Before the smartphone era, it used to be that if you are buying a new phone, apart from your contacts that are stored on your SIM card, you leave all of your previous data on your old phone. However, the types of files on these phones were limited. Smartphones offer a wider range of files that can be saved on your phone, so it is given that you will have more data. You will also want some of this data on your new phone when switching. This may seem like a tedious task at first, and it is if you do it the wrong way. Luckily, this article will show you the correct way to transfer data from iPhone to Android. The methods listed work for almost all Android devices, with exceptions being phones made many years ago, that might not support some of the methods that are listed.

Method 1: Manual Backup and Download

Part 1: Cloud Storage

There are a few different ways you can do this, and we will be using OneDrive as an example. OneDrive is a cloud storage service, meaning all your files are stored on the cloud rather than locally when they are uploaded to OneDrive. This enables you to access these files from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection and have access to OneDrive on your device. We will show you how you can use OneDrive to upload your files (media files and documents). You can't upload files such as calendar events or notes to OneDrive, so you need to use another method to move these files over.

To do this, you will need to have an account signed up for a cloud storage system (we are using OneDrive in this case).

  • Download and install the OneDrive application to your iPhone, from the Apple Appstore.
  • Log in to the app using your account (if you require more storage, you can purchase this for a small monthly fee).
  • Tap the + button and choose to upload files.

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  • Browse through your files and select everything that you'd like to move to your Android.
  • Once uploaded, download and install OneDrive on your Android phone.
  • Login to your account and download the recently uploaded files from your iPhone. (You can use a file explorer to move these files to an alternative location, such as the "photos" folder on your internal storage.)

Part 2: Email Method

Similar to the cloud backup method given above, you can use your email account to transfer some files wirelessly. You will need to:

  • Select the files on your iPhone and share them.
  • Then choose the mail or another email application and send these files to yourself.
  • Access this email from your Android and download the attached files.
  • The files will be in the download folder on your internal storage.

This method can be very slow if you have a lot of files to move over, and if you would like to move files such as videos, which can't easily be accessed when browsing for files. This method is only recommended for transferring a small number of photos, videos and documents due to it being time-consuming.


Method 2: Official Transfer Applications

Many smartphone companies offer applications that let you move more file types compared with the manual transfers from your iPhone or other devices in general to your new Android. They support more file types, so if you want a lot of your information moved from your old phone to your new one, we would suggest you try this method.

For example, the Samsung Smart Switch app lets you log in to your iCloud account on the app and copy any information, such as media from your iCloud backup to your Samsung.

Another example would be the Huawei Phone Clone. As the name suggests, it aims to copy your data identically from your old phone to your new device so that you can benefit from all the new features offered by your new device without losing your valuable information.

Xiaomi is a fairly new company but has made an excellent name for itself by selling high-quality devices without charging a high price. They also offer the Xiaomi Mi Mover to migrate some of your data from your old phone to your new one.

Although various file types transfer is supported by official transfer applications, the process is uaually complicated and a strong network is a must, or it may fail in the middle of the transfer.


FAQ: Can You Transfer Apps from iPhone to Android?

The short answer to this question is no. This is because iPhones use iCloud to back up your app data whilst Android uses your Google account. This means that your data for most apps won't be transferred directly, however you will be able to download a majority of the apps you use on your new Android.

If an alternative method for data backup is used, such as a social media account, then it might be possible to regain access to your data on your iPhone. For example, music streaming applications, such as Spotify and Apple Music use accounts that can be logged on using both Android and iOS. This means your music library from your iPhone can be accessed from your new Android device as long as you use the same accounts. However, if you cannot find the same app on the Play Store that you had on your iPhone, you may still find alternative apps.


Comparison of Above Methods

Manual Backup and Download Official Transfer Applications
Speed Very Slow (depending on how many files are transferred) Depends on which files you are transferring, but is quicker than manual backup and download
Ease of Use Low – Requires the user to complete the entire process High – Process is automated, and the transfer applications are usually well-built.
File Type Compatibility Some files – Not all files types can be transferred More file types than manual transfer.

Although all methods have their advantages and disadvantages, as you can see, we suggest you to choose the official transfer application for your new Android. Of course, don't be afraid to try all the methods to transfer data from iPhone to Android and tell us which one you like the best.