I am moving from iPhone to Android. Can I transfer apps from one phone to the other?

Switching from iPhone to Android is a big step, with those two operating systems being two different worlds. Among the first things you want your new phone to have is your apps. Here is the challenge. When transferring apps from iPhone to Android, you cannot migrate ALL of your iPhone apps to an Android device due to limitations and restrictions tied to the operating systems of these two. What you CAN transfer from iPhone to Android, though, is some basic apps, such as your contacts, calendar, notes, and photos. Here are some useful methods to make this transition from iOS to Android a reality a minute sooner.

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You can see that beside the methods to transfer basic apps, we also introduce you a interesting tool to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to Android. Enjoy your data transfer!

Part 1. Transfer Contacts, Calendar & Notes from iPhone to Android

Your contacts list may as well be the outcome of many years of adding new people to your phone Contacts. The same as your Calendar and Notes, which are precious to you. So, it only makes sense that you definitely want these to become readily available on your new device. Here, we present two handy solutions for your consideration to transfer Contacts, Calendar and Notes from iPhone to Android. Feel free to choose the one that best suits you.

Using Google Account

The first thing to do is create a Google account so that you can use your android phone. To do so, either visit Google's homepage, type in "Create Account" in the search box, and then follow the instructions provided by Google or do this from your smartphone directly.

Here is the entire process from start to finish:

Step 1. Create a Google Account from your Android

  • Open the Settings and go to Accounts > Add Account > Google > Create account.
  • Enter the name related to the account and tap Next.
  • Enter the details required (birthday and gender) and hit Next.
  • Type in your username, tap Next and then enter your password.
  • Agree to the terms and conditions and select whether you want to add a phone number or not.
  • Tap Next.

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Step 2: Enter your Google Account to your iPhone

  • Take your iPhone and head to Settings > Passwords & Accounts.
  • Press Add Account, choose Google and enter in your Google account login details.

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  • Select the exact parts of your Google account that you wish to sync (in our case, the Contacts, Claendar and Notes options should be ticked).
  • The two phones will now begin to sync the app data that you choosed with one another. It might take a while if you have a lot of data. Just ensure that you have a stable internet connection throughout this process.

Step 3: Complete the transfer

  • Log in to your Android phone with your Google account credentials. You should be able to find all of your iPhone Contacts, Calendar and Notes in your new Android.

Part 2. Transfer Messages from iPhone to Android

Your Messages also keeps a lot of memory for you, so don't abandon it. For this type of files, we have chosen to use iTunes as a fast and reliable way to transfer SMS messages from iOS to Android devices.

Using iTunes

Here are the steps involved to get it over with, in a few minutes.

Step 1: Backup your iPhone to iTunes

  • Download, install and launch iTunes on your Mac or Windows system.
  • Plug in your iPhone to your computer and tap “Trust this Computer” when the relevant notification pops up.
  • Go back to iTunes and click on the phone icon (see image).

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  • iTunes will either start creating a backup of your iPhone automatically, or you may do so manually by clicking on “Back Up Now”.
  • Choose NOT to encrypt your backup so that your messages are successfully transferred from your iOS to your Android device.

Ensure your backup has all the SMS texts and other messages you want to transfer to your Android phone.

Step 2: Find the iTunes backup folder and sync it

  • Head to the folder where you stored the iTunes software.
  • Go to Users and then locate and click on the user folder that carries your username as the folder name.
  • Go to AppData > Roaming > Apple Computer > Mobile Sync.

find itunes backup folder

  • Press CTRL + F.
  • Locate the file labeled as 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28. It is the file that contains your SMS/message backup files.
  • Select the file and use USB to copy it to your Android internal storage.

Part 3. Transfer Music from iPhone to Android

The next method we are going to mention is using SHAREit to transfer iPhone Music to Android. Wanna listen to your favorite songs downloaded on your old iPhone? Read on to get them!

