So, you’ve finally decided that it’s time to part with your Android smartphone and get an iPhone. Choosing the right model is not so difficult, but you probably do not want to lose all the data: your contact list, calendar plans and photos or videos taken on your previous smartphone. Well, Apple offers a great and simple solution.
Apple does not often create an application for Android. Moreover, there are only three of them, two of which are devoted to music. But today we are not interested in them at all, we will pay attention to the third application, which is called “Move to iOS” and is designed to transfer all data from your Android smartphone to the new iPhone as easily and without loss of information.
The “Move to iOS” app was created for iOS 9, so please note that it will only work with iPhones running iOS 9 or later. So, starting with iPhone 5, you can use it on all devices. Not only that, the app is compatible with iPad (5th generation and up), iPad mini (2nd generation and up) and iPod Touch 6th generation. On Android, the app is available for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and later.
Preparing to transfer data
The first and foremost thing you should, or rather should not, do is update your iPhone or other iOS device before the app is loaded. “Move to iOS” is designed to work with a device with factory settings (they can be reset if you are using a used device). So do not complicate your task and use the clean factory settings.
As for the smartphone on Android, before transferring information, it is best to arrange a general cleaning on it. This means that you have to get rid of all unnecessary files, messages, videos, photos and, of course, applications. Even the list of contacts can be cleaned, because when else will such an opportunity present itself?
After you install the application on your Android smartphone, it’s time for the main preparation: connect both smartphones to charge, make sure everything is in order. Be sure to check the connection of devices to Wi-Fi and preferably, do not download anything in parallel with the data transfer, so as not to clog the channel. Also check for free space on your iPhone. It would seem that this is an unnecessary action, but do not forget that many Android devices support external memory cards that allow you to expand the memory up to 256GB or more. iPhone users do not have this luxury, so it may turn out that a 64GB iPhone simply cannot cope with such a volume of data. Therefore, be careful.
Right at startup, the iPhone will ask you how you want to restore your data. From an old iPhone, this can be done through iTunes or iCloud. You can also use a clean iPhone with no old data (I wonder how often users do this?). But, of course, we are interested in the last menu bar, namely, transferring data from Android. Everything is very simple and intuitive, so you definitely will not get confused.
Next, we have to go to the Android device and launch the freshly downloaded “Move to iOS” application. First, of course, you will have to read the terms of the user agreement. It may take from a few seconds to several hours, but as soon as you accept the conditions, a window will appear in front of you asking you to find out your code (Find Your Code). Here you can safely click “Next”.
After pressing the button, we return back to the new iPhone, where the “Continue” button appeared in the window for transferring information from Android. By clicking on it, you will find out the same code that was announced on Android. So far, everything is pretty simple and clear, right?
Again we return to the Android smartphone and this time without difficulty and further delays we enter the received code. Once the device has processed the code, which takes moments, you can finally choose which data to transfer.
There are several options: contacts, message history, photos and videos, browser bookmarks, e‑mail accounts and calendars. You will most likely want to transfer everything, so choose everything.
Another good news is that Apple will try to restore free apps to iOS counterparts. Of course, most likely this will not work with all applications, but in most cases, you can always find, if not the same applications that you are used to, then similar in functionality. So don’t worry!
The less good news is that apps purchased from the Google Play Store will likely have to be repurchased.
The easiest, but the most protracted. Of course, transferring all data, especially photos, videos and other files, will take some time. Not only that, even at the moment when the Android smartphone decides that the deed is done and informs you about it, it may turn out that the iPhone is still processing the received food for thought. Therefore, until both devices agree that the data transfer was successful, do not touch them, do not disconnect from the network or Wi-Fi. It is better to do other things at this time.
Of course, at some point, maybe in half an hour, or maybe in two hours, the data will finally be transferred. Once the download bar on iPhone is full, you can click on the “Done” button on Android and “Continue” on iOS.
After that, of course, the work is not over, as you have to continue installing and configuring the operating system on the iPhone. This won’t be a difficult task even if you’re using iOS for the first time, because the system is very easy to use and intuitive.
But the Android device is waiting for zeroing. Do not forget to delete all information, all data and settings, especially if you plan to sell or give your smartphone to someone to use.
If you are planning to change your Android smartphone to iPhone, you should pay attention to modern iPhone models.
iPhone 8 is powered by the powerful Apple A11 Bionic processor, a processor designed specifically to support machine learning. The all-glass body has an incredibly stylish and fashionable appearance, and the filling of the iPhone 8 guarantees speed. This smartphone improves on everything we loved about previous iPhones, including the addition of the long-awaited support for wireless charging.
The camera is able to create sharper and brighter images than ever before.
For fans of flagship devices and future technologies, the iPhone X is ideal. This smartphone needs no introduction, and already its innovations provide a great reason to change your Android device to iPhone. iPhone X is equipped with the most advanced biometric facial recognition system available today. The large frameless Super Retina display is an improved, even brighter and more contrasting version of Retina screens. It has a diagonal of 5.8 inches, while the smartphone itself does not seem huge at all. There is only a TrueDepth camera on the screen, which allows you to take photos and unlock your smartphone. Inside the iPhone X runs the Apple A11 Bionic, capable of performing up to 600 billion operations per second.
Well, Apple definitely has something to brag about, because every year the number of iPhone fans is only growing! If you want to move from iOS to Android, then be sure to follow our tips in the material How to move from iOS to Android.