Most of us are used to one of the two most popular smartphone operating systems, Android or iOS. Of course, everyone has fans who cannot imagine life without the usual OSes. However, it often happens that you have to change your iPhone to an Android smartphone. There may be enough reasons for this: a larger selection of available devices in different price categories, much more customization options, and so on. In any case, regardless of the reasons, you will have to get used to a completely new system all over again. The good news is that this is not at all difficult to do.
Before transferring files, however, it is always recommended to do a deep cleaning and remove everything superfluous — unnecessary photos, extra numbers or useless videos.
Use Google Drive
Whether you’re using Google Drive for sharing files or storing documents, remember that it’s perfect for the situation. It is with its help that you can transfer contacts, calendar data and photos from iOS to Android.
To do this, launch the application on your smartphone and select the backup function (Backup), then select the files and data you want to back up. Since the process will take some time, it is best to keep your smartphone on charge and use Wi-Fi at a good speed. While copying is in progress, the smartphone should not be used again, and even more so, you cannot close the application.
There are third-party apps that can handle the backup, but if you’re planning to switch to Android, then as soon as you log into your account from your new smartphone, everything saved on Google Drive will already be in place.
Transferring data manually
If you don’t want to use Google Drive, there is another way. Everyone knows that contacts on a smartphone have long included not only a name and phone number, so simply transferring a SIM card is not enough. In order to completely copy the entire database of your contacts, plus other files, you will have to work hard. There is good news — both Apple and Google follow a similar scheme in this regard, with the only difference being that Apple uses iCloud for this, and Google has its own application.
In other words, you will need to transfer your contact database from iCloud to your Google account. To do this, you need to turn on iCloud sync. You can do this through the settings (Settings -> Name -> iCloud). Accordingly, it will be necessary to mark contacts, calendar and reminders.
After that, again, you need to wait — give the application time to synchronize the data. It just doesn’t take much time — about 10–20 minutes, depending on the amount of information. Once your files are in iCloud, it’s time to get off your computer and sign into your iCloud.com account with your Apple ID.
Once you have accessed your account, click on the gear in the lower left corner of the screen and select the option “select all” and “export vCard”. This way you will save all the information in a .vcf file.
The next step will be almost the same action in Google. You will need to log in to your Gmail account on your computer, select “Contacts” in the top left corner, and select Transfer Contacts in the left panel (or More->Import Contacts). Accordingly, choose the saved .vcf file and enjoy access to your contact list. A nice addition — there you can automatically fix all the repetitions, to do this, select the option “Find and merge repetitions” or a similar option in the modified version after the redesign.
So we got to the main minus of the transition from one platform to another — applications. The change from iOS to Android also means that all applications purchased in one store will have to be bought again in another. Unfortunately, it is impossible to transfer them in the same way as other data. As a last resort, if the application turned out to be expensive, you can find a more affordable alternative to it.
Well, at least almost all applications are duplicated for the App Store and Google Play, so you will certainly find many of them in the new store. For example, all social networks, mail applications and instant messengers (except, of course, iMessage) are available on Android in the same way as on iOS.
One way or another, in order to comfortably find and install applications, check all those that are important to you. If you plan to download games and not lose your progress, be sure to connect your account via e‑mail or social networks, since most games support this feature. Recover all accounts and make sure you remember passwords and other access data.
When it comes to music, there are three different categories. Music directly on your device, music in the cloud, and music you subscribe to. The last category is accounts in Apple Music, Spotify, and similar apps. The great news here is that the apps are available for Android, so you just need to log in from a new device to get access.
If you store music in the cloud, then there will be more inconvenience. Only those tracks that are uploaded to the cloud via iTunes Match will be available through the Apple Music app. But even this method should be trusted with caution.
The surest and safest way is to transfer all the music from the cloud to your computer, and then download it to a new smartphone. On both Windows and OS X, the music is located in the user library under (My) Music —> iTunes.
You can drag and drop files to a smartphone folder or copy and paste them on Windows through Explorer. On a Mac, you will need to use the Android Transfer app. The task itself is quite simple.
Download photos and calendar
This is one of the simplest steps you have to take, even easier than transferring music. All you have to do is download the Google Photos app on your iPhone, sync it with your Google Account, and upload your photos to the cloud. The application will ask you if this action is necessary.
This way you will get unlimited free storage space, unless you are embarrassed by a slight and almost imperceptible loss in image quality. If you want to keep your photos in their original quality, you can always expand the size of Google Drive. 15GB is the standard amount, and expansions are available for a small surcharge.
You can do all this through SmoothSync for Android (paid option) or for free by enabling calendar synchronization between iPhone and Google in the settings.
Another important step is the transfer of browser bookmarks. There is nothing surprising in the fact that you want to have access to all data even from your smartphone. If you use Chrome as your main browser, then you just need to synchronize it with your computer and all bookmarks will remain on both devices. However, it is clear that most of the iPhone users prefer to use Safari. To transfer bookmarks from this browser, you need to go to Safari from a computer or laptop and select File -\u003e Export bookmarks. You will get an HTML document which contains all the bookmarks. You can then easily transfer them to Chrome on your computer, and synchronization with your smartphone will transfer them to it.
Delete data from iPhone
Once all data has been transferred from iPhone to new Android device, the last step is to delete data from iPhone.
To do this, first of all, you need to disable the Find my iPhone option in the settings, otherwise the iPhone will simply be useless for the new owner. After you have disabled this feature, it remains to go to Settings —> General —> Data reset —> Delete all content. Once all your information is permanently deleted from your iPhone, you’re done — you can gift your old phone to someone close to you or resell it with a clear conscience. A new and interesting interaction with the world of Android awaits you ahead.
Of course, at first you will have to get used to it a little, because the systems are not very similar to each other, but after a few days you will surely learn how to quickly and confidently use all the functions, easily navigate the operating system and customize it to your taste.