How to switch from Android to iPhone

Clueless about moving your contacts, photos and music to your new iPhone? We got you covered

If you’re using an Android smartphone and you’re thinking of switching to the new iPhone, you might be worried about moving all your data over.

Your precious holiday photos, that specially curated morning jog music, thousands of contacts, even that painstaking schedule you took hours to type in.

Thankfully Google is awesome when it comes to switching to iOS, so whether you’ve been using an Android phone for years or simply unhappy with the device after a couple of months, we got you covered. There’s even an Apple Android app specifically made for this.

We’ll cover all the bases so you don’t have to feel your way in the dark.

Move to iOS app

When you power up your brand new iPhone, you will be prompted about carrying over your data from your old Android phone. It’s here that Apple will ask you to download the Move to iOS app on the Google Play Store.

The steps are easy. Once you’ve downloaded the app on your old Android, power it up. You’ll be prompted to enter a six digit code, generated from your new iPhone. Once you enter the code, you’ll see a list of things you can bring over from your old Android device - Google account, messages, contacts, calendar, photos and videos.

Just check the stuff you want, and let the phones do their thing. It’ll take time, depending on how many holidays you’ve gone on with your old Android phone.

Remember, media saved within apps like WhatsApp (if not set to save into your gallery) will not be brought over.

If you run into any problems, you don’t see what you transferred when you powered up, or forgot to download the Move to iOS app because you just can’t wait to play with your new iPhone, data can still be transferred the manual way.  

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