Various Android-based smartphones have recently been released one after another and competing to be the best by offering a number of tempting high specifications, ranging from large RAM capacity, resolution cameras like pro cameras to AI features that are attracting to try.
You’re an iPhone team based on iOS and poisoned by those Android ecosystem, but confused about how to start using a smartphone with a different OS? Quoted from the Android Authority, we will give some advice to accompany your initial steps to familiarize yourself with this new OS.
Switching platforms is indeed quite complicated. In addition to transferring personal data, both manually and through the cloud, you may still encounter problems to move a number of applications and data to the new Android device, so maybe later the contents of your new device will not be exactly the same as those on the old iPhone devices due to system differences. However, switching platforms is not too difficult either!
First, you certainly have to move some of your personal data. Do different operating systems also indicate different systems in transferring data? Next, we provide a tutorial on moving data from an iPhone to an Android device.
1. How to move contact data
Of course, it is very important for you to move contact lists data so that you can always be connected with family or coworkers. If you synchronize your contact list by storing it in your Google account, it will be very easy if you are going to switch devices, you just need to log back in with your Google account to the new device.
The problem is, what if you have not synchronized with Google yet? You can use iCloud to get files with the .vcf extension then import them on your new Android device. Here are the steps, as written by the Android Authority.
How to download .vcf files:
- On your iPhone device, open the Settings menu and click your profile at the top.
- Click the iCloud menu and activate Contacts. Your contact list data will soon be uploaded to Apple’s cloud service.
- Log in to the iCloud.com link with a browser and log in with your Apple ID.
- Select Contacts and then click the gear icon located in the lower left corner, then tap “select all”
- Click the gear icon again and select Export vCard. Later the .vcf file will be downloaded. With this file, you can import your contact data to your Google or directly to your Android phone.
How to import contacts to Google:
- Open the contacts.google.com link and click Import, then select Go to old contact.
- Click the Other button and select Import.
- Select your .vcf file, and you’re done!
How to import contacts to Android phone:
- Transfer files with .vcf extension to your Android phone using any method, for example by the help of a microSD card or by connecting your phone to your PC via a USB cable or a Bluetooth connection.
- Open the Phone application and tap the menu button.
- Look for options for Import / export.
- Select your .vcf file and you’re done!
2. How to move organizer data on a calendar
Organizer data on the calendar can also be synchronized with the Google Calendar service. This service allows you to always be able to access data on any device without needing to rewrite it manually. But besides that way, you can also use your iCloud! Please note how to transfer calendar agenda data via iCloud:
- On your iPhone device, open the Settings application and tap your profile at the top.
b) Tap iCloud and activate iCloud on Calendar. Your iPhone will now synchronize calendar files from local storage to iCloud.
c) Access the iCloud.com link and log in with your iCloud account.
d) Click the Calendar icon to open the Calendar interface.
e) In the left pane, click the Share Calendar button next to the calendar you want to export.
f) Click up to check on General Calendar in the pop-up menu and copy the public URL that appears below it.
g) Then open your browser again and paste the copied URL.
h) Change the webcam in the URL to HTTP and press the Enter key to open the address. Your web browser will download files with random characters as file names. This file is actually a copy of your iCloud Calendar entry. Then save the file to a neat folder on your computer.
j) Open and enter Google Calendar in your web browser.
k) In the left pane of the Google Calendar interface, click the plus button to the right of Other Calendars and select Import.
l) Select the exported calendar file that you downloaded from iCloud. You can also choose the destination Google calendar (if you have more than one) in the same dialog.
m) Click the Import button to upload the file. After the import is complete, you should be able to see the imported entries in the Google Calendar web interface. New entries will also be synchronized to your Android device.
3. How to move photos
Photo is also very important data! You definitely don’t want to lose all those precious memories, right? But moving photo files tends to be easier than moving contact and calendar files. Apart from Bluetooth or sending one to one to a new device, you can take advantage of iCloud or Google Photos service.
Using Google and Cloud services aims to keep your data in sync wherever the device is to access it. You can install Google Photos first so that all data can be automatically synchronized immediately.
How to transfer photos through the Photos application:
- Download the Google Photos application for your iOS device
- When the download is complete and the installation process, the application will ask if you want to back-up your photos. Go ahead and turn on the feature.
- Your photo will start uploading. This will use a large amount of data, so be sure to connect to a WiFi network.
- When all images are uploaded to Google Photos, do the same thing on your Android, download the Photos application from the Google Play Store.
- After installation on your Android, you can see your photo data from your old device already available in Photos
How to transfer photos manually via PC:
- Connect your iPhone to your PC via a USB cable. Also connect your Android phone to a PC.
- On your Windows PC, open My Computer.
- You should be able to see two new drives or entries under Portable Devices. One for your iPhone storage (usually labeled “Apple iPhone” or “iPhone [Your Name]” or something similar) and another for your Android. If you don’t see it, try installing the phone driver.
- Open iPhone storage in a new window.
- Open your Android storage in a new window too.
- In the storage window of your iPhone, look for a folder called DCIM. You will find your photo folder in that folder.
- Just select the photo you want to transfer. Then, drag it from the iPhone picture folder and place it in your Android picture folder.
4. How to move music
Same with photos, all your music seems easier to move with the help of Google services, in this case, Google Play Music. So, you first download all your music on Google Play Music so you can access your music data directly on a new device with the same application. Actually, the purpose of downloading the music is so that you can access it without consuming your device’s internet data, because like iTunes, Google Play Music is a music streaming service.
How to transfer music through Google Music:
- Download Google Music Manager to your PC.
- Install the program and run it.
- During the initial setup of the application, there will be an option to upload songs to Google Play.
- Select iTunes and complete the initial settings.
- The application will automatically upload all your songs to Google Play Music. You can immediately enjoy your songs on a new device just by installing Google Play Music.
What about moving the iPhone mobile application to Android?
Indeed iOS and Android are two different systems that run a different set of operations and applications. Moving files is certainly a challenge because it cannot be done automatically. Especially related to mobile applications such as games and others. Unfortunately, if you ever have a premium application on the iPhone, you can’t use it anymore, so you have to buy a new premium application for the Android ecosystem.