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It has never been easier to migrate from iOS to Android. We’ll show you the easiest ways to transfer contacts, what apps it can and can’t replace, and how to get your music from Apple to Android. Before anything else, we suggest you back up everything you have on your phone: contacts, photos, videos, music, files, etc.

Steps to migrate from iOS to Android

Step 1: Use Google Drive

Google Drive makes it easy to transfer contacts, calendar, and camera photos from iOS to Android. In order to encourage migration to Android from other platforms.

Launch the app, go to Settings and look for the section marked Backup. Tell Google Drive that you want it to back up automatically, make sure you have your phone plugged into its charger – this will take a while – and if possible, connect to the fastest Wi-Fi you can get.

Do not play with your phone or close the application until it has finished the entire process.

There are many apps that transfer things too, but the benefit of doing it with the Google Drive app is that when you sign in to your new Android device with your Google account, everything you put on your Google Drive will be there waiting for you.

Step 2: Convert your contacts

Apple and Google have a similar approach to contact management but use their own rival services, so Apple uses iCloud and Google uses, well, Google.

The trick to migrating contacts is to export them from iCloud and import them to your Google account. If you haven’t yet adopted iCloud syncing on your iPhone, you’ll need to enable it now. It’s in Settings > Your name > iCloud (or Settings > iCloud if you’re on iOS 10.2 or earlier): you want to make sure Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders are checked.

Once you’ve done that, give iCloud enough time to sync, it won’t take long; a cup of tea should be more than enough, and then grab a PC or Mac computer and sign in to iCloud.com with your Apple ID.

Select Contacts, click the gear icon in the lower left corner of the screen, and then choose > Select all > Export vCard. This will output all of your contact information in the standard vCard format as a single “.vcf” file.

Sign in to Gmail (again, on a desktop or laptop), change the drop-down list at the top left of Gmail to Contacts, and then select Import Contacts in the left sidebar (there’s a redesign imminent, after which will be More > Import Contacts).

Select the .vcf file you just created and the contacts will be added in an instant. Here you can also automatically find and fix duplicates: Click More in the toolbar immediately above your contacts, and then select Find and Merge Duplicates. Once again, the redesign will be moved slightly: Duplicates will be an option at the top of the sidebar.

Step 3: Identify the correct applications

This is by far the biggest drama about the platform change: you can’t transfer apps like you can with content or contacts.

That means paying for apps again, paying for or finding more affordable alternatives, and downloading each one.

However, not everything is bad: unlike some platforms, the Google Play Store has countless applications that you can use on its platform if you have decided to migrate from another.

There are actually applications there. Hello good. Quite a few of them. You will find that big-name apps are cross-platform, so your Amazons, eBays, Kindles, etc. They will be where you left it; Of the few apps you can’t get on Android, you can usually find decent alternatives.

Step 4: Classify your music

If you used iTunes Match to put your music collection in the cloud, you should be able to access it from the Apple Music app. We say “should” because we’ve learned to be suspicious of Apple’s cloud storage for music, which always seems to be fine for all tracks except the one we really want to play.

You may want to download your cloud stuff to your PC or Mac first to be safe and then transfer it with the rest of your library.

The fastest way to Migrate or Transfer this information is from your computer to your phone. If it’s Windows, the default library location is My Music > iTunes, and if it’s OS X, it’s Music > iTunes under your user account.

You can then drag and drop or copy and paste that library to your phone in Windows Explorer, but you can’t do that on a Mac – you’ll need the Android File Transfer app so you can do that.

Step 5: Change your calendar and upload your photos

Uploading photos is even easier and much less painful than transferring music.

Download Google Photos to your iPhone, connect it to your Google account, and scream “HELL!” when it asks if you want to backup all your photos to the cloud.

This gives you unlimited storage for free if you don’t mind a nearly imperceptible loss of image quality, or you can opt for full resolution until you run out or expand your Google Drive storage. You get 15GB as standard and upgrades aren’t too expensive.

There are two ways to do it: through SmoothSync for Android (2.3 Euros), or through the slightly cheaper and slightly slower process of accessing Settings and synchronizing the iPhone calendar with the Google calendar.

Step 6: Sync your browser bookmarks

If you’re already using Chrome on your iPhone and syncing with Chrome on the desktop, you don’t need to do anything here: Android already has your bookmarks.

If not, go into Safari on your computer and select File > Export Bookmarks. This creates a single HTML file containing all your bookmarks which you can then import into Chrome. Chrome (desktop) will sync those bookmarks with Chrome (Android).

Step 7: Reset your iPhone

Once you’ve finished migrating all your information it’s time to prepare your iPhone for its destination: Amazon, perhaps, or a grateful friend or family member.

First, you should disable Find My Phone in Settings > Your Name > iCloud (or Settings > iCloud on older versions of iOS), because if you don’t, you’ll be giving someone the gift of a phone they won’t be able to use.

Once you’ve done that, you can go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all content and Settings, which does exactly what it sounds like it’s going to do.

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