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How to switch from android to iphone

Switching from Android to iOS can be daunting — you’re not just switching to a new device, you’re switching to an entirely new operating system.

But it turns out that the switch itself actually might be the easiest part.

Back in 2015, Apple introduced an Android app called Move to iOS — one of only two apps that Apple has made for Android (Apple Music being the other).

The Move to iOS app is intended to help Android users seamlessly swap to an iPhone without losing their important data, like contacts, photos, calendars, and more.

The app is a key part of making the switch, but there are a few other steps along the way before you can get started with your new iPhone.

Here’s everything you need to do to switch from an Android device to an iPhone:

Step 1: Back up all your data.

Before making the permanent switch to a new device, make sure all your data is backed up.

On your Android device, go to your settings and look for “Backup & reset” (on some devices, this option may be under “Cloud and Accounts”). Then, check to make sure you have a working email address listed under “Backup account” and ensure “Back up my data” is set to “On.”

Step 2: Download the Google Photos app.

For many people, preserving their photos is a major concern when switching to a new device.

There are ways to transfer your photos in one batch along with all the rest of your data (more on that in a minute), but using Google Photos is a smart precautionary measure.

The Google Photos app works on both Android and iOS devices. The app also offers unlimited storage and automatic backups, so it’s a good idea to use it all the time, not just when switching to a new phone.

Before you start the switch, download the app if you don’t have it already. Then, allow it to backup all the photos in your camera roll. When you set up your new iPhone, just add the Google Photos app, sign in, and you should see all your photos.

Step 3: On your new iPhone, begin the setup process until you get to the screen that says “Apps & Data.”

And while you’re at it, plug both of your phones (old Android, new iPhone) into a power source.

Step 4: On your Android phone, download Apple’s Move to iOS app.

Move to iOS is available to anyone with a phone or tablet running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later.

Move to iOS transfers much of your existing Android data to an iOS device without you having to manually transfer it or back it up on a computer. The app can transfer your c ontacts, m essage history, photos and videos, w eb bookmarks, m ail accounts, and c alendars.

To get started, power on your new iPhone. During the setup process on the iPhone, select the option that says “Move Data from Android” and look for a 12-digit code to enter into the Android app.

Your iPhone will then create its own private WiFi network in order to transfer all your data over.

And yes, this will copy over the photos you just backed up with Google Photos. It’s probably overkill, but having your photos saved to both your new device and the cloud can’t hurt.

Step 5: Start the transfer. This may take a while .

After the process is over, you’ll see a prompt on your old device that encourages you to take it to an Apple Store to be recycled.

You should also see an option on your iPhone to finish setting up the device.

Step 6: Download all your favorite apps onto your iPhone.

Unfortunately, apps don’t transfer from Android to iOS — you’ll have to manually download each app to your new device.

Plus, if you paid for any apps on the Google Play Store, you’ll likely have to purchase them all over again.

Otherwise, all the rest of your relevant data should now be loaded onto your new device.

Just make sure to hang on to your Android phone until you’re sure everything transferred over. When you’re ready to sell or donate it — or even just let it gather dust in a drawer — make sure you restore the old device to its factory settings.

Ready to transfer to iOS? Download the Move to iOS app to get help switching from your Android device to your new iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

If you can’t use the Google Play Store, learn how to download Move to iOS.

How to switch from android to iphone

Before you begin

  • On your Android device, make sure that Wi-Fi is turned on.
  • Plug your new iOS device and your Android device into power.
  • Make sure that the content you’re moving, including what’s on your external Micro SD card, will fit on your new iOS device
  • If you want to transfer your Chrome bookmarks, update to the latest version of Chrome on your Android device.

Tap Move Data from Android

While you set up your new iOS device, look for the Apps & Data screen. Then tap Move Data from Android. (If you already finished setup, you need to erase your iOS device and start over. If you don’t want to erase, just transfer your content manually.)

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Open the Move to iOS app

On your Android device, open the Move to iOS app and tap Continue. Read the terms and conditions that appear. To continue, tap Agree, then tap Next in the top-right corner of the Find Your Code screen.

