Android: How to Transfer Data From an Iphone

Maj. December 11, 2019 at 5:51 p.m.

Transferring your data from an iPhone to an Android smartphone is less complicated than you might think. Some brands such as Samsung have made it child’s play. Here are some methods to transfer data from your iPhone to Android Zen mind.

We will explain here the different steps necessary to find the content of your iPhone on your Androidsmartphone. If you’re going to be able to recover most of your data, it’s not possible to directly transfer the applications you have on your iPhone since the App Store and Google Play don’t allow it (that would be too nice). But apart from most of your data (contacts, emails, calendars, etc.), you’ll be able to install Android versions of your favorite applications from the Play Store or their equivalents if they don’t exist. We explain how to switch from your iDevice to Android!

1. You need a Google Account

When you turn on your Android smartphone for the very first time, it will always ask you to sign in or create a Google account





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If you skipped this step, don’t panic, you can go to the options of your smartphone, more precisely :

  • Settings > Accounts and Synchronization > Add Account

Then choose to sign in or create a Google Account by entering a username and password. The username actually corresponds to your Gmail address

2. Enable synchronization options

On your Androidsmartphone

Once on your Google account activated :

  • Go to Account Options, field Data and Synchronization to select the synchronization options
  • Tick the boxes calendar, contact details andGmail.

As you can see, other synchronization options are possible such as Chrome or Drive. For the Chrome browser, this allows you, among other things, to find your favourites both on the phone and on the computer. It’s up to you to synchronize what you think is useful to keep or not: your favorites, your history, your bookmarks…

On the iPhone

  • See you in : Settings > Your avatar > Mails, contacts, calendars

From here you will be able to add a Google Account and sign in with the same username and password you used on the Android phone Once connected, a screen will ask you which items you want to synchronize, you just have to select what you want to synchronize or not between emails, contacts, calendars and notes.

Use a vCard to transfer your contacts

  • Go to
  • Access your iCloud account. Normally your contacts are synchronized, if this is not the case go to Settings > Synchronize contacts
  • On iCloud, go to Contacts, click on the small cog of the settings there you will see the option export vCard – click on it and select all your contacts


Now you have a vCard with all your contact information. To use it on your Android smartphone, you need to transfer the file to your :

  • Go to Contacts > Settings
  • Go to tab import/export your contacts
  • Touch Import via vCard


3. Synchronize your photos and videos

Via Google Photos

Easy as pie:

  • On your iPhone, install Google Photos from the App Store
  • At the first opening, switch to WiFi and activate the transfer of photos to the cloud.
  • On your new smartphone, make sure that all your photos are in Google Photos (if so, just wait a few hours).


For that:

  • Connect your iPhone to your PC with the cable
  • On your PC, click on Computer, then right-click on the icon representing your iPhone
  • Select Import images and videos. By default, everything will be saved in the Imagesfolder, you can change the target folder if you want to.

It’s also a chance to sort out what you want to keep and what you don’t before you put it on your new phone. We know how much we store useless stuff on his mobile phone…

  • Then connect your Android phone to the PC
  • Retrieve the photos and videos you want on your computer and do a copy/paste to the “DCIM” folder on your Android smartphone.

On Mac

  • Connect the iPhone to your Mac and use the image and video transfer utility
  • Use the software to select and copy the files you want on your computer to the folder of your choice.
  • InstallAndroid File Transferwhich you can find here. It will allow you to transfer your images and videos that you have placed on your Mac.

  • Then connect your Android phone to the Mac and make sure that the USB connection is in “MTP” mode or in “disk drive” mode.

These options will be offered to you at the cable connection and in the notification bar.

  • Using the software, copy the files directly to the phone folders.

4. Transfer music

Via copy/paste

You will also be able to recover your music and your albums. The first solution is very simple, it consists in copy/paste your music files from your computer to your Android phone. The solution also works if you are using iTunes* – you will find your music files in folder “Music>iTunes>iTunes Media” on your PC.

*With the exception of purchased tracks protected by DRM

With the DoubleTwist application

The other solution if you use iTunes (on PC or Mac) is toinstall the free DoubleTwist application, which you can find here. This application works like iTunes, but you’ll have the advantage of finding an application on Android that will make it easier to import your music on your new phone.

