You got a blazing Android device neuf ? Or maybe you just got an old smartphone, because your iPhone is cassé ? In any case, welcome to Android ! You’ll love it. But which way to commencer ? Follow our guide !
Switching from an iPhone to an Android isn’t that complicated, but it does require some effort. Our guide is organized by sections including recommendations on Android smartphones, many useful tips, tools to transfer your data, and practical things to know about the Google OS. Happy lecture !
It’s a question that comes up time and time again. First of all, you should know that just because you tested Android 5 years ago doesn’t mean that you know this system. It has evolved a lot since then, it is much more refined and some devices have an excellent value for money. Even a 200 euro model offers a good user experience.
The first justification for migrating to Android is the desire for change. But on Android, we have a choice, a lot of choices…
But it’s also personalization that awaits you once you have your phone in your pocket. On Android, you can change everything, from the application launcher, to the unlock screen, to the SMS application, the photo gallery, the default web browser or the phone application…
Finally… Stop at préjugés ! Android is now very stable, always more secure and accessible. The system is constantly evolving in order to erase the few youthful errors it may have suffered from. When it comes to safety, what you may hear is not always reassuring…By following ourtips, nothing will happen to you and your smartphone will be well protected.
If you’re looking to buy your first Android phone (or replace your old one), we recommend that you read the tests on today’s leading models from Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Honor, Google… but the best is to consult our buying guides.
- The best Android smartphones to buy: FrAndroid’s selection
- Which smartphones to take photos ?
- Compact smartphone guide
- The best notchless smartphones
- The best smartphones to choose for their autonomy
- The best smartphones to play Fortnite
- The best waterproof smartphones
- The best large-format smartphones
- Smartphones for their selfie cam
- The best smartphones equipped with Android One
- The best smartphones for audiophiles
- Which smartphone to choose, brand by brand
You will also find the buying guides by price:
- The best high-end smartphones
- The best smartphones for less than 500 euros
- The best smartphones for less than 400 euros
- The best smartphones for less than 300 euros
- The best smartphones for less than 200 euros
- The best smartphones for less than 100 euros
Now that you have an Android smartphone, here’s how to transfer your data from an iPhone.
There are many tools available for a fee. Attention, in this guide we have chosen exclusively freemethods. These methods use online services, but we have also found alternatives that save you from having to go through external servers. Finally, before you start, here are the tools offered by constructeurs ; they are quite complete and will save you time.
- Google highlights Google Drive (contacts, files, calendars) and Google Photos (photos and videos) which has the advantage of working on all Androiddevices.
- OnePlus offers the OnePlus Switch tool
- Samsung offers the very complete Samsung Smart Switch which also allows you to retrieve your SMS messages.
- Huawei and Honor propose the Phone Clone tool
- For Sony, you must use Xperia Transfer Mobile
Note that there are many methods to synchronize and back up your data on Android.
Some manufacturers, such as Samsung or Google, even offer to connect the new smartphone to the old one via the USB port of the device to transfer data directly when the new one is started for the first time.
For example, the Google tool allows you to transfer applications, contacts, calendar events, photos-videos, music, SMS messages, iMessages, etc., to your computer.
Switching from iPhone to Android doesn’t mean you have to leave all those precious photos and videos behind. It would be awful to lose them to Android, non ? You could probably do things the old-fashioned way and transfer the files manually… it works and it avoids going through an online service. Connect your iPhone to your computer, transfer your photos and videos… and do the same thing the other way around with your Android.
Or you can simply take advantage of the storage services in the cloud which are very convenient. As on Apple devices with iCloud Photos, Google and Amazon also offer their own equivalent services.
We mainly recommend Google Photos.
This service allows you toupload and download an unlimited number of high quality images and sync them to smartphones. In addition, it is available for Android and iOS.
- Download the Google Photos for iOS application.
During installation, the application will ask you if you want to save your photos, activate the function. Prefer a Wi-Fi connection if possible to save data and be patient, it can take time.
- Your photos will begin to upload, as will the videos.
- When all the images are uploaded to Google Photos, take out your Android phone and download the Photos application from the Google Play Store.
- Go through the installation process. Your photos and videos will be there.
And as an alternative to Google, Amazon Photos offers a similar, unlimited system for Reward members.
To transfer files from a Mac to an Android, and vice versa, it is often necessary to use Android File Transfer (from Honeycomb). MacOS is not natively compatible with Android smartphones connected via USB. Simple and effective, it will allow you to use your Android device as an external storage device to retrieve your photos or store files just like on a PC.
The download is available at this address on the official Google website. If you find the Android File Transfer interface too austere or too “old-fashioned”, you’ll find two alternatives in this article as well as many useful tools for Mac users.
When you switch from an iPhone to an Android smartphone, you can still transfer your music the old-fashioned way by manually moving files from one phone to the other. That said, for some of you, it’s probably easier to upload your tracks to Google Play Music for easy access from the cloud.
Let’s say you’re using iTunes. Make sure you go to iTunes and download all the tracks you buy to your phone. It’s pretty simple, you have to do it from iTunes on PC or Mac.
As Apple says on its site, you need to consolidate your library and locate the files.
