So ultimately you have decided to make the move to the greener grass the other side. The trip across the iOS to Android bridge seems complex, yet not practically impossible.
Tired of on-and-on Apple world of apps and services and the strict boundaries it maintains over the iOS platform? Fret not, Android platform welcomes you warmly. Just don’t forget to pack all your necessary stuff and data while on them migration ride.
Given Apple’s rigid protocols and conditions, it’s not easy to move your personal data from iOS platform to Android. The company seems to be interested in shifting people to some other direction. You can still do it, with some tools and few efforts. When followed correctly, you can stay up and running on Android without compromising any of your necessary data.
Here’s a complete guide to lead you on the Android side, surpassing any trolls that you might encounter on the way. It takes patience to switch from iOS to Android, especially when you have already ended up investing decent in Apple’s ecosystem of apps and services.
Below you will find detailed guide to switch contacts, data, Google services, and deal with your music and media files as well from iOS to Android.
Here you go…
Making the shift from iOS to Android
Once you have decided to switch from iOS to Android, you should be familiar with the fact that many things will be left behind after you get around the other side. Some of the cases, docks, and additional accessories you added to your iPhone are not going to be compatible with Android smartphone.
Apart from it, you would need to leave your iOS apps, though most of them have Android counterpart as well, fortunately! All your DRM protected content purchased in iTunes won’t go together with you. You can still legally remove the restrictions from music files, yet not from TV shows and movies.
At the end, it’s nothing but your iPhone itself. Consider gifting it to someone or just simply sell it for some extra cash.
Switch Contacts from iOS to Android
It’s obvious that you would want to transfer all your contacts to new Android, before you sell or give your iPhone away. In case you have been using your iPhone device for quite a while, it’s likely that your contacts are synced to iCloud.
The sync feature simplifies it to log in to OS devices and access your ready-made address book. The same comes handy to get it into Google’s ecosystem as well.
You need to ensure that you have got your contacts in iCloud to start with. Go to Main Settings on your iPhone and open the iCloud menu. Check if you are logged in. Turn on the switch next to Contacts.
Go to iCloud website and open the contact manager. You will find a gear icon in the lower right corner of screen. Click the icon and select all contacts, now use the same icon to select Export vCard. Now the file comprises of your entire contacts saved in it, forget not to save it somewhere safe and searchable.
Now go to Google Contacts website with the vCard. Log in with your official Google account into the mentioned website. If you don’t have a Google account, consider creating one. Go to More and click on Import. Doing so will let you select the vCard file and you’re almost done!
Your entire list of contacts will be saved in Google’s cloud. If you already have a Gmail account, consider checking the contacts there first. For users who opt for Gmail as their main email platform, many phone entries without phone numbers will also display.
It lets you run the duplicate finder in the left column in Google Contacts, to ensure if all entries are merged properly.
Switching photos and videos from iOS to Android
Yes you can transfer your media files from iOS to Android device without missing a beat. Google’s recently launched new photo and video manager app is compatible with both Android and iOS. So it seems like this one of a bit is easier than the rest transfer procedures.
All you need to follow is just to get the Google Photos app from the App Store and log in with your Google account. Go to Settings, you will see a setting for Backup and sync. Go to the mentioned setting and turn the option on for backup of your photos.
The feature is free for images up to 16MP clarity and videos up to 1080pixels.
According to how Google calls it – high quality, it compresses your images a bit and shrink them down if found too big to store. If you wish to retain full-fledged untouched files, you can even do so!
It would just count against your Google Drive storage limit. All users get a free 15 GB off storage for signing up to Google Drive. When you first run the app, you will get the option to set up this as well.
Google actually can upload your photos and videos right from your iPhone.
Following the steps mentioned above will make sure that your entire collection of photos and videos is saved online. It will be easily available on Android, just for content you have still got on the device.
If you have already deleted local copies of you files and now you rely on iCloud Photo library, you would like to access those files as well. Ensure that your iCloud library is synced to your computer with the iCloud client. Now go to photos.google.com and drag and drop entire collection of files from your computer’s file explorer to browser windows to upload them.
The process comes handy only for videos you’ve taken. Bummer is…any video content purchased from iTunes is limited by restricted DRM that prevents the content from being used on non-Apple devices. Bad luck here!
It’s common that you’d spent a good deal of your time browsing on your iPhone. If so, then you obviously have a decent number of bookmarks saved in Mobile Safari. No doubt you would want to bring your bookmarks collection to Android platform as well. Interestingly enough, Apple has made the process quite unique and tedious to access the bookmarks out of Mobile Safari on iOS.
You still can go by the shortcut here with the fastest and easiest way – using iCloud client on your computer to switch bookmarks from iOS to Android.