Wait for a code

On your iOS device, tap Continue on the screen called Move from Android. Then wait for a ten-digit or six-digit code to appear. If your Android device shows an alert that you have a weak Internet connection, you can ignore the alert.

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Use the code

Enter the code on your Android device. Then wait for the Transfer Data screen to appear.

Choose your content and wait

On your Android device, select the content that you want to transfer and tap Next. Then — even if your Android indicates that the process is complete — leave both devices alone until the loading bar that appears on your iOS device finishes. The whole transfer can take a while, depending on how much content you’re moving.

Here’s what gets transferred: contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, and calendars. If they’re available on both Google Play and the App Store, some of your free apps will also transfer. After the transfer completes, you can download any free apps that were matched from the App Store.

Set up your iOS device

After the loading bar finishes on your iOS device, tap Done on your Android device. Then tap Continue on your iOS device and follow the onscreen steps to finish setup for your iOS device.

Finish up

Make sure that all of your content transferred. Music, Books, and PDFs need to be moved over manually.

Need to get the apps that were on your Android device? Go to the App Store on your iOS device to download them.

If you need help with the transfer

If you have issues moving your content, there are a couple of things that you can check:

  • Make sure that you leave both devices alone until the transfer finishes. For example, on your Android device, the Move to iOS app should stay onscreen the whole time. If you use another app or get a phone call on your Android before the transfer finishes, your content won’t transfer.
  • On your Android device, turn off apps or settings that might affect your Wi-Fi connection, like the Sprint Connections Optimizer or the Smart Network Switch. Then find Wi-Fi in Settings, touch and hold each known network, and forget the network. Then try the transfer again.
  • Restart both of your devices and try again.
  • On your Android device, turn off your cellular data connection. Then try the transfer again.

If you need help after the transfer

  • If Messages doesn’t work as expected after you transfer your content, get help.
  • If you don’t see apps from your Android device on your new iOS device, find and download them in the App Store on your new device.
  • You might find that only some content transferred and your iOS device ran out of space, or your iOS device might appear full even though the transfer didn’t finish. If so, erase your iOS device and start the transfer again. Make sure that your Android content doesn’t exceed the available space on your iOS device.

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Moving your photos, contacts, calendars, and accounts from your old Android phone or tablet to your new iPhone or iPad is easier than ever with Apple’s Move to iOS app. Apple’s first Android app, it hooks your old Android and new Apple device together over a direct Wi-Fi connection and transfers over all your data. While Move to iOS app transfers a lot of your data, it doesn’t transfer your apps (as they’re not compatible), music, or any of your passwords. Additionally, you can only transfer data from an Android phone or tablet to an iPhone or iPad running iOS 9 or higher. If you’ve got the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max, you’ll have no problem.

Products used in this guide

  • Apple’s new standard: iPhone 11 (From $699 at Apple)
  • Transfer your files: Move to iOS (Android app) (Free at Google Play Store)

How to move your data from Android to iPhone or iPad with Move to iOS

  1. Set up your iPhoneor iPad until you reach the screen titled “Apps & Data”.
  2. Tap the “Move Data from Android” option.
  3. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Play Store and search for Move to iOS.
  4. Open the Move to iOS app listing.
  5. Tap Install

Choose Open after it’s installed.

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Select Agree and then Next on the Android phone or tablet.

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On your Android device, enter the 12-digit code displayed on the iPhone or iPad.

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After entering the code, the Android device will connect with your iPhone or iPad over a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection and determine what data will be transferred.

It will ask whether you want to transfer your Google Account info (so that you can quickly log in on your new Apple device), Chrome bookmarks, text messages, contacts, and the photos and videos in your camera roll. Select everything you want to move over.

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Your Android phone or tablet will transfer the selected data over to your iPhone or iPad and place the appropriate content into the correct apps. The two devices will disconnect, and Android will prompt you to take your old device to the Apple Store, where they’ll recycle it for free.

Once the transfer process is complete, tap on Continue Setting Up iPhone or Continue Setting Up iPad on your device and carry on setting up a new Apple ID or logging into your existing one.

