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How to transfer everything from iPhone to Android

You’ve seen the light. You’ve left Apple’s embrace and joined the happy world of Android, and you’ve got just one question: What about your stuff? How do you transfer everything from iPhone to Android? We can help with that. The first solution we present is a single program that does tons of the work for you, but costs money. The rest of the solutions are all the manual ways to transfer everything from iPhone to Android.

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One-click solution: Wondershare MobileTrans

If you want a one-stop solution for transferring your data from an iPhone to an Android (or from a BlackBerry or Symbian device for that matter), it's hard to go past Wondershare MobileTrans.

MobileTrans is a one-click program that lets you transfer your contacts, text messages, calendars, photos, videos and music between devices. Depending on the OS you're switching between you can also sync apps and call logs too. MobileTrans also works as a backup service with cloud storage options. Here's the full scope of its capabilities:

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All the files and data you can transfer between devices with MobileTrans. / © Wondershare

You can grab a free trial version of MobileTrans which will let you see how easy the program is to use, but if you want to do the full transfer or restore your backups you'll have to pay for a license – either a one-time affair ($19.95) or a single user license ($39.95).

Once you've got a license, you can transfer all of your contacts, calendar info, messages and media, restore backups and even wipe your old device. Do note that the single user license is only good for up to five devices using one computer though.

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MobileTrans gives you options to transfer data, make backups and restore as well as delete old data.  / © AndroidPIT

How to transfer data between iPhone and Android with MobileTrans

We transferred everything from an iPhone 6 to a Galaxy S6 so you can see just how easy the process is. As mentioned above, you'll only get this full functionality with a paid license.

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1. Launch the MobileTrans program and connect both devices with a cable to your computer. You'll see both devices populate either side of the first window you see.

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Wait until both origin and destination device are connected. Flip their position if necessary. / © AndroidPIT

2. You might be prompted to enable USB Debugging on and Android and to accept an RSA key (on Android) or ''Trust'' the computer you're connected to (on Apple).

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Enable USB Debugging, accept the RSA key and ''Trust'' the computer you're connected to. / © AndroidPIT

3. You can flip the devices if they're in the wrong place for the transfer you want to make.

4. You might be asked to uncheck the ''encrypt iPhone backup'' in your iTunes settings if you've previously opted for an encrypted backup. Once you've done your transfer you can recheck the encrypted backup option again. (Note that you also have the option to clear the destination phone's data before transferring).

5. Once you've got both phones connected properly all you need to do is check the boxes next to the data you want to transfer: contacts, text messages, calendar, call logs, apps, photos, music and videos. Naturally, you won't be able to transfer apps from an iPhone to an Android, but you get the idea. We didn't have any videos or text messages on our iPhone either, so we left those blank.

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Make your data selections in the center and click ''Start Copy'' to begin. / © AndroidPIT

6. Click ''Start Copy'' and sit back and wait. Depending how much media you have on the original phone, the process may take several hours to complete, so make sure you have a power source at the ready.

7. Once the transfer process has completed, you can disconnect both phones.  

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The transferring process could take a while, so sit back and relax. / © AndroidPIT

Cloud-based apps

If the apps you use are cloud-based, like Gmail, Spotify or Facebook, you hardly have to do anything: it’s just a matter of installing the apps, entering your usernames and passwords and picking up from where you left off. Transferring everything else is a bit more complicated, and that's what we'll cover next.

Contacts

If you don’t already have one, sign up for a free Google Account: you’ll need it to do pretty much anything on Android. Once you’ve done that, backup your iPhone and then log in to iCloud.com. Click on Contacts, select the ones you want to transfer and then click on the little gear icon at the bottom left of the screen. You’ll see an option to Export vCard. Clicking on this will export the selected contacts in vCard format.

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Using iCloud.com makes exporting contacts easy. / © AndroidPIT

Now, log in to Gmail and click on Gmail > Contacts. You’ll see the option to Import Contacts in the left hand sidebar. Click it, choose the vCard file you just created and let Google do the rest.

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Google makes it simple to import contacts from pretty much anything. / © AndroidPIT

Calendar

This is a little more complicated, but it’s still easy. Go back to iCloud on your iPhone and this time and open the Calendar app. You’ll see a list of your calendars in the left hand sidebar, and a little wireless icon next to each one. Click on that to open that calendar’s sharing menu.

