How to switch from Android to iOS

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So you want to know how to switch from Android to iOS. Here's how to move contacts, apps, photos, music, and pretty much everything you need from an Android smartphone to an iPhone. If you are an Android user who is thinking of moving to iPhone (or if you have already made the transition from Android to iOS), you may be worried about transferring all your data: music, photos, videos, contacts, calendar and so on. - and you want nothing to be lost in the process.




Fortunately, you are in the right place. The good news is that transferring data from Android to iPhone, such as contacts, music, photos, videos and apps from an Android phone to iPhone couldn't be easier - it turns out that Google is great in this area. Even better, Apple has a specific Android app to guide you through the process.

Switch from Android to iOS with Move to iOS

Apple's Android Move to iOS app is for wirelessly transferring data “contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts and calendars” from an Android phone to the new iPhone.

You will also be given some app recommendations. The switching process will suggest all the free apps that were on your Android device and which are also available on the Apple App Store, helping you to transfer data from Android to iPhone quickly and easily, but the paid apps you owned on Android they will have to be purchased again on iOS, unfortunately.


If you're starting over with a new iPhone, you'll see a page titled during initial setup Apps and data. Here is the option for transfer data from Android to iPhone. Select this then go to your Android phone and install the Move to iOS app from the Google Play Store.



Launch it, tap Continue, accept the Terms and Conditions, allow the app to access contacts, messages and other required things, then page titled Find your code tap NEXT.

Back on your iPhone, you should see a screen titled Move from Android. Touch Continue and you will be presented with a code. Type this into the Android app, select the data you want to move, then tap Next and the process should begin.


Once completed, finish setting up your iPhone, you should now have all the contacts, music, photos, videos and apps that were on your Android phone on your iPhone

Apple offers more details on the Move to iOS app here and the app is available in the Google Play Store. (You might be surprised at the app's respectable rating. When it first launched, the reviews were brutal.)

This app greatly simplifies the transition from Android to iPhone. But there are other ways to get the job done.


How to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone

There are two ways to switch from Android to iOS. We'll cover both of them below, but if you've been using your Android phone for any length of time we highly recommend trying them out in the order listed.

1. Transfer contacts using a Google account (easy)

If you use your Android phone and Google account (Gmail, Google Play, etc.) for any length of time, all your contacts are likely to be synced with your Google account. At least the ones you use most often should be there.


Make sure you have backed up your Android phone, then go to Settings and choose Accounts and synchronization or similar. The variation between the different active versions of Android and the different modified versions provided by the various cell phone manufacturers makes it difficult to be precise on the wording. For example on our Samsung Galaxy S9 it is in Settings> Accounts and Backup> Accounts.


Enter your Gmail account details and enable synchronization. Your phone contacts and Google contacts should now sync.

So, unlock your new iPhone. Open the app Settings, scroll down and tap Account and password (o Mail, Contacts, Calendars in some older versions of iOS), then add your Gmail account. Make sure contacts are enabled for the account. Now you should find that, after a few minutes, all your Google contacts are in your iPhone, have you seen how easy it was to transfer data from Android to iPhone, in this case the contacts?

2. Transfer contacts with a Google account (advanced)

To make sure this process always works in the future, consider doing the following, either on your iPhone after following the steps above or on your Android before proceeding:

  1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone.
  2. Select Passwords and Accounts (or Mail, Contacts, Calendars on older versions of iOS).
  3. Select Add account.
  4. Select More.
  5. Select Add CardDAV Account.
  6. Enter your account information in the following fields:
  7. Server: enter "google.com"
  8. Username: Enter your full Google account or Google Apps email address.
  9. Password: Your Google account or Google Apps password. (If you've enabled XNUMX-Step Verification, you'll need to generate and enter an application-specific password.)
  10. Description: Enter a description of the account (such as Personal Contacts).
  11. Select Next at the top of the screen.
  12. Make sure the Contacts option is set to ON.

