Moving from Android to iPhone: How to Transfer/Switch Android Data to iPhone Safely

The debate is always hot and fanboys from both the clubs keep taking a dig at the other. But truth be told, there are a good number of people jumping ship at any given point of time: some move from iPhones to Android and some from Android to iPhones.

Moving from Android to iPhone, strangely, has been made to look hard. Fact: it’s not hard. The processes of importing and exporting data are vastly different, yes, but a few people who cannot wrap their heads around a few clicks have spread some really false information.

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Transferring data from Android to iPhone is simple although you’ve got to be meticulous in what you do.

How To Transfer Android Data to iPhone

Here’s a quick guide on how you can transfer important Android data to iPhone safely so that your switch to an iPhone is smooth and perfect.

Things to Do:

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  • Backup Data
  • Copy Contacts & Photos to A Location on Your PC/Mac
  • Transfer Photos (Media) to iPhone
  • Transfer Contacts to iPhone

RELATED: How to Sync Gmail Contacts on iPhone or iPad

Step 1 & 2. Backup Data & Copy Contacts & Files to PC/Mac

Backing up data on the Android phone is the first and the easiest step. I’d give Android the upper hand when it comes to data backups. It’s simple and familiarly straightforward.

  • Connect your Android phone to your computer
  • Copy the photos, files, documents and other data to your PC/Mac
  • In the Contacts app on your Android smartphone, Export the contacts data to SIM card. You can choose to export phone/SIM contacts. In most cases, this is going to be the Phone contacts. Once you’ve exported that, simply copy the .vcf file to your computer.

Step 3. Transfer Photos to iPhone

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  • On your Mac/PC, open iTunes.
  • Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB.
  • Tap on the iPhone detected in iTunes to select it (from side-bar or from the top right)
  • Now, tap on the Photos tab. Choose what folders to sync from the dropdown.
  • Choose other parameters if you want and click ‘Apply’ from the bottom. Sync should start and the photos should get transferred.
  • The important thing to make sure is that you have all the photos in one place. Sync will remove photos from the iPhone if they aren’t in the folder that is being used for sync.

Step 3(a). Transfer Other Media to iPhone

In pretty much the same way as before, you need to choose the Music and Video tabs to sync those contents to your iPhone.

Step #4. Transfer Contacts to iPhone

Ah, this is simple.

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  • First off, set up your email on your iPhone.
  • Send that .vcf file you copied in step #1 as email attachment to yourself.
  • Now, just open that email on your iPhone. Tap on the vcf file.

You’ll be prompted with an option to import all the contacts to your iPhone. Yes and you’re done!

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


  1. Great! Or you can use an all-in-one program called Backuptrans Android Data to iPhone Transfer. It lets you transfer music, video, photo, sms, contact, calendar, bookmark and call log etc from Android to iPhone directly on computer. All these data will be merged fine on iPhone.

  2. Nice sharring. This may help many iPhone and Android users. If you want to transfer data to iPhone from old iPhone or Android to old phone, I recommend a program called iPhone to Android Transfer to you . It will merged the messages, contacts, call history,photos, video and any other data on the new iPhone.

    • So detailed information. But, it will take my time to figure out all the data. As I know, RecoveryAndorid Phone Transfer can help you transfer Android data to iPhone easily. I wonder to know the program what you mentioned has any difference with Phone Transfer? :)


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