How to Switch from iPhone to Android (2017)
The essential guide to moving from iOS to Android, up-to-date for 2017
If you’ve decided to switch from your iPhone to an Android smartphone, you undoubtedly want to keep your photos, videos, contacts, music, and other data. Moving from Apple to Android is a process that presents multiple options, but it doesn’t need to be complicated. Follow these step-by-step instructions to transfer data from your iPhone to your new Android phone.
STEP 1: Backup your iPhone
Create a backup of your iPhone using iCloud or an alternative backup option. Here’s how to back up your iPhone.
STEP 2: Transfer photos, videos, contacts, and events
Google makes it easy to transfer your photos, videos, contacts, and events from an iPhone to an Android phone through it’s free Switch service. Here’s how it works:
- Download Google Drive to your iPhone
- Open Google Drive and create a backup (Menu > Settings > Backup)
- Turn off iMessage on your iPhone
- Sign into Google on your Android device (using the same account you made the iPhone backup on)
- Your media, contacts, and events will automatically be transferred to your Androide phone
Note that this process will not transfer your text messages, music, apps, or games.
If you’re transferring your iPhone data to a Samsung, Sony, HTC, or LG phone, you can alternatively use these apps:
STEP 3: Transfer text messages
If you use a third-party text messaging app, it might be available on Android. Install it and download your messages. Or, use an app like iSMS2droid to import iPhone SMS texts and iMessages into your Android messaging app.
Alternatively, you can export your iPhone messages file, convert it to Android, and restore it on your new phone. The somewhat-tedious process is outlined here on Hongkiat.
STEP 4: Transfer mail
Again, if you use a third-party mail app like Gmail, you can simply download it on Android and sign in to your account.
If you have an iCloud email address and do not want to lose it, you can set it up in Gmail or another email client. Here’s a tutorial from iMore.
STEP 5: Transfer music
You could drag your music out of iTunes onto your desktop, then place the files on a microSD card and insert it into your Android phone. However, Google has an even easier process for transferring up to 50,000 iTunes songs to Google Play, free of charge.
Here’s how to do it:
- Sign up for Google Play (it’s free) and download Music Manager to your desktop
- During the setup process, Music Manager will ask you if you want to upload or download files. Select upload
- Music Manager will ask where you keep your music. Select iTunes
- Music Manager will upload your iTunes songs to Google Play, where they’ll be accessible from your new Android phone
STEP 6: Transfer games and apps
Unfortunately, there is no path for transferring games and apps from an iPhone to Android. That’s because the platforms are different, and each individual app and game is designed for a given platform.
For many apps, it’s not a big deal: free apps available on both devices, and paid apps like Spotify that identify you by your account versus the app can simply be redownloaded to your Android phone.
However, many games that track player advancement are not able to be transferred. Jumping to a new OS could mean losing your progress. Still, some games notably, Clash of Clans, have made it possible to transfer your entire account to a new operating system.
Your best bet is to:
- Redownload any free apps (or find suitable replacements) on Android
- Redownload paid access apps like Spotify and log in
- Check to see if there is a process for switching from iPhone to Android within any remaining paid games and apps
STEP 7: Verify your transfer and backup Android
Now, you should verify everything you want to keep has successfully transferred.
Be sure to double-check:
- Calendar events
- Text messages
- Games and apps
STEP 8: Wipe your iPhone
With the transfer complete, you can now erase your iPhone and reset it to factory settings. Doing so will destroy your private and financial data so it’s safe to sell. Here’s how to wipe your iPhone:
- Turn off iMessage and FaceTime
- Browse to SETTINGS > MESSAGES and SETTINGS > FACETIME, respectively
- Delete credit cards stored in Safari
- Browse to SETTINGS > SAFARI > AUTOFILL > CREDIT CARDS and delete any stored cards
- Reset your iPhone to factory settings
- This step will disable Activation Lock, turn off Find My iPhone, remove ApplePay and Wallet credit card information, delete Touch ID impressions, and wipe all other data to restore your iPhone to factory settings
- Browse to SETTINGS > GENERAL > RESET
- Select ERASE ALL CONTENT AND SETTINGS (enter your passcode if prompted)
- Select ERASE IPHONE (enter your iCloud passcode if prompted)
- Select ERASE
- Remove your SIM card
- Insert a paper clip into the SIM card tray ejection slot, then push to eject the SIM card tray. Remove the SIM card
- Disconnect your iPhone from Apple services
- Use a laptop or other device to disconnect your iPhone from Apple services
- Log in to iCloud and browse to ACCOUNT DETAILS. Find your iPhone under DEVICES and disconnect it
- Launch iTunes and visit your ACCOUNT. Browse to ITUNES IN THE CLOUD > MANAGE DEVICES. Find and remove your iPhone
- Log in to Apple ID, then browse to PASSWORD AND SECURITY > ADD OR REMOVE TRUSTED DEVICES. Remove your iPhone
STEP 9: Sell your iPhone
Congratulations! You’ve successfully transferred your data to your new Android phone and erased your iPhone data. The last step is to sell your iPhone – what better way to offset some of the cost of your new Android phone?
You have multiple options for selling your iPhone:
Carrier and Apple trade-in programs
- Convenient transactions
- Free prepaid shipping labels/kits
- Tend to pay less than the private market and dedicated trade-in companies
- Only pay in credit
- Credit can take awhile to be applied – anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 full billing cycles
Private market (Ebay, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace)
- Transactions between friends can be quick and convenient
- Tends to pay more than other options
- Cash payouts
- No guarantee of sale
- Inconvenience of negotiations, meeting buyers, and no-shows
Dedicated trade-in companies
- Tend to pay more than carriers and Apple
- Cash payout options, so you can spend your money however and wherever you’d like
- Fast payouts, typically within a few days
- Convenient transactions
- Guaranteed sale
- Free prepaid shipping labels/kits
- Tend to pay less than the private market
Get the best of both worlds with high cash payouts and fast, guaranteed sales by selling your iPhone to a dedicated trade-in company. Use our service to compare the highest-paying offers for your iPhone today.
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