Tips to Simplify Your Switch From Android to iPhone

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Your life is on your phone. From contacts to photos to the apps you rely on every day, you live in your technology. The thought of up and switching your phone from Android to Apple’s iOS is enough to cause palpitations. What happens to your music, pictures, emails, and most important, your contacts?

Whether you’re doing it for personal or business reasons, or because you just want to try something new, making the switch from Android to iPhone while keeping all of your data can seem like a daunting task.

Fear not! Making the move while preserving your precious data is easier than you think. Check out the tips below and you’ll be singing the praises of your iPhone in no time.

Migrate Photos

Most of the apps you’ve grown to love on your Android phone are also available for the iPhone. Dropbox, with its automatic uploads feature, is a great place to start.

Photos on iPhone screen

If you’re not already using Dropbox to back up your photos on your Android device, all you need to do is download the app and set up automatic photo uploads (which you’ll be asked to do upon opening the app for the first time).

Even easier, if Google+ has been your method for backing up your photos on your Android phone, Google offers the same feature for iPhone users.

Google Plus Auto Backup screen on iPhone

To enable this feature on your iPhone, simply download the app and turn on Auto Backup within the Camera and Photos section.

Transfer Contacts

If up till now you’ve used Gmail to back up your contacts on your Android phone, you’re in luck: Within your new iPhone’s settings you’ll be able to log in to your Gmail account and sync everything you’ll want on your phone, including your contacts.

Gmail account screen on iPhone

Once your contacts are imported to Google, syncing your iPhone with these contacts becomes even easier. On your new iPhone, select Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and then Add Account. Enter the login details for your Gmail account and you’ll be given the option to sync the contacts in your account to your phone as well.

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Transfer Music Onto Your New iPhone

Transferring music off any mobile device was once the bane of all mobile users. Times have changed, and Android even offers a free app that allows you to easily transfer your music from your device onto your PC.
Android File Transfer welcome screen

Simply select Android File Transfer > Music and highlight the songs you’d like to transfer. Then drag them to a folder on your computer. Once you’ve transferred the songs you’d like to upload to your new iPhone, simply open iTunes and drag your songs into the application.

Use Google Apps on iOS

You might have noticed by now that a lot of our suggestions have included using Google apps to make your switch from Android to iPhone a little easier. There are a number of standard Apple apps that will do everything you did on your Android, and you’ll probably grow to like them. If you’ve become hooked on your Google apps, though, the good news is that most of those apps are also available on iOS. In fact, the list of these apps is fairly staggering: Google Maps, Chrome, Google Play Music, Google Drive and even Google Now can be used on your iPhone.

Google Apps icons on iPhone screen

Re-download Apps You’ve Already Paid For

More often than not, the apps you’re currently using on your Android device will be available in Apple’s App Store. While this should put you at ease about making the switch, you might be wondering what to do if you’ve forked over a few dollars for a premium app on your Android.

No guarantees here, obviously, but a lot of companies have become more amenable to comping you a license on your new device. That is, if you have the nerve to ask them very, very politely.

Of course, this will be handled on a case-by-case basis. But it’s not out of the realm of possibility for a company to understand that you’re simply switching to a new device but would still like to continue using the outstanding software you previously paid for on your old device. However, don’t be surprised if your request is denied. In that case, just remain polite and continue enjoying your new iPhone – even if you have to shell out a few extra dollars to buy your favorite app again.

The switch from Android to iPhone is something you’ve probably thought about very carefully. Following these tips should make the move a lot less nerve-racking, and we’re confident that you’ll be up and running on your new iPhone before you know it.

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