I have been an Android user for more than five years now. My first Android smartphone came with Eclair (a toffee I still like) and last was Marshmallow (a dessert I wish to try soon). I have seen Android on a Galaxy, but then I decided to switch my loyalty.
I had good reasons to switch – my Moto X had turned two years old and I needed a replacement and what better place to start than an iPhone 6s. To put things straight – I needed a phone that fits in my palm and not a device that fits only in my jacket. Apple is probably the only one sticking to that principles of making a compact smartphone.
All these years with Android also meant that I am heavily invested into an ecosystem but then I decided to move on. The obvious question was – what happens to all the data on my Android phone. I looked up to Apple for help and they had one in the name of ‘Move to iOS’
Move to iOS
Move to iOS is the first ever app to hit Google Play from Apple Inc. Like Motorola’s Migrate, it helps move your data, contacts, photos, between devices (Android smartphone in this case). The app promises to move all messages and photos from your old Android smartphone to iPhone.
How does it work?
Moving data from Android to iOS requires you to first setup the iPhone which requires users to select the language and wait for iPhone to activate. Once activated, accept the lengthy agreements Apple wants you to read and few more steps later you will reach the screen which reads Apps & Data. Select Move from Android – this is where all the Apple magic begins. Your iPhone will show a 10 digit code. This also means it’s time to keep your Android phone handy.
On your Android smartphone, download the ‘Move to iOS app’ from here. Once downloaded, open the app and click on continue. You will be prompted to accept an agreement. Once accepted, the screen will show find your code – which is already there on your iPhone. Click next and enter that 10 digit code. Both the devices will get connected depending on your Internet speed. Once connected, your Android phone will prompt for all the data available for transfer. You can deselect any of those here.
On this screen when you click next, the data transfer starts and during this time, your Android phone won’t be usable and switching off the device will stop the data transfer. Once the transfer is completed, iPhone is intelligent enough to sort your data and move them to right category automatically.
Set up your Apple ID and yes you have some of your old data readily available.
Yes it was successfully able to transfer photos, text messages, Gmail account and contacts. Even all the pictures from your camera roll appear in your iPhone’s Photos app neatly sorted.
All text messages made their way from my Android phone’s messages to Apple’s iMessage. Also contacts appeared in iPhone’s directory and to much surprise, all my Chrome bookmarks showed up in Safari. However,I did install Chrome later and synced with my Google account for convenience.
What did not work?
So the biggest resource in our smartphone are the apps and the data we have saved in them and while Apple claims to help you with downloading the free apps present on your phone, it wasn’t able to accomplish that in my case. Also you are going to miss out on transferring Google Play data like games, movies and other Google branded services.
The most compelling exclusion for many Indian consumers would be the lack of an option to transfer the WhatsApp Chat data. Yes, you will have to set up WhatsApp and start every chat as new, but some trade offs are really worth making in life.