner can understand the application. You can install it on any Android device, however, you can only transfer data to smartphones and tablets from HTC. It will require an operating system version 2.3 or higher.
Especially for users of Motorola smartphones, the company’s specialists have created a software tool called Motorola Migrate. The application is available for the Android operating system version 4.1 and higher.
The software allows you to transfer data from any Android device running an operating system version 2.2 and higher. It is noteworthy that the oldest models are also partially supported, however, the transfer options are somewhat limited. For example, on some devices only contacts can be transferred.
In the smartphones of this manufacturer, the data transfer procedure is organized very conveniently. You can use the proprietary Flyme shell application “Migration Tool” or the built-in “Backup” function.
The Migration Tool works on the principle of the CLONEit universal application discussed above. The interface is intuitive and simple. On the old device, in the program window, click the “Send from this phone” button, and on the new one, “Transfer to this phone.” As a result of these actions, the system will offer a 4-digit code, which must be entered on the old device. Next, a Wi-Fi connection is established. Then the user must select the content for the “migration” and click on the “Start Submission” button.
As for the “Backup” function, in the “Settings” go to the “About the phone” section, then “Memory”, and then “Backup”. The system will prompt the user to backup data, after selecting which ones. Everything is saved in the Backup folder, which can be found through the file manager. Further, the received file can be transferred to the new Meizu smartphone and placed in the same folder. Then you need to go to “Settings” along the same path where you will see a backup file from your old smartphone. To start the transfer from the backup, just click “Start recovery”.
Xiaomi and Redmi
The popular manufacturer Xiaomi offers several tools for transferring data between smartphones at once. This is the Mi Mover application, Mi Drop and the Mi Cloud cloud service. The first and last is great for working with a large amount of data, and Mi Drop is oriented for transferring selective files. It is also worth noting that thanks to Mi Mover, you can transfer data from Android from any other manufacturers, but only to Xiaomi. In some cases, it can even be very useful.
Huawei and Honor
For reliable information transfer on the devices of this company is responsible for a proprietary application called Phone Clone. Able to work on any Android device, not just Huawei and Honor. Over, there is a version even for iOS. Thus, the functionality provides ample opportunities for the “migration” of data from one phone to another.
Backup as a transfer method
First, make sure that you are logged in to your Google account on your Android smartphone. Open “Settings” and go to the “Recovery and reset” section (on different models this section may have different names).
Make sure that the “Data backup” and “Auto-recovery” settings are enabled, and that the smartphone is connected to a Google account.
These settings ensure that application data, Wi-Fi passwords and smartphone settings are transmitted to Google’s servers. They will be available to you when you log in to your account on a new smartphone. Thanks to this, you do not have to re-enter passwords from networks that you have already saved. Of course, Google will know all your Wi-Fi passwords at the same time, but this is unlikely to frighten anyone.
If you have a Samsung device, you can use the “Back Up Data” option in your Samsung account. Here you will save text messages, phone logs, contacts, mail accounts that you used in Samsung applications. You can make a choice: for example, select a Google account to synchronize contacts, mail and photos, but at the same time save text and call records in your Samsung account, since Google does not have this option.
Having figured out the backup recovery, you need to pay attention to another application “Settings”. On your smartphone you will find an application called “Google Settings” (if it runs on Android Marshmallow (6.0), this will be another section in the standard “Settings” application). Here you can manage different services connected to your Google account. Here much more is done than just data backup, but in this case we will pay attention to it.
To get started, select Smart Lock for passwords. Here passwords from supported applications and sites are stored in the Google account. Thus, if you enter through the Chrome browser on a new smartphone, you will not have to enter the password from the site again. This also works with some third-party applications, if their developers have taken care of this. While there are few such applications, it is better to trust password managers. You can choose between Dashlane, LastPass, 1Password.
Another important aspect is backing up Google Photos. All your photos ands will be sent to Google Photos. The user receives unlimited storage, but he will have to endure compression of the content. Also, any content can be stored in the cloud Google Drive, where for a start is given 15 GB.
Using modern technology, you can easily switch from one Android device to another, while retaining all the information and user data in memory. There is nothing complicated in the process of data transfer and backup, the main thing is to understand and understand how everything works. Of course, there is no point in transferring some data, for example, when it comes to contacts stored on the SIM card or bookmarks in Google Chrome.
You can also solve this issue using special universal applications, for example, Copy My Data and CLONEit. Batch Copy All Data. If Root rights are obtained on the device, then you can use the Titanium Backup functionality.