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How to transfer photos from Android to iPhone

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Have you decided to replace your Android smartphone with an iPhone and are you looking for a way to easily transfer your photos from one phone to another? For business reasons you have to use both an Android smartphone and an iPhone and would you like to have your photos synchronized on both devices? Don’t worry, I assure you that it is a much simpler operation than you might imagine. Then I’m here to give you a hand!

Give me five minutes of your free time and let me explain how to transfer photos from Android to iPhone using various solutions, some of which are completely free and require almost no user interaction: just set them at the beginning and then they do everything Sunglasses. Do not you believe it? Then try them firsthand and then tell me!

All you have to do is carefully analyze the solutions I am about to suggest, identify the one that you think best suits your needs and use it according to the indications you find below. Whether you want to transfer photos from Android to iPhone one-time or want to keep the photo albums of both systems in sync, you are sure to find the one that’s right for you. Happy reading and have fun!

Google Photos

The most immediate solution you can turn to to transfer photos from Android to iPhone is Google Photos . If you had never heard of it ( strange! ), Google Photos is a Google service that allows you to store photos and videos on the cloud – more precisely on Google Drive – in a totally automatic way.

The only limitation to which you must comply is that relating to the available storage space: only 15GB of cloud space is available for free in the Google account which, however, can be expanded by subscribing to the paid plans of Google One, which start from 1 , 99 euros / month for 100GB of storage. More info here.

Obviously, depending on the resolution you will use to upload your multimedia files, you could quickly run out of the free space provided, but I will tell you in the next lines about the compression modes for photos and videos.

But why am I recommending Google Photos to you? Simple: since Google Photos is a multi-platform service , also accessible from PCs, tablets and iOS / iPadOS devices, it can be used to create a single archive of photos and videos synchronized automatically on all devices. Convenient, right? Then find out now how to use it!

To begin with, if you have not already done so, download the official Google Photos app on your Android terminal by opening the Play Store (the colored play symbol on the home screen), searching for it in the latter and tapping first on its icon (the colored pinwheel) and then on the Install button .

Once installation is complete, start the Google Photos app , log in with your Google account data and activate the automatic backup of photos and videos to the cloud by following the wizard. Alternatively, if you skipped this step, by tapping on your thumbnail icon at the top right, select the Photo settings>  Backup and synchronization items .

At this point, make sure that the lever relating to the Backup and synchronization function is active (otherwise activate it yourself), tap on the Upload size item and choose the High quality item (up to 16MP for photos and 1080p for videos) or Original quality (without compression) from the box that appears on the screen.

Google Photos on Android

To select additional folders to Google sync photos in addition to default (photos, videos, screenshots, etc.), Simply tap on the entry of the device folders backed up in the menu backup and sync and move on ON the levers relating to folders of your interest.

Now you just have to be patient. In fact, you have to wait for Google Photos to do its job and upload all the photos and videos in the Android Gallery to the cloud. You can follow the upload progress directly from the app’s Photos tab .

Once the backup on Android is complete, you can switch to the iPhone , where you need to install the official Google Photos app . Then open the App Store (the letter “A” icon on a blue background ) located on the home screen, select the Search tab from the menu at the bottom and search for “Google Photos” .

Once you have identified the app icon ( the colored pinwheel ) in the search results, tap on the latter and press the Get / Install button to start downloading the application. You may be asked to verify your identity using Touch ID, Face ID, or entering your Apple ID password.

Google Photos iPhone

Once the installation is complete, you need to activate the synchronization of photos (and videos) on the iPhone. Then start Google Photos , log in with your Google account data (the same one you used on Android) and authorize the app to access the photos by answering Allow the warning that appears on the screen.

Once this is done, you have to follow the same steps that I indicated to you earlier for Android to enable data synchronization. At this point, go to Backup and synchronization , make sure that the lever relating to the Backup and synchronization function is active (otherwise activate it yourself), and set the Upload size to High quality .

Google Photos on iOS

Mission accomplished! From now on, iPhone photos and videos will also be automatically archived to Google Photos. The backup will happen when you plug your phone into a power source, so don’t be scared if the backup doesn’t seem instant.

In the Photos tab of the app you will find all the photos (and videos) that you had on your Android smartphone: to download them locally on the iPhone and also view them in the iOS Photos app, you must select them (by making a long tap on the thumbnail of one of them and then putting the check mark on the others), then you have to press on the share icon located at the top right (the icon of the square with the arrow inside) and you must select the option Save to device from the menu that appears at the bottom.

Alternatively, if you want to save a single photo (or a single video), select the latter, press the button which is located at the top right and select the item Download from the menu that appears at the bottom.

If any steps are not clear to you and / or you want more information on how Google Photos works, consult the tutorial I dedicated to this excellent service signed by the giant Mountain View.

Copy photos via PC

If you do not have a fast Internet connection and / or for privacy reasons you do not want to rely on cloud-based services, you can transfer photos from Android to iPhone the “old way”, ie copying images from Android to computer and then from computer to ‘iPhone: it is not a very comfortable procedure, this must be said, but it is valid and effective.

