How to transfer or sync your calendar from iPhone to Android

January 30, 2014
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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.

One-by-one transfer

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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.

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Here’s how to manually transfer your iPhone calendar entries to your Google account:

  1. Go to your iPhone’s Settings menu and select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  2. If you’ve already set up your Google account on your iPhone previously, just select your Google or Gmail account and enable Calendars. If you haven’t setup your Google account yet, set it up as follows:
    1. Select Add Account, select Google, and enter your Google account details into the form.
    2. During the setup process, you will be shown a page with toggles/switches for Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Notes. If the Calendars switch is not on, make sure it is on.
    3. When asked, choose to keep your existing local calendars on your iPhone instead of deleting them.
  3. Go back to the iPhone’s Home screen and launch the Calendar app. Tap on the calendar event that you want to transfer. You should be able to see details about the event.
  4. Tap on Calendar from the menu. On the next page, tap on your Google or Gmail account. Make sure that you see a check mark beside the Google account name. This step instructs the phone to save the event to the chosen calendar.
  5. After the phones sync, you should now be able to view the calendar event in your Android phone’s Calendar app.

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.

Export-import transfer method

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.

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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:

  1. Go to your iPhone’s Settings menu and select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  2. Select Add Account and set-up or log in to your iCloud account.
  3. Allow your iPhone to sync your local calendar files to iCloud.
  4. On your PC’s Web browser, open www.icloud.com and login to your iCloud account.
  5. Click the Calendar icon to open the Calendar interface.
  6. On the left pane, click the Share Calendar button beside the calendar that you want to export.
  7. export-calendarIn the popup balloon, tick “Public Calendar.” Copy the sharing URL that appears below it.
  8. On a new Web browser tab or window, paste the copied URL.
  9. Change webcal in the URL to http and press the Enter key to open the address.
  10. Your Web browser will download a file with random characters as file name. This file is actually a copy of your iCloud Calendar entries.
  11. Save the file to a convenient folder on your computer. For convenience, you may rename the file and add the ics extension (e.g., calendar.ics).
  12. Open and login to Google Calendar on your Web browser.
  13. On the left pane of the Google Calendar interface, click the menu arrow at the right of Other Calendars.
  14. Select Import Calendar.
  15. import-calendarSelect the exported calendar file that you downloaded from iCloud. You can also choose the destination Google calendar (if you have more than one) in the same dialog.
  16. Click the Import button to upload the file. Once importing is finished, you should be able to see the imported entries in the Google Calendar web interface. The new entries will also be synced to your Android device.

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.

SmoothSync for Cloud Calendar app

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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.

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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.

Conclusion

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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