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Transferring your calendars is a little more time consuming, but it's still easy. / © AndroidPIT

What we want to do here is to create a public calendar we can then import into Google Calendar. To do that, click Public Calendar and copy the entire link you see on screen. 

Open a new browser window or tab and paste the link, but don’t hit Enter just yet: you need to change the bit that says “webcal” to “http”. Do that and press Enter, and your computer should now download an .ics calendar file with a really long and incomprehensible file name.

Repeat this process for each calendar you want to transfer.

Now, we need to log in to Google Calendar on your Android phone and click on Other Calendars in the left hand sidebar. Click on the drop-down arrow and choose Import Calendar, and then select the .ics file you just downloaded. Clicking on Import will now add the events to the Google Calendar you select (if you have more than one). You’ll need to repeat the process for each calendar.

Text messages and WhatsApp chats

Please note that without using a questionable third party tool, it is not currently possible to transfer iMessage or WhatsApp chats from iOS to Android or vice versa. We can only recommend backing up your chats in iCloud for now.

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The ability to make Google Drive backups doesn't help when moving from iOS to Android. / © AndroidPIT

Email

The most seamless way to manage your iCloud emails on an Android smartphone is through the preinstalled mail app, using IMAP access from Apple. With SMTP access, you can still send e-mails under the old Apple address, too. The necessary server data for setting it up is in this Apple support document

iCloud Documents

If you’ve been storing files in iCloud, you can get them by logging into iCloud.com, clicking on iCloud Drive and then choosing the appropriate app folder - but remember that some file types, such as Pages documents, won’t work in non-Apple programs. If you’ve got files in proprietary formats such as Pages, convert them to RTF or Microsoft Word files in the Pages app before transferring them.

Bookmarks

Once again, the easiest way to do transfer everything is via iCloud. In your iPhone, go into Settings > iCloud and ensure Safari is enabled; now, go to your PC or Mac and open iCloud for Windows (PC) or System Preferences > iCloud (Mac) and do the same. If you haven’t already downloaded iCloud for Windows you can get it from here. What we’re doing here is ensuring that our iPhone bookmarks are being synchronized with our PC or Mac.

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If you sync Safari via iCloud, it's easy to transfer your bookmarks. / © AndroidPIT

On Windows, the next step is to click Bookmarks > Options and then choose Firefox or Chrome. Click Apply and then Merge, and you’ll be told to download the iCloud Bookmarks extension for the browser you selected. This extension will sync your bookmarks from Safari to Chrome or Firefox.

If you chose Chrome, the next step is easy: on a PC, open Chrome and log in to the Google Account you use for Android and the bookmarks will be synced automatically. On a Mac, open Chrome, click the “hamburger” Chrome menu at the right hand side of the window and select Bookmarks > Import Bookmarks and Settings and select Safari as the source.

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See that icon with a star? That's the one you need for getting bookmarks into Firefox. / © AndroidPIT

Firefox is a little trickier for both PC and Mac. If you’re on a Mac, the next step is to open Firefox, choose Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks and then click on the star icon in the toolbar. This brings up the importing and backup options. Select Import Data From Another Browser and choose Safari.

On both PC and Mac, the next step is to click on Firefox’s Tools menu and select Set Up Sync. This enables you to log in to your Firefox Account (if you have one) or create a Firefox Account (if you don't). Once you’ve entered the details, you can then open Firefox on your phone and choose Options > Sync > Pair a Device to get the bookmarks onto Firefox on your phone.

Photos and videos

The easiest way to transfer photos from iPhone to Android is to drag everything and drop it (if you have a Windows PC). Connect the iPhone via USB, open My Computer and look for the iPhone icon. Open it and look for the DCIM folder. That’s where your pictures are; just select them and drag them to a folder on your PC.

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On a Mac? Use Image Capture to get your iPhone photos. / © AndroidPIT

You can then connect your Android phone and drag the files from your PC to your phone. If you’re feeling particularly flash, you can connect iPhone and Android at the same time and drag photos from one to the other, but we’d recommend transferring to the PC first so you’ve got a backup of your pictures.

