Transferring your data from an iPhone to an Android smartphone is less complicated than you think. Some brands like Samsung have made it child’s play.
Here are some ways to transfer data from your iPhone to Android in the spirit of Zen.
Here we will explain the different steps necessary to find the content of your iPhone on your Android smartphone.
Although you will be able to recover most of your data, it is not possible to transfer directly the applications you have on your iPhone since the App Store and Google Play do not allow it (it would be too nice).
But in addition to most of your data (contacts, emails, calendars, etc.), you can install Android versions of your favorite Play Store applications or their equivalents if they do not exist.
We explain how to switch from your iDevice to Android!
1. You need a Google account
When you turn on your Android smartphone for the first time, you will always be asked to sign in or create a Google account.
If you skipped this step, don’t panic, you can go to your smartphone options, more precisely:
- Settings > Accounts and synchronization > Add an account
Then choose to login or create a Google account by entering a username and password. The username is actually your Gmail address.
2. Enable synchronization options
On your Android smartphone
Once you are in your Google account :
- Go to the Account, Data and Synchronization Options section to select the synchronization options.
- Then check the calendar, contact details and checkboxes in Gmail.
As you can see, other synchronization options such as Chrome or Drive are possible.
For the Chrome browser, this allows you, among other things, to find your favorites both on your phone and on your computer.
It’s up to you to synchronize what you think is useful to keep or not: your favorites, your history, your bookmarks…
On the iPhone
- Go to: Settings > Your Avatar > Mail, Contacts, Calendars
From here you can add a Google account and login with the same username and password you used on the Android phone.
Once you’re logged in, a screen will ask you what you want to synchronize, so all you have to do is select what you want or don’t want to synchronize between emails, contacts, calendars and notes.
Use a vCard to transfer your contacts
- Go to iCloud.com
- Login to your iCloud account. Normally your contacts are synchronized, if not, go to Settings > Synchronize contacts.
- In the iCloud, go to Contacts, click on the little gear in the settings there you will see the option export vCard – click on it and select all your contacts
Now you have a vCard with all your contact information. To use it on your Android smartphone, you need to transfer the file to your :
- Go to Contacts > Settings
- Go to the import/export tab of your contacts
- Touch Import via vCard
3. Synchronize your photos and videos
Through Google Photos
It is very easy:
- On your iPhone, install Google Photos from the App Store
- At the first aperture, it switches to WiFi and activates the transfer of photos in the cloud.
- On your new smartphone, make sure all your photos are in Google Photos (if they are, wait a few hours).
On the PC
That is why:
- Connect your iPhone to the PC with the cable
- On your PC, click on Computer, then right-click on the icon representing your iPhone
- Select Import images and videos. By default everything will be saved in the image folder, you can change the destination folder if you want.
It’s also a chance to sort out what you want to keep and what you don’t before you put it in your new phone.
We all know how much we keep useless things in our cell phones…
- Then connect your Android phone to your PC
- Get the photos and videos you want from your computer and copy and paste them into the “DCIM” folder of your Android smartphone.
- Connect iPhone to your Mac and use the image and video transfer utility
- Use the software to select and copy the files you want on your computer to the folder of your choice.
- Install the Android file transfer you will find here. It will allow you to transfer the images and videos you have placed on your Mac.
- Then, connect your Android phone to your Mac and make sure the USB connection is in “MTP” or “drive” mode.
These options will be offered to you on the cable connection and on the notification bar.
- Using the software, copy the files directly to the folders on the phone.
4. Transfer the music
You can also recover your music and albums. The first solution is very simple, it consists in copying/pasting the music files from your computer to your Android phone.
It also works if you use iTunes* – you will find your music files in the “Music>iTunes>iTunes Media” folder on your PC.
* Except for DRM-protected tracks purchased
With the DoubleTwist application
Alternatively, if you use iTunes (on PC or Mac), you can install the free DoubleTwist application, which you can find here.
