Welcome to iOS
At first glance, it’s bound to look strange around these parts, and there are some things you’ll probably miss about Android, but iOS is designed to be intuitive, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble settling in. Let’s see if we can make it as soft a landing as possible.
Finding your way
The first thing you’re going to notice is the lack of a Back or Task switcher button. All you’ve got is the solitary Home button, which always takes you back to your home screen. In general, any back options will show up at the top left of the screen; otherwise tap that Home button to reverse out of an app. You open up recent apps or multitasking by tapping the Home button twice. You can also hold the Home button down to launch Siri.
For settings, you’ll have to look in individual app menus, or try the Settings app.
You’ll find that the pull-down Notifications bar is familiar to Android, but by default notifications will show up on your lock screen as well. You can always change this in Settings > Notifications. Just remember that if you tap or swipe on the notification it will probably open the relevant app. You have to tap the small cross at the top right to dismiss a notification. Some pop-up notifications do offer interactions now, so you can dismiss a notification or write a quick reply without leaving the app you’re in. You can also add widgets to the Notification center. Swipe down from the top to open it, and then tap Edit to see what your choices are.
Your home screen in iOS is basically like your app drawer on Android – it’s just a list of all your apps. You can scroll right to access further home screen pages. You can tap and hold on an app to move the icon. If you want to create a folder then drag it on top of another app icon and drop it.
Setting your iPhone wallpaper is easy. Go into the Settings app, choose Wallpaper, and then select the image you want to use. If you want to make one yourself, the iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1,334 x 750 pixels, but you might want to make it slightly larger (1,592 x 893 pixels) to account for the parallax effect.
For ringtones you can choose whatever you like, or make your own. Check out our how to make ringtones for iPhone guide to get the lowdown on that.
The selection of apps and games on iOS is excellent. All of the big names app that you were used to on Android will be easy to find in Apple’s App Store. We’ve got a big list of the best iPhone apps and the best iPhone games to get you started.
, if you’d like to do that. Otherwise, you can activate Siri by holding down the Home button until you hear two beeps. You can ask questions, get directions, set up appointments, and more.
iPhones are the best devices if you like to get operating system updates. You’ll be glad to leave Android and Windows Phone behind in this respect. All updates for those devices have to go through wireless carriers before they’re approved, a process that takes months. With the iPhone, updates are universal and easy to apply. Older models might not support the latest software, so iOS is not entirely free of fragmentation, but it’s certainly much less of an issue. You have the option to do it wirelessly via Settings > General > Software Update, or you can plug in and do it through iTunes.
Apple works hard on battery life for the iPhone and some users report that their juice keeps on flowing for longer than it does on some Android flagship phones (this is highly debatable). You may miss home screen widgets, but at least there’s a reduced drain on the battery without them. Whether you find an improvement, or not, most of you are probably going to want to find ways of maximizing that iPhone battery life.
Extra iPhone options and tips
We’ve got some handy iPhone 6 tips and tricks to help you get started with your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. If you decided to save some cash and go for an older model, then start with our iPhone 5S tips or iPhone 5 tips.
You’ll find video calls built-in as an option with the iPhone, thanks to the FaceTime feature. You can find everything you need to know about that in our how to use FaceTime guide.
If you run into any serious problems with your iPhone, then check out how to factory reset your iPhone. We also have guides to common iPhone 6 problems and iOS 8 problems, complete with solutions where possible. You can deal with unwanted calls with how to block calls on an iPhone. We cover all sorts of tips and guides for the iPhone here at Digital Trends, so dig around and you’ll find plenty more useful information.
Let us know how your move to iOS goes. Do you have any other tips for Android defectors? Feel free to share them in the comments. If you ever want to cross back over to the other side then remember, we also have an iOS to Android guide.
Updated on 6-2-2015 by Simon Hill: Refreshed content and images. Fixed up links.