A smartphone is much more than just a phone, it is part of our everyday lives and stores a host of information and images that people want to keep. When transferring to a new device all that data and images will be lost. It will be like starting all over again, a premise that doesn’t sit well with most smartphone users. The answer is to transfer all the content from one device to the new device.
This tutorial focuses on moving data from an iPhone to an Android device using a Google account. It will show how to transfer Contacts via iTunes and Calendars and Notes via the iPhone. In addition, there is a guide on how to move photos, videos and music from one device to another via a desktop.
The transfer of photos, videos and music is not exclusive to the iPhone. The process uses a desktop as an intermediate, which means that photos, music and video can be transferred from the desktop directly onto an Android device, as long as they are in the right format.
Step 1: Google account
To transfer data from an iPhone to an Android device a Google account will be needed. To check whether an account is synced with a device head to Settings. From here select Accounts & sync which will display existing accounts.
Step 2: Add an account
If an account is not already synced with the device first tap the Add button and select Google. This will offer the option to add an existing or new account. Tap Existing and enter details for account. Alternatively, tap New and create a new account.
Step 3: iTunes contacts
First connect the iPhone to a computer running iTunes and open the software. The iPhone will appear under Devices in the left hand column. Click to view Summary, change to Info. Click the Sync Contact check box and select Google Contacts from the drop-down list.
Step 4: Sync contacts
Selecting Google Contacts will typically present a info pop-up or activate the Configure button, both achieve the same purpose. Enter the details for the Google account used in the previous steps. Now click the Sync button and allow the process to complete.
Step 5: Add Gmail
On the iPhone go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars. This will list the accounts set up on the iPhone. If the Google (or Gmail) account used previously is not available click Add Account and select Gmail. Add details and press Next and click Save to add account.
Step 6: Calendars and Notes
Now go back to Mail, Contacts, Calendars where the Gmail account will be displayed. Tap to view the account summary. Calendars and Notes will switched off by default, switch both on to sync information on the iPhone with Google notes and Google calendar.
Step 7: Photos and video
Plug in the iPhone to a computer and head to the window where the computers drives are displayed (this will differ depending on OS). The photos/videos on an iPhone are stored in a folder DCIM. Open to view the photos/videos on the iPhone.
Step 8: New folder
The first step in the transfer process is to create a new folder, with a relevant name, on the desktop. Now select all photos and videos to be transferred and drag into the new folder and wait for the content to move to the new destination. When complete unplug the iPhone.
Step 9: Add Android device
Now connect the Android device to the computer where the new folder has just been created. Now open the window where all the drives are displayed eg Computer on Windows Vista/7. The Android device should now be displayed alongside all the other available drives.
Step 10: Transfer photos and video
Open the Android device where there will be a DCIM folder, open this folder to view the photos on the Android device. There may be additional folders here, open to locate where photos are stored. Now open the iPhone photos folder, select photos/videos and drag into the appropriate Android folder.
Step 11: Locate music folder
Connect the Android device, if not already, and open the music folder on the Android device. This may differ depending on which version of Android is installed on the device. The folder will be called music or media. Double-click to open ready for transfer.
Step 12: Get music
Now open a new window and locate the music folder. This will be different depending on the OS, eg Windows Vista/& is Music, XP is My Music. To locate music in iTunes open the iTunes folder. Now select the folders to transfer and drag to the Android folder.
Step 13: Listen to music
Once the music has been transferred to the Android device it will be available to listen to. Open the apps screen, locate Music and tap. Select an artist and tap a song to start listening. Remember to include the album artwork when transferring to ensure it can be seen.