Analysts are expecting that many Android phone owners are planning to ditch their devices for a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Now that Apple is offering bigger smartphones, more Android users are willing to move over to a more secure operating system like iOS. Whether you’re still debating the switch, or have already committed to a new iPhone, here’s a guide for Android users who want to switch over to the iPhone ecosystem.
1. Don’t Worry About Apps That Store Data in the Cloud
See a comparison of the Note 4 and the iPhone 6 in the video above.
If you use an app that stores your data online or in the cloud, you don’t have to worry about migrating your data to the iPhone because it doesn’t live on your existing Android phone. Simply download the corresponding app on your iPhone, and your data should all be right there. In the case of email, you’ll need to go into the Mail app on your iPhone and enter your password for the email account in question.
2. Follow Apple’s Recommendation for Migrating Data
More interested in the iPhone 6’s bigger cousin, the iPhone 6 Plus? Check out The Verge’s take on Apple’s first phablet in the video above.
Mac Rumors notes that Apple actually recommends a third-party app to migrate all of your Android data to an iPhone. The app they recommend is called “Copy My Data.” The app needs to be installed on both the device you are transferring from, and the device you are transferring to. You can download the iOS version here, and download the Android version here.
3. Follow the Instructions on the Screen
This great video from Bill Savage outlines the new messaging features in iOS 8.
Fire up Copy My Data on both phones, and you can start the process of migrating all your videos, photos, calendar data, and contacts. Both phones need to be on the same Wi-Fi network in order to start the transfer. The time it takes to transfer all of your personal data will depend on how much data you have on your phone.
4. Consider the Power of iTunes
Check out the Wall Street Journal review of the iPhone 6 in the video above.
If you can’t access both phones at the same time, you can also use iTunes to migrate your music and your photos/videos. You can use iTunes on either a Mac or PC in order to set up the file transfer. You can see a more detailed walkthrough for photo transfers via iTunes on Apple’s website.
5. Review Apple’s Android-to-iPhone Migration Guide for More Info
You can see Apple’s guide for Android-to-iPhone data migration here. The guide is organized into sections about migrating music, photos, contacts, books, documents, and apps, which will make it easy for you to quickly find the section you need to guide you through a specific issue.