Switch from iPhone to Android – The Ultimate Guide

04.07.12 |  Category: Android |  Author:
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Switch from iPhone to Android
OK, you decided to Switch from iPhone to Android

No problem, even though we tend to prefer the iPhone in here, we received a growing number of requests for instructions on how to Move all data from iPhone to Android

Some of you may simply need to Sync Android with iPhone without needing to actually Migrate from iOS to Google Android

Whichever your situation, this guide will guide you through the steps to smoothly Copy data from iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to Droid


Transfer iPhone Contacts, Calendar and Notes to Android


To Move Contacts, Calendars and Notes from iPhone to Android, start by Syncing your iPhone with Gmail

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer
    iTunes should open up automatically. If not, launch it from Start->All Programs->iTunes->iTunes
  • Click on your iPhone in iTunes and click the Info tab
  • In the Contacts, section check "Sync contacts with" and select Google Contacts
  • Click Configure and enter your Gmail username and password

This will Transfer your iPhone Contacts, Calender and Notes to Gmail

Now, to Copy Contacts, Calendars and Notes from iPhone to Android, you just need to Sync your Android phone with Gmail

  • On your Android phone, make sure you are connected to your Gmail account and go to Contacts -> Menu -> Accounts
  • Select your Gmail account -> Menu -> click Sync Now

This will Import Contacts and Calendar to Android (duplicates should be merged)

Transfer iPhone Exchange to Android


Sync Exchange Email with Android

  • Open the Email App on your Android
  • Set up Exchange account

Note: this will not sync your Exchange Calendar, so you'll need to sync Exchange Calendar with Google Calendar as follows:


Sync Exchange Calendar with Android


Follow the Google Sync instructions and make sure you choose the two-way sync

Transfer iPhone Text Messages to Android


Trying to Move SMS from iPhone to Android is a bit more tricky than with other data, but if you follow the steps below carefully, you'll be all set in no time

In iTunes, right-click on your iPhone in iTunes and select Backup, so that all your text messages are backed up to your computer

Your iPhone SMS are stored in a different folder on your computer depending on its operating system:

C:/Documents and Settings/[USERNAME]/Application Data/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup

Vista / 7
C:/Users/[USERNAME]/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup

Mac OS X
~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

  • From the most recent folder you find in there, copy (CTRL+) the file called
    3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28.mddata to your Desktop
  • Convert your iPhone SMS database to Android by using this online tool (at the end of step 2)

Now, to Import iPhone Text Messages to Android, proceed as follows:

  • Connect your Android phone to your Computer and enable the USB Mass Storage mode (Applications -> Settings -> Wireless and network -> USB utiliites)
  • Create a folder called SMSBackupRestore and drag the .xml file resulting from the online conversion into it
  • Install SMS Backup & Restore on Android
  • Launch the App, click Restore and select the .xml file

All your iPhone SMS should now be copied to Android


Copy Music and Videos from iPhone to Android


Migrate Photos from iPhone to Android


Notes and possible issues

  • The above procedures also allow you to Switch from iPhone to Windows Mobile phones
  • . mp4 DRM protected music purchased from the iTunes Music Store won't play on Android. As an easy workaround, you can burn these songs to CD and then import them back to iTunes
iPhone Expert

Mike Johnson

Founder and Editor of sync-iphone.com has a sincere desire to provide readers with honest and useful solutions for their iPhone
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3 Responses to Switch from iPhone to Android – The Ultimate Guide

  1. Rolf says:

    Hello Mike,

    can you please give me an tip on how can i transfer my android sms to my iphone.
    i saved my android sms with my backup+ to gmail, but i can not sync from gmail to my ipone.

    Thanks for your help.

    • iPhone Expert says:

      Dear Rolf,

      Setting up your Gmail account on your iPhone should sync your sms to your iPhone.
      If this does not work, try Google Sync

  2. Jo says:

    My Itunes, version 11.1.4, does not have a button with ‘sync contacts with’

    You say “In the Contacts, section check “Sync contacts with” and select Google Contacts””

    What can I do instead? I have an Iphone 3 using iOS 4.2.1

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