How to switch from an iPhone to an Android phone

Did you recently get a new Android phone? Do you for any other reason now have to switch from an iPhone to Android? Are you looking for an easy way to transfer your contacts, photos and calendar events to your new Android phone? YourTechExplained and Google Drive are here to help. I’ll walk you through the process of copying your personal information to your shiny new Android phone, and you won’t even need a complicated Lightning-to-USB-A-to-USB-C cable/adapter connection to do so.

First, you need to set up a Google account if you haven’t already done so. You can follow this guide to set up your first Google account on your new Android phone. Once you’ve set up your Google account, take the following steps:

  • Download Google Drive for iOS and sign in with your Google account.
  • Go to “Settings” from the menu and choose “Backup”.
  • Google Drive will add your iPhone contacts to Google Contacts, your calendar events to Google Calendar and your photos to Google Photos, even if your data is stored in iCloud.
  • Google will automatically sync your data to your Android phone when it’s signed in to your Google account.
  • Remember to disable iMessage before you switch to your Android messaging app of choice.

Since you might have quite a bit of data to transfer over, you might want to make sure both phones are plugged in and on a WiFi connection. On a personal note, I made the switch in 2010 and I didn’t have the convenience of Google Drive to make the transition this easy (cue the “back in my day we had to walk for three miles just to get to school” trope). Nonetheless, it was worth the switch to me, even though I had to use obscure PC applications and conversion algorithms to transfer my data and I couldn’t transfer anything in my iTunes library except my music purchases in mp3 format. With the convenience of Google Drive, I’m sure you’ll find the switch even more gratifying.