- Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00 / Closed on Weekends
Tips for Switching from iOS to Android
If you're making a move from an iPhone to an Android smartphone, there's a fair bit to think about and no doubt you'll want to transfer useful information such as your Contacts, Photos and Music across to your new operating system. Read on for some useful tips on how to make the transition as stress-free as possible.
First up is moving your Contacts from your iPhone onto Android, it's far easier to transfer them than have to input them all in again manually!
On your iPhone, you need to access iCloud which can be done via Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Accounts. Transfer your Contacts to iCloud by selecting the Contacts option. Once you've done this, you need to open up iCloud on your laptop or PC (iCloud.com). Log in to iCloud as usual, click on Contacts and then 'Select All' which you can find in the wheel icon on the bottom left hand side. You then need to click on the wheel again and select Export vCard.
The next step is to transfer the Apple vCard Contact info into Gmail (Gmail.com), you can do this by clicking on the 'Mail' button and choosing Contacts. Find the 'More' button located above the list of Contacts and select 'Import' followed by the iOS vCard file. At this point, it's easier to get rid of any duplicate contacts, this can be done by going through the More button again and clicking on Find and Merge Duplicates.
Photos and Videos
If you want to keep copies of your photos or videos on your new Android smartphone which are currently on your iPhone, they can easily be moved across too. If you don't have it already you need to install the Google+ app onto your iPhone. Log into the app by signing in with your Gmail address and password. Once this is done, choose AutoBackup which is located within the menu icon and gear icon and can be found top right. The last step of the process is to go into Camera followed by Photos and AutoBackup and your photos and videos will be saved to the Cloud for your new Android handset.
To move across your iTunes music over to Android's Google Play, check initially that your iPhone is already set up to sync to iTunes on your laptop or PC so everything is backed up. Download 'Google Play Music Manager onto your laptop/pc. Open up your Google Play Music Manager and select either to upload everything in your iTunes library or specific playlists and hit the Upload button to transfer it. To then transfer it to your new Android smartphone, open up the Google Play Music app on your handset to download.