Were you fascinated by the new features of the iOS 14 operating system? We know it: Apple’s world is truly fascinating and tempting. Surely that is the main reason why many people join this bitten apple family every day, especially if it is their phones. However, the change can be a bit traumatic if you don’t know how to switch from Android to iPhone. But rest assured, that’s what we’re here for.
If you are used to the Google ecosystem and its team of manufacturers, the transition could present some difficulties, but we will guide you step by step. You will learn how to transfer your contacts, move your precious music, videos and photos, and find equivalent services in iOS to replace what you are leaving behind. We will also help you get started with some tips and show you how to take advantage of what your new iPhone has to offer.
What you’re leaving behind
As you prepare to leave Android, it’s worth considering what you can’t take with you. It is clear that your phone case is not going to be compatible with your new iPhone, and the charger will not be either, but there is the possibility that any other Android accessory you have purchased may be. If those accessories depend on Bluetooth to connect, then they will work well with the iPhone, as most have compatibility with Apple products as standard. Even traditional headphones will work with the latest iPhones, though you’ll have to buy a Lightning 3.5mm adapter.
Obviously, you can’t carry your Android apps with you, but there are many excellent options on iOS, so you can replace the vast majority. You can say goodbye to home screen customization, you really won’t find it on iOS. Last but not least, there is the question of what to do with your old phone. Your best option could be to erase everything by doing a factory reset and sell it, because you will need some money for that new iPhone that you love so much.
Use the app Move to iOS
First of all we have to mention Apple’s Move to iOS application, which is available for free in the Google Play Store and is capable of transferring contacts, message history, photos, videos, web bookmarks, email accounts and calendars to your new iPhone. We suggest you ignore negative reviews, as this is a product of the rivalry between Android and iOS users rather than a reflection of how well the app works. Simply download and install it on your old Android phone, and follow the instructions to copy the content you want to transfer.
If you prefer not to use the Apple app, or for whatever reason it doesn’t work for you, don’t worry as we have many alternative methods below.
How to transfer your contacts
Naturally, you will want to carry your contacts with you, and there are several ways to do it. Start with this guide on how to transfer your contacts between iPhone and Android, and you’ll find the process easy to use using Gmail and iTunes. We warn you that the video is in English, but the steps are easy to follow.
How to switch from Google to Apple services
When we explain how to switch from iPhone to Android, we take a look at all the Google services you could consider using to replace Apple’s offerings, but doing the opposite is much easier because the Google services you’ve been using on Android are also available on iOS. . You can find a complete list on this iTunes page.
Google Maps, Chrome, YouTube Music (formerly Google Play Music), Google Drive and even Google Assistant, among other things, can be enjoyed on iOS. It is possible that they work a little differently than their Android counterparts, but if you are used to using any of them, their presence on iOS will certainly help you feel at home.
Of course, there are still plenty of alternatives that are set as the default options on your new iPhone. We mention the most basic in the world of Apple, with a brief description.
- iTunes: Good for buying and organizing your music, movies, TV shows, apps, audiobooks, and more.
- Safari web browser: You can sync bookmarks on all your Apple devices.
- iCloud: It can back up your files, contacts, calendars, and photos.
- Maps: Self-explanatory. For step-by-step instructions and many premium optional extra features.
- iMovie and GarageBand: For creative people in the world of audio and video. Easy and intuitive.
- Keynote, Pages and Numbers: For functionality at work or studies.
- iBooks: Wide collection of electronic books
- iTunes U: One of the largest collections of free educational content available.
How to transfer photos, videos and music
Backing up your precious memories is vital, so first of all we recommend making a backup. Once this is done, if you want to copy files through a wired connection, connect your Android phone to your computer with a USB-C or Micro USB to USB cable. Check the Notifications area on your Android phone and make sure it’s connected. It should automatically connect in media transfer mode (MTP).
At this point, a popup window should toappear on your PC, which will offer you several options, such as ‘Open Device to see Files’. Alternatively, you can go to Start> Computer, and look for it in the list. Browse to the files you want to copy, and drag and drop them onto your computer (drag and drop).
Now, to transfer the files from your computer to your iPhone, you can connect your phone to your PC and open iTunes. Find and select your device in the left pane of iTunes, click on the ‘Applications’ tab, and then scroll down to find the ‘File Sharing’ section. Choose the application you want to transfer the file to, and then drag and drop the file from your computer to iTunes in the space on the right.
If you want to transfer all your photos, first make sure that all the new photos you have on your iPhone are backed up, then select your device in iTunes again, and choose the Photos tab above. Make sure the Synchronize Photos box is checked, and tap on the drop-down menu to choose Copy Files from Folder. Now choose the photo folder you want to transfer, but be careful: you can lose any photo you have on your iPhone when you do this, so we reiterate the importance of a backup first.
Forgetting about cables and using the cloud to transfer files can be much easier. You can log in and use iCloud, but remember you only get 5GB free. You can always beef it up with Google Drive, Google Photos, Microsoft OneDrive, DropBox, or another cloud service.
You can access any movie, music or books you have purchased through Google Play in your iPhone browser, or by downloading the appropriate Google iOS application. For example, if you have been using Google Play Books on Android, simply download the Google Play Books app for iOS and you will be able to access your collection instantly. If you’ve been backing up files to Google Drive or uploading photos to Google Photos, then you can do the same thing: download the iOS apps so you’ll have instant and easy access to sync.
It is easy to transfer files using other cloud solutions. Most of the big names, like Dropbox, have Android and iOS apps, so just download the app, enter your account details, and copy everything you need.
It makes a lot of sense to import your music into iTunes, and this is easily done. Make sure you have Music Manager for Google Play Music installed on your computer, or Google Play Music installed on your Chrome browser, and select Download my library in the tab to download. Choose the folder you want to download to and then start iTunes and go to File> Add folder to library, choose the same folder and everything will be copied.
Move your text messages
Often it doesn’t matter leaving old text messages behind when you switch to a new phone. Most of them are lost without regret, but there are few times that you have a special goodbye or a romantic message that you want to keep. Unfortunately, there is only one way to do it, and it comes straight from Apple. It’s the Move to iOS app mentioned above, which can also transfer your contacts, photos, videos, email accounts, web bookmarks, and calendars.
* Updated by Rodrigo Orellana on June 24, 2020.