You had a brand new Android device? Or maybe you just retrieved an old smartphone because your iPhone is broken? In any case, welcome to Android! You will love. But where to start ? Good question. Switching from an iPhone to an Android is not that complicated, but it requires a little effort. This is the case every time we have to change ecosystems. In short, follow our guide!
Our guide is organized by sections, including recommendations on Android smartphones, many practical tips, tools to transfer your data, or even unique things on the Android platform. Good reading !
It's a question that comes up again and again. Already, know that it is not because you tested Android in 2013 that you know this system. It has evolved a lot since then, it is much more mature and the devices have an excellent quality-price ratio. Even a device at 200 euros offers a good user experience.
The first choice that leads to Android is the change: the iPhone is alike, on Android, we have a choice. Just look at the buying guides in the next section to realize the richness of the catalog. But it's also personalization once your Android in your pocket. No Android is alike, it's promised. On Android, you can change everything. All. The system is designed so that you can modify your application launcher, unlock screen, SMS application, photo gallery, default web browser, phone application … all applications, such as the most basic , can be modified.
Finally … Stop the prejudices! Android is now very stable, secure and accessible. Android is constantly evolving and Google has taken care to bring a tremendous user experience to its system in recent years. The experience is much more accessible. This can be seen from the first start, during the configuration of the device. It is true that Android has suffered from youthful defects, but since Android 5.0, the experience has become very interesting.
Regarding security, what you can hear in the media is not reassuring … by following our advice, nothing will happen to you. Google is now making a real effort to make the system as safe as possible. At startup, by encrypting your data, but also thanks to Google Play Services that can quickly deploy patches to fill the gaps discovered.
If you have not bought your Android smartphone yet
If you are looking to buy your first Android phone (or replace your old one), we recommend that you read the tests on today's flagship models from Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Honor, Google …. but the best is to consult our buying guides.
You will also find the purchase guides by price:
Now that you have an Android smartphone, here's how to transfer your data from an iPhone.
The builders and Google tools
There are many paid tools. Attention, in this guide we chose exclusively free methods. These methods use online services, but we also found alternatives that prevent you from going through external servers. Finally, before starting, here are the tools proposed by the builders; they are quite complete and will save you time.
Note that there are many ways to sync and back up your data on Android.
Transfer your photos and videos
Switching from iPhone to Android does not mean you have to leave behind all those precious photos and videos. It would be horrible to lose them by switching to Android, right? You could probably do things the old way and manually transfer the files … it works and it avoids going through an online service. Connect your iPhone to your computer, transfer your photos and videos … and do the same thing the other way with your Android. Or you can simply take advantage of cloud storage services that are very convenient.
Google Photos and Amazon Photos
We recommend two different applications: Google Photos.
This new service allows you to download an unlimited number of high quality images and sync them to smartphones. And yes, it is available for Android and iOS.
Download the Google Photos app for iOS. During the installation, the application will ask you if you want to save your photos. Go ahead, activate the function. Go through WiFi if possible, it can take time.
Your photos will start to be uploaded, videos too.
When all images are uploaded to Google Photos, take out your Android phone and download the Photos app from the Google Play Store.
Go through the installation process. Your photos and videos will be there.
And for an alternative to Google, here is Amazon Photos. If you are a Premium member, it's unlimited.
Android File Transfer
To transfer files from a Mac to an Android, and vice versa, it is often necessary to use Android File Transfer (since Honeycomb). Simple and effective, it will allow you to use your Android as an external storage device to recover your photographs or store files.
The download is available at this address on the official Google site. If you find the interface of Android File Transfer too austere, you will find two alternatives in this article as well as many practical tools for Mac users.
Transfer your music
When you switch from iPhone to Android, you can still transfer your music to the old way by manually moving files from one phone to another. That said, for some of you, it's probably easier to download your songs to Google Play Music. Of course, if you have your files (MP3, AAC, etc.) on your computer. You can also take the opportunity to switch to an online service like Spotify, Deezer … or Apple Music that runs on Android.
We will assume that you are using iTunes, for obvious reasons. Make sure to go to iTunes and download all the music you have purchased on your phone. It's quite simple, you have to do it from iTunes on PC or Mac.
As Apple indicates on its site, it is necessary to consolidate its library and to locate the files.
Open iTunes and in the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose File> Library> Organize Library.
Select "Consolidate Files".
By default, your iTunes Media folder is in your iTunes folder:
Mac: Open a Finder window, then click your user name in the left sidebar and look for the Music folder.
Windows 7 or later: Go to Users username Music .
Windows XP: Navigate to Documents and Settings username My Documents My Music .
