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Using An Android Phone With iPad Or Mac

Having recently acquired the OnePlus 8 Pro, I have been looking for ways to sync my iPad Pro with Android. I have decided to share my findings as there are not many tablets capable of competing with the iPad but you may prefer Android phones.

1 – Google Photos

Google Photos is a great application to backup your memories and store your photos in the cloud. Google Photos is also available on the App Store, this means you can sync all of your photos from your Android Smartphone to your iPad and view any of the photos you have taken.

2 – Google Drive & Documents by Readdle

Google Drive is another great option from Google to bridge the communication gap between your Android Smartphone and your iPad or Mac. Google Drive gives all users 15GB free which is enough to move most documents and files, however other paid options are available. I have then installed the Documents by Readdle application on to my iPad. The Documents app then allows you to sign in with Google Drive and easily transfer files to your iCloud or iPad storage. If you are using a Mac you can simply access Google Drive via the website.

The Documents app allowing drag to drop between Google Drive and iCloud.

3 – Microsoft Onenote

Microsoft OneNote is the perfect service for syncing all of your notes between your devices. OneNote allows you to write notes, draw and clip things from the web or use the OneNote canvas to place content wherever you want. OneNote offers applications on Android, iOS and Mac and they all sync once you have made a Microsoft account.

4 – Android Messages

Android Messages is the default messaging app on the Google Pixel line of phones, however, it is also available to download on the Google Play Store. The Android Messages application is nicely presented and also supports Google’s new RCS messaging service. The bonus of the application is you can visit from your iPad or Mac, scan the barcode that shows on the webpage with your Android Smartphone and then your messages will sync across. It may not be as good as Apple’s iMessage but it does the job.

5 – Brave Browser

The Brave Browser is a fast, private and secure web browser for PC, Mac and mobile. Brave is based on chromium which means it is built from the source code of Google Chrome, however it is lighter on resources and also blocks advertisements. Brave also has the benefit of loading desktop websites on the iPad in a similar fashion to Safari. Brave syncs your bookmarks and links between Mac, iOS and Android.

Hopefully, this article will prove useful for those of you that own both platforms. If you have any further suggestions please leave them in the comments below.

Hi all, I'm Alan and I am the main writer at I have a huge passion for technology and I am experienced at using both iOS and Android. I have previously worked for a major UK mobile network in a technical support role and I also represented Samsung at major product events such as IFA and MWC. I have decided to restart my blog during the COVID-19 lockdown and it is also a great opportunity to share my passion for technology with all of you.


  1. This is amazing! As an owner of both android and iOS i do find it increasingly difficult to sync between the two.

    Thank you for your insight Alan, keep up the good work!


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