5 easy steps to transfer data from iPhone to Android

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Transferring everything from your iPhone to Android phone

So you are looking to make the change from iPhone to Android. Android is the most popular OS (operating system) worldwide, so it is only natural for you to be curious and ditch the iPhone for a while at least.

One of the biggest questions we are asked is how to transfer data from iPhone to Android.

Whatever your reasons for switching, this guide will show you how to easily transfer everything from your iPhone to your new Android phone. For each different section, we will take a look at a couple of different ways to transfer data from iPhone to Android- first of all being a comprehensive tool which makes quick and easy work of data transfer from your iPhone - TouchCopy. You can try out the TouchCopy software free, allowing you to transfer up to 100 music tracks from your iPhone.

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Step 1: Music

Method 1: Transfer music from iPhone to Android: TouchCopy

Our most comprehensive solution comes first - TouchCopy software. If you desire ease of use, and a 'one tool for all tasks' option, I would recommend using TouchCopy.

TouchCopy will transfer all different types of data from your iPhone (and iPad and iPod) to your PC or Mac. Messages, music, photos, contacts, and more and be copied! Here's how to transfer music from iPhone to Android:

  1. Download TouchCopy on your computer and run it.
  2. Connect your iPhone.
  3. Once TouchCopy loads your iPhone music, hit "Backup All".
  4. Choose to back up the content to a folder on your PC.
  5. Connect your Android device to your computer.
  6. Drag and drop the music files (and video if required) into your Android Phone!

Method 2: Transfer music from iPhone to Android: iTunes

You can also do this task in a similar way using iTunes. However, you can only transfer music purchased through iTunes to your Android using iTunes. To transfer any other music from your iPhone, you'll need a tool like TouchCopy.

  1. Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone.
  2. Right-click on the name of your iPhone, and choose "Transfer Purchases". This will ensure all relevant media is in your iTunes library before the transfer to Android.
  3. Once the transfer is complete, connect your Android phone.
  4. Locate your iTunes music using File Explorer. By default, it will be at this path: User > Music > iTunes > iTunes Media.
  5. Drag and drop the music into your Android phone.

Step 2: Photos & Videos

Method 1: Transfer Photos and Videos from iPhone to Android: TouchCopy

Our photos and videos contain some of our most precious memories, so it's imperative that we keep them safe. Make sure that your files are saved to your device, rather than only in iCloud, as TouchCopy cannot copied files from iCloud. Here's how to transfer your iPhone photos and videos to your Android using TouchCopy:

  1. Connect your iPhone to TouchCopy, and hit the "Photos" tab.
  2. Click "Copy Photos". This will also copy any videos on your device.
  3. Connect your Android phone.
  4. Find the location that you copied the photos to, and drag and drop them into your Android.

For this demonstration, I used TouchCopy to copy iPhone photos and videos to my Windows Desktop.

Method 2: Transfer Photos and Videos from iPhone to Android: Windows

It is actually fairly easy to transfer photos and videos from iPhone to Android, unlike other media types.

Simply connect your iPhone to your computer and open it using your File Manager. Select your photos and videos within the Internal Storage > DCIM folder.

At this point, if you have a spare USB port on your computer, connect your Android and drag the selected photos and videos into your Android.

If you don't have a spare USB port, copy the photos and videos to your Desktop. Then, safely eject your iPhone and connect your Android. You can then drag the copied files from your Desktop to your Android.

Step 3: Calendars

Method 1: Transfer Calendars from iPhone to Android: TouchCopy

Using Android, you will have set up a Google account which your phone uses from contacts and calendars among other purposes. So, what we need to do is copy your calendars from your iPhone to your computer, then import them into your Google account. This is great because you will be able to access your calendar on any device which uses your Google account.

Follow these steps to transfer iPhone calendars to Android:

  1. Connect your iPhone with TouchCopy, and open the "Calendars" tab.
  2. Hit "Copy as vCard" and select a save location.
  3. On your internet browser (e.g. Google Chrome) access your Google account apps. You can access this by clicking the grid of squares next to your portrait picture in the top-right corner of the Google homepage.
  4. Select Calendar.
  5. On the left-hand side of this window, click the '+' next to "Add a friend's calendar".
  6. Choose "Import".
  7. Select the saved vCard file which we copied using TouchCopy, then hit "Import"!

Since your Android device should use the same account, you should now be able to access your transferred calendars on it.

Method 2: Transfer Calendars from iPhone to Android: Google Drive

If you like to use cloud services to keep all your devices up to date and synced, you can use Google Drive to transfer data from iPhone to Android.

For this, you'll need to download the Google Drive app on your iPhone.

  1. Launch Google Drive on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the menu icon ≡ , Then the "gear" icon.
  3. Tap "Backup".
  4. You can change your backup settings here. When ready, scroll to the bottom and tap "Start Backup".

Once you have backed up your data to Google Drive, you can access it on any other device which is connected to your Google account.

Step 4: Contacts

Method 1: Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android: TouchCopy

Transferring your iPhone Contacts works in exactly the same way as transferring calendars. Let's use TouchCopy to copy contacts to your PC, and then import the contacts into Google.

  1. Connect your iPhone with TouchCopy, and open the "Contacts" tab.
  2. Hit "Copy as vCard" and select a save location.
  3. On your internet browser (e.g. Google Chrome) access your Google account apps. You can access this by clicking the grid of squares next to your portrait picture in the top-right corner of the Google homepage.
  4. Select Contacts.
  5. On the left-hand side of this window, click "Switch to the old version" (the new version does not yet support importing contacts from a file).
  6. Click "More" > "Import..."
  7. Select the saved vCard files which we copied using TouchCopy, then hit "Import"!

Since your Android device should use the same account, you should now be able to access your transferred contacts on it.

Method 2: Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android: Google Drive

As we saw for calendars, you'll need to download the Google Drive app on your iPhone.

  1. Launch Google Drive on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the menu icon ≡ , Then the "gear" icon.
  3. Tap "Backup".
  4. You can change your backup settings here. When ready, scroll to the bottom and tap "Start Backup".

Once you have backed up your data to Google Drive, you can access it on any other device which is connected to your Google account.

Step 5: Other Media

Unfortunately, it is not possible to transfer some media from iPhone to Android.

That said, for media such as Messages, Notes, Voicemail, Call Logs, Internet History, Reminders and Files, you can back them up from your iPhone to computer using TouchCopy. You can even then print them off or save as PDF, depending on the media type.

If you need to transfer messages from your old phone to your new phone, our Droid Transfer software will do this for you if both devices are using the Android operating system as detailed in our blog article (transfer messages from Android to Android). We are currently investigating adding the functionality to transfer messages from iPhone to Android to Droid Transfer and our Transfer Companion app available on the Google Play Store. Please keep checking this article for future updates.

Thanks for reading!