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You’ve seen the light. You’ve left Apple’s embrace and joined the happy world of Android, and you’ve got just one question: what about your data? How do you transfer everything from iPhone to Android? We can help with that. The first solution we present is a single program that does tons of work for you, but costs money. The rest of the solutions are all the manual ways to transfer everything from iPhone to Android.


One-click solution: Wondershare MobileTrans

If you want a one-stop solution for transferring your data from an iPhone to an Android (or from a BlackBerry or Symbian device for that matter), it's hard to go past Wondershare MobileTrans.

MobileTrans is a one-click program that lets you transfer your contacts, text messages, calendars, photos, videos and music between devices. Depending on the OS you're switching from you can also sync apps and call logs too. MobileTrans also works as a backup service with cloud storage options. Here's the full scope of its capabilities:

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All the files and data you can transfer between devices with MobileTrans. / © Wondershare

You can grab a free trial version of MobileTrans which will let you see how easy the program is to use, but if you want to do the full transfer or restore your backups you'll have to pay for a license – either a one-time affair ($19.95) or a single user license ($39.95).

Once you've got a license, you can transfer all of your contacts, calendar info, messages, and media, restore backups and even wipe your old device. Do note that the single-user license is only good for up to five devices using one computer.

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MobileTrans gives you options to transfer data, make backups and restore as well as delete old data.  / © NextPit

How to transfer data between iPhone and Android with MobileTrans

We transferred everything from an iPhone 6 to a Galaxy S6 as an example so you can see just how easy the process is. As mentioned above, you'll only get this full functionality with a paid license.

1. Launch the MobileTrans program and connect both devices with a cable to your computer. You'll see both devices populate either side of the first window you see.

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Wait until both origin and destination devices are connected. Flip their position if necessary. / © NextPit

2. You might be prompted to enable USB Debugging on and Android and to accept an RSA key (on Android) or ''Trust'' the computer you're connected to (on Apple).

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Enable USB Debugging, accept the RSA key and ''Trust'' the computer you're connected to. / © NextPit

3. You can flip the devices if they're in the wrong place for the transfer you want to make.

4. You might be asked to uncheck the ''encrypt iPhone backup'' in your iTunes settings if you've previously opted for an encrypted backup. Once you've done your transfer you can recheck the encrypted backup option again. (Note that you also have the option to clear the destination phone's data before transferring).

5. Once you've got both phones connected properly all you need to do is check the boxes next to the data you want to transfer: contacts, text messages, calendar, call logs, apps, photos, music, and videos. Naturally, you won't be able to transfer apps from an iPhone to an Android, but you get the idea. We didn't have any videos or text messages on our iPhone either, so we left those blank.

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Make your data selections in the center and click ''Start Copy'' to begin. / © NextPit

6. Click ''Start Copy'' and sit back and wait. Depending on how much media you have on the original phone, the process may take several hours to complete, so make sure you have a power source at the ready.

7. Once the transfer process has completed, you can disconnect both phones.

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The transferring process could take a while, so sit back and relax. / © NextPit

Cloud-based apps

If the apps you use are cloud-based, like Gmail, Spotify or Facebook, you hardly have to do anything: it’s just a matter of installing the apps, entering your usernames and passwords and picking up from where you left off. Transferring everything else is a bit more complicated, and that's what we'll cover next.

Manufacturer solutions

Some Android manufacturers offer apps that let you transfer all of your important data from an iPhone to their device seamlessly. Before trying to move your files manually, check our list to see if your Android manufacturer offers such an app.


Smart Switch is Samsung's solution for moving data from your old iPhone to your new Galaxy. It offers both wired and wireless transfer. To get started, download the Smart Switch app from Google Play and install it. Once open, allow the requested permissions (if you don't, you won't be able to transfer). Select Wireless or Wired and then iOS device. After that, all you need to do is sign into your iCloud account and select a backup to restore from. You can also choose what data you'd like to import.


HTC's method is similar to that of Samsung. However, you will need a PC. First, back up your iPhone content onto iTunes on your computer. Download and install HTC Sync Manager. You can find the software here. Connect your new HTC device to the PC and the program should open automatically. From there, you simply need to click Transfer & Backup and select your iPhone back up file.


Google Pixel phones usually come with a USB-OTG adapter in the box. This allows for wired file transfers and it's incredibly easy to do. Simply connect both your iPhone and your new Pixel and follow the onscreen instructions.


If you don’t already have one, sign up for a free Google Account: you’ll need it to do pretty much anything on Android. Once you’ve done that, backup your iPhone and then log in to Click on Contacts, select the ones you want to transfer and then click on the little gear icon at the bottom left of the screen. You’ll see an option to Export vCard. Clicking on this will export the selected contacts in vCard format.

Using makes exporting contacts easy. / © NextPit

Now, log in to Gmail and click on Gmail > Contacts. You’ll see the option to Import Contacts in the left-hand sidebar. Click it, choose the vCard file you just created and let Google do the rest.