Once the setup process is completed, you’ll be prompted to log in to the accounts you transferred from your old Android device. Do that, and then you’re good to go!

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How long the transfer process takes varies depending on how much data you’re transferring — especially if you were storing many photos and videos. We transferred roughly 400MB of files, and it took about 8 minutes from starting to set up our iPhone to entering account passwords.

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What to Know

  • Use an app: Download the Move to iOS app at the Google Play Store and use it to transfer your contacts.
  • Use the Android SIM card: On Android, open Contacts. Tap Settings >Import/Export >Export >SIM card. Put the SIM card in your iPhone.
  • Use Google: Back up Contacts to Google. Add the Google app to the iPhone. Move the Contacts slider to On.

This article explains three ways to transfer the contacts from your Android address book to iPhone. The information applies to smartphones or tablets with Android 4.0 or higher and iPhones with iOS 9.3 or higher.

How to Use the Move to iOS App to Transfer Contacts

Apple makes transferring data from Android to iPhone easy with its Move to iOS app for Android devices, which is available in the Google Play store.

This app pulls together all the data on your Android device—contacts, text messages, photos and videos, calendar, email accounts, website bookmarks—and then imports them to your new iPhone over Wi-Fi. The process couldn’t be simpler.

Download the Move to iOS app from Google Play and get started.

How to switch from android to iphone

While it transfers your data, it doesn’t transfer your Android apps. Instead, it makes suggestions from the App Store based on the apps you have on your Android device. Matching free apps are suggested for download during the transfer. Matching paid apps are added to your App Store Wishlist for later purchase.

When switching phones, there’s a lot of data besides contacts you need to transfer. To learn all about that, check out What You Need to Know When Switching from Android to iPhone.

Use Your SIM Card to Transfer Contacts

If you are only interested in moving your contacts and not your other data, you can use the SIM card in your Android phone. Since you can store address book data on an Android SIM card, you can back up your contacts there and move them to your iPhone (the SIM cards need to be the same size in both devices, of course). All iPhones beginning with iPhone 5 use Nano SIMs.

Here’s what you need to do:

On your Android device, launch your Contacts app, tap on the menu button, and navigate to Settings. Find the Import/Export setting and tap it.

The following images show the steps on a Samsung device running Android Oreo. Your screens may look a little different, depending on the device you own, but the basic steps should be roughly the same.

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Tap the Export button. Then choose to export to the SIM card.

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Wait for the contacts to be exported to your SIM card.

When the export is complete, remove the SIM card from your Android phone and insert it into your iPhone.

On the iPhone, tap the Settings app to open it.

Tap Contacts (on some older versions of the iOS, this is Mail, Contacts, Calendars).

Tap Import SIM Contacts.

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When the import is done, your contacts will be available in the pre-installed Contacts app on your iPhone.

Use Google to Transfer Contacts

You can use the power of the cloud to move your contacts from Android to iPhone. In this case, using your Google account is the best choice because of both Android and iPhone support for it.

For this to work, you need a Google account. You almost certainly created one for your Android device.

To transfer your contacts, follow these steps:

On your Android device, back up your contacts to Google. The backup should happen automatically if you use your Google account on your device. You can also tap Settings > Account, the Google account you want to sync to, and then toggle Sync Contacts to On.

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With that done, add your Google account to your iPhone.

When the account is set up, you may be able to enable contact syncing right away. If not, go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts and tap the Gmail account.

Move the Contacts slider to the On (green) position, and the contacts you added to your Google account will sync to the iPhone.

How to switch from android to iphone

From now on, any change you make to your iPhone address book syncs to your Google account. You’ll have a complete copy of your address book in two places, safely backed up and ready to transfer to other devices as needed.

If you prefer, you can use Yahoo to sync your contacts to the iPhone rather than using Google. The process is similar.

Last Updated on December 8, 2020 by Ian McEwan

Switch Android to iPhone

Apple’s iPhone XS and XS Max are gorgeous, however, most of the ex-Android users must face the tough task of transferring photos from Android to a new iPhone. If done the wrong way, you risk losing important photos and memories.