The iCloud desktop app lets you send bookmarks to browser of your choice.
Check if you have set Safari to sync in the iCloud settings on your phone. Now go to your computer and open iCloud. You will find Bookmarks as one of the available options. Now you are required to have Chrome installed on your computer or Mac to access the option to sync right to the browser of your choice.
If it’s Firefox that you wish to use on your Android, you can simply send your bookmarks to Firefox browser on Android instead. Once done, both will directly sync to phone from your computer.
Forget note if you have been using Chrome on iOS to setup your bookmarks, you get thee cooked treat. Chrome bookmarks will automatically sync across devices. Sadly, there’s no Firefox counterpart on iOS. If you wish to use it on Android, you need to use the iCloud sync process mentioned above.
Transfer mails from iOS to Android
When it comes to mails, you don’t need to follow any strict protocols or tricks to transfer your mails from iOS to Android. If you are Gmail users, you can feel free to skip. All you mails will show up on Android device as well, as soon as you log in with your Gmail account.
Even you don’t have to leave behind your iCloud address, if you use iCloud email. Most of the device makers offer a basic email app on the phone that enables you to add any IMAP account, for example iCloud. Now, Gmail also offers the same option.
Latest Gmail app supports non-Google emails as well!
You can also look forward to CloudMagic and Mailbox. Both offer easy and automatic iCloud setup for no price.
Switching calendar from iOS to Android
Apple’s iOS calendar app doesn’t support any export option…BUMMER! You are again likely to go for another iCloud workaround to transfer your calendar data to Google Calendar.
You can also think about picking a third-party app available for both platforms, if you don’t want to immerse completely into the Google’s ecosystem. You can just use Microsoft Sunrise calendar app, for example, and log in with iCloud on iOS and Android.
To transfer iCloud calendar to Google’s world, you need to ensure that it’s synced with iCloud in your main iOS settings. Now on your computer, go to iCloud website and open the Calendar. Click on the Share icon next to the calendar you wish to export and mark it as public.
Doing so, will give you a link starting with webcal: //, you can change it to http:// as well and then paste it into your desktop browser’s URL’s bar.
Note that exporting your entire calendar from iOS to Android is not easy.
Once you have followed all steps, the URL will download an ICS file. You can use the file on Google Calendar website to import your calendar. In Google Calendar, click on other calendars appearing in the left column. Now select Import calendar and point it at the ICS file you just got.
Transferring music from iOS to Android
Sort of Android counterpart for Apple’s iTunes is Google Play Music. It comes with free storage capacity of up to 50, 000 songs!
As you already know iPhone doesn’t pack any fully accessible file system, it’s not easy to export your music files right from your device. The easiest and fastest way to transfer to the Android-oriented Google Play Music is to sync your music library to a computer via iTunes, and simply upload to the Google cloud.
Now the time comes when you have a small music library, you can go to Google Play Music website and drag your entire songs list anywhere in the window and upload. If you own larger music libraries, consider downloading Google Music Manager for your PC or Mac.
You can point Music Manager in Upload tab at your iTunes music library. Everything will be uploaded automatically in the background.
Google Music Manager can upload you entire music collection to the cloud…up to 50, 000 songs!
Google Play Music is compatible with WMA, MP3, AAC, FLAC, and OGG. Apple is restricted selling only DRM-free music for some years until now. If you own any old DRM-protected music, sadly it’s not going to work with Google Play Music.
Switching apps and games from iOS to Android
One of the main reasons individuals often stick with iOS platform is the wide array of apps and games available. Given the advancement in last few years, Android has also come up better than ever with many choices. Yet, you may want to retain your favorite apps and games on iOS, but you might not find a proper method to do so. Moving apps and games right from iOS to Android isn’t a cake walk…and practically not possible either.
The two systems are not compatible in any way. Frankly there’s no hidden way to transfer the content of apps and games you bought on iOS to Android. If you wish to enjoy the same stuff, you need to purchase it again. Hard luck!
Something good is that now Play Store does offers Android counterparts of most of the apps and games you had on iPhone.
Apps like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, even Pandora, are available on Android. You can go through the top charts in the Apps section, enjoy all of them again. If you wish to look for a particular app or game, you would need to do a little searching.
The online Play Store lets you easily find and push both – free and paid apps or games to your Android phone. It’s even faster than using Play Store on your device.
Install apps or games right from the web…with no Apple’s interference – shockingly!
Sorting all your apps when you make the switch from iOS to Android seems most painful, yet the increased scope of cloud services on iOS and Android platform has made it possible. The entire process has become easier and simpler than it was earlier.
Just follow it step-by-step and you will end up transferring your important data from iOS to Android.
Read more about iOS at: How to encrypt your iOS or Android device