How to Switch from Android to iPhone

This guide will show you how to switch from Android to iPhone using the Move to iOS Android app and to switch to an iPhone running iOS 10 including the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and other models.

When you switch from Android to iPhone you can now quickly bring over your contacts, Google accounts, messages, camera roll and bookmarks.

After you use the Move to iOS app to switch from Android to iPhone you will need to complete some of the setup on your iPhone as well.

How to switch from Android to iPhone.
How to switch from Android to iPhone.

The Move to iOS app is free and the transfer is over WiFi. This process can take a while, so if you have a lot of photos or messages you should plan on 30 or more minutes.

You must be setting up a new iPhone or you will need to reset the iPhone to get the option to Move from Android to iPhone as part of the restore process.

When you switch from Android to iPhone you will need to manually find and download your apps. Keep in mind you can still play some of your content from Google Play with Google Play Music and Google Play Movies for iPhone.

How to Switch from Android to iPhone

On your Android smartphone download and install Move to iOS from the Google Play Store. This is a free app, don’t mistakenly download a paid knock off.

Watch the Switch to iPhone video below to see how we switch from a Samsung Galaxy smartphone to the iPhone in a few minutes.

Once downloaded open the app and agree to the terms and conditions. The app will then get to a screen where it waits for a code.

On your iPhone start the initial setup until you get to the Restore screen. When you are there, you should tap on Move from Android. You will then see a code on your screen.

Enter this on your Android smartphone. This allows the two devices to connect over WiFi.

Enter the code to connect your Android phone with your iPhone.
Enter the code to connect your Android phone with your iPhone.

You will soon see a summary of what will transfer from Android to iPhone. Do not exit the app or move the phones far apart until this completes.

When the transfer is complete the iPhone will need to finish some housecleaning activities and then you will need to complete the iPhone setup, including if you should merge iCloud data with what is already on the iPhone.

Wait for the data to transfer from Android to iPhone.
Wait for the data to transfer from Android to iPhone.

After you complete the iPhone setup, you will soon see a pop up asking you to enter the Google account passwords in iPhone settings. Tap on the Settings option to go right to the page to enter your password. Even though the app transfers your Google account, it does not transfer the password.

After you complete this you are now ready to use the iPhone. Check out the exciting new iOS 11 features below to get familiar with your iPhone.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11

iOS 11 iMessage Upgrades

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iOS 11 iMessage Upgrades

iMessages continue to be one of the biggest iPhone and iPad features that Apple offers. In fact, it's a major reason we don't switch from the iPhone to Android. Apple ramps up the options in the iOS 11 update with tweaks and new features for iMessages. 

There is a new iMessage App Drawer so that it is easier to find the apps you want while you are in an iMessage conversation. This means you can use the iMessage apps to send stickers and other short bits of information to people faster on iOS 11. 

Apple also now offers Messages in iCloud. This allows you to keep all of your iMessage and Text conversations in sync across your devices using iCloud. This also means that if you delete a conversation it is deleted across all devices. This will also help keep large message thread storage in check without the need to delete threads all the time. 

 

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