Google makes it simple to import contacts from pretty much anything. / © NextPit


This is a little more complicated, but it’s still easy. Go back to iCloud on your iPhone and this time and open the Calendar app. You’ll see a list of your calendars in the left-hand sidebar, and a little wireless icon next to each one. Click on that to open that calendar’s sharing menu.

Transferring your calendars is a little more time consuming, but it's still easy. / © NextPit

What we want to do here is to create a public calendar we can then import into Google Calendar. To do that, click Public Calendar and copy the entire link you see on screen.

Open a new browser window or tab and paste the link, but don’t hit Enter just yet: you need to change the bit that says “webcal” to “http”. Do that and press Enter, and your computer should now download an .ics calendar file with a really long and incomprehensible file name.

Repeat this process for each calendar you want to transfer.

Now, we need to log in to Google Calendar on your Android phone and click on Other Calendars in the left-hand sidebar. Click on the drop-down arrow and choose Import Calendar, and then select the .ics file you just downloaded. Clicking on Import will now add the events to the Google Calendar you select (if you have more than one). You’ll need to repeat the process for each calendar.

Text messages and WhatsApp chats

Please note that without using a questionable third-party tool, it is not currently possible to transfer iMessage or WhatsApp chats from iOS to Android or vice versa. We can only recommend backing up your chats in iCloud for now.

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The ability to make Google Drive backups doesn't help when moving from iOS to Android. / © NextPit


The most seamless way to manage your iCloud emails on an Android smartphone is through the preinstalled mail app, using IMAP access from Apple. With SMTP access, you can still send e-mails under the old Apple address, too. The necessary server data for setting it up is in this Apple support document.

iCloud Documents

If you’ve been storing files in iCloud, you can get them by logging into, clicking on iCloud Drive and then choosing the appropriate app folder - but remember that some file types, such as Pages documents, won’t work in non-Apple programs. If you’ve got files in proprietary formats such as Pages, convert them to RTF or Microsoft Word files in the Pages app before transferring them.


Once again, the easiest way to do transfer everything is via iCloud. In your iPhone, go into Settings > iCloud and ensure Safari is enabled; now, go to your PC or Mac and open iCloud for Windows (PC) or System Preferences > iCloud (Mac) and do the same.

If you haven’t already downloaded iCloud for Windows you can get it from here. What we’re doing here is ensuring that our iPhone bookmarks are being synchronized with our PC or Mac.

If you sync Safari via iCloud, it's easy to transfer your bookmarks. / © NextPit

On Windows, the next step is to click Bookmarks > Options and then choose Firefox or Chrome.

Click Apply and then Merge, and you’ll be told to download the iCloud Bookmarks extension for the browser you selected. This extension will sync your bookmarks from Safari to Chrome or Firefox.

If you chose Chrome, the next step is easy:

  • On a PC, open Chrome and log in to the Google Account you use for Android and the bookmarks will be synced automatically.
  • On a Mac, open Chrome, click the “hamburger” Chrome menu at the right-hand side of the window and select Bookmarks > Import Bookmarks and Settings and select Safari as the source.
See that icon with a star? That's the one you need for getting bookmarks into Firefox. / © NextPit

Firefox is a little trickier for both PC and Mac.

If you’re on a Mac, the next step is to open Firefox, choose Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks and then click on the star icon in the toolbar. This brings up the importing and backup options.

Select Import Data From Another Browser and choose Safari.

On both PC and Mac, the next step is to click on Firefox’s Tools menu and select Set Up Sync. This enables you to log in to your Firefox Account (if you have one) or create a Firefox Account (if you don't). Once you’ve entered the details, you can then open Firefox on your phone and choose Options > Sync > Pair a Device to get the bookmarks onto Firefox on your phone.

Photos and videos

If you're using the Google Photos app on your iOS device, this is easy if you enabled Google's automatic backups. Just get the Google Photos Android app (probably preinstalled on your new phone), set it up and everything will be there for you.

The manual way to transfer photos from iPhone to Android is to drag everything and drop it (if you have a Windows PC). Connect the iPhone via USB, open My Computer and look for the iPhone icon. Open it and look for the DCIM folder. That’s where your pictures are; just select them and drag them to a folder on your PC.

On a Mac? Use Image Capture to get your iPhone photos. / © NextPit

You can then connect your Android phone and drag the files from your PC to your phone. If you’re feeling particularly flash, you can connect iPhone and Android at the same time and drag photos from one to the other, but we’d recommend transferring to the PC first so you’ve got a backup of your pictures.

Things are slightly different on Macs, although the basic idea is the same. Instead of My Computer you’ll need to launch Image Capture to import your photos. Once you’ve done that you can connect your Android device and drag from your photos folder (or anywhere else you put the imported pics).


This one’s a bit trickier. You’ll need Apple’s iTunes and Google Music Manager installed. First of all, in iTunes make sure all your music is actually on your computer: if there’s a little icon of a cloud with a downwards arrow on it, it hasn’t been downloaded. Make sure your purchased music is there too (it may be hidden in Preferences > Store > Show iTunes in the Cloud Purchases).

