Bring your photos & music with you
Google Photos is a great way to have all your pics – past and future – in one place, with unlimited private storage and accessible from any Internet-connected device. There are always lots more choices on Google Play to find the photo app that works perfectly for you.
On your iPhone, download the Google Photos app from the App Store.
- Open Google Photos and sign in using your Google account (i.e. your Gmail address and password).
- Select "Back up & sync" for your photos by selecting the menu icon, followed by the gear icon at the top right. Now go to "Camera and Photos", touch "Back up & sync" and switch it on.
- Sit back as all your photos are saved to the cloud.
- Open the Photos app on your new Android device to see all of your photos from your iPhone or iPad.
For more help with setting up Back up & sync, see here. If you use iPhoto on your Mac, please note that any new photos taken with your Android phone or tablet won’t be automatically uploaded to iPhoto.
Easily transfer up to 50,000 of your songs from your iTunes library to Google Play Music for free. From there, you can access your collection on any web browser, any of your Android devices or even from your iPhone or iPad.
Make sure that your iPhone or iPad is fully synced to iTunes on your computer. Your music should all be backed up on your computer when this is done.
Install Google Play Music Manager on your computer. Music Manager will upload your iTunes music to the cloud. You can download Music Manager here.
Finish setting up your Google Play account by creating a Google Wallet account*.
Tip: Enjoy your iTunes Disney, Pixar or Marvel movie on your new Android phone or tablet with Disney Movies Anywhere.
*Even though the standard version of Google Play Music is free, you'll need to add a credit card to your new account.
Keep all your contacts
If you don’t already know which account your contacts are saved to, you’ll need to check this in iOS. To do this on your iPhone or iPad, tap “Settings”, then “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”. Once you’re in the “Contacts” section, tap “Default Account” to see which account is selected. From the list below, read the instructions for your default account.
You’ll only need to sign in with your Google account on your Android phone or tablet and all your contacts will be right there.
You can transfer your contacts from iCloud to Android as follows:
Go to “Settings”, then “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”, then “Accounts” where you should see “iCloud” listed. Open iCloud and turn on the toggle for “Contacts” which will prompt you to “Merge” your device's contacts with iCloud.
- In a web browser on your desktop computer, go to icloud.com, log in with your Apple ID and click on "Contacts". In the lower-left corner, click on the wheel, “Select All”. Once selected, click the wheel again and choose "Export vCard".
- In a web browser, go to gmail.com, click on the "Mail" button at the top left and select “Contacts”. You should see a list of your Gmail contacts.
- Now click the "More" button above the contacts list and select "Import". Select "Choose File" and select your saved vCard file. When importing is complete, Gmail will display the number of contacts imported.
- Finally, delete any duplicates by using the “Find & merge duplicates” function under the "More" button above the contacts list.
If your contacts are stored locally or you’re using an account other than iCloud or Gmail, then one way to transfer your contacts to Android is through iTunes on your Windows or Mac computer.
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer.
- Open iTunes and navigate to the device screen by clicking "iPhone" or "iPad" in the top right-hand corner.
- Open the Info tab and select the box next to “Sync Contacts with”.
- Choose "Google Contacts" from the drop-down menu and enter your Google account credentials when prompted.
- Wait for your iPhone or iPad to sync.
You can also use a SIM card or third-party app to transfer your contacts if you’d prefer. Please see here for further info.
Set up your email and messaging
The Gmail app is ready to go when you set up your Android phone or tablet with a Google account. Simply open the Gmail app and sign in.
Security tip: Make sure that your Google account is doubly protected with 2-Step Verification.
You can still access all your email accounts on your Android device by installing the app for your email service from Google Play. For example, just install Yahoo Mail. For iCloud email, install an email app that supports IMAP, POP3 and Exchange accounts.
iMessage is an Apple messaging service. Don’t forget to turn it off, or SMS/MMS messages may continue to be directed to your old iPhone or iPad instead of being routed to your new Android phone.
Turn off iMessage before you remove the SIM on your iPhone or iPad by going to "Settings", then "Messages". Finally, set iMessage to “off”.
If you no longer have your old iPhone, you can request that Apple deregister your phone number with iMessage. Learn more.
Find all your apps and discover new ones
Google Play has over 1.3 million apps to choose from so you can find all your favourites and discover new ones. For apps where you’re a subscriber, like Netflix, you can simply transfer your service over to Android for free. Just download the same app from Google Play and sign in to your app.
- Courtesy of our friends at Google
Also published on Medium.