Once the Android data transfer process is complete, open the Contacts app on your device and syncing will automatically begin between your iPhone and Google. Whenever you set up a smartphone, Google should have the key to all your contacts.



How to use an Android SIM on an iPhone

This only works if your Android phone is the same size as your iPhone's SIM. Of course, you can shrink a larger SIM to fit it, but only do this as a last resort - if you get your SIM wrong your contacts are lost forever.

First, save all the contacts on the Android phone in its SIM. Then, insert the SIM into your iPhone, being careful not to misrepresent the iPhone SIM. Finally, go on Settings and select Contact Us (o Mail , Contact Us , Calendars in previous versions of iOS) and tap Import SIM contacts.

When done, you can replace the iPhone SIM card with the original card.

How to transfer apps between Android and iPhone

There is no easy way to upgrade from Android to iOS. If you paid for an app on Google Play, you will probably have to pay again on the Apple App Store.

This is the bad news. The good news is that in almost all cases the app you like to use on Android will be available on iOS, and if the app relies on user accounts and logins, the details you use on one are likely to work on the other. And hopefully any in-app purchases, extra content you've purchased, or services you've signed up for via the Android app will be accessible on your iPhone.

Open the App Store on your new iPhone, create an Apple ID account if needed, and start searching for the apps you love. And remember that there may be free alternatives.

How to transfer photos and videos from Android to iPhone

There are a couple of easy ways to do this. The first involves installing a data transfer app.

1. Use of data transfer apps

You can find several of these apps on the Apple App Store, but remember that you also need to install the related app on your Android phone via the Google Play Store. We recommend PhotoSync (iOS / Android) as it is updated regularly, which means you shouldn't experience any issues with the latest versions of Android and iOS.

Simply install the app of your choice on both your Android and iPhone and you will be guided through the process of moving files from one to the other.

2. Using iTunes

The other way to move photos from Android to iPhone is to use a computer with iTunes. Since the launch of macOS Catalina, Apple has retired the software, but if you're running an older version or using a Windows PC, you'll still have access to iTunes. You just need to find the photos and videos on your Android phone, move them to your computer, sync them to iTunes, then sync your new iPhone with iTunes. A similar process works for music.

To transfer your photos from Android to iPhone, simply connect your Android phone to your PC or Mac. Choose the photos and videos you want to move and drag them to a folder on your computer. For simplicity, we would create a new folder on the desktop called "Transfer Photos".

Now connect your iPhone to PC or Mac, open iTunes and click on your iPhone. Click Photos, select the "Sync photos from" checkbox, and choose the folder where you saved the photos. Click Apply and the photos will be synced to your iPhone.

3. Using Google Photos

Alternatively, you can use Google Photos to access Android photos and videos on iOS without actually having to save all the files on your phone. To do this, first download the Google Photos app on your Android device and backup your Gallery. Then download the app on iOS and log into your Google account.

From here, you will be able to access any of your photos or videos when you have an active internet connection. Alternatively, you can select all your files and tap the three-dot icon in the top right to save them all to your device.

It's a bit longer process as you have to upload and then download the entire gallery from the cloud, but it's easier than using iTunes.

How to Transfer Music from Android to iPhone

The principle here is similar to that of transferring photos from Android to iPhone. You need to get music files from your Android and on your PC or Mac, then get those files to iTunes and sync your iPhone.

The critical step here is backing up your Android to a PC or Mac. Since most Android devices can be mounted and used as external storage, this can be as simple as dragging all the music files from the mounted Android phone's folder structure. and move them to the music folder on your PC or Mac.

Now install and open iTunes on your computer, as long as you're not using macOS Catalina. Go to library and click Music. Open the folder where you have your music files and drag them to iTunes Music view.

Now connect your iPhone, click iPhone and click Music. You can choose to sync your entire library or select just the songs or artists you just added. Then click Synchronize and the songs will be added to your iPhone.

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