This application works like iTunes, but you will have the advantage of finding an Android application that will make it easy to import your music into your new phone.
Once this is done, all you have to do is import your music library into the software and install the DoubleTwist Player application found in Google Play
Now that you have installed the application on your computer and your new Android phone, you can connect them to sync your music.
You can do this via a USB connection, or wirelessly via the AirSync option (although only available for the paid version of DoubleTwist Player – 4.99 euros).
With Google Play Music
- Go to Google Play Music
- Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner and then click on Settings.
- Scroll to Music on this computer and click the Add Music button.
- iTunes will be displayed as a source option on the screen. Check the box to sync your music to the Cloud.
- Leave your browser open to allow your music to download. The progress can be seen in the lower left corner of the Play Music window.
- Open the Google Play Music application on your smartphone. When the addition is complete, the songs in the cloud will be displayed in the app.
What about your ringtones?
Whether you’ve purchased or created a ringtone in iTunes, you can use the same ringtone on your Android smartphone.
The first thing you need to know through iTunes is what type of file it is. For example, if it’s in .m4r format, it’s best to convert the clip to .m4a or .mp3 beforehand so you can use it directly on your new smartphone.
Forward your SMS
- Back up your iPhone with iTunes Then you have to find the backup, on PC it is usually in the folder “C:N-UserNYourUserNameNAppDataNRoamingNApple ComputerN-MobileSyncBackupN”, on Mac with Finder do the following search “~Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup“.
- Look for the following file in the backup “3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28” – either on PC or Mac use the search.
- After copying the file, transfer it to your Android smartphone. Once the file has been transferred, you need to download the iSMS2droid application, which you can find here. You need to open the application and then select Select File
From there you have to take the file of your SMS, and then click on it. The application tells you the SMS number and then allows you to choose between converting all or selecting the conversations.
Once the choice is made, launch the conversion, you will have an XML file.
With the XML file, you need to use the SMS Backup & Restore application to restore on vous dit tout ici your SMS messages.
Open the application, press “restore” and select the XML file you have obtained, and your SMS messages will be transferred.
Use manufacturers’ transfer applications
Samsung : Smart switch
At Samsung there is a solution to easily transfer all kinds of data from your old iPhone to your Galaxy called Smart Switch.
The transfer is done by means of an adapter supplied with the brand’s flagships such as the Galaxy Note 8, for example.
Or directly with a USB cable type C to Lightning. This way, you can retrieve the contacts from your address book on your smartphone.
Messages, call history, calendar for keeping appointments, Internet browser favorites and Wi-Fi settings, and the principle of operation is, of course, very simple.
To get started, simply plug the cables into the lightning sockets (iPhone) and USB Type C (Samsung) on both smartphones.
Just wait a bit until you are asked in the galaxy if you want to open an application and of course you will have to select “Smart Switch”.
On the iPhone side there is nothing to do but accept the pairing request when a popup appears so that the two terminals can communicate for the transfer.
It may take some time for the two smartphones to detect each other.
Once connected, you will be asked to select the data you want to retrieve and at this point you just need to check or uncheck the different items and then validate by clicking on the transfer button and that’s it.
For the hit, which can go fast, however as always will depend mainly on the number of data to be transferred.
Samsung offers a solution that holds up well, the only drawback is that the adapter is only supplied as standard with high-end terminals.
This means that people without a flagship device will have to go back to the cash register, unless Samsung provides this accessory with all their smartphones in the future.
In any case, the solution is practical to use and will allow everyone to recover their precious data.
With the OnePlus Switch
OnePlus has planned an application for the iPhone and an application for Android:
- On the iPhone, go to this address and tap Install Application
- On the new smartphone, click here to install OnePlus Switch
- Launch the application on your new smartphone and follow the instructions.
Congratulations, you have switched from an iPhone to an Android phone without losing your data!
As for the best Android applications, you should be able to find the same ones you already used on your iPhone without any problem.
You will also see that Android is a highly customizable operating system.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can try Android launchers to further customize your phone.