How to switch from android to iphone

Luckily, with the right methods and tools, Android to iPhone photo transfer is now easy and safe. This guide gives you 3 of the best solutions on how to transfer photos from Android to iPhone.

Solution 1: Transfer Photos from Android to iPhone with Google Drive

You can use Google Drive to store most of the items you have in your phone including photos, music, documents and videos. To use this method, you must have a Google account.

  1. Visit Play Store and install Google Drive on your Android phone.
  2. Open the app and tap the Plus icon at the bottom right corner. Select ‘Upload’ and choose all the photos you want to upload. If you want to transfer the whole album, select the folder containing the photos.
  3. The files will be uploaded quickly to your Google Drive account. (Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network is highly recommended)
  4. Install Google Drive on your iPhone and open the app using the same Google Account.
  5. You’ll see the uploaded photos. Tap on the three dots below the photos you want to transfer > then tap ‘Send a copy’from the drop-down list. > Tap ‘Save image’ to download pic from Google Drive.

Note: However, unlike Google Drive on Android, it’s impossible to bulk download photos to your iPhone. That may take a while if you transfer all your photos from Android to iPhone with Google Drive.
Remember to give the Google Drive app permission by going to the settings > Privacy > Photos and enable Drive.

Solution 2: Transfer Photos from Android to iPhone Using Switch Mobile Transfer

Switch Mobile Transfer not only makes it easy to transfer photos from Android to iPhone but also the fastest and safest method. With a user-friendly interface and clear instructions, the software is compatible with thousands of mobile phones and only takes a single click to accomplish the task.

What’s more, Switch Mobile Transfer comes loaded with other features like: back up files to your computer, erase personal data from your old phone and restore backups from your computer or Cloud Service to your phone.

To use Switch Mobile Transfer:

  1. Launch the Switch Mobile Transfer software after installing it on your laptop. Connect both your Android device and iPhone via USB cables.
  2. Click on ‘Phone to Phone Transfer’ to access the data on your Android. Make sure the Android device is the Source (Use the flip button to switch the two devices).
  3. Check the photos box and click ‘Start Transfer.’ Your photos will quickly be transferred to your iPhone.

Solution 3: Transfer Pics from Android to iPhone Using Move to iOS

Apple has made it easy to transfer photos from your old Android device to your new iPhone. The Move to iOS app uses Wi-Fi connectivity to hook the two devices.

  1. While setting up your new iPhone, look for ‘App & Data’ screen
  2. Tap ‘Move Data from Android.’
  3. On your Android device, go to Play Store and install Move to iOS
  4. Once installed, open the app and tap continue.
  5. Still, on your Android, tap Agree > Next
  6. Tap continue on your iOS device to open a screen containing a special code. Enter the code on your Android device
  7. When the Transfer Data screen appears, select the photos you want to transfer and tap Next.
  8. When the photo transfer process is complete, tap ‘Continue setting up iPhone’ to finish set up.

However, if you miss the step 1, you must erase and reset your iPhone to get the code. And you cannot use these two mobiles during the transfer. Just like the warning from the Apple support “…Make sure that you leave both devices alone until the transfer finishes. For example, on your Android device, the Move to iOS app should stay onscreen the whole time. If you use another app or get a phone call on your Android before the transfer finishes, your content won’t transfer…

As you can see, there are various solutions on how to transfer photos from Android to iPhone. While most of them should work fine, using Switch Mobile Transfer gives you more control and zero risks on data loss.

Commentary: This Google fanboy lived with an iPhone for two months. What made him go back to Android?

Android users are embracing the iPhone. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, 30 percent of new iPhone buyers had switched from an Android device in the July-to-September 2015 quarter. And this week, Cook reiterated that the trend is accelerating, saying: “We were blown away by the level of Android switchers that we had last quarter [October through December]. It was the highest ever by far.”

As an avid Android user, I had never thought of switching, but was curious why others were jumping ship at higher rates. Was it the larger screens that debuted with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, finally bringing the iPhone to parity with Android phablets? Perhaps frustration over the lack of Android software updates?

