Apple posts new how-to guide: Switching from Android phone to iPhone

Apple has posted a convenient new how-to guide on the company’s website: “Move content from your Android phone to iPhone.”

Ready to make the switch to iPhone? Here are some tips for moving your photos, music, documents, and more from your Android phone to iPhone. – Apple

With Apple’s all new, 64-bit smartphones, the gorgeous 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the stunning 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, there’s never been a better time to stop settling for imitations and make the move to the real thing.

Apple’s new guide covers:

Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus
Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus
Mail, Contacts, Calendars: iOS supports several email providers, including Google, Exchange, Yahoo, and more. So you can likely use the same email, contacts, and calendars that you have now.

Photos and videos: Have lots of photos and videos on your Android phone? You can move them to your iPhone using an app or a computer with iTunes.

Music: When you switch to iPhone, you can bring your music with you. Just install a streaming music app, or use iTunes to import the music from your Android phone.

Books and PDFs: iBooks supports the standard ePUB and PDF formats, so you can easily import books that you purchased somewhere other than the iBooks Store. You can also open eBooks that you purchased through other apps.

Documents: The iOS apps for Numbers, Pages, and Keynote support several file types, including Microsoft Office documents. You can import documents from your Android phone and then edit them on your iPhone. Then you can use iCloud to keep those documents up to date across your devices.

Apps: You’ll probably find the apps you’re already using on the App Store. Go to the App Store, search for the apps you have now, and install them. Then sign in with your user name and password.

Apple’s complete guide can be found here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. “there’s never been a better time to stop settling for imitations and make to move to the real thing.”

    OMG, that is great. Should really get under Samdung’s skin.


    1. “With Apple’s all new, 64-bit smartphones, the gorgeous 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the stunning 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, there’s never been a better time to stop settling for imitations and make to move to the real thing.”

      That’s from MacDailyNews, not Apple.

    1. Remember, wiping an Android phone fails to remove most of the data such as pictures, texts, etc. One way to remove the data is to completely dissolve the Android excrement in a vat of acid.

        1. They also don’t need to stay on an Android device when they start making smart purchasing decisions, and realize they were duped by listening to dullards such as you. You should see the happiness acquired when Android users switch to Apple products. I’ve been able to experience this first hand with friends and family who erred in purchasing Android devices. When they bought Apple products afterwards, they NEVER go back.

          On another note, it’s hilarious how horrified Samsung, Paypal and various watch makers appear to be since Apple announced iPhone 6/Plus and their new watch. (They have every reason to be.)

          1. Actually, my very first smartphone was an iPhone. And it was ok at first. I enjoyed playing games on it. But after a while it began to get frustrating. For one thing, the user interface got pretty bland and boring after a while. I hated that I couldn’t organize my apps better. And having to hunt down apps and open them just to access information that should be within a moments glance was a drag. Not to mention I quickly ran out of space and was pretty upset by the fact that I had to choose between deleting stuff to save space or buy a new phone to upgrade my storage.

            I switched to Android, and those problems went away just like that. Sure, I experienced the bugs and the slowness at first. But that’s because I was still a noob and still using stock factory ROMs on my devices. Once I started flashing custom ROMs all those issues vanished as well. You call me a dullard, but I can guarantee you that it would probably take you at least 15 minutes to do something as simple as flashing a custom OS to your phone

            It’s not Android itself that has issues. It’s what the device manufacturers do to it. You have to have a bit of know how to use an Android phone properly. Which is why I’ve always said Android is for people who can handle it. iPhone is for everyone else.

            1. Sorry for calling you a dullard 🙁 …

              It’s not about being able to handle Android products. It’s about having to make workarounds for something that should just work out of the box. And I have great news for you! In iOS 8, coming out tomorrow, widgets will only be a swipe away (in the notifications center). You’ll be able to access any information you want to using a stock Apple device. Just a swipe away… No need to flash ROMS and lose your warranty support, etc. You’ll also be able to change your keyboard at will, too, among many other things, now that iOS will support extensions in iOS 8.

