If you just recently converted from iPhone to Android, you’d not only want to transfer contacts from your iPhone to your Android phone or to transfer music from iTunes to Android. Both are doable, of course. Like most of us busy bees who rely much on our calendar or planner apps, you’d most likely also want to move your iPhone calendar entries to your new and better phone (i.e., Android)? That’s actually doable, too.
In this post, I’ll show you how to transfer or sync your calendar from iPhone to Android.
For just a handful of pre-existing calendar entries, the first method described in this section will suffice. Using this method, you’ll be able to transfer your iPhone calendar entries one by one to your Google account.
Once a calendar entry has been moved to the Google account, that entry will be available on all Android devices using the same Google account.
This method doesn’t require any iCloud account. You only need your Google account, your iPhone, and your Android phone.
Here’s how to manually transfer your iPhone calendar entries to your Google account:
The method above is easy to accomplish but will be convenient only if you have a few events to transfer. If your iPhone calendar has a lot of appointments that you want to transfer to your Google Calendar, you’ll need a different solution. The next solution should be able to help you, but this time, you will need an iCloud account.
iCloud has a calendar sharing feature that lets Apple users share calendars to fellow Apple users. It’s similar to the way that Google lets you share your Google calendar to others.
That very same calendar-sharing feature in iCloud is what you will take advantage of in this second method. This method can be a little tricky, but it will transfer all your calendar events and appointments to your Google account in just one go.
For this method, you will need to setup and activate your iCloud account on your iPhone. You will also need a desktop or laptop, a desktop Web browser (e.g., Chrome or Firefox), a Google account, and your Android phone.
Here’s how to use the export-import method for transferring iPhone calendar entries to Android:
This method provides an easy way to transfer all of your iCloud Calendar data to your Google account. However, it is a one-way affair. It does not sync your iPhone and Android’s calendars, which means that if you add or remove entries in your iCloud Calendar, the change won’t be reflected in Google Calendar unless you go through the export-import process again.
The second method in the previous section works perfectly if you are planning to completely abandon the world of the iPhone and enter the better, more exciting, and more flexible world of Android. But, if you intend to use both iPhone and Android, you better have a way to sync calendars between your two phones.
Thankfully, there’s the SmoothSync for Cloud Calendar app by Marten Gajda. It lets you establish an iPhone-to-Android connection for instantaneous calendar syncing from iPhone to Android — but not vice-versa. There’s no need for exporting, file downloads, uploads, or importing via web-based interfaces. Just set up the app, configure it, and it’s good to go.
You can get the app from the Google Play Store for about US$3.00, which, I think, is a reasonable price for smooth and seamless syncing of your iPhone calendar to your Android device.
To use the app, first setup your iCloud account on your iPhone and allow it to backup your calendar to the cloud.
After that, run SmoothSync on your Android device and login to your iCloud account within the app.
Then, select which iCloud calendars to sync to your Android device. Tap Finish to complete the configuration and to start syncing.
Once the connection is active and properly setup, and for as long as iCloud remains active on your iPhone, any change that you make in your iPhone calendar will be automatically reflected in your Android device.
The developer also provides a free app to work around a firmware bug that removes accounts of paid apps when Android boots up. You may need to install the app called JB Workaround Cloud Calendar before installing SmoothSync on your device. The bug reportedly plagues Samsung devices (especially the Galaxy S4) and devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
In today’s fast-paced world, many of us turn to calendar planners for help in keeping track of our meetings and ensuring that we don’t miss any appointment. Many of us have grown reliant on them — both the paper and electronic types. Of the latter kind, we are thankful for the calendar apps on our iPhones and Androids, for they make time management and scheduling quicker.
And, as for transferring or syncing calendar entries between the two phones, we now know that not only is it possible to do so but that it is also easy to do so.
Were you able to transfer your iPhone calendar to your Android device? Which method did you use? Do you know of other techniques or methods for transferring calendar events from iPhone to Android? If so, share them to the Android Authority community in the comment box.
(with contributions from Alvin Ybañez)
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Awesome tutorial, thanks AA.
Thank Jay for all your kind comments.
These take a lot of work, but we’re committed to providing great tutorials – especially to liberate people from the clutches of iTyranny :)
To the Gtyranny ?
It’s the same on every platform dude…
How about syncing an Outlook calendar (work) with my Google calendar (personal)? There used to be a great tool for this but Google killed it. Anybody of any replacement suggestions?
One very important Google site that helps if you have other people’s calendars that you’re trying to view… Like kids or friends… And very hard to find in any documents is:
It was the only way I could get my daughter’s shared calendar onto her mother’s phone…
Or mine onto my son’s (so I’m not constantly being asked about what’s his schedule)…
Let’s you force google to force that calendar to be viewable on an iPhone… Sometimes
NOT an easy feat…
Hope this helps someone…
I just instruct iPhone to use Google calendar as default calendar and that’s it….