How to switch from an Android to an iPhone

How to switch from an Android to an iPhone

In the past Android smartphones have always been considered the inferior handset to the king of phones, the iPhone. Although this isn’t the case anymore, with manufacturers such as Samsung and HTC releasing handsets which have posed stiff competition for the iPhone, some users are still falling under Apple’s spell and returning to the iPhone.

The iPhone 4S is currently the most popular Apple phone on the market, with the iPhone 5 not far behind, it would seem that people are making their way in droves to own the latest piece of Apple smartphone technology. While a large majority of iPhone owners may well be die-hard Apple fans, a growing number of people are starting to switch from an Android to an iPhone. Here is a guide to make switching between each operating system that bit easier.


If you’re anything like me, the first thing to do when you get your iPhone out of the box is to insert all of your contacts so you can start using the phone to its full effect. There’s nothing more annoying than realising that your numbers won’t transfer from phone to phone, leading to you typing each contact in manually one by one.

But if you’re switching from an Android to an iPhone, this process couldn’t be easier.

Presumably because Android is powered by Google, you will already have a Gmail account set up on your old phone. Plug your Android into the computer using your USB cable, then make your way to the contacts menu on your account, click on the ‘menu’ icon and then select ‘merge with Google’. As a result, all of your email address, names and numbers will be transferred to your Gmail account.


Now for the final step: getting these contacts onto your iPhone. On the ‘settings’ menu on your iPhone handset, click on ‘Mail, Contacts and Calendars’, and then select Gmail. The phone will ask you to enter your Gmail login details, after which the device will automatically sync itself with all the contacts that were just transferred from your Android so you can get texting right away.

Porting your number

One major downside of switching from an Android to an iPhone, or making the change to any new handset, is the terrifying thought of having to change your phone number. But have you noticed that you receive fewer and fewer ‘Here’s my new number’ text messages over the past couple of years? It’s most probably because it is now far easier to transfer your old number to a new phone than it ever used to be.

All you need is your Porting Authorisation Code (PAC code) which you can acquire from your old network, usually by issuing a simply phone call. Some users have experienced a two day wait on receiving their PAC code, but there really is minimum effort involved in waiting for it to come in.

Once you have acquired the code, you simply contact the network provider for your new iPhone and Bob’s your uncle, your number has been ported (well, that can take up to two days too…)! You won’t be left without a working phone for this period, though, as you will be able to use the number associated with your new handset’s SIM card to tide you over.

Downloading apps

It is common knowledge that Apple’s app store offers the largest selection of apps when compared with Android and Windows Phone operated devices. Although you won’t be able to transfer your existing apps between phones, it is so easy to reinstall them on your new handset that it almost wouldn’t be worth making a transfer even if you could.

The only difference between the iPhone and an Android, however, is that you are prompted to enter your Apple ID passphrase when you download any app, unlike in the Google Play Store. This on one hand makes the Apple App Store more secure to use, though on the other can get a little annoying as it inserts another platform to complete before you can install and use the app.

Transferring music

Transferring music from your Android to your iPhone is by far easier than doing it the opposite way round. Because Apple is so protective over its equipment and features, it makes it difficult to transfer music away from your iTunes. As we’re attempting to add music to your iPhone’s music library, however, this isn’t so much of a problem.

Simply plug your Android handset into your computer and simultaneously create a new folder on your desktop, naming it ‘iTunes’, or ‘music’. Next, open up your Android phone’s folder found in My Computer and find the ‘music’ folder within it. Simply right-click the folder, then drag it into the new folder on your desktop.

Now plug in your new iPhone and open up iTunes. After a few seconds, your computer should recognise the phone, displaying the device on the left-hand bar of your iTunes. Just drag the folder on your desktop, now containing the transferred files from your Android, into your iPhone’s name in iTunes. Finally, sync your iPhone with the newly added tunes and off you go!

Syncing and transferring to your computer

Transferring photos into your iPhone is a little trickier than just drag and drop, like you may be used to with an Android device.

The first step is to drag and drop your photos from your Android device into a new folder on your desktop so that they are now saved on your PC. Then connect your iPhone to the computer and open up iTunes. Click on your phone which should now appear on the left-hand panel of iTunes, then selecting the ‘photos’ tab. Tick the box saying ‘sync photos’ and then in the drop-down menu, select the ‘choose folder’ option. Just select the new folder which contains your Android’s photos, sync your iPhone and you should be able to view all of your favourite images straight from your old handset.

Alternatively, many find it easier to use social media apps such as Flickr and Instagram as a means of accessing photos taken on your old Android. Although this isn’t transferring them to your iPhone as such, it is a hassle-free way of viewing your photographs. 

Also, you can download an app from both the Android and Apple app stores called Bump. Bump essentially allows you to share music, files and pictures from photo to phone, simply by ‘bumping’ the two devices together, and works between both iPhone and Android devices.


So if you’re thinking about making the move from Android to iPhone, these 5 steps should make the process easy and hassle-free. After using the simple interface of your Google-operated phone, the iPhone might take a bit of time to get used to, but being part of the notorious Apple club also means owning what many believe is the king of the mobile phone world: the iPhone.

Written by Charlotte Kertrestel

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