5 Methods of Transferring Files from iPhone/Android to Android/iPhone

5 Methods of Transferring Files from iPhone/Android to Android/iPhone

Transfer Data Between Android And iPhone

While switching to a new phone, what annoys you most is transferring data between the two phones. What’s worse, the two phones run the different OS, such as iPhone and Android.

Considering the closeness of iOS from iPhone, you must have found that it is not an easy task whether you want to transfer data from iPhone to Android, or move files from Android to iPhone.

If you are struggling with it, you come to the right place.

In this post, we will share the top 5 ways of transferring data between iPhone and Android with iPhone to Android and Android to iPhone transfer software.

1. How to Switch Files Between iPhone and Android in One Click (Mobile Transfer)

Data Supported Contacts, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Music Videos, Podcasts, iTunes U, Ringtones, Audio Books, Voice Memos, Photos, Camera Shot, Playlists, Albums

The first way is the easiest way to move data between iPhone and Android using AnyMP4 Mobile Transfer. It is the one-click data transfer app for Windows computer.

  • Transfer contacts, photos, and media files (audio and video files) between Android and iPhone.
  • Keep or erase the data on target mobile phone while transferring.
  • Transfer files from iPhone to Android, from Android to iPhone, from iPhone to iPhone, and from Android to Android.
  • Compatible with iPhone 11 Pro (Max), X, 8, 7, 6, 5, Samsung Galaxy S10/9/8/7, HTC, LG, Motorola, etc.

Now, let’s check the simple way to move data between iPhone and Android.

Step 1. Download, install and launch this professional phone data transferring software on your computer. Connect both iPhone and Android phone to computer with the USB cables. Then this software will detect your devices automatically.

Android to iPhone

Step 2. Set the source and target phone

If you want to transfer data from iPhone to Android, then just enable iPhone to be “Source Device” while Android phone to be “Target Device”. If not, just click “Switch” to change it, and vice versa.

Switch Android iPhone

Step 3. Copy data between iPhone and Android

Select the checkbox of data types from “Contacts”, “Photos” and “Media” and click “Start to copy” to transfer data from iPhone to Android, or from Android to iPhone.

iPhone to Android

Note: Before copying data, you can optionally select the checkbox of “Remove the chosen data on Target Device before copy”, which will let you keep both moved data and exiting files, or only keep the moved files on target phone.

The drawback of this way is you have to move the whole data type, instead of the selected items between iPhone and Android.

Want to get rid of it? Just move the next method.

2. How to Move Data from iPhone/Android to Android/iPhone Selectively (TransMate)

Data Supported Contacts, Music, Ringtones, Audiobooks, Voice Memos, Movies, Home Videos, Podcasts, iTunes U, TV Shows, Music Videos, Playlists, Camera Roll, Photo Library, Messages (Phone to computer only)

The second method of transferring files between iPhone and Android is using TransMate. TransMate is the Android and iPhone data manager and transfer program. Compared with the first method, this software lets you preview the data and select the items for transferring between iPhone and Android.

Moreover, its extra features like create new contacts, merge contact duplicates, move photos among albums, create music playlist, make ringtones and add to phone, convert HEIC images, one-click-contacts backup and restore, and more.

  • Transfer contacts, photos, videos, and music between iPhone and Android.
  • Preview and select the files before starting transferring.
  • Manage phone data like delete, add, create contacts, create playlist/albums, create ringtones, etc.
  • Cross-platform transfer like iPhone to Android, Android to iPhone, etc.
  • Automatically convert music, videos, and photos to be compatible formats when transferring from iPhone to Android and from Android to iPhone.

Step 1. Free download this software from the above download link, install and run it on your computer immediately. Connect both iPhone and Android phone to computer with the USB cables.

If prompted, just unlock your iPhone and tap “Trust” button.

Step 2. In the main interface, you should select the source device from the Device List.

If you want to sync data from Android to iPhone, just select your Android phone name as the source device.

Select Device

Step 3. Here you can see all data types from the left sidebar. Select one data type that you want to transfer, and all the details will show on the right preview window.

Select the checkbox next to the items, and click the “Export to Device” button to pick up your target device name. Then it will start transferring data from one phone to another phone automatically.

Sync Photos to Another Phone

The above two methods are not free. If you are seeking the free ways of transferring data between iPhone and Android, then just keep reading.

3. How to Sync Media Files Between iPhone and Android with iTunes

Data Supported Movies, Podcasts, TV Shows, Tones

iTunes is the free utility that you can use to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone. Here, we can also use it to free transfer media files between iPhone and Android. The steps of transferring data from iPhone to Android are different from that while switching Android to iPhone.

Transfer Media Files from iPhone to Android

Step 1. Backup iPhone media files to iTunes

Connect your iPhone to computer with the USB cable, and run iTunes immediately. iTunes will detect your iPhone automatically.

Click your iPhone icon and you will see the Summary tab by default. Under “Backups”, select the checkbox next to “This computer” and click “Back Up Now” Under “Manually Back Up and Restore”, then your iPhone data will be backed up to this computer with iTunes.

Backup iPhone Music iTunes

Step 2. Find iTunes media folder

Run iTunes > Click “Edit” in the menu and select “Preferences” > Navigate the “Advanced” tab and you will see the iTunes media folder location. Open the iTunes media folder according to the location.

Find iTunes Media Folder

Generally speaking, the iTunes media location can be located by the following folder:

Mac: Choose Go > Home from the Finder menu bar. Double click the Music folder.

Windows XP: C\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\.

Windows Vista: Navigate to C\Users\username\Music\iTunes.

