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Switching From Android to iPhone – Tips Every New iPhone User Needs to Know

Making the switch from an Android phone to an iPhone can feel like stepping into a new world, let’s face it, most of us have used our particular phone models for years and years and stayed loyal to them. So when you switch, the interface, features and even the feel of the phone are all so different! If you’re feeling a bit lost with your new device, here are some tips and hacks that every new iPhone user needs to know. 

a hot pink iPhone on a table with lemonade, a sunset in the background
why can’t they make an iPhone in hot pink?

Getting Started with Your New iPhone

When you first get your iPhone, the setup process is pretty straightforward. Turn on your phone and follow the on-screen instructions. You’ll be asked to sign in with your Apple ID. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to create this. Your Apple ID is key to accessing all of Apple’s services, like the App Store, iCloud and Apple Music so make sure to remember your Apple ID and password. Ideally write it down somewhere that’s safe and private in case you ever forget in the future. 

Transferring Your Data

One of the first things you’ll want to do is transfer your data from your old Android phone to your new iPhone. Apple has made this easier with the Move to iOS app. Download the app on your Android phone and it will help you transfer your contacts, message history, photos, videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts and calendars to your new iPhone. Make sure both devices are connected to Wi-Fi and have enough battery life for the transfer process and it’s as simple as that. No need to have to lose loads of your important data or do things manually. 

Using Safari on Your iPhone

One of the key differences you’ll notice when switching from Android to iPhone is the default web browser called Safari. Safari is fast, secure, and integrated with other Apple services. It’s designed to provide a seamless browsing experience. To keep your browsing private and improve performance, you might want to clear cookies from time to time. If you’re wondering how to clear cookies on iPhone, open the Settings app on your iPhone, scroll down and tap on Safari. In the Safari settings, look for the option that says “Clear History and Website Data.” Tapping this will remove cookies, browsing history, and other data from Safari, helping you maintain your privacy and keep your browser running smoothly.

Navigating the Interface

The iPhone interface might seem different at first, but you’ll get used to it quickly. The home button is gone on newer models, so you’ll use gestures to navigate. Swipe up from the bottom to go to the home screen, swipe down from the top right to access the Control Center, and swipe down from the middle of the screen to open the Notification Centre. The iPhone’s layout is clean and intuitive, and you’ll soon find it easy to use.

Using Siri

Siri is Apple’s voice assistant, to activate it either press and hold the side button or say, “Hey Siri.” We all know how these voice assistants work these days and what they can do, you just have to get used to saying ‘Hey Siri’ instead of ‘Hey Google’.

Customising Your Home Screen

You can customize your iPhone’s home screen so it suits what you need. Hold down on any app until they all start to wiggle, you can then drag apps to rearrange them or put them in folders. To create a folder, drag one app onto another. You can also add widgets to your home screen. Widgets provide quick access to information or functions of an app, like weather updates or calendar events. To add a widget, press and hold the home screen, tap the plus sign in the top left corner and choose the widget you want to add.

Using iCloud

iCloud is Apple’s cloud storage service, and it’s useful for keeping your data safe and accessible. With iCloud, you can back up your iPhone, store photos and videos, and sync your data across all your Apple devices. Make sure iCloud Backup is turned on by going to Settings, tapping your name, then iCloud, and finally iCloud Backup. This way, if you ever lose your phone or need to replace it, you can easily restore your data. You get some free storage with icloud but if you have a lot of pictures or videos you can easily upgrade it without spending much and add more. 

Using Apple Pay

Apple Pay is iPhones version of Google Wallet. To set it up, go to Settings, tap Wallet & Apple Pay, and follow the instructions to add your credit or debit card. Once set up you can use it in the same way you’ll likely have been using Google Wallet for some time. 

Maximising Battery Life

To get the most out of your iPhone’s battery life, there are a few tips you can follow. Keep your software up to date, as updates often include battery life improvements. Adjust your screen brightness and use Auto-Brightness to save power. Go to Settings, tap Battery, and turn on Low Power Mode when your battery is running low. This mode reduces background activity and helps extend your battery life.

So are you team Android or iPhone?
My Dad is a die hard Samsung fan and get’s the latest one every release day.
When he calls me for tech support I have no idea since I made the switch years ago. 🤣

Thanks for reading,
sent from my iPhone
Vikki 📱😉