Once this is done, all you have to do is import your music library into the software and install the DoubleTwist Playerapplication found on Google Play :

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Now that you have installed the application on your computer and your new Android phone, you will be able to connect the two for syncing yourmusic. You can use a USB connection, or wirelessly with the AirSync option (but only for the paid version of DoubleTwist Player – €4.99).

With Google Play Music

  • Go to Google Play Music
  • Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner, then click Settings.
  • Scroll to Music on this computer, click the Add your music button.
  • iTunes will be displayed as a source option on the screen.check the box to synchronize your music in Cloud.
  • Leave your browser open to allow your music to download. The progress can be seen in the lower left corner of the Play Music window.
  • Open the Google Play Music application on your smartphone. Once the addition is complete,the songs in the Cloud will be displayed in theapplication .

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What about your ringtones?

Whether you’ve bought or created a ringtone on iTunes, you’ll also be able to use the same ringtone on your Android smartphone. First of all, you need to know via iTunes what type of file it is. For example, if you are using the .m4r format, it is best to convert the clip to .m4a or .mp3 beforehand so that you can use it directly on your new smartphone.

Forward your SMS

  • Back up your iPhone with iTunes. Then you have to find the backup, on PC it is usually located in the folder “C:C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\”,on Mac with the Finder do the following search “~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup” .
  • Look for the following file in the backup 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28” –whether on PC or Mac use search.
  • After copying the file, transfer it to your Android smartphone. Once the file has been transferred, you need to download the iSMS2droid application, which you can find here. Open the application and select Select File
  • From there you have to take the file of your SMS, then click on it. The application tells you the number of SMS messages and then lets you choose to convert all of them or select conversations. Once the choice is made, launch the conversion, you will have aXML file.
  • With the XML file, you need to use the SMS Backup & Restore application, which we tell you everything about here, to restore your SMS messages. Open the application, press“restore” then select the XML file you obtained, and your SMS are transferred.

Use manufacturer’s transfer applications

Samsung : Smart Switch

At Samsung there is a solution to easily transfer all kinds of data from his old iPhone to his Galaxy which is called Smart Switch, the transfer is done using an adapter that is provided with the brand’s flagships such as the Galaxy Note 8, for example. Or directly with a USB cable type C to Lightning. You can thus retrieve on your smartphone the contacts in the phonebook, messages, call history calendar so you don’t lose appointments, Internet browser favourites and Wi-Fi settings, and the operating principle is of course very simple.

To get started, simply connect the cables to the lightning (iPhone) and USB Type-C (Samsung) sockets on both smartphones. Just wait a bit until you are asked on the Galaxy if you want to open an application and of course you will have to select “Smart Switch”. On the iPhone side nothing to do but accept the pairing request when a popup appears so that the two terminals can communicate for the transfer.

It may take some time for the two smartphones to detect each other. Once connected, you will be asked to select the data you wish to recover and at this point you just have to tick or uncheck the different items and then validate by clicking on the transfer button and that’s it. For the moment, it can go fast, but as usual it will mainly depend on the amount of data to be transferred.

Samsung offers a solution that holds up well on the road, the only hiccup is that the adapter is only supplied as standard with high-end terminals. This means that people without a flagship will have to go through the checkout process again, unless Samsung provides this accessory with on all its smartphones in the future. In any case, the solution is practical to use and will allow everyone to retrieve their precious data.

With OnePlus Switch

OnePlus has planned an iphone application and an Android application

  • On the iPhone, go to this address and touch Install App
  • On the new smartphone, click here to install OnePlus Switch
  • Launch the application on your new smartphone and follow the instructions.


Congratulations, you went from an iPhone to an Android phone without losing your data! When it comes to the best Android applications, you should be able to find the same ones you were already using on your iPhone. You will also see that Android is an extremely customizable OS. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you might be able to test Android launchers to further customize your phone!

  • Further information:How to choose between an iPhone and an Android smartphone?

Are you one of those who switched from the iPhone to an Android phone or vice versa? How did it go for you?

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