Things are slightly different on Macs, although the basic idea is the same. Instead of My Computer you’ll need to launch Image Capture to import your photos. Once you’ve done that you can connect your Android device and drag from your photos folder (or anywhere else you put the imported pics).

Music

This one’s a bit trickier. You’ll need Apple’s iTunes and Google Music Manager installed. First of all, in iTunes make sure all your music is actually on your computer: if there’s a little icon of a cloud with a downwards arrow on it, it hasn’t been downloaded. Make sure your purchased music is there too (it may be hidden in Preferences > Store > Show iTunes in the Cloud Purchases”).

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Use Apple’s iTunes and Google Music Manager to move your music to your Android. / © AndroidPIT

Once you’re sure you’ve got everything, open Google Music Manager and in the setup page, select Upload Songs to Google Play. Specify “iTunes” as the source and let Google Music Manager do its thing. For more detailed instructions, see our article on how to use iTunes with Android.

Have you recently moved from iPhone to Android? Was it painful or a pleasure to transfer everything? Let us know in the comments.

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  • I used Gihosoft mobile transfer tool to transfer contacts and music from the old iPhone 5 to my new Samsung S7 edge, it's generally pretty cool and free to transfer some data, you guys might give it a shot, hope it helps anyway.


  • Alaxhoo 7 months ago Link to comment

    Hard to manage lots of documents without tools


  • Operating systems of iOS and Android has different programming structure, so there is no way to directly transfer data from iPhone to Android via a simple USB cable or Bluetooth. But with MobileTrans, the task seems to be not as hard as thought. And a free trial version is offered for users to test the function first.
    http://www.recoveryiphone.net/article/transfer-data-from-iphone-to-android.html


  • To transfer data including photo, messages, contacts, and other media files from iPhone to Android, I suggest you to use Mobile Transfer.


  • For the sake of impartiality, please write an article on how to transfer everything from Android to iPhone.


  • Mike E 8 months ago Link to comment

    Does this transfer include Apple DRM-encrypted music and movies, so that I can freely play on Android? Because I have a boatload of media that I'd like to transfer that I paid good money for...

    M.


    • Brittany McGhee
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      8 months ago Link to comment

      Hi Mike,

      We have a whole article on how to use iTunes with Android phones that will help you:
      https://www.androidpit.com/itunes-and-android-how-to-sync

      Let us know if you have any troubles.


      • Mike E 8 months ago Link to comment

        Thanks Brittany. I read the article but it says nothing about DRM-protected movies and songs, and ebooks for that matter. You could transfer your entire library over, but you still have the problem of trying play your media on your Android device that is DRM-protected, the media is inaccessible.


      • Bastian Siewers
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        8 months ago Link to comment

        As DRM implies, there are no legal ways to get around it, sadly.


      • Mike E 8 months ago Link to comment

        Not trying to be a jerk, but maybe that should be noted in the article? I, for one, am very glad to have moved to Android after several years with Apple, but am dismayed that all the money I had spent on the media I purchased through iTunes, that I legally own, is locked and blocked to that ecosystem. Big business is petty.


  • Vala Ruiz 9 months ago Link to comment

    Thank you very much for your sharing! You can choose a third-party tool, such as Jihosoft Phone Transfer, which is specially designed to move all content from iPhone to android phone.


  • thanks


  • I've always looking for a solution to this transferring problem. thanks!


  • MarcVI Jan 6, 2015 Link to comment

    I have both: iPad and Android smartphone.
    With a little bit of Googling around and installing a few apps, it isn't that difficult to keep everything in perfect sync. Synchronization is indeed the key to success. I never need to worry that adding a contact on my tablet will not fly through to my phone within seconds. Or the other way round. Same for mail, photos, documents, calendar entries and much more.
    It's all much easier than expected.


    • I've learned the hard way to keep as much stuff online and cross platform as possible. It definitely makes switching to a new device of any kind much, much easier.


  • Moving your stuff to Android is much harder than the article makes out. There are a lot of steps and of course your lose all your apps with only a few of them being on Android. Also surprising is how low quality apps are on Google Play. Its almost like most of the apps are built by people in their bedrooms. I think its because the bar to submitting apps to Google Play is so low with anyone being able to submit apps to Google Play with no scrutiny.

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