I decided it was time to try iOS for myself. I removed the SIM card from my Moto X Pure and popped it into a brand-new iPhone 6S. I’ve used an iPhone on a few occasions for work purposes, but this would be the first time I was using an iPhone (albeit a temporary loaner) as my personal phone. That means not carrying my Android device with me for two months, which included a hectic week in Las Vegas for the CES trade show.

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I switched from the Moto X Pure to the iPhone 6S for two months.

I’ll state one obvious thing right up front: both Android and iOS, at this point, are very mature operating systems. They’re also, at this point, more similar than different from each other. And while I was moving from one high-end phone to another, I was focusing on software differences, not so much hardware ones, although I’ve included some below.

That said, here were the things that I noticed most when I went from Android to iOS.

Where Apple wins

Timely software updates

I started using the iPhone in early December and since then received two software updates (iOS 9.2 and iOS 9.2.1) with a third set to arrive shortly (iOS 9.3). And these software updates are available around the world, simultaneously, to all supported iPhones regardless of wireless carrier. As a result, iOS 9 is running on more than 75 percent of all iOS devices, which includes iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, according to Apple’s App Store Distribution page. Even more impressive, the company is still updating the iPhone 4S, which was released back in 2011.

Apple is still updating the iPhone 4S, which was released back in 2011.

For Google’s operating system, the situation couldn’t be more different. The latest operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, was released in late September and is found on less than 1 percent of Android devices. (You can thank the large number of Android hardware partners — and their insistence on customizing the OS — for that, but it’s still frustrating for the user.) Bottom line: Unless you are on one of Google’s Nexus devices, you rarely receive software updates on Android.

That’s not the case for Apple.

Apps still come to iOS first

It’s not nearly as bad as it used to be, but developers still tend to develop apps for iOS first. The live-streaming app Periscope was available on iOS two months before Android. Facebook’s Paper app and new Sports Stadium are only available for the iPhone, as is the the NYT Now app. Periscope’s new GoPro compatibility can only broadcast from iPhones for now as well. And the list goes on.

Touch ID is incredibly fast

I’ve used fingerprint sensors before, but Touch ID feels faster than the rest. I rarely saw the lock screen. A simple press on the home button would turn my screen on and unlock it within seconds. I also found Touch ID to be more reliable than others I have used, such as the one of the Nexus 6P and Samsung Galaxy S6.

Where Android still wins

Fast charging

I had to charge the iPhone at least once, sometimes twice during the work day. I’ve come to expect this with many smartphones, but charging the iPhone can be a real pain. It takes over 2 1/2 hours to go from zero to full.

A majority of recent high-end Android devices include a quick-charging feature. I could get about 8 hours of power from a 15-minute charge on my Moto X Pure. The huge market for iPhone battery packs and charging accessories shows that battery life remains a challenge for iPhone users.

Many recent high-end Android smartphones include a fast-charge feature.

Front-facing speakers

The Moto X Pure is one of a handful of Android devices that include front-facing speakers — a feature I desperately missed. The iPhone speakers sound clear, but they just don’t seem to get loud enough. I like to listen to music when I take showers. The speakers on the Moto X were able to get loud enough to overcome the sound of the water, but this wasn’t the case for the iPhone. I ended up having to pair it to a Bluetooth speaker to get my morning music fix.

OS-level Google integration

It’s scary how much I rely on Google for both work and personal use. While the search giant has all of its essential services on iOS, I miss how everything was integrated with Android. The Google Now home screen on my Moto X Pure provided me with all the essential information I needed — traffic information for my commute home, package tracking, stock information, suggested articles based on my interest, and more.

Freedom, efficiency and customization

Android gives users freedom over almost every part of the operating system. You can change texting apps, the look of icons, the default Web browser, and more. While iOS lets you choose from a variety of third-party keyboards, you can’t set any apps to be used by default.

I also noticed that actions on iOS tended to require extra steps. For example, on Android I can choose to connect to a specific Wi-Fi network in the notifications pull-down. While iOS will let you toggle Wi-Fi on and off through the Control Center (the menu that appears when you swipe up on the home screen), you have to go into the Settings app and click Wi-Fi to choose a specific network.

