6 Easy Ways to Transfer Data from iPhone to Android

How to switch from iPhone to Android - the complete guide

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How to 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 at around 70% of the market share worldwide (Source: Statcounter 2023), so it is only natural for you to be curious and ditch the iPhone for a while at least.

Whatever your reasons for switching, this guide will show you how to easily transfer everything from your iPhone to your new Android phone.

We'll first take a look at how to transfer iPhone data to a brand-new Android during setup. Then, we will dig into how to select exactly what content to transfer from an iPhone to an Android which has already been set up.

Switch from iPhone to a new Android during setup

You can use a USB cable between your iPhone and Android, or a specific manufacturer app, to transfer content from iPhone to Android during the initial setup of the Android device - however, these methods are not suitable for an Android which has already been set up.

If your Android has already been set up, skip to the other sections of this guide to find out how to select exactly what content you want to transfer from iPhone to Android.


Before you begin the switch, we recommend backing up your iPhone first.

Method 1: Transfer content directly from iPhone to Android using a USB cable

During set up of a brand new (or factory reset) Android device, you can copy your content from iPhone by connecting the two devices with a USB cable. This process will obviously require a USB cable which will fit both devices, so check what kind of charging port each device has, so you can get the correct cable and/or adaptor.

Before you begin switching from iPhone to Android, you'll need to turn off and deregister iMessages. This will ensure that you will receive all messages as expected when you put your SIM card into your new Android.

How to transfer data from iPhone to Android via USB cable:

  1. Turn on both devices and ensure they are charged.
  2. On the new Android device, tap Start to begin the setup.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to transfer your SIM card from iPhone to Android and connect to your Wi-Fi network.
  4. Connect the iPhone to the Android with your USB cable (and adaptor if required).
  5. Tap "Trust" if prompted for permission.
  6. Sign into your Google Account (or create one if you don't already have one).
  7. On the Android, select the content types you want to copy from iPhone to the Android.
  8. Tap "Copy".
Transfer dara from iPhone to Android with USB cable
Transfer from iPhone to Android with USB cable (Image source: Android.com)

If you don't want to (or can't) use a USB cable to make this transfer, you can use Google's own app "Switch to Android" to transfer data via Wi-Fi.

Method 2: Transfer content directly from iPhone to Android using a manufacturer's app

Most Android device manufacturers supply their own apps to ease the migration from an old phone to their new device.

An example of such an app is Samsung Smart Switch. Depending on the transfer method you use, you can transfer Contacts, Calendar, 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
Image Source: Samsung

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 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 transfer data from iPhone to Android 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.

Transfer Music from iPhone to Android

Method 1: Transfer music from iPhone to Android with TouchCopy

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

TouchCopy will transfer all different types of data from your iPhone (and iPad and iPod) to your PC or Mac. Messages, Call History, Photos, Contacts, and more and be copied! For Music, TouchCopy can transfer all music stored on an iPhone - not just music purchased via iTunes.

Here's how to transfer music from iPhone to Android:

  1. Download TouchCopy on your computer and run it.
  2. Connect your iPhone to the PC using your USB cable.
  3. Click the Music category to view all music stored on the iPhone.
  4. Select the music you want to copy (you can use ctrl+A on PC or cmd+A on Mac to select all music).
  5. Click "Copy to PC" or "Copy to Mac" and choose where on your computer to save the music to.
  6. Connect your Android device to your computer.
    • PC: Open File Explorer, navigate to the folder where you just saved your music to, and select all the music. Now you can drag and drop the music files from here into your Android Phone which should be listed as a device on the left of File Explorer!
    • Mac: To drag and drop the music from Finder on your Mac to your Android device, you'll need to use the free Android File Transfer.
More info on TouchCopy (Music) Download iconTouchCopy Free Download Backup music from iPhone to computer

The steps can be slightly different to copy ringtones.

Check out our full guide on how to copy ringtones from iPhone to Android.

Method 2: Transfer music from iPhone to Android with 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

Transfer Photos & Videos from iPhone to Android

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

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 iPhone, 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. Download TouchCopy on your computer and run it.
  2. Connect your iPhone to TouchCopy using your USB cable, and select the "Photos" section.
  3. Click "Save to PC" or "Copy to Mac". This will also copy any videos on your device.
    Transfer Photos and Videos from iPhone to Android with TouchCopy
  4. Connect your Android phone.
    • PC: Open File Explorer, navigate to the folder where you just saved your photos to, and select all the media. Now you can drag and drop the photos (and videos) from here into your Android Phone which should be listed as a device on the left of File Explorer!
    • Mac: To drag and drop the photos and videos from Finder on your Mac to your Android device, you'll need to use the free Android File Transfer.
    How to transfer photos from iPhone to Android

For this demonstration, TouchCopy was used to copy iPhone photos and videos to a Windows Desktop computer.

