Apple creates a support page to help you switch from Android to iOS

Apple creates a support page to help you switch from Android to iOS
Switching from one mobile OS to another has always been a tough pill to swallow – having to transfer all of one's contacts, calendars, mail, pictures and media, etc. seems like a daunting and nauseating task that often keeps users from not only switching OSes, but from switching brands (just in case) as well.

Some industry leaders have realized that this is a hindrance, when trying to lure customers away from the competition, and have made efforts towards assisting users in making the switch; namely – Sony has been running the Xperia Transfer program for a while now, which offers an app that helps users transfer all the data from their old phone – be it iOS or Android – to their shiny new Xperia.

Apple seems to have taken a page off of Sony's notebook, as it too has built an entire section in its Support page, dedicated to helping users with switching from Android to iOS. Apparently, Apple expects that the new, bigger screens will draw in some Android folk.

The section is named “Move content from your Android phone to iPhone” and informs potential new customers of iOS's capabilities and ways to move content from one's old, Android phone, to an iOS device.

For example – for those, worried that they may lose their email sync – Apple assures them that iOS supports plenty of email providers and it is “likely” that newcomers will be able to easily sync their emails, contacts, and calendars (provided the latter two are synced to the email account).

For transferring of photos and videos, contacts, and calendars, if they are not synced to a 3rd party social account (such as email, Facebook, etc.), Apple suggests the use of 3rd party apps like “Copy My Data” or “AT&T Mobile Transfer”. Both apps are available in the App Store and Play Store and are made specifically to aid such endeavors.

For transferring of media (photos, videos, music), one could also use a PC with iTunes. Basically, the user must first connect their Android device to the computer, export all of the desired media, then import it into their new iPhone.

Apparently, there are a lot more hoops to jump through, when compared to Sony's straightforward Xperia Transfer. Still – it's doable, and future iOS enthusiasts now have an official page with all the info they would need to switch from Android, compiled by Apple itself.

source: Apple



1. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014


2. kwirin

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

Why would anyone switch from Android to iOS? So that he would have difficulty managing/transferring files?

3. ryanlockovich

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Who would switch from android to that garbage??!!

9. Pandariel

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

I did and it`s totaly awesome . I`m sick of my Android device dying and restarting and getting into boot loops and hoping the next update will not ruin my phone...again... Stop hating Apple just because you can`t afford it.

12. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

And also, stop assuming that people who doesnt use Apple cannot afford it. :)

14. Pandariel

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Most can`t obviously...then they would`ve seen the difference between Android and iOS . I had Android phone and switched to Apple.. How many of the Apple , iOS and other iHaters have had Apple products so they can provide their first hand experience not quotes from internet sites and mobile magazines? Very few I presume... I was a great Android fan , even an iHater now I see my mistakes ;)

32. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

You are what the problem with Apple fans is. Thinking having an iphone makes you feel rich and overly important. Remind you that on contract, an iphone costs no more than a top Android phone. Also how do you explain financially challenged individuals with iPhones? There are a lot of them. I see it eveyday. John B.

35. pept68

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

right... because all the teens with iphones, working at McDonalds are so rich!!! So your telling us that your $99 dollar iphone on contract is worth more than my $99 dollar android?? what about zero dollar iphones? are they worth more than zero dollar androids?? You should feel dumb for making such a comment!! When i bought my first iphone out the states, it was an att exclusive and i had to buy it outright. Today it is available on every carrier and subsidized... so everyone can afford them at $0 $99 even $199+. I had the original the 3 and of course had to get the 3g, and finally the 4. the phone dropped call like crazy (holding it wrong) and best apple would do is a free bumper. Switched to android, and will never go back Cheers

37. willard12 unregistered

Did you win the lottery and now you can afford the $199 with a two year contract that android users can't afford?

39. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Buying an iPhone doesn't mean you have money, plenty of people buy one through credit and pay it off over a long period of time instead of focusing on priorities. Then you have those who use their parents money for such items. Elitist pricks are why Apple and their users earned such ill will. Same crap when Android users finally got instagram and the apple tards just started up with the "poor" nonsense.

43. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Pretty much. +1


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I totally agree, what a foolish ignorant a$$umption. You must have had a low tiered Android, my Galaxy S 3 or Nexis 5 don't do this.

36. sgodsell

Posts: 7515; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

First of all just the last quarter alone. Over 50.6 million high end Android's sold (S5, Note 3, Sony Z2, HTC One, LG G3, .....). During the same time frame only 28 million high end iPhones sold. So almost 2 times as many high end Androids sold. Not to mention 50 million mid range devices sold (like Nexus 5, ....). So Pandariel really stop with that crap. Sales never lie.

16. jmonteiro829

Posts: 266; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

First I need to know what Android phone you have!

17. Pandariel

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Samsung galaxy S III , 32 GB , white and had...sold it already...

34. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Ah, I assume you are poor person who couldn't afford the high end android phones (because you couldn't do the math) and, surrounded by other poor people with iPhones, assumed that you needed an iPhone to feel rich too. Therefore, you have finally decided to take the damn near equal $200 plunge and buy a top end iPhone (I'd say welcome to 2012 but you already had an S3 so, welcome back to 2012).

20. wilsong17 unregistered

How come I have the device and never had any problem. .. maybe you are the problem who can't learn how to use android or the phone alone

22. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Oh god this is such a bad argument.. want to know iphone 5's biggest problem also a problem in the 5s and the 4s? it had problems reading the battery so it shut itself off or the battery became "corrupt" and coudln't load properly.. its a very common problem in the mobile support stores where i live.. nice and simple, it died and restarted and went to brick itself in some very rare cases. and it has nothing to do with if we can't afford it or not. I live in sweden, someone who has a sh*t job with sh*t salary can afford an iphone no problem. they aren't more pricey here than a newly released high-end android phone. Also i'm not saying that android phone don't have this problems cause most phones actually do, but its annoying when you're so blind you can't see that even iphones has problems.

40. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Yeah? And how long ago was this? It sounded to me you found a way to royally f*ck up your system. It's been a long time since I've heard that happening to a Blackberry as well.

42. hurrycanger

Posts: 1769; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I have a cousin who may switch. Actually, he said he would. He left iPhone and got a Note 2 about 3 months after it came out. He found the Note 2' experience amazing. He loved it. He has been sticking with it till now, but he told me a few days ago that he would be getting the iPhone 6 or 6+ by the end of this year. And, well, some people just like the experience on iOS, even if they find Android good (like my cousin). The drawback of older iPhones was the tiny screen. There were other people told me they switched from iOS to Android because the iPhone screen is too small. They didn't say they moved because of android. So yeah, I think the iPhone 6 and 6+ are gonna get some of them back. Personally, iOS is not my cup of tea, but it's not a bad OS.

4. viisign

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

No thanks, i like to customize my phone more then just a wallpaper.

8. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

much better than staring at tiles though ....but still android beats them all (grabs popcorn)

21. jshan

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

Then you better let alone smartphones and start customizing your vehicle

41. hurrycanger

Posts: 1769; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Why? Because you tell him to? XD

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I think Apple has its hopes a little too high...

25. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I think their expectations are realistic, but we 're just gonna have to wait and see.

6. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Finally what I was looking for is here! -Nobody-

7. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

It would be like changing from caviar to bread and butter.

18. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

ew, caviar. couldn't you use atleast ice cream sundae? i like that stuff better.

26. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

I have been trying to indicate the difference in quality.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.