How to switch from an iPhone to Android without losing your data

as it is never too late to change your mind, you always have the opportunity to spend 6 or any other version of an iPhone to an Android phone. If it is the change in habits, the other big fear concerns the transfer of personal data that you do not want to lose (contacts, photos, videos, notes, etc.) from the old phone to the new.


We will explain here the various steps necessary for find the contents of your iPhone on your Android smartphone . If you will be able to recover everything or almost, is not the case of the applications you have on your iPhone, the App Store and the Google Play does not allow this (it would be too good). We explain how to move from iDevice to Android!

1. you need a Google account

this is the first condition to be able to synchronize some data, have a Google account.
When you turn on your Android phone for the first time, it will ask you to login or to create a Google account.

If you skipped this step, don’t worry, you can go to your phone options, more precisely in “settings > accounts & sync > add account” . Choose to connect or create a Google account when an identifier and a password. The identifier corresponds to your Gmail address.

2 activate synchronization options

2.1 on your Android phone

once on your active Google account, go to the account options, “Data and synchronization” section to select synchronization options. Then check the boxes ‘calendar, contacts, Gmail details ‘.

As you can see, other options of synchronizations are possible as Chrome or even Drive. For the Chrome browser, allows you among others to find your favorites as well on the phone on the computer. You can sync what you think useful to keep or not.

2.2 on the iPhone

now take your iPhone to sync data to your Google account with the phone. To do this, you will also go through menus to activate syncing with your Google account. Appointment in: “settings > mail, contacts, calendars”.

From here you can add a Google account and sign in with the same ID and password that you used on the Android phone. Once connected, a screen asks you the items to synchronize, you just select what you want to synchronize between the emails, contacts, calendars and notes .

2.3 use the vCard to transfer your contacts

to export contacts as a vCard . To do this, go to, and access your iCloud account. Normally, your contacts are synchronized, if this isn’t the case go in settings “sync contacts”. Then in iCloud, go to contacts, click on the small cog of the settings here you will see the option ‘export vCard’, click on it and select all your contacts.


Now you have a vCard with all the information of your contacts. To use it on your smartphone, you need to transfer the file to your smartphone. Go to Contacts and then settings, where there is a tab ‘ import/export your contacts ‘ , click on it. You then have to choose ‘import via vCard”, click on it and let the import, you have all of your contacts.


3 synchronize your photos and videos

3.1 on PC

to connect your iPhone to your PC using the charging cable. On your PC, then click “Computer”, then right-click on the icon for your iPhone. Select “Import pictures and videos” . By default, everything will be saved in the ‘Images’ folder, you can change the target folder if you want.

it is also an opportunity to sort out what you want to keep or not before putting it on your new phone. We know how we store unnecessary things on my mobile… Then connect your Android phone to your PC. Collect the photos and videos you want on your computer and do a copy/paste to the “DCIM” folder on your Android smartphone.

3.2 on Mac

connect the iPhone to your Mac and use the utility to transfer pictures and videos. Use the software in question to select and copy the files you want on your computer in the folder of your choice. Install the software “Android File Transfer” , , which you can find here . It will allow you to transfer your pictures and videos that you have placed on your Mac just before.

Then connect your Android phone to the Mac and make sure that the USB connection is in “MTP” mode or “disk drive” . These options are available to the connection of the cable and in the notification bar. Using the software, copy the files directly in the phone records.

4 transfer my music

4.1 with the copy/paste

you’ll also be able to recover your music and your albums. The first solution is very simple, it is to copy and paste your music files from your computer to your Android phone under . A solution that also works if you use iTunes, you will then find your music files in the folder “music > iTunes > iTunes Media” on your PC .

4.2 with the DoubleTwist application

the alternative if you use iTunes (for PC or Mac) is free install the application “DoubleTwist ‘, , which you can find here . This application works as iTunes, but you will have the advantage to find an application on Android that will facilitate the importation of your music on your new phone.

Once this is done, you have to import your music library in the software and install ‘DoubleTwist Player’ application located on the Google Play. Just download below link.

google play double twist player

Now that you have the application on your computer and your new Android phone, you can connect the two for synchronize your music . You can do this using a USB connection, or of wireless with the AirSync feature which is reserved for the paid version of DoubleTwist Player (4.99 euros).

4.3 with Google Play music

this is the procedure to follow with respect to the solution of Google music:

  • go to site Google Play music

  • click on the top-right gear icon, then click on parameters .

  • Scroll to music on this computer , click on the button to add your music.

  • iTunes will be displayed as a source on the screen option. Check the box for s ynchroniser your music in the Cloud .

  • Leave your browser open to allow your music to download. The progression can be seen in the lower left corner of the window, Play music.

  • Open the application Google Play music on your smartphone. Once the addition is completed, songs in the Cloud will be listed in the application .

Google Play Music

5 transfer your SMS

you to make a backup of your iPhone with iTunes. Then find the backup, PC it is usually in the folder ‘C:UsersVotreNomdUtilisateurAppDataRoamingApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup’, on Mac with the finder do the following search “ Users/VotreNomdUtilisateur/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup “. ”

You then get the next file in the backup 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28 , that’s on PC or Mac to use search. ” After copying the file, you need to transfer it on your Android smartphone. Once the file has been transferred, you should download l’ application iSMS2droid, , which you can find here . Open the application and then select “Select File”


here to take your SMS file, then click on it. The application tells you the number of SMS and then lets you choose between all convert or select conversations. Once the choice is made, start the conversion, you will get an XML file .


With the XML file, you must use the application for SMS Backup & Restore, which told you everything here to restore your SMS. Open application, press ‘restore’ then select the XML file that you got, that your text Messages are transferred.


6. use transfer of manufacturers


more and more manufacturers offer applications for transfers of data from an iPhone to Android smartphone, as is the case with Smart Switch Samsung or HTC.


congratulations, you upgraded from an iPhone to Android phone without losing your data! In terms of the best Android apps , you should find no problem the same whether you already on your iPhone. You will also see that Android is an OS that is extremely customizable. When you master the basics, you may be able to test the Android launchers for your phone always more!

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