So you’ve had enough of Android and bought a plane ticket to Apple’s country. In this article, we’ll show you how to pack for your trip and give you some tips to make the transfer go smoothly. Breaking out of Google’s ecosystem and all of its many phones will be tough, but don’t worry; We have what you need.

1. what you leave behind

Think about what you won’t be able to take with you when you ditch Android. Your phone case and desktop dock might not be compatible with your new iPhone, but chances are that any other Android accessory you buy will be. They should work just fine if they rely on Bluetooth. iPhone compatibility is standard on most speaker accessories and docks. Even wired headphones will work with the latest iPhones, however, a Lightning to 3.5mm converter is required.

Think about what you won’t be able to take with you if you ditch Android. While your phone case and dock won’t work with your new iPhone, any other Android accessory you buy probably will. If they rely on Bluetooth, they should be fine. Most docking stations and speaker accessories offer iPhone connectivity as standard. Even wired headphones work with the latest iPhones, but you’ll need a Lightning to 3.5mm converter.

2. Use the Apple app

The easiest way to switch from Android to iPhone is to use Apple’s Move to iOS app, accessible from the Google Play Store. This software will transfer your contacts, message history, photos, videos, web bookmarks, email accounts and calendars to your new iPhone. Ignore the low note; this is due to the Android vs. iOS battle, not app functionality. Just download and install it on your old Android phone, then follow the on-screen instructions to copy the content you want.

If you don’t want to use the Apple app or it doesn’t work for you, don’t worry; we have many more options below.

3. Transfer contacts

Naturally, you’ll want to bring your contacts with you, and there are a few more options for doing so. Start with this article on how to move contacts from iPhone to Android, and you will find that using Gmail and iTunes, the procedure is easy. In a nutshell, when you link a Google account to your iPhone, all your Google contacts are merged into the Contacts app.

4. Switch from Google Services to Apple Services

We covered all the Google services you might consider using to replace Apple’s offerings when we explained how to convert iPhone to Android, but it’s much easier to go the other way because all Google services that you used on Android are also available on iOS. This Apple App Store page has a full list.

Google Maps, Chrome, YouTube Music (or Google Play Music), Google Drive, and even Google Assistant are some of the apps available for iOS. They might work in a slightly different way than their Android counterparts, but if you’re a big fan of one, having them on iOS should put your mind at rest.

Of course, there are plenty of Apple options, and your new iPhone will arrive with them pre-installed. You should take a look at the following:

The iTunes Store and the App Store are two separate stores, one for music and the other for software. Simple!

Apps to access purchased content from both stores: Music, Books and Apple TV.

Safari is a web browser that lets you sync your bookmarks across all your Apple devices.

iCloud: Stores your files, contacts, calendars, and pictures in the cloud.

CarPlay: Access to navigation and content while driving.
There’s also the Apple Maps app, which provides step-by-step directions as well as a host of pricey add-ons. iMovie and GarageBand are two programs that creatives will want to explore. Keynote, Pages, and Numbers are perfect for workaholics. iTunes U also has the largest collection of free educational content in the world.

If you love games, we suggest Apple Arcade, a $5 monthly subscription service that gives you access to a sizable collection of ad-free games. To whet your appetite, here are some of our favorite Apple Arcade games.

5. Move photos, videos and music

It is essential to safeguard your precious memories. Check out our guide to backing up, speeding up, and cleaning up your Android device before proceeding. Unless you have saved files in the Downloads folder, you shouldn’t have to manually transfer files from Android to iOS. All of your Play Store purchases, including music, movies, TV series, e-books, and more, can be accessed through Google’s iOS apps, and you can even download them for offline use. Unless you want to ditch Google altogether, you don’t need to export and import media.

Meanwhile, if you’ve backed up your product photos and movies, you can access them on an iPhone using the Camera app, Google Photos, or another cloud service.

If your Android smartphone has enough space, back up this content to the cloud before deleting it. If you need more capacity, you can purchase 100GB of Google One storage for $2 per month, with the option to cancel at any time. This service and related services are frequently accessed as apps for Android, iOS, and iPadOS, making transfers easy.

Uploading files to a cloud service like OneDrive or Dropbox and then re-downloading them to your new iPhone is the best solution for files that you manually uploaded to your Android phone. Another alternative is to use a wired or Bluetooth connection to transfer your downloaded files. For Windows, macOS, and even Chrome OS, we provide a guide on how to do this. Using a computer, you copy the files from your Android device and then transfer them to your new iPhone.

Move your text messages

You don’t want to lose your old text messages when transferring phones. The majority of them will go undetected, but you might want to save a special goodbye letter or romantic letter. Unfortunately, there’s only one way to do this that we know of, and it’s straight from Apple. This is the Move to iOS app, which can also transfer your contacts, photos, videos, email accounts, browser bookmarks and calendars from Android to iOS.

Hello and welcome to iOS.

I want to congratulate you on your new phone. It will feel strange at first, and there will be some things you’ll miss about Android, but iOS is developed to be intuitive, so you shouldn’t worry too much about getting used to it.

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