Using SHAREit

SHAREit is one of the fastest cross-platform apps that enable users to transfer files, music included, between various devices. It is designed for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC and boasts being 200 times faster than Bluetooth technology. To migrate your music from your iOS to your Android phone with SHAREit, here is what you need to do:

  • Open SHAREit on your iPhone.
  • Click Send on your iPhone, select the music files you wish to transfer and tap OK.
  • Tap on Receive on your Android phone, grant the requested permissions and hit NEXT.

transfer data via shareit

  • Select on Connect non iOS devices on your iPhone.
  • Opt for Connect to iOS on your Android phone.

This will create a hot spot on your Android device. Then, all you need to do is connect to that hot spot using the details shown on your Android screen to initiate the transfer.

Part 4. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Android

Photos are a huge part of our life. They are reminders of great moments shared with loved ones or personal adventures worth remembering. Of course, you don't want to lose them when you switch phones. This section highlights two solutions to migrate your pictures from iPhone to Android.

Method 1: Using Drag-and-Drop

For this solution to work, you need to have an iOS and Android device driver pre-installed on a Windows device. Then, you can drag and drop the photos from your iPhone's default photo directly to the photo folder of your Android device. Here is how:

  • Connect both your android and iPhone to your computer using USB cables.
  • Track each device's drivers on your computer by heading to My Computer.
  • Under Portable Devices, you should be able to see one entry for your iPhone storage and one for your Android.
  • Open a new window.
  • Open the storage of your iPhone.
  • Open a second window and open the Android phone's storage.
  • Head to your iPhone's DCIM folder, find the pictures within it and choose the ones you wish to transfer.

DCIM folder

  • Copy these files to your computer.
  • Drop them on your Android device image folder.

Method 2: Using Google Photos

This is a great way to transfer photos from iPhone to Android, especially if you only wish to migrate a few images. Here are the directions:

Step 1: Access your Google Photos account

  • Head to the App Store and download Google Photos.
  • Launch the app from your device's home screen.
  • Tap Get started > OK > Continue.
  • If you want to use cellular data to back up your pictures, hit Switch, right next to the Use cellular data to back up option. This is, however, not recommended because you may end up overcharging your data bill.

access google photos account

Step 2: Sync your photo library

  • Select the Original or High quality option to either maintain the original file size or compress your photos.
  • Select Get Notified or No Thanks to decide whether you wish to receive a notification when someone shares a picture with you or not. In the latter case, ensure you hit Leave Off.

sync photo library via google photos

Google Photos should have automatically synced your pictures folder by now, which means that you can access your photo library from any internet-connected device smartphone, tablet, or another. 

Part 5. Transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to Android

This is an admittedly challenging and somewhat time-consuming process to consider if you want to do it manually. And your iPhone WhatsApp data would not fit in your new Android phone unless you use a third-party tool. For a faster and easier alternative, go straight to iTransor for WhatsApp.

Using iTransor for WhatsApp

iTransor for WhatsApp is a user-friendly desktop software providing convenient services for tranferring, backing up, restoring and exporting WhatsApp data. The steps involved are listed below.

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Step 1: Connect your devices

  • Use your original USB cables to connect your iPhone and Android with your PC.
  • Trust your computer to access your iPhone.
  • On your Android phone, you need to allow USB debugging.

Step 2: Start to transfer

  • Download iTransor for WhatsApp and launch it on your PC.
  • Make sure your iPhone is the source device and your Android the destination device. If not, just click Switch.
  • Click Transfer and follow the instructions on screen.

start to transfer WhatsApp

Step 3: Finish WhatsApp transfer

  • The transfer time depends on the size of your WhatsApp data. Usually it will take less than half an hour.
  • Click Done once you see all your WhatsApp messages, photos and etc. on your new Android phone.

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Final Thoughts

Although there is seemingly no way to transfer apps from an iPhone to Android, using different tools for specific apps can help to deal with the problem. It is always exciting news when technology keeps up with the times and people's requirements. Now, you know not only how to transfer apps from iPhone to Android but also how to do that effectively, fast, and, most importantly, safely.