Windows 7 and Windows 8: C\Users\username\My Music\iTunes.

Windows 10: C:\Users\username\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media.

Step 3. Transfer media files from iTunes to Android

In the iTunes media folder, you can see the media folder in the respective subdirectories, like Movies, Podcasts, Audiobooks, etc.

Use the USB cable to connect your Android phone to computer and copy the media files into your Android phone directly.

Transfer Media From iTunes to Android

Sync Media Files from Android to iPhone

For getting the media files from Android to iPhone, you also need the iTunes to bridge them.

Step 1. Add media files from Android phone to iTunes

Connect your Android phone to computer, copy and paste the media files like video, music, audiobooks, etc., to this computer from Android phone.

Then run iTunes, click “File” > “Add File to Library” to open the media folder that you just added from Android phone for importing to iTunes.

Add Media to iTunes

Step 2. Sync media files from iTunes to iPhone

Connect iPhone to computer and iTunes will detect your iPhone automatically.

Click your iPhone icon and find “Music” under “Settings” > Select the checkbox of “Sync Music” > Select “Entire music library” or “Selected playlists, artists, albums and genres” > Finally, click “Sync” to start transferring the media files from iTunes to iPhone.

Then click other data types like “Movies”, “TV Shows”, “Tones”, etc., and repeat the steps to sync data from iTunes to iPhone.

Transfer Music From iTunes to iPhone

Note: While using iTunes to transfer media files from Android to iPhone, your existing data on iPhone will be replaced with the Android data.

4. How to Transfer Data from Android to iPhone without Computer (Move to iOS)

Data Supported Contacts, Message history, Camera photos and videos, Web bookmarks, Mail accounts, Calendars, Free apps

The above methods are transferring data between iPhone and Android. Here, if you want to transfer data from Android to iPhone, the official app from Apple and Google Play, Move to iOS app can do it.

Move to iOS app is wireless file transfer software that is running in Android 4.0 and later. Before you follow the steps below to move data from Android to iPhone, you should connect both iPhone and Android to Wi-Fi connection.

Step 1. Get iPhone into “Apps & Data” screen

Factory reset your iPhone to enter “Apps & Data” screen. (“Settings” > “Reset” > “Erase All Content and Settings”).

Reset iPhone Without Computer

Note: Factory reset iPhone will erase all content and settings and you had better backup iPhone before doing that.

Step 2. Send the code from iPhone

Select the "Move Data from Android" option. Then a wait for a ten-digit or six-digit code.

Move to iOS iPhone

Step 3. Download Move to iOS apk

Download Move to iOS apk from Google Play on your Android phone. Run it and tap “Continue”. Read the terms and conditions to tap “Agree”, and then tap “Next” in the top-right corner of the Find Your Code screen.

Move to iOS Android

Step 4. Move contacts from Android to iPhone

Enter the code that you received from iPhone on your Android phone and then the Transfer Data screen will show, where you can transfer contacts, mail accounts, message history, calendars, camera photos and videos, free apps and web bookmarks from Android to iPhone.

Select the data that you want to move from Android to iPhone and tap “Next” to start the transferring process.

Note: While transferring data from Android to iPhone, only the compatible files will be moved. For example, if you want to transfer FLAC songs from Android to iPhone, they will not be successful, because iPhone does not support the format.

5. How to Transfer Data from iPhone to Android via iCloud

Data Supported Contacts, Photos, Videos

The last method of getting iPhone data to Android is using iCloud. iCloud is the cloud services for iPhone. Here, it can also be the iPhone to Android transfer software.

Step 1. Backup iPhone to iCloud

Make your iPhone connect to Wi-Fi connection. On iPhone, go to “Settings” > > [your name] > “iCloud” > “iCloud Backup” > “Back Up Now”.

Then wait for the iCloud backup process. You can check the progress by going to “Settings” > [your name] > “iCloud” > “iCloud Backup”. Under “Back Up Now”, you'll see the date and time of your last backup.

Backup iPhone to iCloud

Step 2. Download iCloud backup

Visit www.icloud.com, sign in with your Apple ID and password. Here you can see all the iCloud data types that you can view or download.

Download iCloud Backup

Download photos and videos

Click the Photos icon, and you can see the photo library online. Select the multiple photos with pressing Ctrl and click the Download button to download the photos from iCloud to your computer.

Download iCloud Photos

Download contacts

Open the Contacts app, find the settings button at the bottom-left corner. Select “Export vCard…” to save the vCard file on your computer.

Export iPhone Contacts iCloud

Step 3. Import contacts, photos and videos into Android

Then connect your Android phone to computer, just copy and paste the photos, videos and contact VCF file from computer to Android phone.

Then you can open the photos on your Android phone directly.

For contacts, you need extra steps to import contacts to Android phone. Here take Samsung Galaxy S7 as an example.

Open Contacts app on your Samsung phone, click "Settings" > "Import/Export Contacts" > "IMPORT", and then your Android phone will automatically detect the VCF file > Choose the exported vCard files from iCloud and click “OK” to add the contacts to Android phone.

Import Contacts to Android

Conclusion

It is common to switch from iPhone to Android and from Android to iPhone. However, it becomes not easy to transfer data between iPhone and Android. In this post, we gather the top 5 ways to sync everything between iPhone and Android with iTunes, iCloud, Move to iOS app, Mobile Transfer, and TransMate. iTunes and iCloud only support part data sync, while Move to iOS app may be slow with the wireless transfer. Until now, only TransMate and Mobile Transfer come to be easier.

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November 12, 2019 09:00

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