How do I transfer photos and music from Android to iPhone?

Switching from an Android phone to an iPhone can seem daunting, especially when it comes to transferring your photos, videos, and music library over to the new device. Luckily, with the right preparation and tools, moving your media content from Android to iPhone doesn’t have to be difficult.

There are several methods for transferring both your photos and music when making the switch to iPhone. You can use cable transfers, cloud storage services, or special apps designed for Android to iPhone data migration. Each approach has its own pros and cons to consider in terms of convenience, speed, cost, and how seamless the transfer process will be.

In this guide, we’ll walk through the most popular options for backing up your Android photos and music, as well as transferring those files into your new iPhone. With some planning and effort, you can have your entire media library moved over to iPhone in no time.

Back Up Android Photos

The first step is to back up all your photos currently stored on your Android device. This ensures you don’t lose any photos in the transfer process. The easiest way to do this is with the Google Photos app.

Google Photos offers free unlimited storage for photos up to 16MP and videos up to 1080p resolution (Photutorial). This makes it easy to back up your entire Android photo library remotely.

To back up your photos with Google Photos:

  • Open the Google Photos app on your Android device.
  • Make sure sync is turned on for your account.
  • Plug your device into a charger, connect to WiFi, and leave the app open to allow it to upload your photo library.

Google Photos will upload all your photos and videos at their original quality. This ensures you have a safe backup before transferring your files to your new iPhone.

Transfer Photos with Google Photos App

One of the easiest ways to transfer photos from an Android device to an iPhone is by using the Google Photos app. Google Photos is a cloud-based photo storage service that allows you to back up an unlimited number of photos and videos from your Android device for free (at slightly reduced quality).

To use Google Photos to transfer your photos:

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Photos app and ensure your photo library is backed up to the cloud.
  2. On your iPhone, download and install the Google Photos app from the App Store.
  3. Sign into the Google Photos app using the same Google account you used on your Android device.
  4. The photos and videos backed up from your Android device will now be accessible in the Google Photos app on your iPhone.

The advantage of using Google Photos is that it provides unlimited free storage for photos and videos (with some compression). Once your media is backed up from your Android device, you can access it seamlessly on your iPhone or any other device. This allows you to easily transfer large photo and video libraries between devices.

One thing to note is that the unlimited free storage does count against your Google Drive storage quota if you have a paid Google One membership. So backing up high resolution original photos could eat into your available cloud storage. But otherwise, Google Photos provides an easy and reliable way to transfer photos between Android and iPhone.

Email Photos from Android

One easy way to transfer photos from an Android phone to an iPhone is to simply email the photos. Here are the steps to email photos from your Android device:

1. Open the Photos app on your Android device and select the photos you want to transfer. Tap the Share icon in the top right.

2. Choose Gmail or your preferred email app. Address the email to yourself or whoever will be saving the photos on the iPhone.

3. Before sending, check the size of the email. According to, smartphone photos are typically around 2MB in size. For emailing photos, sizes less than 10MB are recommended (Source). If needed, reduce the size and resolution of your images before attaching.

4. Send the email with your selected photos attached.

5. Open the email on your iPhone and save the photos to your Camera Roll or preferred photo storage. The photos can now be accessed in your iPhone’s Photos app.

Emailing batches of photos is a quick way to get images from Android to iPhone. Just be mindful of email attachment size limits. For large transfers, cloud storage or external drives may be better options.

Use External Storage

One of the easiest ways to transfer photos and music from an Android device to an iPhone is by using external storage like an SD card or USB drive. Here’s how it works for photos:

First, insert your SD card or USB drive into your Android device. Open the Gallery or Photos app and select the images you want to transfer. Tap the share icon, then select the option to copy or move the photos to your external storage. The time it takes to copy the photos will depend on the amount of images and the write speed of your SD card or USB drive.

Once the photos have been exported to the external storage, remove it from your Android device and insert it into your iPhone using an SD card reader or USB adapter. Open the Photos app on your iPhone and you will see the option to import the images from your external storage. After the transfer is complete, you can delete the photos from your Android if you like.

Using external SD card or USB storage is a quick and easy way to move large batches of photos off your Android. Just make sure your external storage has enough capacity and a fast enough write speed to handle the transfer. Class 10 SD cards or USB 3.0 drives are recommended.