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Use Apple’s iTunes and Google Music Manager to move your music to your Android. / © NextPit

Once you’re sure you’ve got everything, open Google Music Manager and on the setup page, select Upload Songs to Google Play. Specify iTunes as the source and let Google Music Manager do its thing. For more detailed instructions, see our article on how to use iTunes with Android.

Have you recently moved from iPhone to Android? Was it painful or a pleasure to transfer everything? Let us know in the comments.

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Brittany McGhee

Brittany McGhee

Brittany loves to keep up with the latest technology and innovation, so she is excited to have the opportunity to write about the wonderful world of Android. She thinks spreadsheets and numbers are fun, in addition to reading books and volunteering.

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  • 1
    hasnain yaseen Jan 31, 2022 Link to comment

    at crack11 To make it easier, MobileTrans is becoming extremely popular, and you can transfer data between devices without conviction. By clicking, data can be transferred between phones, no matter if they’re Symbian phones(Nokia), Android phones (Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Google, HUAWEI, Motorola, ZTE), or iOS phones (Apple, iPhones). Transfer any information between two phones without worries about any information losing its value. You can transfer data without stopping the process. Risk-free and without risk. You can transfer all of your contents between supported phones which are connected to any network.

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    Dadadadadadada Sep 1, 2020 Link to comment

    Check out there's hundreds of video tutorials in various languages showing you what to do.Some are good,some are not so good.Just avoid those from India or Pakistan because they think they speak English but in reality do not...I can't stand apple products,it's an elitist,completely overpriced statussymbol...nothing more.

  • Allan Morris 7
    Allan Morris Dec 31, 2019 Link to comment

    Add something for the WhatsApp chats too.

  • 1
    KingRichard Dec 31, 2019 Link to comment

    WA is the worst when migrating from iOS to Android or vice versa.. the rest is very easy and simple...

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    Deactivated Account Jan 11, 2019 Link to comment

    Thank you for the information. 😊😊
    Hare Krishna 🙏

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    harshatecordeon Jan 11, 2019 Link to comment

    Superb information..

  • Allan Morris 7
    Allan Morris Oct 17, 2018 Link to comment

    Does MobileTrans transfers third-party app content like WhatsApp, Line from iOs to Android?

  • 3
    onepeople Aug 9, 2018 Link to comment

    I've tested it on two of my iPhone and Android,all I've done is connect these phones to my computer and it will works automatically .

    • 2
      lacnback Aug 27, 2018 Link to comment

      Usually, the manufacturer provides official service/app/software to help users migrate from other devices, like Samsung Smart Switch, LG Backup, Xperia Transfer, etc. So it is the first option. However, if no such app offered, then TunesBro PhoneTrans is a greta way to go.

  • 27
    Sorin Jan 5, 2018 Link to comment

    Hmmm, it's not that simple!


  • Allan Morris 7
    Allan Morris Jan 2, 2018 Link to comment

    Transferring content from android to iOS is pretty easy with Move to iOS app.

  • 5
    Connie Bryant Mar 23, 2017 Link to comment

    I used Gihosoft mobile transfer tool to transfer contacts and music from the old iPhone 5 to my new Samsung S7 edge, it's generally pretty cool and free to transfer some data, you guys might give it a shot, hope it helps anyway.

  • 3
    Alaxhoo Feb 21, 2017 Link to comment

    Hard to manage lots of documents without tools

    • 5
      elentatalo Feb 22, 2017 Link to comment

      Yep, it takes time to deal with

      Lou Kelly

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    elentatalo Feb 20, 2017 Link to comment

    Operating systems of iOS and Android has different programming structure, so there is no way to directly transfer data from iPhone to Android via a simple USB cable or Bluetooth. But with MobileTrans, the task seems to be not as hard as thought. And a free trial version is offered for users to test the function first.

    But another tool is needed if you need to transfer apps like WhatsApp from iPhone to Android.

    Deactivated AccountAlaxhoo

  • Stephania Done 3
    Stephania Done Feb 20, 2017 Link to comment

    To transfer data including photo, messages, contacts, and other media files from iPhone to Android, I suggest you to use Mobile Transfer.

  • Shankar Prasad Nandi 18
    Shankar Prasad Nandi Feb 17, 2017 Link to comment

    For the sake of impartiality, please write an article on how to transfer everything from Android to iPhone.

  • Mike E 3
    Mike E Feb 17, 2017 Link to comment

    Does this transfer include Apple DRM-encrypted music and movies, so that I can freely play on Android? Because I have a boatload of media that I'd like to transfer that I paid good money for...


    • Brittany McGhee 21
      Brittany McGhee Feb 17, 2017 Link to comment

      Hi Mike,

      We have a whole article on how to use iTunes with Android phones that will help you:

      Let us know if you have any troubles.

      • Mike E 3
        Mike E Feb 17, 2017 Link to comment

        Thanks Brittany. I read the article but it says nothing about DRM-protected movies and songs, and ebooks for that matter. You could transfer your entire library over, but you still have the problem of trying play your media on your Android device that is DRM-protected, the media is inaccessible.

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