More info on TouchCopy (Photos) Download iconTouchCopy Free Download

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

Method 3: Sync Photos and Videos from iPhone to Android with Google Photos

As you are switching from iOS to Android, you are likely to make use of Google services much more than when you used iPhone.

In preparation for this, you can upload your photos from iPhone to Google Photos. Once uploaded, you can access your photos on any device with your Google account (i.e. your new Android phone)!

You get 15GB of free space with your Google account - so if you need more space for all your iPhone photos and videos, you'll need to upgrade for more space.

With that said, here's how to transfer photos from iPhone to Android using Google Photos:

  1. On your iPhone, install the free Google Photos app from the App Store.
  2. Launch Google Photos and sign into your Google account (ensure that this is the same Google account you'll be using on the Android device).
  3. Tap your profile photo (or initial) in the top-right of your screen.
  4. Tap 'Google Photos Settings' > 'Backup & sync' > toggle on 'Backup & sync'.
    Upload photos from iPhone to Google Photos
  5. Your iPhone will begin uploading all your photos to Google Photos.
  6. Once the upload is complete, grab your Android device and open Google Photos to access the new photos.
  7. If you want to download photos from Google Photos to your Android device itself (so you can view them while you are offline), tap a photo, open the 3-dot menu, and tap 'Download'.

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android

Method 1: How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android with 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. Download TouchCopy on your computer and run it.
  2. Connect your iPhone with TouchCopy, and open the "Contacts" section.
  3. Hit "Save to CSV" and select a save location. This will save a single CSV file containing all the contacts from your iPhone.

    Copy iPhone contacts to computer using TouchCopy

  4. Open your internet browser (e.g. Google Chrome) and access Google Contacts. If you are not already signed into your Google account, you'll be prompted to sign in.
  5. On the left-hand side of this window, click "Import".
  6. In the "Import contacts" pop out, click "Select file" and select the contacts CSV file you created using TouchCopy.
    Importing contacts to Google account
  7. Click "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.

More info on TouchCopy (Contacts) Download iconTouchCopy Free Download

Method 2: Sync Contacts from iPhone to Android with Google One

How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android without computer: This is a great method if you don't have access to a computer. If you don't have it already, please firstly get the Google One app on your iPhone.

  1. Launch Google One on your iPhone and sign into your Google account if you haven't yet done so.
  2. In the box entitled "Sync", tap "View".
  3. Tap "Contacts".
    Syncing iPhone contacts wth Android using Google One (1)
  4. At the bottom of the screen, tap "Set up Sync".
  5. Finally, tap "Upload contacts".
    Syncing iPhone contacts wth Android using Google One (2)

Once your contacts have been uploaded to your Google account, you can access them on your Android device, and on any other device which is connected to your Google account.

Method 3: How to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android with 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 or 11 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 More info on Contact Transfer Download iconContact Transfer Free Download

Transfer Calendars from iPhone to Android

Method 1: Transfer Calendars from iPhone to Android with TouchCopy

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

Follow these steps to transfer iPhone calendars to Android:

  1. Download TouchCopy on your computer and run it.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer using your USB cable, and open the "Calendar" tab.
  3. Click "Save as CSV" and select a save location.
    Transfer Calendars from iPhone to Android
  4. On your internet browser (e.g. Google Chrome) access Google Calendar. If you are not already signed into your Google account, you'll be prompted to sign in.
  5. Near the top-right of the screen, click the cog icon, then click "Settings".
  6. Optional: Create a new calendar to import your saved events into. To do this, click "Add calendar", then "Create new calendar".
  7. On the left-hand side of this window, click "Import & export".
  8. Click "Select file from your computer" and select the CSV you exported using TouchCopy.
    Importing a calendar into Google account
  9. Click "Import".

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

More info on TouchCopy (calendars) Download iconTouchCopy Free Download

Method 2: Sync Calendars from iPhone to Android with Google One

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

If you don't have it already, please get the Google One app on your iPhone.

  1. Launch Google One on your iPhone and sign into your Google account if you haven't yet done so.
  2. In the box entitled "Sync", tap "View".
  3. Tap "Calendars".
    Syncing iPhone calendars wth Android using Google One (1)
  4. At the bottom of the screen, tap "Set up Sync".
  5. Tap "Next" on the proceeding few steps to upload iPhone calendar events to Google, then to Sync Google Calendar events to the iPhone.
    Syncing iPhone calendars wth Android using Google One (2)
  6. Finally, you'll need to set Google as your default calendar in your iPhone Settings by following the steps on screen.

Once your calendars have been uploaded to your Google account, you can access them on your Android device, and on any other device which is connected to your Google account.

Can I transfer other media from iPhone to Android?

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.

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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