How to Transfer Media from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a smartphone–tablet computer hybrid designed, developed and marketed by Samsung. It is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note, and is the second device in the company’s Note series, which places emphasis on the use of a stylus. Employing a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, the device sports a 5.55-inch (141 mm) diagonal display with 720p resolution, 2 GB of RAM, and a maximum of 128 GB storage (by using a 64 GB microSD card with the 64 GB model). Upon its launch, it was the first Samsung phone to come with Android version 4.1 “Jelly Bean” as standard.

- from Wikipedia

If you just switched from an iPhone to a Galaxy Note II, you definitely want to get all your favorite songs, movies, apps, games and more in your iPhone fully moved to your new device. But since iPhone and Galaxy Note II run on two different and competing mobile operating systems, being iOS and Android respectively, the transfer cannot be that easy. For instance, if you need to transfer iOS apps and games to Galaxy Note II, you have to find the corresponding apps and games in Google Play. If the Android version of the app or game is also available, you just download and install it onto your Galaxy Note II. Then you just start using the app or playing the game on your new device once again, with no app record or game scores. For the apps and games that do not have Android versions, there’s no way to get them transferred from iPhone to Galaxy Note II.

Transfer from iPhone to Galaxy Note II

Due to copyright protection, you cannot directly transfer songs, movies, TV shows, music videos or audiobooks from your iPhone to your brand new Galaxy Note II either. The songs, movies, TV shows, music videos and audiobooks in your iPhone are generally purchased and downloaded from iTunes Store. Actually, the iTunes media is protected by using Apple’s FairPlay DRM copy protection. To play iTunes songs, movies, TV shows, music videos and audiobooks on Galaxy Note II, you will need to remove iTunes DRM and convert iTunes media to Galaxy Note II compatible file formats as listed below:


  • Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, VP8
  • Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebM
  • Full HD(1080p) Playback & Recording


  • Codec: MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, ACC+, eAAC+, AMR(NB,WB), MIDI, WAV, AC-3, Flac
  • Music Player with SoundAlive
  • 3.5mm Ear Jack

Below are articles about how to convert iTunes media to plain mp3 or mp4 files that I have written in this blog before:

When the iTunes media is converted into mp3 or mp4 files, you can then feel free to transfer them to your Galaxy Note II via MicroSD card:

  1. On the device, select Settings > Wireless and network > USB utilities, and choose the Connect storage to PC option.
  2. Connect the Galaxy Note II to your computer using the micro-USB cable.
  3. On the screen of the device, select the Connect USB storage option.
  4. A removable disk will mount to your computer. You will see it listed under Computer if you’re a Windows user, or on the Desktop if you’re a Mac user.
  5. Drag and drop the music and video files over to the removable disk. You may want to create one folder named Music and another folder named Video within the removable disk first for organizational purposes.

Since Galaxy Note II is an Android device, you may also find the following articles useful: