In years past, switching between platforms was a long, complicated process we tried to avoid. Now those days are behind us thanks to the cloud and other great migration tools.
Of course, one of the most popular transitions is going from an iPhone to Android. We already revealed how to transfer your music and contacts, so it’s time to tackle another important part of your digital transition: Transfer or sync your calendar from iPhone to Android.
The simplest method: use Google Calendar on both iPhone and Android
Want to import calendar entries manually? Go ahead, but it’s unnecessary work. You can take care of everything with the cloud, and it’s actually really easy to transfer contacts and appointments from any iPhone to your Google calendars. Take a look:
- On your iPhone, go to Settings.
- Select Passwords & Accounts.
- Select Gmail if present, otherwise select Add Account to add your Google account.
- In the Gmail section, make sure the Calendars toggle is switched on (green).
- This will sync all your calendars automatically. Done!
Shortcut: Settings > Passwords & Accounts > Gmail
Export your calendar from iCloud to Google Calendar
Many iPhone owners store calendar entries in Apple’s iCloud rather than locally on their device. To get this information into a Google calendar, you’ll need to manually export the information and upload it to Google Calendar. We break the process down into easy-to-follow steps:
- Go to your iPhone’s Settings menu and select Password & Accounts.
- Make sure your iOS device is logged into your iCloud account.
- On your PC’s web browser, open www.icloud.com and login to your iCloud account.
- Click the Calendar icon to open the Calendar interface.
- On the left pane, click the Calendar Sharing “Wi-Fi” button beside the calendar you want to export.
- In the popup box, tick Public Calendar.
- Click the Copy Link shortcut to store the resulting address in memory.
- On a new web browser tab or window, paste the copied URL.
- Change webcal at the beginning of the URL to http and press Enter.
- Your Web browser will download a file with a name made up of random characters. This file is actually a copy of your iCloud Calendar entries.
- Save the file to a convenient folder on your computer. It automatically saves with the *.ics extension (e.g., calendar.ics)
- Open and log in to Google Calendar on your web browser.
- On the left pane of the Google Calendar interface, click the three-dot icon next to Add calendar.
- Select Import.
- Click on Select file from your computer and locate the previously downloaded ICS file. If you have more than one destination calendar, select the appropriate calendar in the drop-down menu.
- Click the Import button to upload the file. Once completed, 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 your iCloud Calendar data to your Google account. However, it is a one-way affair. It does not sync your iPhone and Android 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.
There’s plenty of apps out there that promise to transfer your contacts across platforms, and they likely do so, but we happen to be a fan of one in particular. Let’s check it out.
The second method works perfectly if you are planning to completely abandon the world of iPhone and enter the 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 $2.86, 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. 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.
We live in a fast-paced world in which switching to something new may be intimidating, due to all the hassles and learning curves this may imply, but today we show you that the process is no longer as complicated. In fact, many of us would argue that switching has become a pretty easy process.
No excuses, guys. Want to jump into the awesome world of Android? Just do it! It will take but a few minutes to get your calendar on that shiny Android device you have been eyeing.