When we switched from one phone to another one of the things we worry about is how to spend all documents, photos, music, contacts, etc, which we have on our device, and how to do it in the simplest and fastest way to remove the “dead” from above. Always with the idea of avoiding any unpleasant surprises, especially when it comes to retrieving personal data.
The approach has a good sign opposite migration iOS to Android, one thing remains true: its simplicity will depend largely on your degree of use of cloud and related services, regardless of the environment (Android, iOS, or Windows Mobile 10). Why? Because of web applications and services, here, Google’s, intend to synchronize most of your data: contacts, emails, photos, calendars, data, and so on. Before getting into the thick of things, know that you will find more general advice on the phone to change Article Change Phone: a guide to a successful transition.
In order not curb the enthusiasm of potential candidates to change, Apple has designed a tool to facilitate the rocking Android to iOS (see our iOS 10 test). Soberly called “Move to iOS” and available on the Google Play Store, the application does all or substantially all for you. When you first start the iPhone, when you get to the “Apps and data” screen, select “Migrate data from Android”. A six-digit code appears on the iPhone screen. There, you launch the application on your Android device and enter the code when requested. All you have to do is choose what to migrate and wait: photos and videos, SMS history, contacts, web browser favorites and Google account information. In other words, the essentials, with childish simplicity. The iPhone will even find the free apps on the Android device. See our video tutorial below.
If you want to proceed in stages, to better master the process, or simply because you have already done the first iPhone startup and you do not want to reset it, here is how to repatriate your data by genre.
1) For contacts, it’s simple.
Above all, you need an Apple account, or rather an Apple ID (Apple ID). Please note that this step does not necessarily require you to change your e-mail address. This ID will be used to start your new iPhone (like the Google account on an Android Smartphone), access the App Store or make purchases on iTunes. If you have not already, download iTunes now, it will be useful.
Then, go to the menu Settings> Accounts> Google to make sure that the timing of the Google account is enabled on all desired fields. A minimum contact, but you can also synchronize e-mails, calendars, photos, applications, data, storage Drive, Google Docs and many other items yet.
The following happens on iPhone. Go to Settings> Contacts> Accounts and add your Google account: here too, it will do more than you select which items to sync.
Adding a Google Account to iOS
It is also possible to export their contacts in vCard (.VCF) format via Gmail, and then import them directly from the iCloud web interface. Visit your Google webmail, then click the small down arrow next to the title Gmail (top left of the screen) to scroll the menu and access contacts. In the banner on the left, click “More” then “Export”. Depending on your Google Account setting, a window may appear to let you know that the new version of Google Contacts does not support export. We must then return to the old version. Bizarre but be it! This time, you can return to “More” and “Export”, choose “All contacts” in the window that opens (or select the contacts manually if you do not want to recover everything) and choose the format VCard.
Back in your iCloud interface, simply go to the “Contacts” section, click on the pictogram at the bottom left of the screen and import the vCard previously created.
2) SMS and the call log will require software
With Apple, everything that does not own or does not pass through a cloud becomes abroad, so padlocked and complicated. To retrieve your SMS or call history, the best is to go through third-party software such as Mobile Trans. It costs about 40 Euros but can be tested for free. We find alternatives by looking a little, but nothing that gives confidence. For our part, we prefer to zap this stage: too many constraints for not much.
3) For photos and videos, it’s easy.
You can easily copy photos from an iPhone to a PC, but you cannot do the manipulation in reverse. The easiest way to the era of cloud, it is through Google Photos. On Android, if it is not already done, you have to activate the backup of images on Google Photos, if possible in original size (within the limit of 15 GB therefore, otherwise it will be necessary to opt for the “high quality” Unlimited). On iPhone, you only have to install the Google Photos app, connect to the Google account where the backup was made, and you will find all your pictures and videos, with an Internet connection.
Alternatively, if you do not have enough storage space in your Google account to upload your photos and videos to your original size, or if you want your media to be transferred locally to the iPhone, Is to go through iTunes. First, you have to retrieve your photos and videos in the DCIM folder of the Android Smartphone. But also in other files potentially created according to the applications used (Snap seed, Instagram, etc.).
4) For music, several options.
Even for music: you cannot copy/paste your favorite songs from a PC to an iPhone, unlike Android. So either you have to use iTunes – the software indexes your personal music library and you can then sync the songs you want on your iPhone – or you need to go through the cloud.
And if you come to Android, the more logical it is to use Google Play Music. Visit your personal space Play Music to upload your music library (up to 50,000 tracks). Your synchronized music will be accessible from the Google Play Music app (but also from any web browser).