How to Seamlessly Transfer from an Apple Device to Android

Apr 4, 2018
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For those who are looking to make the big transition from an Android device to an Apple, the transition phase can be one that is intimidating given the significant differences in interface and functionality between the brands. As users must transfer their music, files, and apps to the new device, the process can be inefficient if done entirely manually. With so many people constantly moving from Android devices to Apple, this article discusses the steps that should be taken to ease the process of moving over different kinds of data.

Transferring Contacts and Calendar Settings

The first thing that needs to be done is to ensure that the contacts are synced with the associated Gmail account on the Android device. To do this, users need to go on the web version of Gmail on a desktop browser, click the down arrow that is next to the word “Gmail” on the left side of the screen, and then select Contacts. If all of the contacts are on that page, then the contacts are synced. If not, users need to go back to their mobile device, go to the Setting App, Accounts, Google, and then toggle the setting so that the app syncs the different aspects such as contacts and calendars.

After this, users need to set up their Apple device as they normally would with the setup phase. However, in the last screen for Apps & Data, users need to select “Move Data from Android” which will then prompt them to download the Move to iOS (Android) app on Android which transfers contacts and media as well as automatically downloads the iOS version of apps that are already on the Android device. However, this process will not be able to download apps that are available for Android devices but not for iOS devices so users need to find a comparable alternative on the App Store and install them manually. Once users go to the Move to iOS app, they need to sync the two devices by entering the code that is provided on the iPhone into the app at which point the transfer begins. This prompts the user to choose what they would like to transfer including Google Account, Messages, and Camera Roll so that they do not need to manually transfer each one separately.

Once this step is completed, the iPhone will prompt the user to enter in their login credentials that was once for the Gmail account on their Android device. Upon doing this, users can choose to stream their photos, notes, calendars, contacts, and all of the apps being downloaded to the iPhone so that users do not have to do it themselves. The only drawback of this method is that app data will not be carried over unless users sign in again such as conversations in specific apps or progress in certain games.

For Transferring Data

Beyond the basic information such as contacts and calendar settings, transferring data can be a hassle if all of it has to be manually transferred to the computer and then through iTunes. As a result, SHAREit – Transfer & Share (iOS/Android) is an app that can sends files straight from one phone to another without any slow transfers. For example, all that is required from the app is for users to select the “Send” button on their Android device and then the files that they would like to transfer over to their iOS device. From there, they simply need to choose the “Receive” button on the iOS device to start the data transferring process which can be done for nearly all file formats. As all of this can be done wirelessly, users can quickly transfer files from their Android device to the iOS device without hassle.

For Transferring Music

The process of transferring music is more manual than transferring data as users need to move the music files from their phone to their computer before it can be transferred to iTunes and then to the iPhone. Although this process is not as intuitive as the other data transferring methods listed in this article, it is one that is highly efficient given the large file sizes that are associated with music. For example, typical phone users have several hundred megabytes worth of music that can take a significant amount of time if transferred wirelessly.

Cloud-based Transfers

For those who want to have access to files no matter which device they are on, including when they want to transfer files between phones, Dropbox (iOS/Android) is an app that is highly recommend as users are able to store files on the Cloud and then retrieve it only when it is needed. For example, instead of taking up space on the phone, users can save video files from an Android phone to the account and then access it on the iPhone only when they want it to be played. As a free service that makes it extremely easy to transfer files and then store them until it is needed, it is a tool that is valuable for freeing up space while helping to transfer data.

For those who are looking to transfer from an Android device to an iOS device, the methods and tools outlined in this article are able to significantly ease the process. From tools that help to transfer contacts to others which are designed for larger files and even cloud-based solutions, these apps are must-haves to make the transition phase easier and more streamlined.

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Kevin Chau

Following my passion in the realm of business and entrepreneurship, I am always eager to develop skills that enable me to learn, build, and grow. My previous projects, both academic and personal, reflect my dedication towards expanding and applying my theoretical knowledge for practical results in these fields.

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