How to switch from the Samsung Galaxy S to the iPhone 6

The only constant with Samsung is change. Every year is feels like they try something different. That can make it both interesting and maddening for those already using one of the company's phones, or waiting to see what using one might be like. Take the all-new Samsung Galaxy S6 by way of example. It swaps out the plastic casing, replaceable battery, SD card slot, and water-proofing of last year's model for a metal chassis, and Touch ID- and Apple Pay-like features that seem right out of the iPhone's playbook. So, whether you feel like Samsung is no longer filling your needs, or if you're going to iPhone-like you might as well go iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus proper, here's what you need to know to switch — or switch back — to iPhone.

How to switch from Samsung to iPhone

If you're already using Google services, it's ridiculously easy to switch from any Samsung phone to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. That's because Google makes almost all their apps for iOS, including YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail, Hangouts, Google+, Google Authenticator, Chrome, Google Search, Google Drive, Google Play Music, and more. It's no secret Google covets iPhone owners, so they make sure the company's best apps are there, and provide a great experience. In most cases, switching to iPhone is as simple as downloading the Google apps and logging in.

Why to switch from Samsung to iPhone

If you're still on the fence about making the switch from a Galaxy S to an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, there are lots of reasons to consider it. Apple Stores and AppleCare, better apps, and better privacy and security are just a few of them. Our readers have given us many, many others.


I switched from the S5 to the iPhone 6 for a couple of reasons. I like iOS better and couldn't get used to Android software. I think iOS is smoother and has less problems. Also, I did not like the water resistant charging port cover. It was cheap, prone to breaking, and a royal pain. I am much happier after switching back to iPhone.


I love Android, and thought I would miss the customization options and a few apps that aren't available on iOS. However, iOS 8 is VERY nice and I find iOS to be a much more "peaceful" phone experience - everything works together and the notification center is stellar. It's a very "comforting" phone and with all the tips and tricks, it's a beast.


When I decided to switch back to iOS I also decided to take the plunge and went all Apple. I sold off my Surface Pro and Android tablet and decided to buy an iPad Mini 2 and used MacBook Pro. Recently I have upgrade to the iPhone 6, iPad Mini 3 w/LTE and MacBook Pro Retina. All I can say is the best decision I have made, less problems all around. Would have never seen myself as a Mac person but I am now and happy to be a Mac person. Now I recommend Macs to my friends and co-workers.


I was a long time and hardcore android user. I basically became bored with android in general and wanted to try something new. My only complaint with iPhones were the size. And now that we have bigger versions there was no more excuses. I'm definitely upset that I waited so long. iOS is so smooth. No lag. Battery life is great. I'm definitely surprised.


I've been an android user since 2010 and finally made the switch last week to an iPhone 6 for two reasons: camera and battery. 10 out of 10 would switch again.


I had an S4. I switched to the iPhone 6+ once Apple came out with a large screen device. I was tired of waiting 4+ months for Verizon to release the latest Android OS updates. Additionally the phone was filled with bloatware-- both useless carrier and Samsung apps. I've been really satisfied with the iPhone 6+ and the quality of the apps is often higher than their equivalents in Android. I'm also enjoying the benefits of paying with Apple Pay as I had my credit cards replaced twice in 2014 due to the Target and Home Depot hack-ins.

Time to switch!

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is here, and whether it's not what you wanted or just a reminder of what Apple does best, it's absolutely worthwhile checking out the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to see if it better suits your needs. If it does, it might just be time to switch.

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.