Switching from iPhone to Android is not that complicated, but it does require a little effort. Our guide is organized into sections that include recommendations on Android smartphones, several practical tips, tools for moving your data, or valuable things to know about the Google OS.
The first rationale for migrating to Android is the desire for change. However, on Android, we have a choice and many options.
But it is also the customization that awaits you once your phone is in your pocket. On Android, you can change everything from the app launcher, unlock screen, SMS app, photo gallery, default web browser, or phone app.
Finally, stop the bias! Android is very stable now, always more secure and accessible. The system is constantly evolving to eliminate some of the initial mistakes that it can suffer from. About security, what you can hear is not always reassuring. Following our advice will do nothing to you, and your smartphone will be well protected.
Manufacturers & Google Tools:
There are many payment tools. Please note that we have specifically chosen the free methods in this guide. These methods use online services, but we’ve also found alternatives that save you from going through external servers. Finally, before we begin, here are the tools offered by the manufacturers; They are pretty comprehensive and will save you time.
Google highlights Google Drive (Contacts, Files, Calendars) and Google Photos (Photos and Videos), which have the advantage of working on all Android devices
- OnePlus proposes OnePlus switch
- Samsung offers the very best Samsung Smart Switch, which also allows you to recover your SMS
- Oppo now has its own Clone Phone app to make transfers easier.
Note that there are several ways to synchronize and back up your data on Android. Some manufacturers, such as Samsung or Google, even when starting up a new smartphone for the first time, offer to connect it to the old one via the device’s USB port to transfer data directly.
Google Tools allows, for example, to transfer applications, contacts, calendar events, photos – videos, music, SMS messages, iMessages, etc.
Transfer your photos and videos:
Changing from iPhone to Android doesn’t mean you need to leave every one of those valuable photographs and recordings behind. Losing them while switching to Android would be horrible, wouldn’t it? You can probably do things the old-fashioned way and move the files over manually. It works, and it saves going through an online service. Plug your iPhone into your computer, transfer your photos and videos, and do the same with your Android. Or you can take advantage of cloud storage services which are very convenient. Like Apple devices with iCloud Photos, Google and Amazon offer equivalent services.
We mainly recommend Google Photos; Apple provides a function to move photos from iCloud to an album automatically. On the other hand, we must not forget that Google Photos Albums limit 20,000 pictures per album. This doesn’t block the transfer, but your photos and videos will no longer be listed in Apple Albums.
Google Photos allows you to upload and download high-quality photos and sync them with smartphones. However, storage is no longer as unlimited as before, and you are entitled to 15 GB of free storage. You can also directly upload your photos to Google Photos using the Google app:
Download Google Photos App for iOS. The application will ask you if you want to back up your photos and activate the function during installation. I prefer a Wi-Fi connection if possible to save data and be patient. This may take some time;
- Your photos will start downloading as videos;
- When all the pictures are uploaded to Google Photos, take out your Android phone and download the Photos app from the Google Play Store.
- Go through the installation process. Your photos and videos will be there.
And for Google’s alternative, Amazon Photos offers a similar, unlimited system for Prime members.
How straightforward this process is will depend heavily on your previous contact sync practices. Do you sync your contacts with your Gmail account? Transferring your contacts from iPhone to Android is an easy task if you already use Google! Who will download all your saved numbers consequently?
However, if you don’t sync your contacts with Gmail, you’ll need to follow these tips. The easiest way to transfer your iPhone address book to Android would be to use iCloud to get the .vcf file and then import it into your phone (or Google Contacts).
- Go to Settings > Account Password > iCloud and turn on Contacts on your iPhone. Who will upload your contacts to Apple’s cloud services shortly?
- Open your chrome browser, go to iCloud.com and sign in your Apple ID. Select “Contacts,” then click the gear icon in the lower-left corner. Click Select All. Click the icon again and choose Export to vCard.
- When the .vcf file is downloaded, you can either import this file through the cloud or directly into the smartphone’s memory.
- To utilize 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 the file directly to your new smartphone, you need to transfer the file to your phone using any method, such as sharing via a microSD card or connecting your phone to your PC. You can also download it. Once the file is on your device, you have to open your Phone app and tap on the Menu button. There should be an option to import/export. Select the file and go!
If Google’s tools don’t scare you, you can also use the Google Drive app – we’ve mentioned this method several times before, but it works well.
Transfer Apps from iOS to Android:
It is not that easy to transfer your application. You can find almost all iOS apps and games on Android. Just look for them on the Play Store, but you’ll need to checkout for paid apps. We recommend you read our guide to the best Android apps.
You’ve just got or given yourself an Android smartphone or tablet and want to make the most of it. So it’s time to choose the right apps to install.