Transfer music from Android to iPhone
If you're an Android user thinking about switching to iPhone, you may be concerned about the transfer process. The good news is that transferring contacts from Android phone to iPhone really couldn't be more simple. Turns out Google is good at this stuff. And files are much the same. The basic principle is to back up to either the cloud or a desktop machine, and then sync to iPhone. So let's get into it.
Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone: Move to iOS app
When iOS 9 launches later this year, a new "Move to iOS" app will wirelessly transfer a user's "contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books" from an Android phone to their new iPhone.
The switching process will also suggest that they install free apps from their Android device that are also available on Apple's App Store, so switchers can quickly get back on their feet with their favorite apps such as Facebook and Twitter. Paid apps that they have on Android with iOS versions available will be added to a user's wish list in the iOS App Store.
According to Apple, the whole process will be handled "securely" so that a user's personal information doesn't get exposed. It's not clear exactly how the process works yet, and how aggressive Apple will be when it comes to migrating users away from Google's services. For example, it's possible that the process will move all of the contacts a user has stored with Google over to iCloud - Apple hasn't said one way or another.
Once the process is done, the Android app will helpfully prompt users to recycle their Android phone, just to keep them from going back to Google's mobile platform unless they buy a new phone.
The app wasn't announced during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, but it appeared on the promotional page the company created to show off iOS 9 ahead of its launch later this year.
But that is in a few months. So what do you do now? Read on, dear reader...
Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone: use Google the simple way
There are two ways of transferring contacts from Android to iOS. We'll outline them both below, but if you have been using your Android phone for any length of time we strongly suggest you try them in the order we have written them. (See also: how to transfer contacts from BlackBerry to iPhone.)
If you have been using your Android phone and Google account (Gmail, Google Play, etc) for any length of time the chances are that all of your contacts will be associated with your Google account. At the very least the ones you use most often should be.
So make sure you have backed up your Android phone. Go to Settings on your Android phone and choose "Accounts and Sync" or similar. Enter your GMail account details and enable synchronisation. Your phone contacts and Google Contacts should now synchronise.
Then go to your new iPhone. Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and add your Gmail account. Make sure Contacts are enabled for the account. You should now find that all of your Google contacts are in your iPhone. See also: iPhone productivity app reviews.
Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone: go deep with Google
For belt and braces, and to make sure this process always works in future, consider doing the following, either on your iPhone after you have followed the steps above, or on your Android before you make the move:
- Open the Settings application on your iPhone.
- Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
- Select Add Account...
- Select Other
- Select Add CardDAV Account
- Fill out your account information in the following fields:
- Server: Enter "google.com"
- User Name: Enter your full Google Account or Google Apps email address.
- Password: Your Google Account or Google Apps password. (If you’ve enabled 2 Step verification, you’ll need to generate and enter an application specific password.)
- Description: Enter a description of the account (e.g. Personal Contacts).
- Select Next at the top of your screen.
- Make sure that the "Contacts" option is turned to ON.
After you've completed setup, open the Contacts app on your device, and syncing will automatically begin begin your iPhone and Google. Any time you set up any smartphone Google should hold the key to all of your contacts. Visit our iPhone spotlight for more iPhone tips.
Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone: just swap SIMS
This works only if your Android phone takes a similar sized SIM to your iPhone, either a micro- or nano-SIM for later iPhone models. (You can of course cut down any SIM to fit, but do this only as a last resort - if you get it wrong the SIM and your contacts are gone for good.)
First save all contacts on the Android phone to its SIM. Next, insert the SIM into your iPhone, taking care not to mislay the iPhone's SIM. Finally, go to Settings and choose "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" and tap "Import SIM Contacts". When the operation has finished, you can replace iPhone's SIM card with the original card. See also: Every Apple product reviewed.
Transfer apps from Android to iPhone
There's no easy way around this. If you have to pay for an app on Google Play, you'll likely have to pay to buy again on iTunes. That's the bad news, the good news is that in almost every case the app you like using on Android is available on iTunes, and the login details you use on the one will work on the other. This means that any content or service you purchased through your Android app will likely be accessible on your iPhone. So once you have started using your iPhone, simply sign up for the iTunes App store, and start searching for those apps you love.
Transfer photos and videos from Android to iPhone
There are a couple of simple ways of doing this. The first involves installing a data-transferring app. You can find several data-transferring apps on the Apple App Store, but remember you need to find them first on your Android in the Google Play store. We recommend Copy My Data and PhotoSync. Then it is easy, simply install your chosen app on both your Android and your iPhone, and you will be guided through moving files from one to the other.
The other way to move photos from Android to iPhone is to use a computer with iTunes. You need only to find the photos and videos on your Android phone, move them to your computer, sync them to iTunes, and then sync your new iPhone with iTunes. A similar process works for music, as we will outline below.
To transfer your photos from Android to iPhone, simply connect your Android phone to your PC or Mac. Choose the photos and videos you want to move, and drag them to a folder on your computer. For simplicity I would create a new folder on the Desktop called... 'Photos for transfer'.
Now plug in your iPhone to your PC or Mac, open iTunes, and click your iPhone. Click Photos, select the 'Sync Photos from' checkbox, and choose the folder into which you saved your photos. Click Apply and the photos will sync to your iPhone.
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