If you ask most people why they use either Apple or Android phones, they will have a few reasons for you. Brand loyalty is a very real thing, and we tend to see the best in whichever brand we use. However, the reality is that many people do not even consider switching to a different type of phone because of how difficult it seems. After all, what happens to the apps you have paid for? What about your cloud account? How much of your data can you expect to lose?
Often, it is an unexpected event like loss or theft that leads one to consider a different phone brand. If you have renters insurance, you will be covered if your phone gets stolen. You can choose whatever type of phone you want with the payout you receive. Maybe you feel it is time for something new.
If so, the good news is that you can switch from iPhone to Android or vice versa without too much trouble. You should not lose any data in the process.
Here is how.
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How to Switch From an Android to iPhone?
We’ll start with those switching from an Android phone to an iPhone because this is the easier transition. The reason? Apple makes it as easy as possible, and Google accommodates an app for this. You can download a Move to iOS app from the Play Store. Unsurprisingly, Apple does not return the favor.
Follow these steps to switch from Android to iPhone:
- Download the Move to iOS app: It is free and easy to use.
- Turn on your iPhone: Your iPhone will lead you through the first stages of setup. Tap ‘Set up manually’ and follow the instructions.
- Choose ‘Move data from Android.
- Open the Move to iOS app on your Android phone.
At this stage, your iPhone should give you a code. Enter this code into the Move to iOS app on your Android device. Your iPhone will create a temporary WiFi network of its own, to which your Android will connect to transfer data. Choose the content you wish to transfer, including contacts, messages, photos, and more.
What Happens to My Apps?
Not all Android apps are available on iPhones. You will probably be able to find the majority. Any apps you paid to download on the Play Store, you will, unfortunately, have to pay for again. However, if you made In-App purchases using an account made specifically for the app, you should be able to access them.
If you can’t find your favorite app on the iPhone App Store, search online for the best alternative available for Apple.
As you can see, switching from Android to Apple is easier than ever. What about the other way around?
iPhone to Android
While there is no official Move to Android app on the Apple Store, it is easier than ever. You can do that if you have a cable connecting your phones to each other. Then follow the on-screen instructions to transfer your data.
Alternatively, you can transfer your data wirelessly using the Switch to the Android app on your new Android phone. Then follow the on-screen instructions to move all your data and any available apps.
What Happens to My Apps?
The good news is that most apps available on an iPhone are available on Android phones. However, you will need to pay for any apps that you purchase on your Apple device. If you made In-App purchases using an account created specifically for the app or website, you should be able to retrieve them.
The fear of losing all our data and mobile history can make switching phone brands seem like too much work. But the reality is that in 2022 it is easier than ever, regardless of which direction you are going. Make sure to back up all your data to the cloud before starting the process.