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6 easy ways to transfer data from iPhone to Android

How to switch from iPhone to Android - the complete guide

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Transfer data from iPhone to Android.

Introduction

So, you are looking to make the change from iPhone to Android. Android is the most popular mobile OS (operating system) worldwide (Source: Statcounter 2020), 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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Jump straight to:

Step 1: Manufacturer apps

Before we dive into how to transfer different types of data from iPhone to Android, you may be able to benefit from an app provided by the manufacturer of your new Android phone.

An example of such an app is Samsung Smart Switch. Depending on the transfer method you use, you can transfer Contacts, Schedule, Messages, Notes, Call history, Bookmarks, Music, Video and more!

This is a great method if you don't have access to a computer, because you can transfer data direct from iPhone to Android!

Samsung Smart Switch
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There are 2 ways use this free app to transfer data from your iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy device:

  • iCloud - After syncing your iPhone data with iCloud, you can transfer it to your Android using Smart Switch.
    Note that this method will not transfer Messages or iTunes Music and Videos.
  • USB cable - You can directly connect your iPhone and Android using your iOS cable and a MicroUSB to USB adapter. With this connection made, open Smart Switch on your Android and transfer data from your iPhone.
    Using this method, you can transfer even transfer Messages, Music and Videos (Music and videos can only be transferred if they are not DRM protected).

Check out Samsung's page for a full guide on how to perform transfers using Smart Switch >

Similar apps are available for other devices, such as the Xperia transfer Mobile app for Sony Xperia devices, or Phone Clone for Huawei devices.

Unfortunately, some manufacturers (such as Xiaomi) do not provide such an app.

Note that you won't be able to choose exactly what to transfer, which may mean clogging up your new device with unnecessary data. If you want full control over what is transferred, or the manufacturer of your device does not provide a switching app, follow the other steps in this guide.

Step 2: 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 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!
Find out more > Download iconTouchCopy Free Download Backup music from iPhone to computer

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.
Transfer music iPhone to Android

Step 3: 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 copy files from iCloud. Here's how to transfer photos from iPhone to 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.
    Transfer Photos and Videos from iPhone to Android
  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.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Android Find out more > Download iconTouchCopy Free Download

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.

Transfer Photos and Videos from iPhone to Android

Step 4: Contacts

Method 1: How to Transfer Contacts 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 you need to do is copy your contacts from your iPhone to your computer, then import them into your Google account. This is great because you will be able to access your contacts on any device which uses your Google account.

Let's use TouchCopy to copy contacts to your PC, and then import the contacts into Google - all without the use of iCloud.

  1. Connect your iPhone with TouchCopy, and open the "Contacts" tab.
  2. Hit "Copy as vCard" and select a save location.

    How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android

  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.
    Google apps
  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..."
    Importing contacts to Google account
  7. Select the saved vCard files which we copied using TouchCopy, then hit "Import"!

How do I get my contacts from my old phone to my new phone? Since your Android (like Samsung or Huawei) device should use the same Google account, you should now be able to access your transferred contacts on it.

Find out more > Download iconTouchCopy Free Download

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

How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android without computer: This is a great method if you don't have access to a computer. 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.

Method 3: How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android: Contact Transfer

Another great method is the use of the Contact Transfer app. This nifty tool allows you to transfer your contacts from device to device locally through your PC - no need for online uploads or cloud syncing.

Let's see how to copy contacts straight from iPhone to Android using Contact Transfer:

  1. Launch Contact Transfer on your Windows 10 PC and choose "iOS Device" as your source, and "Android Device" as your Destination. Click Continue.
  2. Then connect your devices to your PC. Check out the guide for how to connect your devices with Contact Transfer using USB and Wi-Fi. Then click Continue.
  3. Select the contacts that you wish to copy from your iPhone. You can select all the contacts by clicking the "All" checkbox.
  4. Click Transfer!
Selecting contacts to transfer from iPhone to Android Find out more > Download iconContact Transfer Free Download

Step 5: Calendars

Method 1: Transfer Calendars from iPhone to Android: TouchCopy

Transferring your iPhone Calendars works in exactly the same way as transferring contacts.

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.
    Transfer Calendars from iPhone to Android
  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.
    Google apps
  4. Select Calendar.
  5. On the left-hand side of this window, click the '+' next to "Add a friend's calendar".
    Importing a calendar into Google account
  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.

Find out more > Download iconTouchCopy Free Download

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 6: Other Media

Unfortunately, it is not possible to transfer some media from iPhone to Android without the use of a Manufacturers app as seen in Step 1.

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.

Extra: Wiping your iPhone ready for sale or disposal

Once you're sure that you have transferred all the data you need from your iPhone to your new Android, you may be eager to sell or recycle your old iPhone.

But wait! ... We highly recommend backing up your iPhone data before getting rid of the device, just in case something should go wrong with your Android, or in case something important was missed during your migration.

Backing up files in a readable format to your computer (using a tool like TouchCopy) is advised, as this means that you can access any of your files at any time.

Backing up with iTunes or iCloud, however, will create a backup file which you can't use to get at your data.


Safely and Efficiently Wiping your iPhone

Now, if you are considering selling your iPhone, giving it away, or recycling it, you want to make sure that it is safe to do so.

As your iPhone is likely to contain personal, important information, it is crucial that you erase the device before it leaves your possession. This is for your privacy and safety, and is required in order for the device to be used by someone else.

So, let's see how to erase and reset your iPhone:

  1. Sign out of iCloud, iTunes Store and App Store:
    • Devices running iOS 10.3 or later- open Settings > tap [your name] > Sign Out. Enter your Apple ID password and tap Turn Off.
      Sign out of Apple ID
    • Devices running iOS 10.2 or earlier- open Settings > tap iCloud > Sign Out. Tap Sign Out again, then Delete from My iPhone (you may need to enter your Apple ID password). Finally, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store > Apple ID > Sign Out.
  2. Wipe the iPhone content:
    1. Grab your iPhone and open the Settings app.
    2. Tap General.
    3. Scroll down and tap "Reset", then "Erase All Content and Settings".
      Safely wiping an iPhone content
    4. Tap "Erase Now".
    5. Enter your iPhone Passcode.
    6. Finally, enter your Apple ID password if "Find my iPhone" was enabled.
  3. Disable iMessage to avoid missing messages on your Android:
    1. Open Settings.
    2. Tap Messages.
    3. Toggle iMessages off.
      Disable iMessages on iPhone

Great! Now you've transferred all your data from an iPhone to your new Android phone, backed up your data, wiped your iPhone and you're ready to sell or recycle it.

We hope you enjoyed the guide!

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