- Open iTunes, and from the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose File > Library > Organize Library.
- Select “Consolidate files”.
The next step is to find the iTunes Media folder :
- Mac: Open a Finder window, then click your username in the left sidebar and browse for the Music folder.
- Windows 7 or later: access\User name\Music\.
- Windows XP: access\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\.
Then simply use Google Music Manager to upload all your music to Google Play Music. It will sync to all Android devices linked to your account. Note that if the file is not downloaded, you will be using mobile data during playback. Be sure to pin or download the songs you want to listen to offline.
- Download Google Music Manager to your PC.
- Install the program and run it.
- During installation, there will be an option to “Upload songs to Google Play”.
- Select “iTunes” and complete the initial configuration
- Relax and let the program download all your songs to Google Play Music.
You can also take the opportunity to switch to an online service like Spotify, Deezer, YouTube Music… or Apple Music, which all work on Android.
Ringtones you bought on iTunes can be retrieved as easily as music. Just go to section Ringtones in the iTunes program. You will notice that the file extension of a ringtone on iOS is .m4r while on an Android device… the extension is.m4a.
This is the main reason to change the extension when ringtone files need to be transferred from iPhone to Android and vice versa. All you have to do is use any compatible converter, good news: The Internet is full of them! With a simple Google search for “m4r to m4a” you will find what you are looking for.
The simplicity of this process will depend heavily on your previous contact synchronization practices. Do you synchronize your contacts with your Gmail account? If you already use Google, transferring your iPhone contacts to Android is a breeze ! All you have to do is enter your Google account. All your saved numbers will be automatically downloaded.
The iCloud site
If you don’t sync your contacts with Gmail, however, you will need to follow these tips. The easiest way to transfer your iPhone address book to Android would probably be to use iCloud to get a .vcf file and then import it to your phone (or Google Contacts).
- On your iPhone, go to Settings > Account Passwords > iCloud and activate Contacts. Your contacts will be uploaded to Apple’s cloud services shortly.
- Use a browser to go to iCloud.com and log in with your Apple ID. Select “Contacts” and then click on the gear icon in the lower left corner. Click on Select all. Click the icon again and select Export to vCard.
- When the .vcf file is downloaded, you can either import this file via the cloud or directly into the smartphone memory.
- If you want to use Google Contacts, go to contacts.google.com and click Import, then Go to old contacts. Click the Plus button and select Import. Select the file and you’re done.
- To import thefile directly to your new smartphone, simply transfer the file to your phone using any method, such as transferring via a microSD card or by connecting your phone to your PC, you can also send it to you by email. Once the file is on your device, simplyopen your Phone application and tap the menu button. There should be an option for Import/Export. Select the file and it’s parti !
On iCloud you can retrieve the .vcf file
If you’re not afraid of Google’s tools, you can also use the Google Drive application – we’ve already mentioned this method many times, but it works really well.
As was the case with contacts, your calendar can also be synchronized with your Google Account, but this will only be handy if you’ve done it from the start. If you do not want to manually edit all your calendar entries, there is another method to transfer all your events. And for a change… we will use iCloud once again.
You will need to allow iCloud to synchronize your events. This happens on your iPhone, just like with contacts.
Once synchronization is activated, you can go to the iCloudsite. For the calendar you prefer, check Public calendar in the options provided. Copy the share URL that appears below.
In a new web browser tab or window, paste the copied URL. You can do this from your PC’s browser and retrieve the filecalendar.ics to transfer to your new Android smartphone. You can also transfer the URL to your Android smartphone and open it from the browser, that works too.
Contrary to what we’ve seen before, this step can be much more laborious… But you might want to keep your precious conversations and retrieve them on your new Android smartphone. Fortunately, it’s possible.
One of the simplest methods is to use the freeiSMS2droidapplication, but it is not functional for everyone. You also need to save your SMS messages on iTunes and fetch the right file.
Make a backup of your iPhone from a Mac or PC. Next, you will need to locate the iOS backup on your computer to find the corresponding file in the iOS SMS database.
On a PC, open user folder C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\and open the most recent backup folder.
On Mac, from Finder, use the keyboard shortcut Shift+Command+G or click on Filethen Go to folder…and enter the following path : Users/YourUserName/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup.
You must then locate file 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28 in the directory. We advise you to use the search built into the OS.
All you have to do is transfer this file to your new smartphone with the file explorer on Windows and Android File Transfer on Mac, download the iSMS2droidapplication on your Android and import themessages.
Whichever method you use, remember to disable iMessage before making the change. If you leave it on, SMS and MMS messages may continue to be sent on your old iPhone. Apple sends an iMessage instead of an SMS or MMS when it detects that you’re using iOS. It’s a problem that happens much more often than you think for users who migrate from Apple’s OS to Google’s OS.
To turn it off, go to Settings > Messages and disable iMessage. You should also go to Settings > Facetime and disable. If you no longer have the phone, you can ask Apple to delete your iPhone on iMessage here.
To transfer his applications… it’s not that simple. You can find almost all iOS apps and games on Android. Just look for them on the Play Store, but you will have to go back to the cash desk for the paid apps. We suggest you read our guide to the best Android apps.
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