If you decide to go this route, then connect your Android smartphone to your computer using the supplied USB cable and, from the device notifications menu, select the connection mode Multimedia device (MTP) . At this point, open the Windows File Explorer (the yellow folder icon located in the taskbar), select the item This PC / Computer from the left sidebar and double-click the icon for your smartphone .

Now all you have to do is access the folder with the photos ( DCIM ) and copy the images to your PC by performing the simplest copy-and-paste . If you can’t get your Android device to be recognized by your computer, try downloading the drivers for Windows from the manufacturer’s website and installing them on your computer: you can find more information about it in my tutorial on how to connect Android to your PC.

How to transfer photos from Android to iPhone

If, on the other hand, you are using a Mac , to access the memory of your Android smartphone and copy the photos to your computer, you must use   Android File Transfer , a free application that allows you to manage the files on the memory of the devices. Android acting as macOS.

Once Android File Transfer is installed (by copying its icon in the MacOS Applications folder ), connect the smartphone to the Mac using the supplied USB cable, activate the Media Device (MTP) connection mode and navigate to the DCIM folder to find, and then copy to the computer (by dragging the icons), the photos of your interest.

If any of the steps are not clear to you, check out my guide on how to transfer files from Android to Mac: there you will find all the information you need.

How to transfer photos from Android to iPhone

Once you have copied the photos from your Android smartphone to your computer, all you have to do is transfer them to your iPhone. Therefore, connect the “iPhone by” to the PC or Mac using the supplied Lightning cable and, if it does not start automatically, open the iTunes program . If you use Windows and have not yet installed iTunes, find out how to do it by reading my guide about it.

At this point, click on the iPhone icon  located at the top left of the main iTunes window, select the item  Photos  from the left sidebar and put the check mark next to the item  Synchronize photos . Then set the Choose folder option   from the drop-down menu at the bottom and select the folder on your computer where you copied the photos you had on your Android smartphone.

Once this is done, click on the Apply button and, within a few seconds, you will find the photos you copied from the Android smartphone into the iOS Photos app.

How to transfer photos from Android to iPhone

If any steps are not clear to you, find out in more detail how to transfer photos from computer to iPhone by reading my guide on how to archive photos on iPhone.

Note: If iCloud Photo Library is enabled on your iPhone, I’m sorry, but you can’t “manually” copy photos from your computer to your smartphone.

Send Anywhere

Send Anywhere

Do you have to transfer only a few photos from Android and iOS and not the entire Gallery of your device? In this case, you can take advantage of Send Anywhere , an app that allows you to transfer files from one device to another (not only between Android and iPhone, but also between PCs, Macs and smartphones / tablets of various kinds) wirelessly with a very intuitive code system: you choose the files to share, you get a numeric code, you type it on the data destination device and that’s it. The application is free up to 10GB per upload and with links expiring within 10 minutes (otherwise it costs $ 5.99 / month and offers 50GB of upload, 100GB of storage and links with configurable expiration).

To transfer photos from Android to iPhone using Send Anywhere, start the official app of the service on your Android terminal, put the check mark next to I accept Terms and Privacy Policy and press the Confirm , Continue and Allow buttons to access your main screen. At this point, select the Photo tab , put the check mark on the thumbnails of the images to be transferred to the iPhone and press the Send button that appears at the bottom. You will get the code to type on the “iPhone by” to start the download of the selected images.

Then open the Send Anywhere app on the iPhone , give it access to the photos, select the Receive tab and type the numeric code you got on the Android smartphone in the Enter the code field . Finally, press the Receive button and the photos will be automatically transferred to the phone’s memory.

Note: if you prefer, instead of typing the numeric code, you can start the data transfer by pressing the QR code icon located at the top right of the Send Anywhere app for iPhone and framing the code displayed on the Android smartphone.

Switch to iOS

Switch to iOS

If you have not yet performed the initial setup procedure of your iPhone and / or are in the process of restoring the device to restore it to factory settings, you can transfer photos (and other data) from Android using Switch to iOS .

Switch to iOS is an app for Android developed by Apple, thanks to which it is possible to put the green robot system in communication with the iPhone and to transfer data from one system to another during the initial iOS configuration procedure. Among the data that can be transferred from Android to iPhone with the app in question, there are also photos.

The first step you need to take to use Switch to iOS is to install the app on your Android smartphone. Once this is done, you need to start the initial iOS setup procedure on the iPhone and get to the point where you are offered the option to migrate data from Android .

After selecting the item in question, tap the Continue button   and note the numeric code  that is displayed in the center of the screen. Then switch to the Android smartphone, start the Switch to iOS app , press the Continue Accept and Next buttons  and type the  numeric code you got from the iPhone.

Once the wireless communication between Android and iOS is established (the two smartphones must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network), select the data to copy to the iPhone (for photos, choose the Camera Roll option ), go ahead and wait that the operation is completed.

If any steps are not clear to you, consult my guide on what it is and how it works Switch to iOS: there you will find all the information you need on how the app works.