Transfer with Cloud Storage

One convenient way to transfer photos and music between Android and iPhone is by using cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud.

To transfer photos, first install the cloud storage app both on your Android device and iPhone. Then upload the photos you want to transfer from your Android device to the cloud storage service. Once uploaded, you can access those photos from your iPhone through the cloud storage app and either download them directly or save them to your Camera Roll.

For music, you can also upload your Android music library to a cloud service like Dropbox. Then on your iPhone, stream the music tracks directly from Dropbox or download them to your device. Services like Dropbox make transferring files and media seamless between devices.

Back Up Android Music Library

One of the easiest ways to back up your Android music library is by using Google Play Music. Google Play Music allows you to upload up to 50,000 songs for free from your computer to the cloud. This creates a backup of your music that you can then access from any device by logging into your Google account.

To back up your Android music library using Google Play Music:

  1. On your computer, visit and log into your Google account.
  2. Click on the menu icon in the top left and select “Upload music”.
  3. Select the files and folders containing the music you want to back up.
  4. Google will begin uploading your music to the cloud. The time it takes depends on your internet connection speed and the amount of music you’re uploading.

Once the upload is complete, you’ll be able to access your music by installing the Google Play Music app on your Android or iOS device and logging in. This provides a seamless way to back up your music collection from Android and make it available across devices.

Transfer Music with iTunes

One of the easiest ways to transfer music between an Android and iPhone is by using iTunes. iTunes is Apple’s desktop app that allows you to manage and sync content between your computer and iOS devices.

To transfer music libraries between devices using iTunes:

  1. Connect both your Android and iPhone devices to your computer using the charging cables.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer. iTunes will recognize both connected devices.
  3. In iTunes, click on your Android device and go to the Music section. Select “Sync Music” and check the box for “Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres.”
  4. Select the playlists, artists, albums, and genres you want to transfer from your Android device.
  5. Now click on your iPhone in iTunes. Go to Music and select “Sync Music.” Check “Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres” and select the same playlists/music you chose for your Android.
  6. Click the Sync or Apply button in iTunes to start transferring the music. iTunes will copy the selected music from your Android device to your iPhone.

The transfer may take some time depending on how much music you are syncing. The benefit of using iTunes is that it will not only transfer the files, but also match the music so playlists and library structure are preserved between devices.

Bluetooth File Transfer

One way to transfer files between your Android and iPhone is via Bluetooth. Bluetooth allows you to wirelessly send files and media between devices. To transfer files via Bluetooth, first ensure Bluetooth is enabled on both your Android device and iPhone.

On your Android device, open the file you want to send and select the share option. Choose Bluetooth as the sharing method. Your device will scan for nearby Bluetooth devices – select your iPhone when it appears in the list. On your iPhone, accept the file transfer request. The file will then be sent from your Android device to your iPhone over Bluetooth.

The speed of Bluetooth file transfers depends on the Bluetooth version supported. Bluetooth 5.0 offers theoretical transfer speeds up to 2 Mbps, however actual transfer speeds may be lower depending on the device capabilities and environment. Typical Bluetooth transfer speeds range from 1-24 Mbps. Note that Bluetooth transfers will typically be slower than WiFi transfers.

According to our sources, Bluetooth transfer speeds depend on device capabilities and environment, ranging from 1-24 Mbps for Bluetooth 5.0 depending on the source, with typical speeds lower than WiFi transfers. (Transmission Rate vs. Bandwidth in Bluetooth Technology, What data rates can be achieved with Bluetooth? – Reddit)


Transferring photos and music from an Android device to an iPhone can seem daunting, but with the right tools it doesn’t have to be difficult. The easiest options are to use cloud storage services like Google Photos, Dropbox, or iCloud to back up your Android photos and music library and then access that content from your iPhone. Using the Google Photos app is also a straightforward way to transfer Android photos to an iPhone. For music, syncing your Android device with iTunes is an option if you don’t want to rely solely on the cloud. Bluetooth file transfer gets the job done as well, though it may be time consuming for large transfers. Emailing yourself files in batches is another alternative. Ultimately, with a combination of the methods discussed, you should be able to fully transition your photos and music from Android to your new iPhone. The key is finding the approach that best suits your specific needs and setup.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *