Apple ruled the smartphone world from 2007 till 2009 but things started to change pretty quickly and now Android is the leading operating system worldwide. If you're looking to say good bye to your iPhone and thinking about embracing Android - you're not the only one. The main problem all such migrating users face is how to transfer contacts and data from iPhone to Android. It is probably the most common problem with a simple solution. Please read on if you want to switch from iPhone to Android without dumping your important data. Here you might also be interested in our article "How to Transfer Files Using Samsung S Beam"
First Things First; A Few Things to Consider
When it comes to performance and features, Android phones perfectly match iPhones but there is something users must know. Firstly, in order to transfer your stuff from iPhone to Android, the Android phone must have the updated OS version, if not then you're likely to face some problem. Unlike Apple, Android phones are not automatically updated to the latest OS version, at least not all Android phones.
Some apps from your iPhone might not be available on the Google Play Store. This is a rarity but it's good to be safe than sorry. Other than that you will have to re-subscribe/re-pay for the paid apps since most app manufacturers charge separately on each OS.
If you like certain native iPhone feature/function, you might have to install a 3rd party app for that as Android offers functionalities that totally differ from iPhone's.
It gets a little tricky when it comes to music and videos you have purchased through iTunes. You can transfer the audio to Android but there is no legal way to transfer your video files (those bought through iTunes) from iPhone to Android.
Let's find out how to transfer your contacts and other data to Android.
1. Moving Contacts
This is the most important part when migrating from iOS to Android. You need your contacts on your new phone and there is a simple way to do that. You just have to have a Google Account. If you have Gmail, you already have it.
Connect your iPhone with computer and open iTunes. Select your phone shown on the top right hand side. Click it and select the "info" tab. At this point if you're using iCloud to sync contacts you should go to settings - iCloud and turn off the "Contacts". Go back to iTunes and put a check on "sync contacts" & select Google from the drop down menu. Your contacts are now backed up on your Google account. Signing in with your Google account on your Android phone will automatically download all your contacts.
2. Moving Music
This is the simplest; just make sure that music files on your iPhone is backed up on your computer. Now connect your Android phone to your PC and your phone will appear and work as a storage device, allowing you to drag and drop the music from your PC directly to your phone.
3. Moving Photos & Videos
With photos it's pretty much a similar story - just drag and drop the files you want on your Android from your PC to your phone. When it comes to videos it gets a bit tough. You can transfer videos from your camera roll or any other video to your Android but to play it on your Android, you need to install a 3rd party video player. Videos purchased from iTunes won't be playing on your Android at all and you'll mostly likely be living without them.