How to switch to an iPhone from Android

Long-term Android users may have been tempted to switch to an Apple iPhone at various points. 

The debate over whether the latest Samsung Galaxy device or the current premium Apple iPhone is unlikely to be settled one way or the other. 

This is largely due to the fact that many of the factors basically amount to personal preference – which is the device and software that is most closely suited to your own requirements?

Those who are seriously considering taking the plunge and purchasing a new iPhone will want to give some thought to the practicalities of doing so. 

With this in mind, we've come up with a list of some key pointers to bear in mind as you switch. 

Data transfer

Top of the list will be transferring all of your contacts list, as well as any treasured photos and videos, over to your new device. 

Apple has made this process very straightforward with the introduction of the Move to iOS app, which will even transfer any Chrome bookmarks to your new iPhone. 

All you have to do is tap 'Move Data from Android' while setting up the new smartphone with iOS 9. Once this is done, open the Move to iOS app on the Android device, tap continue and wait for a code to be delivered. 

This code can then be entered on the Android device, at which point a Transfer Data screen will appear. After this, all you have to do is select the content you want to transfer – and make sure you're hooked up to a good Wi-Fi connection – leave both devices alone, wait for the process to complete and continue setting up your iPhone. 

App Store

Those who have had a Google Play account for some time and are heavy app users may want to ask themselves how much they have invested in this store. 

Any apps they simply cannot imagine living without will need to be re-purchased, as there is currently no way to transfer purchases of a Google Play app to its Apple App Store equivalent. 

However, if you only had a few apps you won't be heartbroken to lose – or you are willing to make the necessary repurchases – then this aspect of the transition to iOS will be nothing to worry about. 

You will even be able to stick with many of your branded Google services such as Gmail or Docs, as those apps can be downloaded for free. 

Essential apps

While the iPhone comes with many useful apps preinstalled, there are some essentials you will not want to do without – and this is particularly the case for those transferring from Android. 

Using the Google Chrome web browser app is a no-brainer for Android users – and this is also popular with many long-standing Apple fans who don't find the default Safari browser as user-friendly. 

Google Maps is another app you might want to keep using from your Android days. This was formerly preinstalled with iPhones, but has since been muscled out in favour of Apple's own equivalent. This has been notoriously unpopular and buggy – and although considerable improvements have been made to the software since its launch, many prefer to stick with Google Maps. 

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Written by Mazuma

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