The upcoming iOS 9.3 update will let you 3D Touch the Settings app to jump directly into the Wi-Fi settings, but it’s still not as quick as pulling down the notifications menu.

And the winner is.

Overall my experience was enjoyable. The iPhone 6S is a great phone, and I recommend it to almost everyone. The camera is top-notch, the phone runs smoothly and the operating system is easy to navigate.

But in the end I won’t be sticking with it. Android is more of a natural fit for me. I’m more efficient on my Android device and I love the deep Google integration. I also like that I can make my device look and feel unique with custom icons, launchers, widgets and home screens.

At least, that’s the case for now. Let’s see what Google and Apple have on deck for 2016.

So you’re ready to make the leap from Google to Apple. Here’s what you need to know.

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You’ve decided that it’s finally time to switch to an iPhone. Maybe it’s the value you get in the new $399 iPhone SE. Maybe you’re more concerned about privacy, or you’re tired of buying phones that only get operating system updates a year or two. Maybe you have a Mac, and want a phone that works more seamlessly with it.

Whatever the reason, we’re here to help make your transition from Android to iPhone as smooth as possible. Grab your old Android phone and your new iPhone and let’s make the switch.

Use the Move to iOS app

Apple’s got a fancy marketing page all about why you should switch from Android to iPhone. It’s more hype than advice, but the company does make another great resource for making the switch: an Android app!

On your old Android phone, download the Move to iOS app from the Google Play store. Make sure you have Wi-Fi enabled and launch the app.

Only after you get the Move to iOS app should you start setting up your new iPhone. During setup, you’ll see a list of options for how to restore your apps and data. Select Move Data from Android.

The data transfer from your Android phone happens during initial iPhone setup.

If you already set up your iPhone, you can always erase your iPhone and start over. If you just set it up today, it might be worth the time.

As you step through the process, you’ll see a string of numbers on your iPhone (six numbers or ten numbers), which you’ll be prompted to enter on your Android phone. At some point during this process your Android phone might complain about a weak Wi-Fi signal, but you can just ignore that; it’s a side effect of your Android phone connecting directly over Wi-Fi to your iPhone.

You’ll then get to choose which content you want to transfer from your Android phone to your iPhone. Pick what you want and tap Next.

The whole process can take anything from a few minutes to a couple hours, depending on the performance of your old Android phone and how much data you have to transfer. Apple Support has a YouTube video that demonstrates the process.

Adding your Google account to your iPhone

If you use the Move to iOS app, you’ll probably find that your Google account has already been added to your iPhone. If you opted not to transfer your Google account during that process, or you didn’t use the Move to iOS app (it can be finicky at times, and some users report problems getting it to work properly), you’ll have to add it yourself.

It’s easy! On your iPhone, tap Settings and then tap Passwords & Accounts. Under the Accounts section, tap Add Account, and then choose Google from the list. Your iPhone will open up a Google login page where you’ll enter your account name and password.

If you need to add your Google account manually, it’s quite easy.

Once your account is added, you can select it in the Accounts list and choose whether or not you want to sync your Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Notes. These options will bring data from your Google account into the iOS Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and Notes apps, but if you plan to use Google’s apps on your iPhone instead of Apple’s, you have the option to disable these toggles.

Google Apps on iPhone

Google makes a ton of apps for iPhone. Moving to iOS doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite Google apps, just that they won’t necessarily work exactly the same way as they did on your Android phone. In particular, you can’t make them a default app—when you open a mail link it will open Apple’s Mail app, not the Gmail app, for example.

In particular, you’ll probably want to download Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Photos, and Google Maps. If you really want to retain as many of the Google apps you’re used to on Android, the Google app will give you the search and Discover feed you’re accustomed to, Google Assistant is your Siri replacement (though you have to launch the app to use it), and Chrome will make your browser feel more familiar.

Of course, third-party apps like Spotify, Twitter, Instagram, and Netflix all exist on iPhone and both look and operate very similar to how they do on Android. You’ll just have to log in with your account and all your content should be there. Remember to give yourself time to do things like download music or videos that you want to watch offline.