              Regarding space for apps & etc., feel free to get a 128 GB of storage in your new iPhone 6 available in 4.7 & 5.5″ sizes. That should be plenty of space for your needs.

              So that should clear your issues with storage space, notifications and extensions. Feel free to get yourself an iPhone. It’s okay to now.

            2. 128 GB? My complete media folders total almost 1 TB. 128 GB is like nothing to me. Even if I were to just copy stuff over I use more often, that’s still 442 GB.

              Also, Sandisk has a 128 GB MicroSD card. If I want to spend the money to upgrade to that, I can do so and keep my current phone.

            3. No phone gives you 1 TB of storage space, so that point is pretty moot, don’t you think?

              Also, a 128 GB MicroSD card won’t give you a 64 bit desktop class processor, Touch ID technology, Apple Pay, continuity, HeathKit, HomeKit and the best selection of quality apps. You’re only going to get these features if you purchase an Apple iPhone. Android is old news no matter how you try to tweak it.

            4. Touch based sensors are too insecure since they can be thwarted by anyone who knows how to lift fingerprints. This has already been demonstrated to work on Touch ID time and time again. Android has had facial recognition built in since 4.0 Though it only really works on phones that have a decent selfie cam.

              Also, Sandisk just released the 500 GB SD card. Though at a price point of about $1,000 or so, it’s only meant for professional photographers who take insanely high resolution photos. But still. This means that the technology for a 1 TB SD card for a phone is probably only a few years away. But I was only saying that any storage based selling point is pretty much moot for me since no phone currently offers near the amount of storage space I need.

              The Galaxy Note 4 will have a 64 bit CPU. It’s also quad core, and clocked faster than the iPhone 6. Not to mention a quad HD screen. You can also get Google Fit and Google Nearby, and there’s already a few NFC based payment services that support Android. Visa has also gone on record saying they will be also supporting Android NFC along with ApplePay.

              And of course Android NFC extends far beyond just paying for stuff. You can use it with any NFC device pretty much, from NFC door locks to NFC car ignition systems. While Apple seems to want to restrict their NFC chips.

            5. No, dracoazule, lifting fingerprints has not been shown to work on Touch ID time and Time again. . . the one guy who claimed he could do it found the a Touch ID was reading his real fingerprint THROUGH his copied fingerprint. Why won’t it work? Because it needs a living finger to work, not a mere image of a fingerprint. Even a dead finger will not work. You are spreading lies. FUD. THE COPIED FINGERPRINT, HOWEVER, I HEAR DOES WORK ON ANDROID.

        2. Actually, the problem is, once someone has learned to navigate the morass that is Android, learning how to acclimate to that which is intuitive requires a little re-training to unlearn what they had learned previously. It’s not at all unlike the plight of Windows users who switch to Mac and get confused at the lack of complication and user-friendliness of OSX.

          So, once they clear those Android (or Windows) cobwebs from their gray matter, and they realize that using a modern computational device doesn’t have to be an exercise in ugly, maddening, poorly thought out frustration, the clouds part, the love affair begins, and the harbinger of weak imitation never again darkens their door.

          1. Well they were probably running the stock ROM on their devices.

            It takes all of 10 minutes to flash a new ROM onto your device and that takes care of all the bloatware and 99% of the bugs. I love how you describe Apple products as ‘intuitive’ when last I checked, iPhone users still have to actually open apps to get access to information that should be within a moments glance. That was one of the biggest of the many peeves that I experienced when I owned an iPhone

            1. Any information I need to access from my iPhone is never more than 2 taps away, and discerning what that tap needs to be is so easy that infants and the elderly alike are often able to figure it out quickly with no instruction. That is the very definition of intuitive, which here you seem to be confusing with convenience. Now, for me personally, a visual cacophony of information strewn across my lock screen as ‘Widgets’ isn’t worth the nano second or two I’d use to get the information I need via those couple of taps, but that’s just me.. (actually, its not JUST me, but you know what I mean).

