Are you currently using an iPhone, but wanting to convert to an Android powered phone and are worried about transferring your data? Well, there are some simple steps to follow that will help to transfer the majority of your data to your new phone.
If you have been using an iPhone for a while, it is likely that you will have become accustomed to the design and layout of iOS. But, with many apps now becoming cloud based, it is becoming more and more easier to transfer between operating systems.
Unlike when shifting from Android to iOS, where there is a specific app designed by Apple to make this process seamless, the transition from Apple to Android can take a little more preparation. However, it is still simple enough to complete in a short space of time.
Just follow the steps below for the most effective transfer method!
1. Give your phone a clean-out:
When transferring phones, it always provides a good opportunity to give your phone a sort and delete any unnecessary files that are outdated, or simply that you no longer need. This includes going through photos, videos, stored files, emails and apps.
Not only does this free up space, but it condenses the amount of data that has to be transferred down to only what is needed. This will save time and effort when it comes to transferring between iOS and your new Android device.
2. Set up Google Drive on your iOS device:
If you do not have a Google Drive, then now is the time to get one! With Android software running closely with Google, a Google Drive is the simplest way to transfer the majority of your data.
You can download the app onto your iOS device and set it up with a Google account. If you do not have an account, these are easy and free to set up in a matter of moments.
3. Back-up data:
Backing up your data to the Google Drive is the most important step. If this is not done, you will not be able to access your data when you set up your new Android phone. With a Google Drive, you will be able to back up three types of data - contacts, photos and your calendar.
Navigate to settings within Google Drive to control what is backed up. If there is a type of file you do not want backed up, simply unselect it and it will not be included.
With photos, you can either upload them in original quality or high quality. High quality will be slightly lower quality than original, but this is hardly noticeable and will take up less space on your drive.
With this done, when you are setting up your new Android phone, you can sign into your Google account and all of this data will begin downloading automatically for you to access. If you are setting up your phone from a factory reset, you can easily do this throughout the setup stage.
You will now have the ability to access your contacts, photos and calendar.
4. Alternative contact transfer method:
If you do not wish to put your contacts on your Google Drive, you can also transfer your contacts through downloading and converting them. To do this, simply log into iCloud and navigate to your contacts section.
To export them, select the gear icon in the bottom left hand corner. Click it and tap 'Select All' before clicking it again and selecting to Export vCard. This will download onto your computer.
Following this, go to Google Contacts and in the bottom left hand corner you will see a link to import contacts. Select this and then select the file that you just downloaded.
5. Identify apps:
As Google Drive will not transfer your apps between your iOS and Android device, you will need to identify what apps you wish to install on your new phone. Following setting up your device with your Google Drive, simply search in the Google Play Store app on your phone for the apps you wish to download and install.
As many of the larger apps are cloud based, you will be able to sign in to each one and access any saved data you may have.
6. Transferring your music:
If you are using Spotify or Apple Music, this process is simple and fast. Simply download either of the apps in the Play Store and log into your account to have access to your subscription and library. Even though you are using a new Android phone, Apple Music is available on your device.
Although this process does have a few steps, it is still simple enough to complete and should not be a barrier if you are wishing to switch from an iOS to a Android device. It is wise, before you attempt to factory reset your iOS device, to check and ensure that all the data you wish to have transferred has done so. We would suggest scrolling to your oldest photos saved to ensure they have all come across via the Google Drive.
If you have any questions about this process, do not hesitate to get in touch with our support team here at DeXTech - we would be more than happy to help you out!
Here at DeXTech, we are here to help you with your technology requirements. We stock a wide range of Apple products, from the iPhone 4s all the way through to the iPhone XS, plus the iPad range. Along with this, we carry a huge range of Android smartphones and tablets, including Samsung, Pixel and LG. With these devices on hand we are able to offer technical support every step of the way from assisting to get your device setup to dealing with issues such as network issues or software troubleshooting. We have a helpful team who can lend a hand via our tech support email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not hesitate to reach out!