How to Transition from a Windows Phone to an iPhone

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How to Transition from a Windows Phone to an iPhone

Apple has been known as the dominating force in smartphone technology since 2007, with its closest competitors quickly becoming Windows and Android. It’s common for consumers who initially purchase other phones for their technological advantages to later transition to the iPhone in order to take advantage of its user-friendliness, its beautiful, visually-pleasing design, and its compatibility with other popular devices. Users looking to purchase an iPhone can find them at Apple stores or online markets like eBay. For those who have used a Windows phone but are now looking to switch, transitioning to a new iPhone can be easy and straightforward.


Transferring Data

One of the most important functions a smartphone provides is the ability to create and store data on the go. They’re often used in business for this reason, with a wide range of apps developed for easy sharing and collaboration. People transitioning from a Windows phone to an iPhone want to make sure their contacts, photos, music and other data gets transferred between devices. Two resources make this task fast and convenient.

Calendar Dates and Contacts

The first step in transferring data is backing it up. Users can easily sync their Window phones with Windows Live and SkyDrive. Then, when they begin using the iPhone, they can access this data by adding their Windows account to the iPhone via the settings menu.

This is done through Settings> Mail, Contacts and Calendars> Microsoft Exchange. Entering Windows Live login and password information will allow users to access their contacts, appointments, and old emails on their new iPhones.


Many people also use smartphones for entertainment. SkyDrive and other cloud services are perfect for storing photos, movies, music and other media. After backing up these files from a Windows phone, users can download them on to their new iPhone’s using the SkyDrive mobile application.



New iPhone users who have switched from a Windows phone will have to transition to the more user-friendly, less-file-oriented way that the iPhone functions. Users can choose to customize their home and lock screen, as well as what icons they see on these screens, but beyond that, they don’t have control over the phone’s file hierarchies.


Physical Differences to Note

When moving to an iPhone, previous Windows phone users will also have a few physical differences to contend with. One of the most significant is the virtual keyboards Apple provides. Apple phones also don’t require a stylus, and they don’t have resistive screens like many Windows phones.

Making the switch from Windows to Apple products can be confusing at first, but once users cover the basics, they have the luxury of getting to learn their new devices without losing out on essential functionality. By transferring data and media files, and creating a customized look and feel, new iPhone users will find themselves becoming loyal customers.

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