Then simply use Google Music Manager to download all your music to Google Play Music. It will sync to all Android devices linked to your account. Note that if the file is not downloaded, you will use the data during playback. Make sure to pin or download the songs you want to hear offline.
Download Google Music Manager on your PC.
Install the program and run it.
During the installation, there will be an option to "Upload songs to Google Play"
Select "iTunes" and complete the initial configuration
Relax and let the program download all your songs on Google Play Music
Transfer your contacts and your calendar
The simplicity of this process will strongly depend on your previous contact synchronization practices. Do you synchronize your contacts with your Gmail account? If you're already using Google, getting your contacts on your brand new Android smartphone is a breeze! All you have to do is enter your Google Account. All your registered numbers will be automatically downloaded.
The iCloud site
If you do not sync your contacts with Gmail, however, you'll need to follow these tips. The easiest way would probably be to use iCloud to get a .vcf file and then import it to your Android phone (or Google Contacts).
On your iPhone, go to your Settings application and select "Passwords and accounts". Go to Settings> Account Passwords> iCloud and enable "Contacts". Your contacts will be uploaded to Apple's cloud services shortly.
Use a browser to go to iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID. Select "Contacts" and click on the gear icon in the lower left corner. Click on "Select All". Click on the icon again and select "Export to vCard".
When the .vcf file is downloaded, you can either import this file into your Google Contacts or directly into your phone. If you want to use Google Contacts, go to contacts.google.com and click "Import" and then "Go to old contacts". Click on the "More" button and select "Import". Select the file and you are done. To import the .vcf file directly to your new smartphone, simply transfer the file to your phone using any method, such as transfer via a microSD card or by connecting your phone to your PC, you can also send it by e-mail. Once the file on your device, just open your phone application and touch the menu button. There should be an option for "Import / Export". Select the file and go!
On iCloud you can recover the .vcf file
If Google's tools do not scare you, you can also use the Google Drive app – we have already cited this method many times, but it works really well.
As with contacts, your calendar can also be synced to your Google Account, but it's only handy if you've done it right from the start. You do not want to manually edit all your calendar entries, there is a way to transfer all your events. And to change … we will use iCloud once more.
You will need to allow iCloud to sync your events. This happens on your iPhone, as for contacts.
Once synchronization is enabled, you can go to the iCloud site. For the agenda that you prefer, check "public calendar" in the options. Copy the share URL that appears below. In a new tab or web browser window, paste the copied URL. You can do this from your PC's browser and retrieve the calendar.ics file that will be transferred to your new Android smartphone. You can also transfer the URL to your Android smartphone and open it from the browser, it also works.
Transfer your SMS
It's a lot trickier than anything we've seen so far, but you may want to keep your valuable SMS conversations and transfer them to your new Android smartphone. Fortunately, it's possible. One of the simplest methods is to use the free iSMS2droid application, but this method is not functional for everyone. Remember that you must also save your SMS on iTunes and get the right file.
Need to transfer your SMS from an iPhone to an Android? The iSMS2droid app is a must-have for that. In a few steps …
3 reasons to download this application
To transfer your SMS and app log from an iPhone to an Android
It's free and simple
Use a USB cable or a Dropbox account
Make a backup of your iPhone from a Mac or PC. Next, you'll need to locate the iOS backup on your computer to find the file for the iOS SMS database.
On PC, open the user folder "C: Users YourUserName AppData Roaming Apple Computer MobileSync Backup " and open the latest backup folder. On Mac, from Finder, make the keyboard shortcut Shift + Command + G or click on "File" then "Go to Folder …" and enter the following path: "Users / YourUserName / Library / Application Support / MobileSync / Backup".
You must then locate the file "3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28" in the directory. We advise you to use the built-in search on the OS. On Mac, then use the program Android File Transfer, as seen above. On PC, just plug in your Android smartphone, simply.
You can also use Samsung Smart Switch software (or Kies for pre-2013 models) to restore an iPhone backup (including text messages) to a Samsung Android smartphone.
Whichever method you use, be sure to disable iMessage before making the change. If you leave it on, SMS and MMS messages may continue to be sent to your old iPhone. This is because Apple sends an iMessage instead of an SMS or MMS when it detects that you are using iOS. To turn it off, go to Settings> Messages and disable iMessage. You should also go to Settings> Facetime and turn it off. If you no longer have the phone, you can ask Apple to remove your iPhone on iMessage here.
Transfer your applications
To transfer its applications … it's not that easy. You can find almost all iOS apps and games on Android. Just search them on the Play Store, but you'll have to go back to the cashier for the paid apps. We advise you to read our guide of the best Android apps.
Read on FrAndroid: The best apps for your new Android smartphone or tablet