Have you made a decision to switch your smartphone from a particular functioning Android to an iPhone? If the answer is yes, then you have made a great decision! But if you have been making use of an Android long enough to acquire a good-sized music library and an acceptable number of apps, there are certain questions that may be of concern to you. These questions my deal with the things you can transfer to your new device. The good news is that you can move most of your data and content, but a few remarkable exceptions exist.

The first thing to do is to decide on the iPhone model you want to purchase. If you are undecided about this, you may use the internet to research for tips on buying the ideal iPhone model. Once you have concluded on the iPhone model to purchase, you need to know what you will be able to transfer to your new mobile device. This article will be of help to you in this area.

Software: iTunes

iTunes is one of the most important things that will be needed on your computer for making use of a iPhone. You may have been managing your podcasts, music, and movies with through the use of iTunes, but there are other software that several Android users make use of. iTunes is not optional for you when you move to iPhone: iTunes is the way you control the content- including apps, calendars, and contacts- that becomes synced to your phone. From Apple, iTunes is free, therefore all you need to do is have it downloaded and installed.

Have your content synced to your computer

Depending on the way in which you have made use of your Android device, you may have gotten a lot of content, particularly music, downloaded directly to it. Something important that you need to know is this: before switching to your iPhone, you must sync your entire music to your computer. Once you have the music on your phone as well as your computer, the probability that you will be able to move it to your fresh iPhone device is very much greater. But if your Android phone is the only place on which your music lives, there is a high probability that all of those downloads would be lost by the time you switch.

If your music is gotten through a streaming service such as “Spotify”, there will be no reason for you to worry about losing your music (but you must bear in mind that you will have to re-download on your iPhone any music you saved for offline listening). All you need to do is have the iPhone apps for those services downloaded, and then sign into your account. As a matter of fact, you should make sure to sync all that is on your Android phone to your computer before switching to iPhone. This should not be limited to your music, but should include your videos, address books, calendars, etc. This probably won’t be important if you make use of a web-based address book or calendar, however, a saying goes thus, “better safe than sorry”. Before you start your switch, ensure to sync to your computer as much data as possible.

Content

Perhaps the most important area of switching from one smartphone device to another is to ensure that the entire data moves along with the switch. Therefore it is very important that you know what data can and cannot move. This article will shed more light on this important issue.

Music

This is one of the things that almost everybody is concerned about when making a switch. They want to know whether or not their music can be transferred. Luckily, in several cases, transferring your music should not be a problem.

As discussed earlier, you must have synced the music on your phone to your computer. If the music is DRM-free, all you need to do is add it to iTunes, and it will become possible for you to sync it to your iPhone. On the other hand, if the music possesses DRM, it may be required of you to install an app to have it authorized. The iPhone does not support some DRM at all, so if there are so many DRMed music that you have, it is necessary for you to check that before making any switch.

Also, you have to take note of the fact that you cannot play Windows Media files on the iPhone, therefore the best thing you can do is to add them to iTunes, then have them converted to AAC or MP3, and then have them synced. It is possible that Windows Media files with DRM will not be functional at all on iTunes, therefore it may be impossible for you to convert them.

Photos

A lot of people also think about their photos when changing phones. No one would want to lose their priceless memories all because they switched phones. For this again, it is important that you sync your phone content to your computer. If your Android phone photos are synced to a management program on your computer, moving them to your new iPhone should be possible. You can have the photos synced to iPhoto if you have a Mac (you may also have them copied to your computer, and then have them imported to iPhoto), and everything will be fine. A number of programs for photo management are available on Windows. When searching for the one purchase, what you should look out for is the one that has the ability to sync with iTunes or iPhones. If you make use of sharing sites such as Instagram or Flickr, and an online photo storage, your ability to sync photos to your phone from your online account is dependent upon the online service features.

Apps

When it comes to apps, the big difference between Android and iPhone devices is that apps of the latter don’t work on the Android (and vice versa). Therefore the apps you have on your Android will not move with you to the iPhone. But the good news is that there are many iPhone versions of Android apps which serve quite the same purpose. However, even though there may be an iPhone version of your required app, your app data may not move along with it. If your data is stored in the cloud by the app, downloading your data to your iPhone should be possible, but there are some apps that have your data stored on your phone. So, for you not to lose your data, you need to find out from the app developer.

Contacts

You will not lose your contacts when switching if you do either of these two things: first, have your Android phone synced to your computer and ensure that your contacts are totally synced to Outlook Express or Windows Address Book (these two address book programs are the only ones that can sync with iTunes). Second, store you address book on and have the content synced to a cloud-based tool such as Google Contacts or Yahoo Address Book.

Calendar

The process of transferring your important calendar entries is similar to that of your contacts. You data must be up to date if you are making use of an online calendar via Yahoo or Google, or a desktop program such as Outlook. In this way, all you need to do when your new iPhone is set up is sync that date and connect those accounts. Things may be different for third-party calendar app users, therefore you need to research for an iPhone version from the App Store. If there is, downloading and signing into that app to receive data from your account may be possible. But if there isn’t, exporting your data from your current app and importing into Yahoo or Google calendar may be the best option.

Videos, Texts, and Voicemails

The process of transferring videos is similar to that of music. It will be probably impossible for text messages stored on your Android device to move to your iPhone, unless a third-party app that has an iPhone version hosts them and gets them stored in the cloud. Even at that, there is no assurance that your texting history will appear when you use your iPhone to sign into the app; this depends on how the app developer has made the app.

Generally, you should be able to access your saved voicemails on your iPhone, because your phone company has your voicemails saved with them. But this is only possible if you are not changing your phone company, otherwise your saved voicemails will most likely be lost.

Author's Bio: 

Melissa Crooks is Content Writer who writes for Hyperlink Infosystem, a mobile app development company based in USA & India that holds the best team of skilled and expert app builders. She is a versatile tech writer and loves exploring latest technology trends, entrepreneur and startup column.