How to transfer data from your old Android phone to a new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c

Everything you need to know to get your contacts, calendars, photos, music, and more off your old Android phone and onto your brand new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c

So, you've been living in the Android world for a while and now you're looking to give a new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c a go. And why not? The iPhone 5s is a pretty stunning piece of hardware while the iPhone 5c is about as bright and colorful as you'll find anywhere. Then you have iOS 7 which is the biggest overhaul Apple has ever made to its mobile operating system since its introduction in 2007. Changing platforms can not only be a headache but a shock to the system for some. That's where we come in. From start to finish, we can help you get your stuff off your old Android phone and on to your iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c as painlessly as possible.

Here's how:

Google, Facebook, and Twitter

Many cloud services including Google's native ones, Facebook, Twitter, and more can store your contacts, calendars, and much more for you. Cross-platform supported services such as Google, Exchange, or Yahoo! are all supported in iOS 7, which for you means minimal effort in importing all of your data. It's as easy as entering your credentials for any of the supported services that can be found within the iOS 7 Settings menu, and toggling which data you want to pull in; mail, contacts, calendars, and in some cases, even notes. They are already stored in the cloud just waiting for you to access them on your new iPhone.

If you rely on Facebook and Twitter for many of your contacts, then that's just fine too. iOS 7 can natively pull down contact data from both services into the Contacts app. Head into the Settings menu for each of them, and tell it to Update Contacts and you're good to go.

Store your images with Dropbox

Dropbox is available for both Android and iOS and offers an automatic upload feature for images. If you enable this on your existing Android device, getting your photos to your new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c is as simple as downloading and signing into the Dropbox for iOS app.

On your Android device, just install the Dropbox app from Google Play if you don't have it already. The first time you launch it, you'll be asked if you'd like to upload your photos. Say yes. If you already have Dropbox on your Android phone but don't have automatic uploads turned on, you can do so through Settings.

The old fashioned way

If, like me, you like keeping a hard copy of your contacts on your computer, or don't trust cloud syncing, you can export your contacts from your Android phone as a .vcf file, and import that into either the Contacts app on your Mac, or into Contacts at iCloud.com

Start with your Android phone in hand and complete the following steps:

  1. Launch the Contacts app.
  2. Hit the Menu button.
  3. Find the Import/Export option and select it.
  4. Choose the option to export your contacts to storage.
  5. Now either manually pull it from your phone to your computer or email it to yourself.
  6. Once you've got the file containing your contacts you can either open it in the Contacts app on your Mac or upload it to iCloud.com.

We recommend storing this file somewhere safe too just in case you ever need it again.

Using Android File Transfer for Mac

If you use a Windows PC, then getting data from your Android device using your computer will be straight forward enough. If you use a Mac, you'll need to use the often horrendous Android File Transfer app (download links below.) This provides an interface with your Mac for you to browse the files and folders on your Android device, and copy them to your Mac if need be. Since certain files, and images can be imported to your iPhone via iTunes, this might be the quickest way of moving things between the two devices.

Google Apps on iOS are plentiful

Perhaps the easiest way to transition to iOS from Android is to make full use of the plethora of Google apps available in the App Store. Everything from Gmail and Chrome to Chromecast and Google TV remote are available, and Google is currently pushing out a single sign-on feature between the more popular ones. Aside from Android, iOS is the next best place to get your Google fix in the mobile world.

These are good apps too, really good apps. Google makes some of the best looking apps on iOS, many of which have already been updated with official support for iOS 7. If you live and breath Google services, you're in good hands with Google's official iOS apps. Here are some of the most common ones. And there's more where that came from!

Still need help?

The iMore Forums are here to help! We've covered a few of the easiest ways to get up and running on your new iPhone if you've made the jump from Android, but the forums are a great place to go for more tips and guidance. Likewise if you know a trick or two, jump in and help out others who find themselves switching from Android to iPhone and iOS 7.

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Richard Devine

Senior Editor at iMore, part time racing driver, full time British guy

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How to transfer data from your old Android phone to a new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c

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Richard, does this imply that android users are going to find the ios 7 running 5s or 5c more attractive than their android device? I do hope so, we need some more marketshare for wall streets sake.

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Here is the one-click solution to help you transfer photos/music/videos/contacts/sms from Android to iPhone. This is really huge time saving if you have a lot of files to be transferred. The free app is available here: http://bit.ly/1tcEVyq
Tested it on my Galaxy S4 and iPhone 6

The bigger question is. Why are you commenting on a thread that doesn't pertain to you??? Some people need a life outside their phones.

Some denizens of competing platforms just feel compelled to show up on forums of platforms they don't prefer to demonstrate their pseudo-intellectual superiority...

Please help! I tried the whole HTC Sync Manager thing (took over 1-1/2 hours to download on Windows 7) because soon I will be trading in my HTC Evo 4g for an iPhone 5c. I MUST transfer all content from the HTC to my PC in order to transfer it to my new iPhone because I won't HAVE the HTC after I get the iPhone. I can't get the HTC Sync Manager to recognize my Evo and the Evo keeps telling me that it can't find HTC Sync on my computer! I even tried downloading HTC Sync from my SD card in my Evo, but that didn't work either! WHAT the #$(#$!0#$!$)!$ am I doing wrong? Please help! Thanks!