Switching from Android to iOS – Good Information to Know

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pic magazine When switching from an Android phone or tablet to an iOS phone or tablet, there are a few pieces of information to consider to ensure the process runs smoothly. If done incorrectly, it can result in loss of data. Both operating systems are typically user friendly after a user spends some time with either platform. However, if you are familiar with using Android and are now switching to iOS, there are a few differences that are worth mentioning for the initial transfer when you are not quite familiar with this new operating system. This article will lay out a high-level overview on the types of data a user should transfer, how to transfer such data from Android to iOS, how to navigate the app Move to iOS during the move to iOS, and a brief overview of some differences between Android and iOS.

Transfer Your Stored Information

The following types of information on a user's Android device should be considered as part of transferring it to iOS: Step 1 - Obtain a Program to Sync the Content Stored on the Android Device to a Computer. All of the content saved to your Android device first needs to be backed up to an external service. One possible option is iTunes. This can be downloaded for free from Apple. Below are links on how to download it for both a Windows computer and for an Apple computer. iTunes is not the only option. However, when switching to iOS it is more likely to lead to a more smooth transition in transferring content from the Android device. Step 2 - Following the Installation of iTunes (or a similar platform), Sync the Content from the Android Device to A Computer. The content from the Android device should be synced to a computer that has iTunes. This should be the next step. Once the syncing process indicates that it is complete, perform a quick scan through to see if any content may be missing. If it is, you may need to run it again or contact a wireless provider for troubleshooting. Additionally, if there is an issue with a specific type of content, such as photos, there are other platforms available that allow users to sync the photos on an Android device directly to a program on that person's computer. Step 3 - Connect the iOS Device to the Computer and Sync the Content Stored in iTunes with the iOS device. It is likely that by plugging in the iOS device to a computer via a USB cord, that the iTunes program will automatically start and prompt you to sync the device with the contents contained in iTunes. If the prompt is not automatic, ensure that the device is recognized by the computer. Then go to either "File" and select "Device." The iOS device should appear, along with options to sync the content that is now on iTunes to this device.

How to Use the Apple's App for Android "Move to iOS"

Another means for transferring content from an Android device to an iOS device is via an app entitled Move to iOS. It is available on the Google Play store. The description of this app provides an overview of how to use it for transferring content from an Android device to an iOS device. It is a good idea to also save a copy of the content currently on your Android device first. This ensures that there is a back-up should the app run into any issues during the transfer process. The app will also need a form of internet connection for both devices. Keep this in mind before transferring your content.

Android versus iOS - Some Differences Users May Want to Know as They Get Used to The New Platform

Below is a high level overview of the differences between Android and an iOS iPhone:

Final Thoughts

This article should provide a good starting point and overview for the switch from Android to iOS. If you get stuck during this process, however, there are many resources available on the internet that offer tips and suggestions. Wireless telephone carriers can also typically help with questions for users switching from Android to iOS.