How to Transition from Android to iPhone

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How to Transition from Android to iPhone

Android and iPhone have competed for customers’ attention for a long time. Android users are sometimes reluctant to switch to iPhone because they are afraid of having to learn a new system, but with iPhone 6’s popularity more and more Android users are eager to make the switch. In fact, many former Android users are buying iPhones through eBay.

Learning where basic functions are on an iPhone is easy to do, allowing users to master advanced features in no time. For instance, one of the first things a new iPhone owner will want to do is transfer contact and calendar information from an old Android phone.


Transfer Contacts and Calendar Info

The best way you transfer data depends on whether it’s stored locally (on your Android) or in a Google account.

Transferring Locally Stored Contacts/Calendar

If vital info was stored locally, data will need to be transferred from the Android phone onto and SD card an uploaded to Google, and then imported onto the iPhone from the Google account. This can be done following these easy steps:

Open Contacts, then hit the menu key. Choose Import/Export and elect to export contacts to a SD card. Once the contacts are exported to an SD card, a sync cord or card reader can be used to move the data onto a computer. The contact files (these have the extension .vcf) can be moved to the desktop. Next, the user can sign into Gmail, click on contacts and import the .vcf files into a Google account.

Using the iPhone, the user can open Settings, choose Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and select Microsoft Exchange to set up a new Microsoft Exchange Account using the Gmail address and password for the account where the files are stored. After skipping the screen asking for a domain name for the server, a user can choose Server, and input “” to receive the option to import your contacts and calendar files.

Transferring Contacts Stored in Google

Contacts and calendar stored in a Google account is much easier. Users can simply follow the steps above for importing data already uploaded (i.e. setting up a Microsoft Exchange account and important contacts.)


Syncing Other Info

In addition to contacts and calendar information, users may want to sync photos, videos, apps and other data. Dropbox storage can be a good alternative to loading these memory-hungry files onto a new phone. Dropbox also has a convenient app for iPhone users can access whenever they’d like to see their photos and videos. However, transferring these files to a new iPhone is easy following these three steps:

  1. Use a sync cord an Android phone to a computer. Files can be transferred with either Outlook or Exchange.
  2. Disconnect the Android and connect the iPhone by Wifi or sync cord.
  3. Open iTunes and select “Sync with iPhone” from the menu. This gives users the option of syncing music, videos, photos and other content.

Getting Apps

Users won’t be able to transfer apps since Android and Apple devices use different operating systems. Some companies provide owners of the Android versions of their apps complimentary copies of those for iOS, but users will have to request this on a case-by-case basis.


Getting Used to the Interface

The iPhone’s interface is a bit different from Android’s. While the best way to learn is to practice, keep a few tips in mind to make things easier. Unlike Android, the iPhone doesn’t have a back button built into the device screen. Instead, each app has a back button built in that can be used to go back to the previous screen. However, users can always use Siri if they get stuck by touching the Siri button and speaking into the phone to ask questions. Siri will answer verbally and/or display screens in response to commands.

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