10 Things You’ll Notice When Switching From Android to iPhone

So you’ve finally made the leap and decided to switch to the iPhone, leaving Android for good. You’re excited to explore everything that your new iPhone has to offer and experience all the bells and whistles that come with iOS.

While there is indeed a lot to look forward to, it’s wiser to go in with realistic expectations instead of painting a rosy picture. To help you know what to expect, let’s go over 10 things you’ll notice when switching from Android to iPhone.

1. Data Transfer Is Bothersome

While switching from Android to iPhone, you’ll notice that transferring all your photos, videos, contacts, documents, songs, and other files is quite difficult. But if you already own an iPhone and upgrade to a newer model, the setup only takes a few minutes.

Such is also the case when transferring files from mobile to PC. Sending files from an iPhone to a Windows laptop, for example, is one of the most inconvenient experiences—especially if your files are big. But transferring files from an iPhone to a MacBook is super easy.

2. iOS Is Much Easier to Use

A big reason why people prefer iOS is that it’s much easier to use than Android. The latter usually has a steeper learning curve, especially since there are many different Android skins from various Android phone makers like Samsung, OnePlus, Vivo, Nothing, and more.

That means every time you switch from one Android brand to the other, you have to spend time getting used to the software experience. That’s not the case with iPhones; an iPhone X user upgrading to iPhone 14 Pro will face little to no trouble using the latest iOS version.

3. File Management Is Terrible

Files app reviews on Apple App Store

Like data transfer, file management is another major pain on the iPhone. As a former Android user, you’re used to regularly managing your files, moving them across different folders, and backing them up via Google Drive. Everything is easily accessible and manageable.

On the iPhone, things are not that easy. Apple (ideally) wants you to do all your file management in iCloud, not on-device, but many users report facing trouble with syncing.

According to several reviews, Apple’s Files app is “missing features,” feels “half-baked, not well-thought,” “regularly disconnects from external services,” and makes it “an absolute nightmare” to download files from iCloud to your iPhone.

4. Apps and Games Are Highly Optimized

Since iOS is more controlled and standardized, and Apple only releases a handful of phones each year, app developers find it much easier to optimize their apps and games for the iPhone.

In comparison, there are thousands of Android brands, many of which release several models from multiple lineups every year. App developers can’t spend time, money, and effort optimizing for each Android phone, so they settle for a mediocre one-size-fits-all Android version of their app.

5. You’ll Miss Your Favorite Android Features

As a former Android user who is used to getting new features every now and then, you will find it disappointing that iOS has fewer features, is not anywhere near as customizable, and that iPhones are slow to get new features.

Granted, there are apps you can download from the App Store that can replicate some of the features you enjoyed on your Android phone, but third-party apps rarely ever match the fluidity and reliability of built-in features and tools.

6. The Camera Experience Is Very Polished

Hand holding an iPhone

The iPhone does not have the most exciting camera system out there; in fact, it lacks quite a few camera features that even mid-range Android phones offer today. However, you will notice that whatever you do get is extremely optimized and polished.

Because of this, iPhones enjoy faster app launch, faster shutter speed, consistent colors, and superior video quality. All of these combined result in a camera system that—although not very fun—is far more reliable even when compared to Samsung Galaxy cameras.

7. Software Updates Roll Out on Time

Since Android makers put their own skin on top of Android, they need more time to roll out new OS updates. Google and Samsung are admittedly quick, but other Android makers take much longer and sometimes skip updates on their cheaper phones altogether.

On an iPhone, you can rest assured that you’ll get the latest iOS updates as soon as Apple rolls them out and will continue getting them for several years!

8. The Apple Ecosystem Pulls You In

The best thing about Android is that it gives you choice; you have the freedom to buy gadgets from different brands and expect them to work well together. Perhaps a OnePlus phone, a pair of Google Pixel Buds, a Samsung Galaxy Watch, and a Microsoft Windows laptop.

Sadly, as soon as you switch to iPhone, most of your decisions are already made for you. Like it or not, you’ll soon find yourself needing to buy other Apple products such as AirPods, Apple Watch, AirTags, MacBook, and accessories to get the most out of your iPhone.

9. The iMessage Lock-In Is Ruthless

The messaging experience on Android is a bit of a mess; each company wants you to use its own pre-installed app with inconsistent feature sets. Google Messages has admittedly made it easier, but the messaging experience is still better on iPhone—provided that you’re messaging someone who also has an iPhone.

The Messages app on your iPhone uses the feature-rich iMessage messaging protocol, but when talking to an Android user, it defaults to the old SMS standard, which makes the whole messaging experience incredibly annoying—slowly making you despise Android.

10. Apple’s Customer Service Is Better

For most people, good customer service matters just as much as having good features on your phone, and this is a prime reason why Apple users are so loyal.

Since Android makers sell so many phones across various lineups, the probability of there being problems down the line increases. Apple only sells a fraction of iPhones in comparison and therefore has enough bandwidth to spend more time per user trying to fix their problems.

Switching to iPhone Requires Compromise

There’s a lot to like about the iPhone: the amazing camera experience, simple user interface, highly optimized apps and games, better customer service, and longer software support.

But at the same time, you’ll have to make compromises like facing trouble with data transfer and file management, lack of choice, fewer features, having to pay more for Apple-certified accessories, and more. Because of these compromises, switching from Android to iPhone is not a smooth transition and requires commitment.

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