With the upcoming release of two iPhone models; the iPhone 5S and 5C, many Android users may be looking to convert to Apple. Smartphones have become a staple for many; housed on the device are pictures, contacts and videos. When searching for a new phone, customers hate taking the gamble of losing valuable information. When moving to iOS from Android, information no longer has to be lost. There are some valuable tools to transfer Android information to an iPhone.
Don’t expect to transfer over text messages or call logs, since that is operating system specific. If there is a text message that is important for you to keep, forward it to your e-mail address. The next step is to back up the Android phone to a computer. Use a USB connector to do this and go to My Computer from your desktop. Simply use your mouse to click and drag videos, pictures and music to your desktop. Of course, if you have hundreds of pictures, consider creating a New Folder and transfer your information there.
Contacts are a bit trickier, but not impossible. One way of transferring contacts from your Android for future use to your iPhone, is to leave the USB plugged in. Go to Contacts and select Import/Export, and export to storage. If your Android gives you an option to save to computer, opt for that selection. If not, export to storage or SIM, then copy the .vcf file to your computer.
Another option for transferring contact is by downloading an app, such as CopyTrans Contacts. You can then select Import/Export from your contacts, select Export to USB storage. The phone will ask you to confirm your export to a .vcf file, confirm yes. You can then connect your new iPhone and import your new contacts (be sure to set-up your iPhone e-mail first).
The reason I suggest CopyTrans Contacts is because the app allows you keep address information, e-mails and alternatives numbers. This is not so guaranteed if you manually transfer without the app. The contact steps may be completely useless if the newest iPhone comes out with NFC technology and allows the compatibility of transferring contacts without a pesky USB cable. That would be nice!
Another alternative way to export contacts is to sync both phones to Google contacts. This is another simple and easy concept if you want your e-mail addresses included with your contacts. Of course, many users may opt to just use iTunes, but for consumers who don’t have iTunes on their system these steps are great methods to control an otherwise madness.
If you’re going the opposite spectrum and moving into an Android from iPhone, the contact transfer steps are a bit easier. Access your iTunes account, connect your iPhone to your computer, go to Info and select Sync Contacts with Google Contacts. You can also use iCloud , and export VCard and move to your Android’s sdcard directory. You can also use an app, like My Contacts Backup for iOS, to backup and email the .vcf file to your Gmail account.
This article focused specifically on Android to iPhone, since iPhone releases are a pretty big deal. Sure, the Galaxy brand is amazing, but they also come out with more models, more frequently. Millions of new users are looking to make the switch from Android to Apple, and these steps can guide you on how to transfer Android information to your new iPhone. Happy smartphone hunting!