              What I put to you is this, why should a person upon bringing their nifty new Android-thingy home have to go through the process of flashing a new ROM just to make the thing useable? What average person is going to know not only that they need to do it (it certainly isn’t mentioned in their marketing materials), but also how to do it without looking it up and following instructions step by step? That, my friend is the very embodiment of counter-intuitive and is in no way user friendly.

              I won’t even get into the wild variance in layout and use between the assorted Android-powered devices out there vs the unparalleled consistency across all iOS devices

            2. Sorry. But requiring any taps at all to access information on a smartphone that can be provided in real time on your home screen in the year 2014 is the very definition of counter-intuitive.

              Also, I’m talking about home screen widgets. Not lock screen widgets. I’ve never used those, and there aren’t really that many of them anyways that I know of.

              And well, anyone can flash a custom ROM on their phone. It’s even easier if you flash a CyanogenMod ROM. They have a nice, convenient installer that explains it all in laymans terms and literally requires like 5 clicks. I used it on my Galaxy Note 2 as soon as I got it because I was in a hurry and had it done in like 10 minutes. It did everything from booting the device into factory service mode, flashing the custom recovery, to then flashing the custom ROM with minimal user input.

              If you can go through the process of syncing an iPhone with iTunes, you can install CyanogenMod because the only skills it requires is knowing how to read and use a mouse.

              It’s not nearly as hard as you seem to think.

            3. As I replied to you above:

              “In iOS 8, coming out tomorrow, widgets will only be a swipe away (in the notifications center). You’ll be able to access any information you want to using a stock Apple device. Just a swipe away… No need to flash ROMS and lose your warranty support, etc. You’ll also be able to change your keyboard at will, too, among many other things, now that iOS will support extensions in iOS 8.”

              Enjoy! 😀

            4. You don’t need to flash a custom ROM to an Android device to use widgets either. Flashing a custom ROM just makes them run a lot smoother without all the bloatware BS and bugs. Widgets have been in stock Android since like Android Gingerbread, which was released in like 2010.

              Once again. Apple copying Android, and being late to the party.

            5. Dracoasshole,

              Stop spreading your BS on this board. Absolutely 99.9% of Andybot device users/purchasers are NEVER going to flash their Device ROMS or have the interest or technical ability to do so. So quit pulling out that reason from your ass as a “superior” advantage for using Andybot. The real fact is that Andybot’s claimed market share is a result of it being on the majority of cheap “smartphones” that no one will EVER flash the ROM on, or even use the majority of features beyond texting, maybe checking email, and surfing the web. Go back to posting on the Andybot Fandroid blogs and leave us the fsck alone.

            6. Technical ability? The only ‘technical ability’ you have to have to flash ROM’s to almost any phone these days is the ability to read and use a mouse. And it rarely takes more than 30 minutes to do. That includes the time it takes to look it up, download the installer and the ROM, and then flash the ROM. And that’s also being generous. I think you’re confusing Android users with the average iPhone user. The fact that you seem to think the iPhone 6+’s 1080p screen is impressive really says a lot about how far behind the average iPhone user is on technology.

              I too remember when 1080p smartphone displays were impressive. Back in 2013.

              Go back to following the crowd and using that outdated trash you call a phone.

  2. What I find kind of strange is how the analysts were saying how the high-end smartphone market was completely saturated. I’ve heard this a number of times as an explanation why Apple’s growth engine was going to be stopped. It really seems strange how many analysts are saying Apple will be able to move 75 to 80 million iPhone units. That doesn’t sound exactly like a saturated market to me. I figured it was somewhat saturated when Galaxy S5 sales fell short. Maybe the smartphone market is only saturated for Samsung flagship devices? Is that even possible? Samsung is really going to have a tough time ahead with Google pushing that retarded Android One OS to allow $75 smartphones. Even if a company sells tens of millions of those things, it’s not going make much money.

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