How to Use an iPad With an Android Phone

Can you sync an Android phone with an iPad?

What to Know

  • Apple doesn't offer a system to link your iPad and Android devices together.
  • You can sync data between the two devices using third-party apps like Dropbox and Google.
  • You'll need to sign in to your Google or Dropbox account on both devices to share data between them.

This article explains how to sync data between an Android phone and an iPad.

Can You Link an Android Phone to an iPad?

The short answer here is no, you can’t.

Officially, Apple doesn’t offer any way for you to connect your iPad to an Android phone. Because Android phones aren’t part of the Apple ecosystem, they can’t take advantage of iCloud and other Apple-specific features.

However, just because you can’t officially link the two does not mean you can’t share data between the two types of devices. Instead, you’ll need to set up some third-party apps and upload your data to them.

How to Sync Your iPad and Android Phone With Google

One of the simplest and cheapest ways to sync your Android phone and iPad is to use Google Workspace. This suite includes Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive, and Google Photos. The company offers several different tiers for those who need more than the free-allotted storage space. You can also sync up all your photos to Google Photos, allowing you to access them easily on both your Android phone and iPad.

First, you'll need to install Google's apps on your phone and iPad. You can find these apps in the Play Store and App Store. Your Android phone may already have Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Photos. If not, find each app in your device's respective app store and download it.

Once you've installed the apps, sign in to your Google account. The app will then begin syncing content from your Android phone and iPad to the cloud. You can access the data from any device signed into your Google account. You need to save any documents you want to sync between the two in Google Drive.

To save files into Google Drive, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Google Drive app on your iPad or Android phone. The process will be the same for both.

  2. Next, locate a folder you want to save your file into. Select the folder.

  3. Tap the plus icon in the bottom right-hand corner to pull up a menu of options.

    Google Drive app on an Android with Plus sign highlighted
  4. Select Upload File.

  5. Now, find the file you want to upload to Google Drive. The interface for this portion may look different on the iPad than on the Android phone, but they both work similarly.

    Google Drive app on Android with Upload and files highlighted

Use Google Photos With Android and iPad

You'll also need to set up syncing with Google Photos if you want to use that for photo backups. It can quickly get done using the steps below.

  1. Open Google Photos.

  2. Tap your account icon in the top corner of the screen.

  3. Select Photos settings.

  4. Next, Tap Back up & sync.

  5. Toggle Back up & sync to the on position on both your iPad and Android phone.

    Google Drive app on Android with Photo Settings, Back up & Sync, and toggle highlighted

Google’s apps are one of the easiest methods to sync up the data you’re sharing between your iPad and Android phone. However, it doesn’t offer the option to sync up text messages or your contact log. Thankfully, if you create any documents or files using Google Docs, Sheets, or any other connected Google app, it will automatically sync between your devices.

How to Sync Your Android Phone and iPad With Dropbox

Dropbox showing in file locations on iPad


Another handy cloud storage app is Dropbox. Like Google's apps, you'll be able to access an allotted amount of storage in Dropbox for free. However, those who need more storage can sign up for one of the company's monthly subscriptions. You can get started by signing up on the Dropbox website.

Once signed up, download Dropbox on your Android phone and your iPad. To sync files between the two, you'll need to follow the steps below.

  1. Open Dropbox and tap the plus icon.

  2. Select Create or upload file.

    Dropbox app on Android with plus sign and Create or Upload file highlighted
  3. Next, select Upload files from the list of options.

  4. Select the file you want to upload and sync with Dropbox. Once synced, you'll be able to access the file on both your iPad and your Android phone.

    Dropbox app on Android with Upload Files and files highlighted

Set Up Camera Backups to Dropbox for Android and iPad

While you have to sync most files manually, you can set up automatic camera backups with Dropbox.

  1. Open the Dropbox app on your iPad and Android phone. You'll need to set it up on both devices.

  2. Tap the Account in the bottom row of the application.

  3. Locate and select the Camera uploads option.

  4. Tap Back up all my photos to activate Dropbox's auto photo syncing. You can further customize what photos you want to backup using the list of options on this page. The easiest method, though, is to back up all your photos.

    Dropbox app on Android with Account, Camera uploads, and Back up my photos highlighted

Dropbox also offers iOS and Android apps, which means you can navigate all of your files on both the Android phone and the iPad. That should make it easy to move things around as you need to. The only downside here is you’ll have to create folders and organize everything yourself, whereas the built-in syncing features Apple offers with iCloud will handle everything automatically.

  • How do I sync my Android phone calendar with iPad?

    Download the Google Calendar app on both your iPad and Android phone. Sign in on both devices with your Google account credentials. All your events will be synced between your devices.

  • How do I sync my iPhone with iPad?

    To sync your iPhone and iPad, you'll use iCloud. Open Settings on one device, tap your name, and select iCloud. Turn on the switches next to every app category you want to sync between your iPhone and iPad. Tap Mail > Accounts and ensure your mail accounts are set up correctly on both devices.

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