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How to switch from Android to iOS (iPhone or iPad)

Switching from an Android phone to an iPhone is an easy enough process, but is it actually a good idea? Here’s how to move to iOS from Android and the pros and cons involved.

1. Apps, Google Play and the App Store

If you’re a long-term Android user, the first thing you’ve got to ask yourself is: how invested are you in the Google Play store? If you’ve spent hundreds of pounds on apps, then don’t forget you’ll have to re-buy everything you need when you swap to iOS. Apple uses its own App Store, and Android apps can’t be run on an iPhone or iPad.

If you haven’t invested heavily in Google Play or you’re willing to re-buy, then moving to iOS will be relatively painless. Even if you want to stick with Google’s branded services such as Gmail, you can download the relevant apps for free from Apple’s App Store.

2. Moving your important bits from Android to iOS

Switching phones inevitably raises fears about losing contacts, important messages and other bits, but Apple’s new ‘Switch to iOS’ app makes life less stressful. Simply download this onto your new iPhone as well as your old Android phone, then open it up on both mobiles and follow the instructions. The two will connect and your most important data will be copied across.

You can select to have your Google account deets, internet bookmarks, messages, contacts and photos copied to your new iPhone from your old Android phone. However, you can’t copy across any apps or other media. Transfer is conducted via a private WiFi network and is perfectly secure and quick.

If you’re using a Google account on your Android phone and you copy the details to your iOS device, your iPhone will ask you for your Google password once the transfer is complete. You will also be asked to enter a code which Google texts to you if you have 2-step authentication enabled. Once this is done, your Gmail messages, calendar entries and so on can be accessed on your iPhone.

3. Download essential iPhone apps

Most Android apps have an iOS equivalent that can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store. You just need to set up an Apple account, which can be done when you first boot up your iPhone or by heading into Settings > iTunes & App Stores > Apple ID. Then search for the apps you need and download.

Check out our list of best iOS starter apps for an idea of where to start.

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