Switch from Android to iOS is a long-running and seemingly never-ending debate. These two mobile operating system giants are locked in an unending battle for supremacy. However, iOS appears to be winning this battle, at least for now (I am not being biased, it’s a fact).
I must say, you are making a smart decision if you are joining the iOS family. However, I don’t mean to say that choosing Android is a foolish choice, but iOS has its own perks.
It goes without saying that the iPhone is the most popular smartphone today because of the ease of use and privacy features it offers.
Maybe you don’t like the idea of your current phone tracking most of your activities and sending data like browsing history, location, search terms and many similar things to Google without your consent.
Whatever the reason may be, you are always welcome to the iOS family (if I say ‘family’ one more time, think of me as Dominic Toretto of the iOS family).
In order to make your journey from Android to iOS super easy, this article will tell you how Android and iOS are different, what essential things to consider when you make the switch, and how to transfer data from your Android phone to the brand-new iPhone.
Know the Basics
You will experience a lot of differences while using iOS if you have had Android your entire life.
It will definitely be a good experience, that’s for sure. You might be wondering if it is that difficult.
I assure you it is not at all difficult. But while switching, you should at least need to know the basics of your smartphones, what you should be looking forward to, and what you will be leaving behind while saying goodbye to your Android.
The Built-In Apps Will Differ
On Android, you had Google, Gmail, the Play Store, and others.
Here, on your iOS device, you need to get familiar with Mail, Safari, the App Store, Apple Music, and many others.
Apple will also have fewer options for apps as compared to Android. If compared, Apple has around 2.26 million apps in the App Store while Android has 3.4 million apps.
Don’t worry about this though; the quality of apps will not be compromised as Apple maintains strict guidelines for developers to develop apps for iOS.
If you had asked me about customization a few years back, I would have said, “We Don’t Do That Here” in Black Panther’s voice. However, things have changed recently with iOS 15 and iOS 16.
You can customize many things now. Nonetheless, you don’t have many options compared to Android. There are just a few available that you can use for customization.
You Have to Make Apple ID Your New Friend
You have to create your own Apple ID, which can be used on all other Apple devices as well. Additionally, transferring files between Apple devices is as smooth as butter.
Apple has its very own drive known as iCloud where you can store all your data. Moreover, in order to get back up on your computer, you just need iTunes or iCloud. No hassle!
Get Ready to Download Updates of All Apps Every Next Day
Personally, it’s a hassle for me, but it is good for the security and performance of the app.
On iOS, you have to be prepared to get software updates frequently.
With these software updates, you will get many new features, mainly security and bug fixes. Whereas, Android will not provide you with such frequent updates.
You Need to Buy a Charger
Earlier, this wasn’t the case, but Apple has now stopped providing chargers and earphones. So be prepared to buy charger and AirPods separately.
You Will Love the New Emojis
All pros and cons aside, and with the change of Emojis on one hand.We all know Apple has the best-looking emojis.
You will notice changes like emoji will look more three-dimensional on the iPhone. Additionally, you will also have your own personalized avatar, Memoji.
Sharing Is Easy with other iOS Users, But not Android Users
It won’t be easy to share files with Android users, as you won’t be able to use wireless methods for file sharing easily. However, in order to instantly share files with other iOS users, you can use AirDrop.
You need to find a different means of transferring data from your iPhone to Android.
Super Easy Navigation without Buttons
Get used to not having a back button or no buttons at all. Apple doesn’t have a back button like Android, so you will be using a lot of swiping on the screen to go to previous page. Don’t view it as a limitation, because you won’t need any back buttons on iOS.
The major thing that you need to consider the most is how to transfer all these years of data to iOS from Android. I am quite confident you will get used to all the things listed above once you start using iOS regularly, but getting your data is more important.
With iOS nerds guiding you through the whole process, you don’t need to worry about anything. Allow me to walk you through the transferring process.
How to Transfer Contacts from Android to iOS
Transferring contacts is not that big of a deal. There are many ways you can transfer your contacts from Android to iOS.
You can use either Gmail, iTunes, vCard, or simply just merge Google contacts into the iPhone contact app when you add a Google account to your device.
You can even opt for the Move to iOS app, which is an official app by Apple specifically to transfer data from Android to iOS.
How to Transfer Photos, Videos, and Music from Android to iOS
If only there were just a few photos to transfer, that could be done manually. Nevertheless, if you have a dozen images and videos, then other options need to be considered.
All of the music, movies, TV shows, e-books, and other items purchased from the Play Store are accessible via Google’s iOS apps—you can even download these items for offline use.
If you backed up your photos and videos taken with the Camera app using Google Photos or another cloud service, you can access them on an iPhone.
For example, if you configure Dropbox for Android to automatically back up your photos and videos, they are saved in the Camera Roll folder and accessible from any device, including your iPhone.
You can also transfer them from Google Photos or Dropbox to iCloud.
How to Transfer Text Messages and WhatsApp Messages from Android to iOS
You don’t want to lose your old text messages when you switch phones. Unfortunately, we only know of one way to do this, and it comes directly from Apple.
It’s the Move to iOS app. It transfers your text messages and WhatsApp messages from Android to iOS easily.
However, this can be done only via the “Move to iOS” app, which can be installed on your Android phone, and you have to follow the instructions given on your phone.
That’s it! These are the things you need to keep in mind while switching from Android to iOS.
If you still face any trouble, feel free to reach us through the comment box and we will be happy to help you.