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If you're considering taking the plunge and moving from an Android smartphone or tablet to an Apple device using their iOS operating system, then here are out top tips for a smooth transition.

Moving Contacts, Calendar & Emails

Despite the Android and iOS systems running in completely different ways, it is possible to transfer your Contacts, Calendar and Emails in a pretty straightforward way. Essentially you will need to access and sync your emails by adding your existing account to your iPhone or iPad. Go into the Settings menu on your device and then into the Mail, Contacts and Calendars menu. You then select which services you want to sync with your Apple gadget, such as Contacts, Mail, Calendars and Notes and you need to add your email account. If your Contacts are saved on the internal memory of your Android smartphone then the easiest way to transfer them is to export them as vCards via email so you can open them on your iPhone and save them on your new handset.

Transferring Photos, Videos and Music

The best way to move your treasured photos, videos and music tracks from Android to iOS is to use a laptop or PC. If you don't have iTunes already installed on your laptop or PC, then the first step is to download it. Chose which media you want to transfer across and copy them into a brand new folder on your computer. Hook up your iPhone to your laptop or desktop using a USB cable and open up iTunes if it doesn't automatically do so. If you look at the top right hand corner of the iTunes app, you should see a button labelled iPhone, click on it and select the Photos tab. You then need to choose the 'Sync Photos' and 'Include videos' option and select the folder on your computer which has copies of your media you want to move to your iPhone. Select the 'Apply' button which can be found in the bottom right hand corner and your photos and videos will transfer across.

To move your Music from Android to iOS, you also need to do this by importing it into the iTunes music library. Choose the Music you want to move and with a right click on your mouse, select Add to Playlist.

Google Apps and Browser Bookmarks

Many of the Google Apps are also compatible with and work on iOS so if you prefer to carry on using the rather than the Apple equivalent, then you still can. You can also use Google Chrome on your new iPhone or iPad rather than Safari. All you have to do is download the relevant apps onto your Apple device. Some of the Google Apps you can use on your iPhone include Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, Google+ and Google Translate.

If you're loathed to lose the bookmarks you've acquired in your browser on your Android device then they can be transferred across to Safari on your iPhone or iPad too. Go into Apple's iCloud Control Panel and you can choose which browsers you want to sync your bookmarks from and they will be then imported into your iCloud account.