If you don’t want to lose progress in any of your games, you’ll have to make sure they have some sort of online save functionality. In many popular games, you can log in with either your Facebook account or an account specifically for the game and it will save your progress. Just make sure you log in with the same account when you download the game on your iPhone.

Don’t try to turn iOS into Android

It’s easy enough to add your Google account to your iPhone and download Google apps to to use instead of Apple’s own apps, but we suggest you don’t go overboard right away.

After transferring your data and your Google account, try sticking with Siri instead of Assistant, Safari instead of Chrome, Apple Maps instead of Google Maps, Apple Photos instead of Google Photos, at least for a while.

It will feel weird at first, and there are lots of little details to learn. But Apple’s apps are more tightly integrated with the operating system, similar to the way Google’s apps are on most Android phones, and in general they’re built with stricter privacy protections. After giving yourself a few weeks to adjust, you may find you like Apple’s apps better, at least in some ways.

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I’m not entirely sure I put this in the right place, but I’m hoping that someone can help me. I currently have a Droid X. It’s a lovely phone, but it’s beginning to die on me. It’s things I can pay to be fixed but at this point I would rather have a new phone. So last week I bought an iPhone from a friend of mine who was no longer using it. The phone should be here by Friday but I’m worrying I can’t switch the phones without changing my plan. I do believe that I have an Unlimited Data plan, but I’d just like to make sure.

I don’t want to switch phones and then end up getting a ridiculous bill because I never inquired about my concerns. So all I’m wondering is can I switch my number to the iPhone without changing my plan?

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All you have to do is activate the phone once you get it. Try to avoid calling Verizon if at all possible as they will automatically change the plan and when you complain tell you it is too late. If you activate the phone on your own (it is very simple) thee is NO Contract extension, no plan change and you keep what you have.

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I was going to avoid calling Verizon, or at least try. I’m not very sure about how to activate the phone though. Is there somewhere I can look for a step-by-step process, or what exactly should I do?

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When you get teh phone dial *228. It will start the activation process and may ask you a few ?? about yourself to activate it. Once that is done you are active.

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Thanks! Very helpful and hopefully now I’ll be able to activate it without calling Verizon and dealing with them. Thank you again!

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Which model of iPhone are you getting? If it is the 4 or 4S, the the *228 will work for activation. If it’s the 5, then you’ll need a SIM card (free at a Verizon store) to activate.

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It’s the iPhone 4. So dialing *228 will work? I’m not the account holder, and I would rather just switch it myself as opposed to asking my mother for help since she’ll be fairly busy on Friday when the phone is supposed to arrive. If I’m not the account holder will I still be able to activate it?

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You may need the billing or account passcode, a 4 digit number set up by the account owner. If your Mom gives you that number, the *228 activation, following the prompts, should work. You can also call customer service from a landline or other phone (and be sure your Droid is OFF when trying to activate the new phone).

If your Mom doesn’t remember the passcode, you can see if it’s the last 4 of the account owner’s (Mom’s) SSN. With that # the activation should work too. Good luck to you

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Good morning. Congrats on the purchase of your new iPhone. Knowing our options before activating a new phone is important. I’ll be happy to provide clarification.

I understand you have some concerns with loosing your unlimited data plan. Since you did not use your upgrade and purchased the phone through a friend, you will not lose your unlimited data plan and you may keep your current calling plan. When the phone arrives, you have a couple of options on activating the device. You may activate your phone online by signing into your account My Verizon account online http://bit.ly/xB4iTc You may also contact our Customer Service Department at 1800-922-0204. Should you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us. Have a great day!

MichelleS_VZW
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How to switch from android to iphone

When upgrading from an old phone to a new one, the first question you may ask is, “How do I transfer all my data and information from an old iPhone/Android to another?” To help you complete this iPhone Transfer task, here are some tips for transferring your contacts, photos, music, documents, and more from your Android device to your new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus.

Solution 1: Switch to New iPhone with ‘Move to iOS’

Apple offers the Move to iOS app to transfer your Android content to your new iOS device. If your old device is on Android version 4.0 or later, you can move your content to iPhone 7 with this method.

