There are so many things to think about if you are considering a switch from Android to iPhone. However, your most important concern would likely be about your apps and data.
Is it easy to switch from Android to iPhone? Can you move all your favorite apps to your new iPhone? How about your photos, videos and music? What happens to all your contacts, messages, reminders and alarms?
This article provides answers to all these questions, and more.
Part 1: Is it easy to switch from Android to iPhone?
A few years ago it was unbelievably difficult to even consider switching from Android to iPhone. However, with the invention of so many transfer apps, including Apple’s official app, it has become so much easier to switch from Android to iPhone.
While it has become easier to switch from Android to iPhone, it has not become ‘completely easy’. When you switch to an iPhone, you would be starting a totally new operating system. And it has remained difficult – or impossible in some cases – to transfer important things like your apps or app data, mobile games and music.
Part 2: Why is it difficult to perfectly switch from Android to iPhone?
The central reason why it is difficult to switch from Android to iPhone is because of the differences in operating systems (OS) of both products, and the rivalry between two of the world’s biggest tech companies, Apple and Google.
iPhones primarily run on the iOS operating system which was created by Apple specifically for Apple products. On the other hand, Android phones run on the Android OS which boasts Google as the major developer.
However, this is not where the problem stops. Money is another reason why people face difficulties switching between Android and iPhone. Take music for example. You cannot easily transfer your downloaded music content from your Android to an iPhone because Apple has a dedicated music app, called Apple Music. This app requires recurring monthly/annual payment subscriptions which fetches Apple billions of dollars annually. This is similar for Google Music.
Furthermore, it is difficult to transfer apps from Android to iPhone because both Google and Apple have different app stores. Google uses the Google Play store, while Apple has the App Store. Both app stores receive royalties from app developers, which provides both companies a lucrative stream of income. Therefore, unless you find a powerful third party tool, you would need to download all your apps from Apple’s App store when you switch from Android, which means you may lose some apps that are not available at App Store and all the app data on your Android phone.
Part 3: What should I know before switching from Android to iPhone?
Before switching to an iPhone, here are 2 things you should know:
- Back up all your data: Regardless of the promises from any transfer app, you should absolutely back up all the data on your Android before you transfer them to the iPhone. You should back up all your photos, calendars, address books, photos, videos and music, among others. You can either back up your data to PC or use the "Back up my data" feature, found under “Backup & reset" – on some devices, this option may be under "Cloud and Accounts" – in Settings on your Android phone.
- Verify your username and password on all apps: Most social media apps, taxi apps, dating apps, banking apps and food delivery apps will almost certainly ask you to sign in with your username, email, phone number or password on a new iPhone. Therefore, before you switch from your Android, make sure you verify all your login details. Make sure your phone number and email are functional and make sure you remember or change your password.
Part 4: How to make switching from Android to iPhone easy?
It is easier than ever before to make a switch from Android to iPhone, here are the best 3 tools to help you achieve it:
1. Official Apple tool to switch from Android to iPhone (Cannot migrate app data)
Move to iOS is Apple’s official app to help Android users move seamlessly to an iPhone. It supports moving many types of data and apps like your Contacts, Messages, Photos, Videos, Bookmarks and mail accounts. However, Move to iOS cannot transfer your calendar, eBooks, most app data, and etc.
Here is how you can switch from Android to iPhone with Move to iOS:
- Download the Move to iOS app from the Google Play store on your Android phone.
- While setting up your new iPhone, tap on "Apps & Data" and on "Move Data from Android". Your iPhone will create a private Wi‑Fi network and find your nearby Android device.
- Enter the security code on your Android select the data you wish to transfer and tap on “Next”. After this, you simply need to wait for the transfer to be completed.
2. Completely migrate WhatsApp data from Android to iPhone
iTransor Pro is an excellent PC tool and one of the rare trusted tools for switching WhatsApp and all WhatsApp data from Android to iPhone. Your phones do not need to meet any special requirements, and it supports migrating your WhatsApp message history, attachments, photos, documents, videos, contacts and voice messages.
Here is how you can migrate WhatsApp while switching from Android to iPhone using iTransor Pro:
- Download the program to your PC and install it.
- Click on Transfer WhatsApp on the app connect both your Android and iPhone via the appropriate USB cables.
- Next, you click on Transfer. Follow the on screen instructions and wait until the transfer process is completed.
3. Migrate all media files from Android to iPhone
Dropbox is a world-class cloud service app and web tool. It is used by millions of people around the world and makes it very easy to save, back up, share and restore over 175 different types of files. Dropbox offers 2 Gigabyte of free storage and 2 Terabytes of encrypted storage for a monthly fee of $9.99.
It is an excellent option for transferring your media files like your photos, videos and non-DRM music.
Here is how you can migrate media files while switching from Android to iPhone with Dropbox:
Before You Start
Because this is a cloud platform, your devices would need to be connected to the internet, preferably Wi-Fi because it might use up a lot of your data.
- Download and install the Dropbox app on both your Android and iPhone. It is available on the Google Play store and the App Store.
- Open the app on your Android and sign up for a Dropbox account – if you don’t already have one. You will immediately be shown all the data you can back up to the app. Select all your media files and wait for the process to complete.
- Open the Dropbox app on the iPhone and sign in using the same login details from your Android. You can then see and download all the data you backed up on your Android.