How to move from iPhone to Android: Transfer iPhone contacts to Android & move music from iPhone to Android
Find out how to move from an iPhone to an Android, including how to transfer contacts, calendar, photos, video and music, and all the things you should consider before you make the switch from iOS to Android.
Find out how to move from an iPhone to Android, including how to transfer contacts, calendar, photos, video and music, and all the things you should consider before you make the switch from iOS to an Android phone. See all Android tips.
Since it launched in 2007 the iPhone has been a hugely popular smartphone platform. In the past Android and BlackBerry were cheaper alternatives, but if you had the cash you went for an iPhone. Not any more.
Android’s app store Google Play now has more apps than the iTunes App Store, and its Music, Books, Movies & TV and Magazines apps rival their Apple equivalents. And you can choose from multiple music stores if you use an Android phone. See also: Best Android apps and Best iPhone apps.
Now high end Windows and Android phones are true rivals to the iPhone, and top Android phones such as those found in our best Android phones are better and often cheaper than the Apple iPhone 6s. No wonder many people consider switching.
In our complete guide to moving from iPhone to Android we explain how to:
Use email, iCloud or Gmail to transfer contacts
Use Google or SmoothSync to transfer calendars
Move your videos and photos from iPhone to Android
Move eBooks and magazines from iPhone to Android
But first, should you switch from iPhone to Android? Read on for things you might not have considered that could change your mind – it’s not as straightforward as it seems.
How to move from iPhone to Android: first things to consider
The top Android phones match the iPhone’s build, features and performance, but not all Androids are equal. There are myriad Android operating systems, and iPhone users need a recent version of Android in order to replicate the iPhone experience on their new handset. Remember that unlike the iPhone, there’s no guarantee your phone maker will upgrade Android when a new OS comes out.
The good news is that on any Android handset email, Twitter and Facebook work much as they do on an iPhone – moving email and social accounts is not a consideration here.
Do consider accessories, speakers, adaptors and cases you have amassed for your iPhone, however. You will of course get a charging cable with your new Android, but don’t assume that any speaker docs will work without an adaptor. The good news here is that most Androids (and Windows Phones, and BlackBerries) use microUSB to connect, charge and share, so you will find plenty of accessories for your new Android phone.
Apps are also a factor. Your favourite iOS apps should be on Google Play, but check before you commit to Android. Factor in the cost of replacing your apps: app makers charge separately for each platform on which you install their wares. Not all Android phones can install all Android apps, either, so check your favourites are available on your chosen handset. If you are fishing in the top end of the Android pool it is likely all the apps will be present and capable. Indeed, there may be more choice than on iOS.
Bear in mind that some features native to iOS require you to install third-party apps on Android. The open nature of Android means have options when hunting down features, which can be a good and bad thing.
There’s no native Android equivalent of Find My iPhone, for instance, but you will need security software anyway. Not for the antivirus – the threat comes from rogue apps you install from outside of Google Play. But the best Android security apps let you track, wipe and brick your handset in the event of theft. They are usually free, either as standalone products or as part of your PC security software.
Android has no equivalent of the iPhone’s Facetime video-calling, although you can use Google Hangouts to video call other Android users (and iPhone users). You can also install Skype and video call anyone for free. There’s no Android iMessage, but the rest of the world is already using Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger for free mobile messaging.
There’s no iCloud, but plenty of cloud storage providers are available. (You will lose what you have spent on iCloud for the forthcoming year and should go into your iPhone’s Settings, then iCloud, Account, Storage plan and Downgrade options to ensure you don’t pay again next year.) Google’s own storage system is Google Drive – again, arguably superior to iCloud. And accessible on all of your devices.
One last cost to consider: music and videos you have purchased from iTunes. Almost all iTunes music files are DRM free, and Android handsets will store and play them. But TV shows and movies you have purchased from Apple are a very different story. There is no legitimate way of viewing iTunes video on an Android phone – the same is true of Newsstand magazines and iBooks. If you have a large library of both, this could be a deal breaker. We explain how to transfer music, movies and books below.
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