  • On your Android device, turn on Wi-Fi connection. Plug your new iOS device and your Android device in to power.
  • While setting up your iPhone 7, look for the Apps & Data screen. Then tap Move Data from Android.
    *Note: If you already finished setup, you have to erase your iOS device and start over. If you don’t want to erase, just transfer your content manually.
  • Navigate to your Android device, open the Move to iOS app and tap “Continue”. Read the terms and conditions that appear. Tap “Agree” to continue, then tap “Next” in the top-right corner of the Find Your Code screen.
  • On your iOS device, tap “Continue” on the screen called Move from Android. Then wait for a ten-digit or six-digit code to appear. Enter the code on your Android device.
  • Now, you are able to select the content that you want to transfer and tap Next on your Android device. Then leave both devices alone until the loading bar that appears on your iOS device finishes
  • After the loading bar finishes on your iOS device, tap ‘Done’ on your Android device. Then tap Continue on your iOS device and follow the onscreen steps to finish setting it up.

Here’s what gets transferred via ‘Move to iOS’ App:

Contacts, Message history, Camera photos and Videos, Web bookmarks, Mail accounts, and Calendars.

Solution 2: Transfer Files from Android to New iPhone 7 with Syncios Mobile Transfer

Syncios Mobile Transfer is a quite high user evaluation data transfer software, which supports not only transfer data like contacts, text messages, media files, call history, bookmarks, photos and more from one devices to iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, but also can extract data from iTunes/iCloud backup files, and transfer to any supported iDevice or Android handset.

TIPS: if you have any detection issues, please follow our iOS tutorial or Android tutorial according to your device.

Tips: It allows you to extract what you want from iTunes and iCloud backup without performing full restoration on your new iPhone 7 (Plus).

Step 1. Run Syncios Phone to Phone Data Transfer

Free download Syncios, install and run it on your computer, connect both of your old Android and new iPhone to computer with USB cables.

How to switch from android to iphone.

Step 2. Select data to Transfer

Plug in both your old Android device and iPhone 7 or 7 plus to computer. Once they are recognized, you can see them on the program’s window. On the middle checkbox, select the categories you want to transfer to new iPhone 7 (Plus), such as Contacts, Messages, Video, DCIM Photos, Audio, Call logs, Bookmarks.

Tips: Please make sure that your old iPhone as the source phone is on the left, and the iPhone 7 as the target phone is on the right. If not, you can click the “Flip” button to exchange their position.

How to switch from android to iphone

Step 3. Start the old iPhone to iPhone 6 Data Transfer

Just start the data transfer by clicking Next button. Data in your old iPhone will be transferred to new iPhone automatically, you can check the transfer process in the interface. Depends on the file types you selected, the transfer process may take you several minutes. When it’s finished, the data on your old iPhone will be transferred to your new iPhone 7 plus.

TIPS: if you have any detection issues, please follow our iOS tutorial or Android tutorial according to your device.

How to switch from android to iphone

Supported Mobile Devices and OS Versions

iPhone iPhone SE 2020, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 (Plus), iPhone 6 (Plus), iPhone 6S (Plus), iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS
Android Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Google, HUAWEI, Motorola, OPPO, ZTE, Xiaomi, OnePlus and more Android models.
Win OS Window 8.1/ 8/ 7/ 10/ Vista (32&64bits)
Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.9 – 10.15
iOS iOS 5-iOS 14
Android Android 3.0 to 10

Comparison between Move to iOS and Syncios Data Transfer, choose the best one for you!

Features Move to iOS Syncios Data Transfer
Supporting data contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, and calendars. contacts, text messages, video, music, call history, bookmarks, camera photos, DCIM photos, and Calendars
Connection Wi-Fi Connect Wi-Fi & USB Connect
Supported OS Android: 4.0 and above
iOS: 9.0 and above
Android: 3.0 to 10
iOS: 5.0 to iOS 14
Phone to Phone Transfer Only available for Android to iOS Transfer Android to Android Transfer
Android to iOS Transfer
iOS to iOS Transfer
iOS to Android Transfer
Full restoration requirement Have to perform factory reset before transferring data Won’t erase any data on your target phone
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